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September 25 2012

Dirk Hoke, Siemens Division CEO, Joins Operation HOPE Global Board of Advisors

Global Board works to extend “silver rights” initiatives beyond US borders

New York – Financial dignity leader Operation HOPE (HOPE) announced today the addition of Chief Executive Officer, Division Industry Solutions, Industry Sector Siemens Dirk Hoke to its Global Board of Advisors. This move signals heightened efforts to advance HOPE’s “silver rights” movement to empower underserved communities around the globe.

“Mr. Hoke has lived in Germany, Argentina, Austria, US, China and Morocco, and speaks German, English, French and Spanish fluently. His dedication and world experience will be a great benefit in helping Operation HOPE build its brand and grow relationships in communities around the globe,” said Bill Walbrecher, HOPE president and chief operating officer. “We also look forward to his guidance and insight to help us deliver better programs and services to individuals within as well as outside of our borders.”

Dirk joined Siemens 1996, after working for Renault in Paris. From 2002-05, Dirk was the General Manager for the Transrapid Propulsion and Power Supply business, successfully putting the Maglev Train in Shanghai into operation; from 2005-08, during his time as President of the Transportation Systems Group in China, Siemens became the leading foreign railways supplier. In 2009 Dirk became the first CEO of Siemens Africa, where he developed and implemented the company’s first continental growth strategy and business development program. Today, Dirk is, as the youngest Division CEO within Siemens, responsible for the global business of the division Industry Customer Services.

A world leader in integrated technology, Siemens is active in around 190 regions, occupying leading market and technology positions worldwide with its business activities in the Energy, Healthcare, Industry, and Infrastructure & Cities Sectors, with employees from around 140 nations, working on innovative concepts and visionary ideas. Overall, with 360,000 employees around the world, Siemens offers its customers local, targeted, and tailored solutions. In addition to the more than 285 manufacturing locations worldwide, Siemens has office buildings, warehouses, research and development facilities, or sales offices in nearly every country around the globe.

HOPE’s Global Advisory Board is comprised of some of the nation's most powerful executives, decision-makers, bankers and economists. These individuals play an essential role in driving HOPE’s Silver Rights Movement to expand economic opportunity, and make capitalism and free enterprise accessible in underserved communities.

A complete 2012 list of HOPE's Board members may be viewed here.