Josef Ackermann- Member
Josef Ackermann has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Zurich Insurance Group since March 2012. Prior to his position as Chairman, he served as Vice-Chairman for two years. After obtaining his doctorate in 1977, he joined Schweizerische Kreditanstalt (SKA). In 1990, he was appointed to the Board of Directors of SKA, becoming its Chairman in 1993. In 1996, Mr. Ackermann joined the Management Board of Deutsche Bank AG; in 2002, he became the Spokesman of the Management Board and Chairman of the Group Executive Committee and between February 2006 and May 2012 he was the Chairman of the Management Board. Mr. Ackermann is a Member of the Supervisory Board of Siemens AG, Germany (Second Deputy Chairman), a Member of the Board of Directors of Royal Dutch Shell, the Netherlands and of Investor AB, Sweden, as well as Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of Belenos Clean Power Holding Ltd, Biel. He also plays an active role in the World Economic Forum (Co-Chairman of the Foundation Board), the St. Gallen Foundation for International Studies (Chairman), the Foundation Lindau Nobelprizewinners Meetings at Lake Constance (Honorary Senate Member) and the Metropolitan Opera New York (Advisory Director). In 2007, Mr. Ackermann accepted an appointment as visiting professor in finance at the London School of Economics. In July 2008, he was appointed as Honorary Professor at Frankfurt's Johann Wolfgang Goethe University. Furthermore, he is an Honorary Fellow of the London Business School and holds an Honorary Doctorate from the Democritus University of Thrace in Greece. Mr. Ackermann studied economics and social sciences at the University of St. Gallen and received his PhD in 1977.