View photosMoreThe company's logo is seen on protection grids of a traction transformer at a plant of Swiss engeneering group ABB in the town of Turgi west of Zurich June 9, 2010.

ZURICH Reuters - ABB has appointed Guido Jouret as its first chief digital officer, a move designed to ramp up the Swiss power and automation company's efforts in digital technology and the internet of things.

Jouret will lead development and deployment of digital solutions for customers globally and across all businesses, ABB said in a statement on Monday.

Digital technology is becoming increasingly important to ABB, with roughly half of its annual sales from products that are digitally enabled.

Jouret will report to Chief Executive Ulrich Spiesshofer when he takes up his role on Oct. 1.

Jouret, a U.S and Belgian citizen, has been chief technical officer at Nokia Technologies since April 2015.

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