Prof. Strenger is often called the German ‘Mr. Corporate Governance’. He obtained his MBA in Finance from Cologne University. After trainee programs in New York and London, he joined the Deutsche Bank group with executive positions in Frankfurt, London and New York. In 1991 he became CEO of DWS Investment, Germany’s largest asset manager with assets of some 700 billion USD. After moving to the DWS supervisory board, he accepted invitations to join boards of large listed companies (i.a. Evonik Industries, Fraport, TUI).
In 2001 he became a founding member of the German Government Commission ‘German Corporate Governance Code’ where he represented investor matters until 2016.
His international activities today include roles as Deputy Chairman of the Private Sector Advisory Group of the World Bank’s IFC Global Corporate Governance Forum as well as member of the BIAC Governance Committee of the OECD in Paris. He is also past chairman and active member of the ‘International Corporate Governance Network’ (ICGN).
He was awarded the honorary professorship by HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management for his professional achievements; he lectures and organizes symposiums on corporate governance matters as Academic Director of the Center for Corporate Governance at HHL Leipzig School of Management. He is also regularly invited for guest lectures at universities (i.e. Universität Münster, IAE Graduate School of Management, Aix-en-Provence, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Yale University). As deputy chair of the DVFA Corporate Governance Commission that represents the four major German asset managers as well as leading governance experts he participates today in the discussion for key issues of German governance.
Prof. Strenger publishes regularly articles on key governance issues in leading financial papers, journals and magazines and participates as speaker or panel member in national and international topical conferences.