… is the founder of Commentum. For over 20 years he has represented the interests of financial services providers vis-à-vis politicians, government agencies and the community of experts.
He started his professional career in 1989 when he joined the Savings Bank Group in Frankfurt and worked his way up to head of public relations, marketing and statistics. He joined the Association of German Banks in 1996 as the Head of the Chief Executive’s office and took over the position of Director EU affairs in 1999. From 2005 until 2012 he was a member of the executive board of the association. As chief economist he published numerous papers on banking and financial policy, represented the position of the private banks in the media, and was a popular speaker on economic and banking policies at conferences and dinners. As international executive he was responsible for the association‘s global strategy and the contacts to European and international institutions. He was the chairman and member of numerous committees on the market participants’ side and presented the results of their work successfully in many hearings and political discussions.
His credo: “Lobbying is not an arcane science; rather, it is the product of honesty, expertise, reliability and solid, long term contacts.”
…bases his work in our company on his experience in cooperative banking. At DZ Bank in Frankfurt am Main, he was responsible for international strategic partnerships in the financial services sector, with a focus on France and Austria.
He has also worked for over 20 years in the M&A sector, where he successfully concluded numerous national and international transactions in the financial services industry and food industry. He possesses profound expertise in the real estate and mortgage industries.
“Representing the views and argumentsof our clients in the political sphere is only one side – though a very important one – of the coin. The other, equally crucial side is to acquaint our constituents with the needs and the situational interests of policy makers”, he emphasizes.
...completes the circle of partners at Commentum with his experience in publicsector banking. He has nearly 20 years of experience in banking management, 10 of them as a member of the executive board of a savings bank and as an expert on management and strategic issues; including, among others, at a regional savings bank association.
As a consultant he supports change-related and strategic processes in banks and companies, and prepares situational analyses and assessments for corporate policy decision-making processes, in crisis situations as well.
He firmly believes that "successful development and implementation of strategic concepts is not primarily a question of expertise, but of the full involvement and utilization of potential of the people who are the mainstay of the company."