Daniel Sengstag  Mechanical Engineer  -  Bachelor of BA  -  Executive MBA  -  Cert. Board Member


Daniel Sengstag has more than 20 years of experience in corporate/divisional management in multinational as well as smaller companies. He began his career as a design engineer, later as a software developer for technical applications, and then moved into consulting and project management.

This was followed by various management positions as business unit manager for services, up to sales manager and CEO / country manager at Siemens Industry Software. He then moved to Dassault Systèmes, active in PLM and CAx, as EMEA Sales Director and Country Manager.

Also self-employment in executive search and management consulting, as well as further positions as Country Sales Manager at Ansys (area simulation and digital twins) and Sales Manager for Manufacturing at Pegasystems (area digital business transformation / automation (BPM) and CRM) are part of his professional experiences.

Daniel Sengstag completed courses of study as a mechanical engineer and has also supplemented his education with a Bachelor of Business Administration an Executive Master of Business Administration. Daniel ist a certified board member.

Experiences, Skills and Competencies

Digital Transformation • Leadership • Change Management • Strategic Thinking • Engineer • Sales & Business Development • Project Management • Corporate Governance • Human Resources • Risk Management • Sustainability

  • Experience as designer, developer, project manager, business unit manager up to sales manager and managing director 
  • Operational and strategic leadership experience
  • Leadership in change management due to various reorganizations, mergers, and process optimizations
  • P&L responsibility in several roles
  • Managed many different projects
  • High Persistence and Perseverance
  • Many years of experience as a service delivery / professional services business unit manager
  • Extensive sales management and business development expertise of capital goods / software in need of explanation incl. challenging contract negotiations
  • Sales Operations (S&OP), Sales Excellence
  • Working experience in SMEs as well as in international
  • Regulations, Compliance, Corporate Governance
  • Strong background in various IT topics
  • Engineering background in PLM, CAx, Industry 4.0, Digital Twin, Smart Factory, Process Automation
  • Manufacturing industry, software and IT, engineering, consumer market, high-tech, plant construction
  • Strong focus on sustainability and cybersecurity

Professional Experience

seit 2011         CEO and founder of Abexis 
2019 - 2021       Sales Manager Manufacturing at Pegasystems
2017 - 2019       Country Sales Manager Switzerland at Ansys 
2012 - 2016       Sales Director EMEA and Country Manager Switzerland at Dassault Systèmes
2008 - 2011       CEO / Country Manager Switzerland bei Siemens Industry Software
2002 - 2008       Director Professional Services CH/AT, deputy of the Country Manager, Member of the Board at Siemens Industry Software
2000 - 2002       Team Leader / Senior Consultant / Program and Project Manager at Siemens Industry Software
1995 - 2000    Project Manager / Consultant / Technical Manager / Software Developer, Design Engineer at Dür + Partner, Strässle and Sulzer


2023 - 2023   Board of Directors CAS, Swiss Board School and HSG / University St.Gallen
2022 - 2023   Certificate Sustainable Leadership, HWZ Hochschule für Wirtschaft Zürich in cooperation with Sustainable Switzerland
2004 - 2005   Executive Master of Business and Administration (MBA) 
in General Management  
1997 - 1999   Bachelor of Business Administration (IMAKA Institute for Management
1991 - 1994      Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering, Eastern Switzerland University of Applied Sciences
1984 - 1988   
Apprenticeship as Design Engineer incl. Vocational Diploma

Further Education

2021   Driving business towards the Sustainable Development Goals, Erasmus University Rotterdam, www.eur.nl
2021   Intro to Psychology, Yale University, 
2020   Master of Digital Transformation, https://www.linkedin.com/learning/paths/master-digital-transformation
2020   Elements of Artificial Intelligence, University of Helsinki, www.helsinki.fi/en
2019   Leadership: JAWS Leadership and Managing Performance, www.london-management.com
2018   Sales: 
JAWS Selling, www.london-management.com
2016   Board Member Training, 

2012   Company Succession, Universität St. Gallen, https://cfb.unisg.ch/de

Other Courses and Certificates

  • The Challenger Sales Training, www.challengerinc.com  
  • MEDDIC Sales Training
  • Management Trainings
  • Sales and Communication Trainings
  • Salesforce Training
  • Seminar IT Law
  • Seminar in Strategic Services Management and Delivery
  • Story Telling
  • Project Management PMI
  • Agile Project Management 
  • HERMES 2022 Foundation Certification
  • PRINCE2 Foundation Certification
  • ITIL 4 Foundation Certification
  • Cybersecurity
  • Sustainability
  • Business Model Innovation 
  • Procurement Masterclass: Procure to Pay 
  • Decentralized Finance, Blockchain