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Josef Ackermann

Josef Ackermann
Ackermann at the World Economic Forum annual meeting in 2012
Born Josef Meinrad Ackermann
(1948-02-07) February 7, 1948
Walenstadt, Canton of St. Gallen
Nationality Swiss
Alma mater University of St. Gallen
Occupation Banker
Employer Deutsche Bank (former CEO) Bank of Cyprus (Chairman)
Religion Roman Catholic[1]

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


  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
  • Return to banking 3
  • Personal life 4
  • References 5

Early life

He was born in Walenstadt,[2] Canton of St. Gallen, Switzerland, raised in Mels in a Catholic home,[1] 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,[3] 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.[4] At the annual shareholder meeting in late May 2012, he "handed over the CEO baton" to co-CEOs Anshu Jain and Juergen Fitschen.[5]

According to the Financial Times Deutschland Ackerman earned €9.4 million in 2009 and €8.8 million in 2010.[6] 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.[7]

Other positions held:

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.[10]

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.

Personal life

He is married to Pirkko Mölsä.


  1. ^ a b Mäder, Ruedi (13 September 2013). "Was Ackermanns Ex-Medienchef über den Topbanker weiss" [What Ackermann's ex media boss knows about the top banker] (in German). Zurich: Tagesanzeiger. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  2. ^ Zehn Dinge, die Sie noch nicht über den Top-Banker wussten. In: Handelsblatt vom 28. Mai 2010
  3. ^ Video eferencing studying in Switzerland, while accepting an award for Deutsche Bank in 2011 on YouTube
  4. ^ Ackermann to stay as Deutsche Bank CEO until 2013 AFX News
  5. ^ Torry, Harriet, "Deutsche Bank details duties of co-CEOs", MarketWatch, June 1, 2012. Retrieved 2012-06-05.
  6. ^ Ackermanns Bonus gekürzt Financial Times Deutschland
  7. ^ "Steering Committee".  
  8. ^ McHugh, David (18 September 2013). "Siemens Appoints Board Replacement for Ackermann". ABC News. Retrieved 24 September 2013. 
  9. ^ "Bildeberg Meetings". Retrieved 2012-08-20. 
  10. ^ Robb, Greg, "German[y] will rescue euro zone: Ackermann", MarketWatch, June 4, 2012. Retrieved 2012-06-05.
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