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chairman , manager , Chief Executive

Gunter Thielen is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Bertelsmann Foundation.


Thielen, Gunter was born on August 4, 1942 in Saarland, Germany.


Degree in Mechanical Engineering and Economics, Technology University Aachen, Germany. Doctor in Engineering.


Various management positions Badische Anilin- & Soda-Fabrik, Ludwigshafen, Germany, 1970—1976. Technical director Wintershall Refinery, Kassel, Germany, 1976—1980. Chief Executive Officer Maul-Belser, Nuremberg, Germany, 1980—1985.

Member executive board Bertelsmann AG, Guetersloh, Germany, 1985—2001. Head industry business unit Bertelsmann Arvato AG, 1999—2001. Chairman Bertelsmann Stiftung, 2001—2002, Bertelsmann Verwaltungsgesellschaft, Guetersloh, 2001—2002.

Chairman, Chief Executive Officer Bertelsmann AG, Germany, 2002—2007. Chairman supervisor board Bertlesmann AG, Germany, since 2008. Board directors Bertelsmann Stiftung, Gutersloh, Germany, since 2002.