Bachelor with honors, University West London, 1972. Master of Business Administration, European Institute of Business Administration (Institut Européen d'Administration des Affaires), 1977.
Group product manager L'Oreal, 1977-1983, sales director for Germany, 1983-1986. Sales and marketing manager Gillette Europe, 1987-1989. Marketing director Tarkett, Germany, 1989-1994.
Vice president Solaint Inc., United Kingdom, 1994-1998. Head strategic planning Zeiss, Germany, since 1999.
Married Ingeborg Maria Schmidt, December 16, 1983. Children: Christian, Barbara, Stefanie, Pia.