Dr. Wilhelm Otten

Owner & Senior Process and Digitalization Consultant

Industries: Chemical, Pharmaceutical & Mechanical Engineering

62 years old

37 years of experience

German & English

Educational background

Dipl.-Ing. General Mechanical Engineering

Doctorate: Process engineering

Executiv MBA: Wharton, Insead

Professional experience

Over 30 years in various functions at Evonik Industries AG, formerly Degussa AG

Product and process development in the process industry

Engineering; Investment projects from small-scale operational projects up to several hundred million investment sums

Production; maintenance

Service Marketing

Corporate strategy

Leadership of larger, global service organizations

GmbH management

More than 25 company-wide strategy and optimization projects in the above-mentioned areas

Member of the advisory board of the TTP-Engineering Group


Namur: Association of users of automation technology in the process industry, chairman from 2011 to 2018

Dechema: DEXPI (Data Exchange in Process Industry), head of the “Networks” working group

VDI: IDGT (Interdisciplinary Committee Digital Transformation), member

TU-Darmstadt: Member of the board of the association of friends of the university

Consultant network: network of independent consultants

Scientific work

PhD in the field of process engineering, adsorption and dynamic simulation

About 50 development projects in the field of process engineering and solar energy

Over 100 publications in the areas of process development, engineering, operational excellence, maintenance, automation, asset life cycle management and digitization

Advisory board of the Max Planck Society for Dynamic Systems in Magdeburg

Lecturer at the private DIPLOMA University for “Business Process Management”

Recent publications

Wilhelm Otten, ChemManager 2/21; Im Asset Life Cycle denken; Nutzenorientierte Geschäftsmodelle auf Basis digitaler Technologien

Wilhelm Otten, CONNECTED MANUFACTURING SUMMIT 2020, November 5-6; Asset Life Cycle Data Management – integrated engineering.

Wilhelm Otten, Felix Hanisch; Smart Process Manufacturing | 2020-10; Automation – the driver of smart production

Wilhelm Otten, Kai Dadhe; CIEX 2020, October 8th; Digitalization through a bottom-up approach – How to generate added value in your brown field plants?

Consulting projects

Development of data integrated modular pilot plants, Senior Consultant ICES, Singapore

Optimization of processes and organization of engineering service

Development and implementation of digitalization strategies in a middle size company

Consulting start-ups in the area of digitalization and artificial intelligence