Dr. Gerhard Schmidt (through 2009)

– our founder –

He died just prior to his 90th birthday – on February 20, 2009.

He was:

A business consultant; through 1989 chairman of the supervisory board of a variety of companies; member of the foundation board of the World Economic Forum, Geneva (WEF) through 1998; chairman of the board of the Heinz Nixdorf Foundation and the Westfalen Foundation; holder of the Medal for Merits in the German Philanthropic Sector and the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.