Doctor in Mechanical Engineering, Technology University Darmstadt, Germany, 1968.
Past assistant Institute Thermic Turbo Engines Technology University Munich. Assistant manager to technical director Bertelsmann AG, 1970-1974, chairman supervisory board, since 1996. Deputy board directors to chairman executive board Pegulan AG, Frankenthal, Germany, 1975-1985.
Deputy chairman executive board Batig, Hamburg, Germany, 1978-1985. Chairman executive board Thyssen Handelsunion AG, Düsseldorf, Germany, 1986-1996. Deputy chairman executive board Thyssen AG, Duisburg, Germany, 1986-1996, chairman executive board Germany, 1996-2000.
Shareholder Bertelsmann Verwaltungsgesellschaft mbH. Managing partner Lindsay, Godlberg & Bessemer and Vogel GmbH, Düsseldorf. Member supervisory board ABB Asea Brown Boveri AG, Mannheim, Germany, Aachener and Münchener Beteiligungs-AG, Aachen, Germany, Commerzbank AG, Frankfurt.
Married Ursula Gross, 1970. 2 children.