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Josef Ackermann

Josef Ackermann

Swiss banker
The basics
Quick Facts
Occupations Banker Entrepreneur Educator
Countries Switzerland
Gender male
Birth February 7, 1948 (Walenstadt, Canton of St. Gallen, Switzerland)
Education University of St. Gallen
The details

Josef Meinrad Ackermann (born 7 February 1948) is a Swiss banker and former chief executive officer of Deutsche Bank. He has also been a member of the influential Washington-based financial advisory body, the Group of Thirty.

Early life

He was born in Walenstadt, Canton of St. Gallen, Switzerland, raised in Mels in a Catholic home, and is a graduate of the University of St. Gallen (HSG). After studying economics and social Sciences at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland, he continued his time there as a research assistant at the Department of Economics and went on to receive a doctorate in the subject.


Ackermann agreed at the end of 2009 to continue as chief executive of Deutsche Bank for another three years until 2013. At the annual shareholder meeting in late May 2012, he "handed over the CEO baton" to co-CEOs Anshu Jain and Juergen Fitschen.

According to the Financial Times Deutschland Ackerman earned €9.4 million in 2009 and €8.8 million in 2010. His included bonus in 2009 was €8.2 million and €7.1 million in 2010. He is a member of the Steering Committee of the Bilderberg Group.

Other positions held:

  • Second Deputy Chairman of Siemens AG (but he has announced his resignation in September 2013)
  • Non Executive Director of Shell
  • Visiting professor of Finance at the London School of Economics
  • Visiting professor at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University
  • President of the Board of Trustees of the St. Gallen Foundation for International Studies
  • President of the Board of Patrons of the Institute for Corporate Culture Affairs
  • Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Institute of International Finance
  • Bilderberg Meetings attendee 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
  • Chairman of the Board of Directors of the World Economic Forum

Days after retirement and on the eve of a conference call by G7 finance ministers and central bank governors on the continuing European debt crisis, Ackerman said in a speech to the Atlantic Council that "Germany will ultimately take whatever steps [are] necessary to keep the euro zone intact", according to one report. The country "is moving cautiously because it simply fears that countries on the European periphery will stop reform measures if they see that Berlin is going to guarantee everything", he continued.

He was a non-executive director of Vodafone from 2000-2002.

Return to banking

In November 2014 he was elected as chairman of the board of directors of the Bank of Cyprus following the proposal of the new major shareholder of the bank Wilbur Ross, who later became the Commerce Secretary in the Trump Administration.

Personal life

He is married to Pirkko Mölsä.

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