Josef Ackermann (born 1948, Swiss Citizen) started his career at Schweizerische Kreditanstalt (SKA) in 1977. In 1990, he was appointed to the executive board of SKA, becoming its president in 1993. In 1996, Mr. Ackermann joined the management board of Deutsche Bank AG, where he was responsible for the investment banking division. In 2002, he became spokesman of the management board and chairman of the group executive committee. Mr. Ackermann was chairman of the management board from February 2006 until May 2012.
Mr. Ackermann was chairman of the Board of Directors at Zurich Insurance Group (2012/13), a ranking member of the Board of Directors at Royal Dutch Shell plc, vice-chairman of the Board of Directors at Siemens AG and vice-chairman of the Foundation Board at the World Economic Forum, among others. Currently he is a member of the Board of Directors at Investor AB and EQT Holdings AB, member of the Board of Directors at Renova Management AG and vice-chairman of the Board of Directors at Belenos Clean Power Holding Ltd., member of the International Advisory Board of Akbank and The Atlantic Council and vice-chairman of the Board of Trustees of The Conference Board. In addition, Mr. Ackermann serves as member of the Advisory Board at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, Honorary Chairman of the St. Gallen Foundation for International Studies and Honorary Member of the Senate of the Lindau Nobel Prizewinners Meetings Foundation. He is former Visiting Professor in finance at the London School of Economics, Honorary Professor at Frankfurt’s Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Honorary Fellow of the London Business School and holds an Honorary Doctorate from the Democritus University of Thrace, Greece.
Josef Ackermann gained a doctorate in economics and social sciences from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland.