Klaus Zumwinkel

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Zumwinkel Klaus Zumwinkel is President of the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) and former CEO of Deutsche Post World Net, Bonn.

Born on December 15, 1943 in Rheinberg (Westphalia), he began his management training at the University of Münster, earning a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) in 1969. He then enrolled at the Wharton School in Philadelphia (USA), where he was conferred a Masters of Science (M.Sc.) in 1971. Back in Münster, the University awarded him a Ph.D. in 1973.

Zumwinkel then worked for a decade at McKinsey Consulting in Düsseldorf and New York. During his tenure, Zumwinkel rose through the ranks to become a member of the worldwide management team. In 1985, his path took him to Fürth and Quelle AG, where he served as a member of the Management Board and later CEO.

In 1990, Zumwinkel accepted the German federal government's offer to assume the leadership of Deutsche Bundespost POSTDIENST. His mission was to convert the then-national, deficit-ridden public authority into a successful enterprise.

13 years later, manager magazine named Dr. Klaus Zumwinkel "Manager of the Year 2003". The award honors Zumwinkel's achievements in shaping Deutsche Post into one of the world's largest and most successful international logistics corporations. "Deutsche Post", the national company, became "Deutsche Post World Net", the international Group, with four large corporate divisions: Mail, Express, Logistics and Financial Services.

The passionate mountain climber is married with two grown children.