Following training as a banker he studied economics at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster and obtained a doctorate in Financial and Monetary Economics. He started his professional career in 1981 at Deutsche Bank AG in Dusseldorf. After Trainee Programme and several years as a corporate account manager and executive assistant, he took over the area management of two district offices. In 1995 he joined the savings banks association (Sparkassenorganisation) first as CEO of a Rhenish savings bank and became five years later CEO of a Rhineland-Palatinate savings bank.
In 2005, he changed to the consulting area initially at a specialized financial services consulting firm, and later to an executive search recruitment company.
He joined IfW in 2013, working at the office in Dusseldorf.
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