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It is exciting to see how many figures of distinction TU Darmstadt has produced and continues to do so. They have made groundbreaking contributions to science and research, taken on significant political positions, had an impressive career in business or achieved fame in some other way. Here is a small selection:


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Business representatives in portrait

Bild: Portrait von Christoph Franz

Dr. Christoph Franz

Chairman of the board of F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG

Dr. Christian Glock

Member of the board of Bilfinger Hochbau GmbH

Olaf Kirch

Director SUSE Linux Enterprise, Research & Development

Carsten Kratz

Chairman of the management team for Germany and Austria of Boston Consulting Group

Michael Söding

Chairman of the executive board of Schaeffler Automotive Aftermarket GmbH & Co. OHG

Dr. Markus Tacke

CEO of the Division Wind Power of the Siemens Energy Sector


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Olaf Bartsch CEO Miele & Cie. KG (Business Engineering)
Wolfgang Bauer Chairman Dyckerhoff AG from 2004-2014 (Business Engineering)
Rainer Baule Since January 2013 chairman at the advisory board of Vorwerk & Co. KG, member of this board since May 2011. Before CEO at Fresenius Kabi AG (Business Engineering)
Dr. Kai Beckmann Member of the management of Merck KgGaA (Computer Science)
Dr. Wolfgang Bernhard Member of the board atDaimler AG, responsible for production and purchasing at Mercedes Benz Cars and the division Daimler Trucks and Buses (Business Engineering)
Ralph Boehlke Managing director for Germany and Switzerland at Johnson Controls
Dagmar Bollin-Flade Managing partner at Christian Bollin Armaturenfabrik GmbH (Mechanical Engineering)
Dr. Werner Brandt Chief Financial Officer at SAP AG from 2001 to 2014. Since 2014 chairman of the supervisory board at ProSiebenSat.1 Media AG (Business Economics)
Dr. Michael Buscher CEO at OC Oerlikon AG from 2007 to 2013. From 2013 to the end of 2014 CEO atKnorr-Bremse AG (Electrical Engineering)
Steffen Cost Since May 2015 new managing director at KIA Germany. Before i.a. director of the Renault subsidiary Sodicam Vertriebs GmbH (Mechanical Engineering)
Christoph Debus From 2009 to 2011 Chief Operating Officer at AirBerlin. Since 2012 Chief Air Travel Officer at Thomas Cook. In May 2015 he also became CEO of Thomas Cook AG (Business Engineering)
Hans Demant Chairman of the managing board at Adam Opel AG for many years and vice president of the division development at General Motors Europe. Coordinator for international projects at VW (Mechanical Engineering)
Dr. Ulrich Eichhorn Managing director technology and environment of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) (Mechanical Engineering)
Dr. Christoph Franz Chairman of the board of directors atRoche Holding AG (Business Engineering)
Frank Gerstenschläger Member of the board at Deutsche Börse AG and chairman of the management at the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (Business Eengineering)
Dr. Christian Glock Since the beginning of 2013 member of the management at Bilfinger Hochbau GmbH (Civil Engineering)
Dr.-Ing. Uwe Dieter Grebe Managing director Global Business Development, Sales and International Operations of the division drive systems at AVL. Since 2000 Grebe is guest lecturer at the TU Darmstadt (Mechanical Engineering)
Dr. Wilfried Hauck Chief Financial Officer of HanseMerkur (Business Engineering)
Karlheinz Haupt Head of the division Driver Assistance Systems at Continental (Mechanical Engineering)
Wolfgang Hechler Head asset management and service at Swissgrid AG (Electrical Engineering)
Christian Herrlich Managing director of GLS IT Services GmbH (Business Informatics)
Dr. Peter Hortig Head of the division Oil, Gas and Petrochemistry (LBU OGP) within the ABB division process automation in germany (Mechanical Engineering)
Frank Jainz Chairman of the executive board and CEO at ALPINE Bau Deutschland AG (Civil Engineering)
Till Kaestner Since 2015 Managing director of akom360 GmbH. Former Commercial Director DACH at Linkedin (Architecture)
Horst J. Kayser Chief Strategy Officer of Siemens AG (Business Engineering)
Jörg Kiesbauer Member of the board of Samson AG and visiting lecturer at the TU Darmstadt (Maschinenbau)
Olaf Kirch wrote one of the first books about Linux; Director SUSE Linux Enterprise, Research & Development (Mathematics)
Arndt G. Kirchhoff Managing partner and CEO of KIRCHHOFF Holding GmbH & Co. KG. Voluntary president of the “Institut der deutschen Wirtschaft Köln” (IW) (Business Engineering)
Dr.-Ing. Katharina Klemt-Albert Managing director of DB International GmbH (Civil Engineering)
Oliver Kraft Former managing director of DB Netz AG. Today managing director House of Logistics and Mobility (HOLM) (Business Informatics)
Carsten Kratz Chairman of the management teams for Germany and Austria of Boston Consulting Group (Business Engineering)
Michael Krings Since 2008 chairman of Douglas Logistik GmbH. Before project manager at Roland Berger Strategy Consultants (Business Engineering)
Rainer Küchler Former managing director of Heraeus Noblelight (Physics)
Dr. Marcus Kuhnert Since August 2014 member of the management and Chief Financial Officer at Merck. Before different positions at Henkel (Business Engineering)
Prof. Dr. Ulrich Lehner Chairman of the supervisory board of Deutsche Telekom and Thyssen-Krupp AG. Until 2008 CEO of Henkel AG & Co. KGaA (Business and Mechanical Engineering)
Dr. Udo Liedtke CFO at Expo Display Service (Business Engineering)
Dr.-Ing. Hans-Hartwig Loewenstein President of “Zentralverband des Deutschen Baugewerbes” (Business Engineering)
Dr. Kai Luppa Since February 2012 sales manager at IDS GmbH. Former managing director of utilicount GmbH & Co. KG, lecturer at the FH Dortmund (Electronical Engineering)
Dr. Christoph Müller-Mederer Director sales and marketing at Wafios AG (Mechanical Engineering)
Periklis Nassios Head of the business unit seating systems at Brose Fahrzeugteile GmbH (Mechanical Engineering)
Hans Dieter Pötsch CFO at Volkswagen AG (Business Engineering)
Dr. Karl-Friedrich Rausch Member of the management board for transportation and logistics at DB Mobility Logistics AG, member of the university council of the TU Darmstadt (Business Engineering)
Dr. Martin Reitz Manging director and head of the unit investment banking for Germany, Austria and Switzerland at Rothschild GmbH (Business Engineering)
Prof. Dr. Hermann Requardt Board member and healthcare sector CEO at Siemens AG (Physics)
Reinhard Reschke Managing director finances at IBM Deutschland (Business Informatics)
Frank Rosenberger Since 01.08.2008 managing director of Vodafone Deutschland. Member of the management board of Arcor AG and responsible for the private customer buiness. Significantly involved in the launch of the prepaid offer “CallYa” (Business Engineering)
Dr. Alexander Rost Managing director of the departments development, marketing and sales at Harting-Electronics. Rost was a scientific employee of the TU Darmstadt from 1993 to 1998
Chris-Oliver Schickentanz Chief Investment Officer at Commerzbank AG (Psychology, Business Economics and Law)
Thomas Schlick Partner at the Automotive Competence Centre in Frankfurt. Former CEO at the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) (Mechanical Engineering)
Dr.-Ing. Joachim Schneider Board member at RWE Deutschland. Since 2013 president of the VDE (Electrical Engineering)
Peter Schnell Co-founder of Software AG and founder of the Software AG foundation. Received the Federal Cross of Merit First Class (Physics and Mathematics)
Andreas Schumann Since April 2015 CIO (Chief Information Officer) at the copper producer Aurubis. Before it he worked i.a. at SMS Siemag. (Mechanical Engineering)
Jürgen Schulte-Laggenbeck CFO at Otto Group. Until 2005 director for Finances, IT and Logistics at OBI Bau- und Heimwerkermärkte GmbH & Co (Business and Mechanical Engineering)
Dr. Martin Setzer Since June 2012 Chief Operating Officer and chief representative at Landesbank Baden-Württemberg (Business Engineering)
Rubin Siddique From April 2016 Managing Director of the Lufthansa Technical Training GmbH. (Electrical Engineering)
Michael Söding Since January 2018 board member at Schaeffler AG and responsible for Automotive Aftermarket (Business Engineering)
Thomas Spitzenpfeil From 2004 to 2010 CFO at Zumtobel in Austria. Since October 2012 board member at Carl Zeiss AG (Business and Mechanical Engineering)
Klaus Stahlmann Chief Executive Officer at Sulzer, former CEO at MAN Diesel and Turbo (Electrical Engineering and Business Economics)
Dr. Ulrich Stiebel Co-owner of Stiebel Eltron (Business Engineering)
Bernd Sträter President of the international Airship Association. Winner of the Otto-Lilienthal Medal for his achievements relating to aviation (Mechanical Engineering)
Dr. Markus Tacke CEO of the division wind power at the Siemens' sector Energy (Mechanical Engineering)
Marcus B. Teschner CFO at Zarges Tubesca Holding GmbH (Mechanical Engineering)
Dr. Beatrix Vierkorn-Rudolph Chairman of the executive board of European Strategy Forums on Research (ESFRI). Representative of Germany in the CERN council, German delegate in the governing board Fusion for Energy (F4E) of the European ITER organization. Board member at the Research Centre Jülich, Chair of the Supervisory Board of the GSI Helmholtz Centre for Heavy Ion Research GmbH (Chemistry)
Ulrich Voss Former COO of HSH Nordbank. Since 2012 general manager for Central & Eastern Europe at Avaloq (Business Engineering)
Said Zahedani Head of the cloud business division at HP. Before ithe worked at IBM and Microsoft. (Computer Science)
Dr. Matthias Zieschang Executive director controlling and finance at Fraport AG. Until 2007 board member at Deutsche Bahn Netze AG (Economics)
Dr. Holger Zinke Chairman of the company BRAIN AG which he founded in 1993. In 2008 he received the renowned Environment Prize of the German Environment Foundation and 2010 the Federal Cross of Merit. Member of the university council of the TU Darmstadt (Microbiology and Biochemistry)
Oliver Zipse Director of the production department at BMW Group, before it he filled other leading positions at BMW (Maschinenbau)
Dr. Rainer Zitelmann Managing partner of Dr. Zitelmann PB GmbH, initiator of the Berlin estate meeting and managing director of the publishing company Ambition (History and Political Sciences)