HHL Alumni

Worldwide chapters & regional groups. Regular activities & homecoming. Lifelong relations.



Over 200 new alumni per year


From over 80 different countries

Average Age

35 years


Diploma degree
Master of Science in Management
Master of Business Administration
Doctoral degree

Commitment at HHL

HHL Alumni Association
Friends of HHL
HHL Foundation

Founders & Entrepreneurs

Over 250 in various sectors worldwide


Accounting & Auditing
Education & Research
Fashion, Luxury & Retail Management
Financial Services
Health Care
Information Technology
Media & Culture
Public Institutions
Real Estate

Place of Work

In over 70 different countries

HHL Alumni

Lifelong Relations

HHL has a very personal spirit which makes the school unique when it comes to alumni relations since this spirit emphasizes the strong connection we foster with our alumni. It starts already from the very first day when making the connection with our students as future alumni. As part of the lifelong relationship amongst each other, HHL fosters commitment and involvement of students and alumni on campus and beyond.

With regards to professional development, the alumni network is a valuable source of information and it is common sense that alumni support those who seek for an internship or job entry position. They also give back their expertise and knowledge of a certain sector or corporate environment.

The alumni lifecycle starts already with the application as future candidate, accompanies students during their studies and points out the benefits of being an alum of HHL.

Prestigious Network

Active network with members in leading positions worldwide

When going through the academic program at HHL, you meet valuable contacts and make friends for live. Our HHL alumni are a great asset who are enriching our network of corporates, entrepreneurs and professionals.

The HHL Alumni network is an active and constantly growing network of valuable contacts and long-lasting friendships. At HHL, you not only earn a degree from one of the best business schools within Germany and Europe, but you become part of a worldwide network of successful entrepreneurs, executive managers and high-class experts.

Our alumni serve as ambassadors for HHL within a variety of industries in more than 70 countries worldwide. Moreover, they donate their personal time and expertise, as well as financial support to further strengthen HHL and its mission.

Become a member of an effective, responsible and entrepreneurial community!

Beta Gamma Sigma - Recognizing Business Excellence

Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS) is a scholastic honor society of business schools accredited by AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools). The society was established to encourage and honor academic achievement in the study of business, and to foster personal and professional excellence among its members. Worldwide, excellent graduates of business schools can become members of this honor society.

The Beta Gamma Sigma chapter at HHL

The Beta Gamma Sigma chapter at HHL was installed in December 2004, following HHL’s accreditation by AACSB. Distinguished HHL graduates are invited every year to join the Beta Gamma Sigma chapter of our business school. Currently, the number of members counts up to 679 graduates and faculty staff. As of June 30, 2018, 18 new members were inducted into the Beta Gamma Sigma chapter at HHL. 

Who is invited to lifetime membership? In accordance with the current situation at HHL, these are:

  • Post-Baccalaureate Membership: 
    The top 20 % of students of any master class at a time jointly determined by HHL Department of Student Affairs and the BGS chapter
  • Doctoral Membership: 
    All doctoral students who have successfully defended their dissertation
  • Faculty Membership:
    Individual has earned a doctorate from an AACSB accredited business program or is tenured or has been teaching for at least 6 years at HHL

Alumni Principles

As ambassadors of HHL and crucial members within the HHL community, all alumni carry the reputation of HHL and stand for its mission to educate effective, responsible and entrepreneurial business leaders onsite and throughout the world. In doing so, they are actively committed to all members of the HHL community, while benefitting from the HHL network.

As active members of the community, the alumni

  • Foster and strengthen the HHL network and actively make use of it;
  • Support HHL students and fellow alumni;
  • Carry the aims of HHL; and
  • Support its further development.  

In serving the HHL community our alumni emphasize HHL's outstanding reputation and it's commitment to educating socialy responsible and entrepreneurial minded business leaders.

HHL’s alumni are not only recognized as dynamic entrepreneurs with over 160 established companies within the last 20 years, many of them hold senior positions in the industry sector or continued their academic career successfully.

Founders and Entrepreneurs

Amongst HHL alumni are some of the most dynamic entrepreneurs who founded more than 160 companies and created over 3,500 jobs in the past 20 years. They carry the entrepreneurial spirit of HHL into the world with their business ideas, products and services. Among others the following companies were founded by HHL alumni:

CompanyBusiness areaFounder
Alpha Founders Incubator for internet companiesJohannes von Rohr (K20)
ASK GroupOnline Insurance Comparison Michael M. Steibl (MSc7), André O. Prenzlow (MSc7) and Johannes von Rohr (K20)
Augenzentrum Fankhauser AG Eye Clinic Franz Fankhauser (P3)
belChem Fiber materials GmbH Fibre technology Dr. Robin Richter (P1)
Besser Betreut GmbHWeb portal for services for familiesSteffen Zoller (K15), sold to care.com
BonusBox GmbHOnline shopping portal and bonus system on facebook Robert Heesen (MSc2)
BookandSmile GmbHplatforms such as billigflieger.de Marcel Radzei (K5)
Carry-on Publishing GmbH Publishing house Antonia Neubauer (K18)
Circle Products GmbHOnline coffee shop with social effort Martin Elwert (K17)
Coffee Bike GmbH Franchise systems of mobile coffee bikes Tobias Zimmer (K23)
Die Kartenmacherei Individual cards Christoph Behn (K13)
DORUCON – DR. RUPP CONSULTINGInnovation consultingDr. Jörg Rupp (P5)
FashionetteDesigner handbagsRonald Reschke (K13), Dr. Sebastian Siebert (K13)
Flaconi GmbH Online perfumery Björn Kolbmüller (K20) & Paul Schwarzenholz (K20), sold to ProSiebenSat1
Fredknows.itmachine learning tool for computer usageErik Pfannmöller (K23)
Fundsters Crowfunding and crowdinvesting platform Markus Brütsch (K17)
Futalis Customized dog food Janes Potthoff (MSc4) & Christian Hetke (MSc4)
GBV Gesellschaft für Bestattungen und Vorsorge mbH Information and comparison platform for funurals Fabian Schaaf-Mehta (M9)
Gollmann Kommisionierungssysteme GmbH Development and Production of robotic despensing systems Daniel Gollmann (M4)
Hitfox Game distribution company builder Tim Koschella (K21) & Hendrik Krawinkel (MSc4)
HumlyProfessional psychological help onlinePhilipp Joas (MSc4)
imedo GmbH Health care platform Christian Angele (K20), sold to Müller Medien
KaleandmeFresh cold pressed juicesAnnemarie Heyl (M14)
KisuraPersonal shopping online portal Tanja Bogumil (MSc3) &,
Linh Nguyen (K22)
smowOnline and offline designer furniture seller Michael Petersen (K12) & David Dimitrov (K11) 
Lecturio Online learning platform Martin Schlichte (K21)
Ludwig & Co. Financial advisory Dr. Thomas Ludwig (M4)
MeineSpielzeugkiste.de Online hiring platform for toys Julia Derndinger (K7) & Florian Metz (M6) 
Mister Spex GmbH Online optician Dirk Graber (K15)
MyRoomStyle GmbH Online service for furnishing Bettina Redl (M10)
mysportgroup GmbHOnline retailer for sportswearErik Pfannmöller (K23) & Albert Schwarzmeier (MSc1)
Palero Capital Private equity fund Conny E. Wuppermann (K16)
Ringekaufen.com GmbHOnline shop for ringsDirk Plotzki (M9)
Fabian Schaaf (M9) 
RoadsWellTraveled GmbHOnline shop for goods from around the worldMinu Chawla (MSc1) & Sebastian Sager (K21)
Spreadshirt AG Online shop for personalized apparel Lukasz Gadowski (K12)
St. ERHARD Brewery Christian Klemenz (MSc4)
SunCoal GmbH SunCoal® biocoal Friedrich von Ploetz (K11)
TALOS Management Consulting GmbHManagament consulting boutiquePhilipp Tenbieg (M3)
TausendkindOnline shopping portal for children’s fashionDr. Katrin Weiß (K10)
Team Europe Management GmbH Co-Founding of and investing in companies Lukasz Gadowski (K12)
Trivago Hotel search engine Rolf Schrömgens (K5), Malte Siewert (K6), Peter Vinnemeier (K5) & Stephan Stubner (K5), sold to Expedia
ZUUMEO GmbH E-commerce service and content production Max Radtke (K21)

Business Leaders

HHL alumni are working in a variety of industries throughout the world. They hold executive managerial positions and serve as effective, responsible, and entrepreneurial business leaders. Below are just a few examples of some of HHL's top business leaders.  

arvato UK & IrelandHead of Corporate Development & Strategic Projects
Bain & CompanyPartner
BASFSenior Vice President
Bauerfeind AGChief Technology Officer
Bauer Media GroupVerlagsleiter Living & Food
Bayer HealthCareVice President
Bertelsmann AGSenior Vice President
Bombardier TransportationVice President Group Strategy
Breuninger GmbH & CoHead of Multichannel
Buecher.deManaging Director
CitigroupDirector Investment Banking
CMS Hasche SiglePartner
Deutsche Annington Immobilien SEExecutive Director
Deutsche Bank AGDirector
DMB Deutsche Mittelstand BeteiligungenAssociate Partner
Dow ChemicalsHead of Supply Chain
E.ONHead of Emerging Businesses
ebayHead of Financial Planning & Analysis
Goldman SachsExecutive Director
HeidelbergCement AGHead of Group Energy Purchasing
Infineon Technology AGSenior Director and Head of M&A
Internationale Händel-Festspiele GöttingenManaging Director
Jenoptics AGExecutive Vice President HR
KAEFER GroupDirector Shipbuilding Division
Lazard & Co.Director
LexisNexis UK & IrelandManaging Director
Morgan StanleyExecutive Director
OSRAMSenior Vice President
Otto GroupHead of Corporate Development
ProSiebenSat.1 DigitalDirector Business Development
Roland Berger Strategy ConsultantsPartner
Schott AGDirector Marketing & Strategic Development
SchücoChief Financial Officer
Siemens Management ConsultingPartner
Tchibo GmbHDirector Corporate Development
TOM TAILOR GROUPMember of the Board
Vattenfall EuropeHead of Management Board

Academic Alumni

Due to HHL's outstanding education and research, not only do our alumni become leaders in the business sector, but some become leading scholars as well. Amongst our graduates, several continue their academic career taking part in a Doctoral Program, PhD or postdoctoral studies. As professors and lecturers they pass on the knowledge, experience, and methods, which they learned at HHL with high practical relevance and on the latest scientific level.

Amongst our HHL alumni are professors and lecturers at the following universities and institutions:

  • Brandenburg University of Applied Sciences
  • Deutsche Telekom University of Applied Sciences for Telecommunications in Leipzig (HfTL)
  • Freie Universität Berlin
  • Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (HAW)
  • HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management
  • IMD International
  • IUBH - International University of Applied Sciences (former Adam Ries University of Applied Sciences)
  • KIT Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
  • LSE London School of Economics
  • Leipzig University of Applied Sciences (HTWK)
  • Münster University of Applied Sciences
  • Philipps-Universität Marburg
  • University Duisburg Essen
  • University of Applied Sciences Jena
  • University of Applied Sciences Mittelhessen (THM)
  • University of Applied Sciences Vorarlberg
  • University of Bonn
  • University of Mannheim
  • University of Passau
  • WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management 

Chapters & Groups

The global network onsite

Our alumni are based and are working throughout the world. However, HHL alumni maintain strong ties with HHL and with each other beyond their studies. They are organized in regional chapters and groups, as well as in expertise groups according to their profession and fields of interest.

The alumni chapters are regional units, which are led by alumni onsite and are open to all alumni. Meetings and events are organized on a regular basis where alumni:

  • Keep one another up to date;
  • Share personal and professional networks; 
  • Exchange business ideas;
  • Help stay in touch with HHL;
  • Discuss and provide input into the further development of HHL; and
  • Be a permanent contact person for new alumni.

HHL maintains close contact to the chapters to inform alumni about the latest projects and achievements, as well as to involve alumni in the development of the university. Therefore, our dean and chancellor visit all chapters once a year. Regional groups within Germany and throughout the world also meet on a regular basis. Moreover as our alumni are experts in different fields and within various, expertise groups are formed crossing regional borders, where knowledge and new trends are shared.

Chapters and Regional Groups

The HHL alumni established 9 active chapters in Germany and Europe. In addition, chapter activities and regional groups in Europe and around the world are constantly growing.

ChaptersHead of Chapter
BerlinProf. Dr. Andreas Wilms (K13, PhD)
FrankfurtUlrich Steinmann (K9)
Nicole Campbell (P5)
HamburgRoland Drapatz (MSc4)
Melanie Diener (MSc9)
LeipzigDr. Benjamin Hammer (MSc5)
Dr. Alexander Kolano (MSc5)
MunichJörg Sutara (K20)
Dr. Gunter Greven (K19)
Hans-Philipp vom Ende (PMSc1)
North-Rhine WestphaliaChristian Brands (MSc2)
Christian Hoffmann (MSc3)
Benedikt Ernst (MSc3)
StuttgartKai Ehlers (K21)
SwitzerlandHanns-Christian Ehret (K22)
Benedikt Billmann (MSc4)
Regional groupsContact person
FranconiaChristian Klemenz (MSc4)
Ostwestfalen-LippeMarco Ziemski (MSc5)
Thorsten Daniel (PMSc1)
AustraliaAndreas Brunner (K14)
China, BeijingChristine Zhang-Lippert (M14)

News & Events

Always up to date and closely connected!

We always keep you up to date with news and success stories of our alumni and their businesses, as well as their personal achievements. Moreover, we keep you informed as to the current development of HHL as one of the best business schools and about upcoming events. All this is announced here and in the HHL Alumni Newsletter.


The HHL Alumni Newsletter keeps you informed about new alumni, current achievements of our alumni and their activities at HHL and beyond the campus.

We hope, you enjoy reading these updates and we look forward to hearing about your news and stories, which you can share with your fellow alumni.

Homecoming & Reunions

Each year all alumni from around the world are invited to Leipzig. Graduates from every program spend a whole weekend celebrating their homecoming in order to remember their times at HHL. Moreover, it’s a great opportunity to meet new and older alumni and enhance one's personal network. In particular, our jubilee classes are most welcome and warmly invited to celebrate their 5th, 10th and 15th anniversary with HHL and their fellow alumni.

On the agenda for each homecoming are always:

  • a BBQ;
  • Tours through HHL and Leipzig;
  • Homecoming dinner with speech of the dean of HHL; and
  • Celebration of anniversaries of the jubilee classes.   

Altogether, it is always an unforgettable weekend in Leipzig!


Showing your commitment for your alma mater!

Our HHL alumni foster the network and benefit from it at the same time. They are recognized members of the HHL community. As such, they ideally and financially support their alma mater. As important ambassadors, they contribute to reputation and quality of HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management. You are looking for a project you want to become involved in? See how you can support HHL.

HHL alumni are:

  • Involved in the boards of our shareholders (Friends of HHL and HHL Foundation);
  • Organizing the unified association of alumni (HHL Alumni Association);
  • Enhancing research and teaching as practical experts;
  • Strengthening the sustainable growth of HHL with donations and endowments;
  • and Initiating various other successful projects.

They support:

  • The selection process of new students;
  • Students with the National Scholarship;
  • Student initiatives, equipment for the HHL library and the HHL Alumni Lounge; and
  • Students in finding an internship or a job and making the next career step.

Moreover, HHL alumni show strong commitment for HHL’s students. Therefore, they take part in Alumni Talks and exchange their experiences regarding careers with HHL students, they are contact person as mentors as well as open up their company doors to welcome students and provide them with the chance to get insights into daily challenges and to get in touch with HR persons.

Alumni Talks

When HHL students graduate they are not only faced with various career opportunities they are also confronted with questions regarding the right job entry. In order to provide them with appropriate support in finding the perfect job, a challenging position or in starting within an exciting business sector we invite alumni to HHL’s campus. During a “Kaminabend” HHL alumni give insights into their career paths and experiences, they point out advantages and disadvantages and answer all students’ questions. In this context, students and alumni continue their discussions during the get together afterwards. The following topics where discussed within our Alumni Talk series so far:

  • “A start in consulting – but what is the next step?”
  • “Founding a company – better immediately after studying or gaining professional?”
  • “Assistant to the CEO/board – job entry opportunities, challenges and further development opportunities”

Mentoring Women in Business @HHL

HHL is educating future managers and executives and thereby, HHL put strong efforts in the encouragement of female young professionals. In this context, HHL alumnae committed as mentors and contact persons for further development opportunities, tips and advice on careers and questions of female managers.

HHL Mentors:

  • Are strongly committed to their alma mater
  • Have built an inspiring career since graduation from HHL
  • Are working with an exciting sector or in a challenging position

As mentor you are most welcome to support female students from HHL during their entire studies as counselor, initiator and broadcaster of knowledge. Please get in touch with us via email alumni@hhl.de or phone + 49 341 98 51 752.

Company Visits

In addition to company presentation and workshops on campus students have also the chance to meet companies onsite. HHL alumni open their doors and present students with their working environment, they give insights into their company and their daily challenges and they provide them with HR contacts.


Become part of a dynamic network!

HHL offers more than an internationally recognized degree and an excellent network. As part of the HHL alumni network you can benefit from:


  • HHL alumni chapters, groups and events worldwide
  • HHL Alumni newsletter published on a quarterly basis
  • Constantly updated alumni data base + alumni contacts on demand
  • Overview of HHL start ups
  • Support in company founding and entrepreneurship
  • HHL Alumni Association portal
  • Online activities, follow us on Xing and LinkedIn

Lifelong Learning

HHL prepares its students for their future job and accompanies them as alumni in their professional development. In order to keep your theoretical knowledge up to date and apply it to topics of particular practical relevance, HHL alumni are invited to take part in a course of the current part-time programs.
Especially for those who always support us on recruiting fairs and events and by recommending the school to prospective students this service is completely for free. Therefore, feel most welcome to benefit as HHL alumni from:

  • Open lectures within the current MBA and M.Sc. program;
  • Executive education with high practical relevance; and
  • Special alumni conditions.
Mar 05 to 07, 2018LeipzigLeadership Experience (Prof. Meynhardt) MBA Program
Mar 09 to 11, 2018 LeipzigAdvanced Intra-/Entrepreneurship (Dr. Wiebke Stranz) MSc Porgram
Apr 06 to 08, 2018LeipzigManaging PR (Hannes Külz) MBA Program
May 05 to 06, 2018MunichEntrepreneurship (Dr. Wiebke Stranz) MSc Porgram
May 04 to 06, 2018LeipzigNegotiation (Prof. Dr. Remigiusz Smolinski) MBA Program
May 25 to 27, 2018 CologneLeadership Experience (Dr. Kai Dierke / Dr. Anke Houben) MBA Program
Jun 01 to 03, 2018 LeipzigOrganizational Behavior (Prof. Dr. Fabian Christandl) MBA Program
Jun 08 to 10, 2018 CologneCorporate Finance & Risk Management (Prof. Dr. Andreas Wilms) MSc Program
Jun 08 to 10, 2018 CologneE-Business (JProf. Dr. Erik Maier) MBA Program
Jun 08 to 10, 2018 MunichMarketing Strategy & Brand Management (Prof. Dr. Manfred Kirchgeorg) MSc Program
Jun 15 to 17, 2018 LeipzigManaging Projects (Ian Diamond) MBA Program
Sep 07 to 09, 2018 MunichSupply Chain Management (Dr. Jenny Nossak) MSc Program


For further information and registration please contact alumni(at)hhl.de.

Postgraduate Career Development Service

For applications

  • Application review
  • HHL corporate and alumni contacts
  • Personal counseling (via email, phone and onsite)
  • Arranging headhunter contacts and advice on headhunter contacts
  • Monthly job newsletter
  • Online job board

For recruiting

  • Lifelong access to online recruiting platform
  • Access to all résumé books (pdf) on demand
  • Job postings
  • Company and start up presentations on campus and off-site, workshops, on-campus interviews

For student consulting projects

  • Consulting projects with a team of HHL students and chair for companies, with special conditions for HHL founders.

Career Questions

Benefit from professional and career opportunities of HHL

HHL offers its career development service as a lifelong service for all alumni, who are seeking a new professional challenge, thinking about a change or need professional counseling regarding:

•    Application documents
•    Headhunter contact
•    Corporate contact
•    Evaluation of personal targets
•    Application strategies


Any questions? We are here for you!

Angela Ditter
Manager Alumni Relations
T +49 341 9851-752
F +49 341 9851-711
Campus & City

Accreditation & Rankings

Among the leading EMBA
programs worldwide

Top 5 in Germany

Most International University
in Germany

#1 for Entrepreneurship
in Germany