Matura, Robert-Mayer Gymnasium, Heilbronn, Germany, 1963. Engineering Diplomate, University Karlsruhe, Germany, 1969.
Process engineer Exxon/Esso, Karlsruhe, Germany, 1970-1977. Process manager Exxon Nuclear, Lingen, Germany, 1978-1980. Consultant Fichtner, Stuttgart, Germany, 1980-1981.
Project manager Texaco/RWE-Diploma of Advanced Studies/Shell and Oil GmbH, Hamburg, Germany, since 1982.
Member Association German Engineers, German Air Rescue Organisation, National Geographic Society, Crown Club.
Married Barbara Schmitz, March 18, 1972. 1 child, Anke.