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Josef Ackermann


Date of appointment: 20 November 2014


Dr. Ackermann is the former chairman of the management board and the group executive committee at Deutsche Bank. He joined Deutsche Bank’s board of managing directors in 1996, where he was responsible for the investment banking division. Under his leadership, this business unit developed into one of Deutsche Bank’s principal revenue sources and entered the top group of global investment banks.  Prior to Deutsche Bank, Dr. Ackermann was president of Schweizerische Kreditanstalt (SKA).

Dr. Ackermann has held numerous board positions, including sitting on the board of directors at Zurich Insurance Group, Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Siemens AG, Belenos Clean Power Holding Ltd and EQT Holdings AB, among others. 

Today, he still holds numerous mandates, amongst them, as member of the international advisory board of Akbank.   He also served as vice-chairman of the foundation board of the World Economic Forum.  He is an honorary fellow of the London Business School, was visiting professor in finance at the London School of Economics, and was appointed honorary professor at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt. 

He studied economics and social sciences at the University of St. Gallen, where he earned his doctorate, and holds an honorary doctorate from the Democritus University of Thrace in Greece.

External Appointment(s):

  • Non-executive Director of Investor AB
  • Honorary Chairman of the St. Gallen Foundation for International Studies
  • Honorary Senate Member of the Foundation Lindau Nobel Prizewinners Meetings
  • Vice Chair of the board of trustees of The Conference Board

Committee membership(s):

Chairman of the Nominations and Corporate Governance Committee

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