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Thomas Sattelberger

SpecialityMember of the German Bundestag and spokesman for innovation, education and research for his FDP parliamentary group.
Education Panel & Fireside Chat
QuoteWe must plan for freedom, and not only for security, if for no other reason than that only freedom can make security secure. - Karl Popper
Side FactIn my younger manager days at Daimler-Benz, working for this corporation was my dream job. The day came though when I could not stand CEO Jürgen Schrempp's egocentric overbearance any longer. I resigned and accepted a job offer from Lufthansa - where I had to start from scratch. It was worth it! Pain, frustration, a substantially lower salary package... but, more importantly, a new business culture! All of this formed a vantage point in my life leading to 20 years of top and board level management.

Thomas Sattelberger was born in 1949 in Munderkingen, the smallest town in the Alb-Donau-Kreis in Baden-Württemberg. He was taught judgement, differentiation and understanding of differing cultures and mentalities early in his life. Also in his early years, he started speech classes and won debate contests on political topics. This put him on track for his career that followed. He took his first steps as a politician, by leading a student organisation in Stuttgart. With his engagement he stood against authoritarian views and organisations and this phase has shaped his life until this day.

So even now, Thomas Sattelberger wishes for Germany to break out of complacency, contentment and comfort in order to break through common concepts, patterns and ideological barriers. 

A little later in his life, Thomas lived through an even more rebellious phase and got involved with various left leaning and communist organisations. After he properly started his career at Daimler Benz, though, he soon realised that the free market economy might not be a paradise for everyone, but the only proper foundation for a society.

On his career path, he occupied various top positions where he lead educational projects with Daimler-Benz, headed Lufthansa’s executive staff and employee development, was the chief Human Resources officer with Continental and Deutsche Telekom and finally became a part of the FDP. Since 2017 he has also occupied a seat in the Bundestag and been responsible for the FDP’s department for research, innovation and education.

Attend the 32nd EBS Symposium and learn more about  Thomas Sattelbergeand his success story.

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