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German American Business Outlook 2015

The German American Business Outlook is one of the
most important economic indicators of German American
business relations.

The seven German Chamber offices and the Washington, D.C. liaison office, together with Roland Berger Strategy Consulting, survey more than 1,900 German subsidiaries in the United States on their views of the U.S. as an investment location.

This year's study is especially addressing the transition toward Industry 4.0/the Smart Factory, Skilled Workforce, and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

The results presentation and a panel discussion as well as the GACC award ceremony will be held at Thomson Reuters in Times Square in New York City on Monday, December 8, 2014.

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6:00 p.m.


6:30 p.m.

Welcome by Caroll H. Neubauer, Chairman & CEO B.Braun Medical, Inc.; Chairman German American Chamber of Commerce New York

Opening Address by W. David Braun, Partner Quarles & Brady LLP; Chairman German American Chambers of Commerce

Keynote Address by Peter Wittig, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to the United States

Presentation of Survey Results by Mark Winterhoff, Partner Roland Berger Strategy Consultants

7:00 p.m.

Industry Panel
Moderator: Rob Cox (Thomson Reuters)

  • Hans Engel,
    CEO North America and Global CFO of BASF
  • Dr. James Sharp,
    President at Carl Zeiss Inc. / Carl Zeiss Microscopy LLC
  • Detlev von Platen,
    President and CEO of Porsche Cars North America
  • Dr. Anna-Katharina Wittenstein,
    Chairwoman of Wittenstein Holding Corp

7:50 p.m.

GACCs Award “Trainee of the Year”
presented by Martin Richenhagen, Chairman, President & CEO AGCO Corp. / Chairman GACC South

8:00 p.m.

Cocktail Reception


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GACC New York:
Nicola Michels

Vice President
+1 (212) 956-1770

GACC Midwest:
Jayne Riemer-Chishty
Director, Membership and
Chamber Development

+1 (312) 494-2169

GACC South:
Stefanie Jehlitschka

Vice President
+1 (404) 586-6803

RGIT Washington:
Dr. Thomas Zielke

President & CEO,
Office of the Representative of German Industry and Trade (RGIT)

+1 (202) 659-4777