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American in Germany

I am an American who has mastered the German language, studied their history, lived and worked in their culture for three decades. An historian by training I received my B.A. from Georgetown University in Washington, DC and my M.A. from Die Freie Universität in Berlin. 

Bonn – Washington

From 1995 until 1999 I was a Member of the Professional Staff of the majority party Christian Democrats in the Bundestag in Bonn. I advised its leadership on the relations between Germany and the United States.

With three primary tasks: Explain the deeper-lying historical-cultural factors driving those relations, establish and build relationships with key political actors in Washington, and report on significant developments in the United States.

Siemens – Westinghouse

From 1999 until 2002 I was a consultant – a one-man profit center – within Siemens in Munich. Supporting the post-merger integration of Westinghouse Power Corp., at that time the largest acquisition in the history of Siemens.

From 2003 until 2008 I continued to support that integration as an independent consultant. In 2009 my book Verstehen sich Deutsche und Amerikaner (Do Germans and Americans understand each other) – was published in Germany. In it I tell that integration story in fictional form. Read a chapter: Philadelphia

Cross-Border Collaboration

From 2003 until today I have helped other cross-border teams within DAX30 companies, the German Mittelstand and US Fortune25 companies. The better colleagues understand each other, the better they collaborate. And collaboration is the foundation of success.

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