Recognising, developing and making the right use of people’s talents and skills is crucial to business success. This principle has proved true at every stage of my professional career – even in situations where the emphasis was initially on technical and organizational issues. Particularly where complex international business structures exist, the necessary speed of implementation needs a corporate culture that recognises and promotes talent and attracts seasoned executives.
This is why I see particular significance in the integration of senior management in a transatlantic corporate environment. As head of strategic consulting in the EASC Group, I also have the opportunity to pass on two decades of strategic and hands-on experience in industrial top management.
BMW entrusted me with a variety of executive positions involving global management responsibility, including President of BMW Manufacturing LLC in the USA. In an earlier position as Managing Chief Engineer of the Frauenhofer Institute for Production Technology (IPT) in Aachen, Germany, mentoring the careers of potential corporate leaders was high on my agenda – and many of my former associates in Aachen today serve in senior positions with leading industrial corporations around the word.
Both as Honorary Professor of Innovation Management for Product and Process Development at Technical University of Chemnitz in Germany and in my academic involvement with management students at Clemson University in South Carolina, I continue to enjoy the dialogue with talented future leaders.