April 2, 1942 in Weiden/Bayern
1961 - 1965
Degree in Business Administration (“Diplom-Kaufmann”) at Erlangen-Nuernberg University
1966 - 1968
Research assistant to the chair of Prof. Dr. Eugen H. Sieber for Business Administration, with focus on corporate management, Nuernberg.
Doctorate on the Topic of “Die Steuerpolitik der internationalen Unternehmen”. (The tax management of international companies). Winner of the honorary Gerhard-Thoma Award of the Institute of Tax Advisors 1969.
1968 - 1973
Management Consultancy, Booz, Allen & Hamilton Inc., Knight, Gladieux & Smith, Duesseldorf
1973 - 1989
Brown, Boveri & Cie. AG (ABB, Mannheim)
- Consortium Business Manager for a power station in Iran.
- Managing Director at Busch Jaeger GmbH
- CEO of the business unit “Low Voltage Switchgear” (400 million Euro turnover)
1989 - 2008
Voith GmbH (AG)
1991 - 1999
- Chief Financial Officer.
(1,2 billion Euro turnover in 1991)
2000 - 2008
- President and CEO
(5 billion Euro turnover in 2008)
Visiting professor for Management of Family Businesses at Leipzig University.
Visiting professor for Strategy and Governance of Family Businesses, at Zeppelin University Friedrichshafen.