Washington, DC, May 8, 2020 – Martin Richenhagen, Chairman, President and CEO of AGCO, a Fortune 500 company and worldwide leader in agricultural equipment, has assumed the Chairmanship of the Board of Trustees of the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies at Johns Hopkins University (AICGS), a center for policy research and scholarship dedicated to the most important political, economic, and security issues confronting Germany and the United States in the global arena. Mr. Richenhagen’s German and American roots and history of corporate achievement, on both sides of the Atlantic, make him uniquely suited to lead the Institute. Chancellor Angela Merkel has called him “a bridge-builder between Germany and the United States and a highly valued transatlanticist.”
He succeeds Jacques Brand, Senior Partner at PJT Partners, who served as Chairman for the last eight years. Of his successor, Mr. Brand said, “Martin is a highly regarded global business leader with an outstanding track record and will bring his leadership, vision and commitment to the German-American relationship as the new Chairman of AICGS.”
Mr. Richenhagen begins his term as the Institute’s 7th chairman on the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Germany and the end of World War II in Europe. Since then, the German-American partnership has been a key driver in rebuilding Europe, shaping the world order, and addressing global problems. Today, as the world is confronted by a new crisis with the coronavirus pandemic, the experiences of the past 75 years can guide our collective responses to restarting our economies and protecting our populations from new threats. AICGS experts offer insight on the issues affecting the German-American relationship and bring senior decision-makers from both countries together for high-level dialogue. The latest AICGS video podcast with Health Minister Jens Spahn looks at the German government’s response to COVID-19 and the implications for the transatlantic and global economies. It can be found here.
The American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS) in Washington, DC, is the only think tank focused exclusively on the most pressing issues at stake for Germany and the United States. Affiliated with Johns Hopkins University (JHU), the Institute possesses in-depth policy and academic expertise and an extensive network on both sides of the Atlantic. AICGS collaborates with policymakers, corporate leaders, and scholars to deliver in-depth, actionable analysis and fresh ideas that help anticipate trends, manage risk, and shape policy choices.
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