Degree in Aeronautical Engineering, University Applied science, Hamburg, Germany. Doctor of Science in Industrial Science and Polytechnology, University Hamburg, 1986.
Teacher in production and aircraft engineering University Hamburg, Germany, 1981—1986. Head, marketing, sales and international relations for the energy and industrial technical division Messerchmitt-Bölkow-Blohm GmbH, Munich, 1989. Head, management office Deutsche Airbus GmbH, Hamburg, 1990.
Head Munich-Ottobrunn site, 1992. Head, aviation staff unit Daimler-Benz Aerospace AG (Airbus, military aircraft, Dornier Aviation, Eurocopter), Munich, 1994. Director, corporation planning and technical Daimler-Benz Aerospace AG, 1995.
Senior vice president and head of corporation strategy Daimler-Benz AG, 1996. Head, post merger integration (Project Management Institute) DaimlerChrysler AG, 1998, senior vice president and head of corporate strategy, 1998, senior vice president, corporation development, 2000. Member board management Daimler AG, 2001—2009.
Chairman board management, Chief Executive Officer Deutsche Bahn AG, Berlin, since 2009. Board director Hyundai Motor Company, Mitsubishi Motors Сorporation. Chairman board directors the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company Nevada.