Wirtschaftswoche Exclusive Siemens Employee Arrested for Company Espionage

A spy has been found in a Dutch branch of the German engineering heavyweight. The man is suspected of having sold company secrets to a Chinese competitor.
A man passing Germany’s Siemens headquarters in Munich.

An employee of German industrial giant Siemens is in custody for selling sensitive information to Chinese competition.

Handelsblatt’s sister publication Wirtschaftswoche has exclusively learned that the 65-year old Dutch national was apprehended at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport on Friday attempting to flee to China.

He is said to have sold technical details from Siemens’ energy division while working at a branch in Hengelo, near the German border.

According to the Dutch prosecutor’s office, Siemens' compliance office was tipped off about the alleged spy via the company’s internal whistleblower system. Employees worldwide can provide information on corruption or illegal wrongdoing anonymously.

The man is now being held in Haarlem, outside Amsterdam, facing prosecution.


This article was originally published in Handelsblatt’s sister publication Wirtschafts Woche. To contact the authors: [email protected], [email protected]