Dr. Mario Arlt

Vice President, Project Management, ABB

The Mission-Critical Project Manager

Many project managers have achieved mastery of the "tools of the project management trade": they are great planners, effective managers of their project teams, heroic firefighters – in short, they are competent in delivering projects.

However, the number of people who can identify a problem, articulate a strategy to address it, *and* translate that strategy into reality is very limited in most organizations.

Today, the ability to deal with ambiguity and complexity, acknowledge and solve new problems, and deal with a high degree of uncertainty is in high demand. For such challenges there is little to be found in the conventional “PM Toolbox.” Adding creative and critical thinking skills is a rewarding opportunity and can make the difference between being just another PM or a truly strategic asset.


Dr. Mario Arlt (DPM, M.S., PMP) is a project management leader who has served numerous Global 500 companies in manufacturing, energy, financial services and other industries.

Mario currently leads the Integrated Project Management Program, a global project execution excellence initiative, for ABB’s Industrial Automation Division, after leading ABB’s Group Project Management efforts for six years. Mario also represents ABB in the Corporate Executive Council of the Project Management Institute.

Prior to joining ABB, Mario served ESI International as a VP Client Engagements. He previously established and ran a Project Management Center of Excellence at Siemens USA, and also held responsibilities as a Director, Strategy Planning & Implementation at Siemens Energy. Previously, Mario has served Price Waterhouse Consulting and KPMG Management Consulting and their U.S., European and Asian clients as a management consultant.

Mario has been a frequent conference speaker and published several practitioner and academic articles. He holds a Doctorate in Project Management from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Australia and a M.S. Degree in Economics with a Major in International Finance from Konstanz University, Germany.

Mario has taught project management as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and has been an Hon. Lecturer at the school of School of Construction & Project Management at the University College London. He has been an Hon. Adjunct Professor with the Technical University of Denmark, Management & Engineering since 2016.