Ulrich Lehner (*1946)

Ulrich Lehner

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Lehner has been Chairman of the Board of Trustees of HHL since 2012.

Prof. Dr. Lehner says: “HHL’s Board of Trustees is made of outstanding personalities from the economy and science who all have an extensive network providing excellent cooperation opportunities for HHL. Moreover, the Board of Trustees is to give input regarding the content of the annual HHL Forum entitled “Rethinking Leadership”, which the Board members use to build bridges between theory and practice in the best interest of the students.” In this context, the Board of Trustees plans to exchange experiences with the HHL students prior to future meetings of the board, bringing together students, alumni and members of the Board of Trustees, comparable to the ‘Meet the CEO’ programs at US universities, according to Prof. Dr. Lehner.

In the keynote address at the first HHL Forum in November 2011 entitled “Rethinking Leadership – What Have We Learned from Recent Crises?”, Prof. Dr. Lehner said: “We should, first of all, realize that we are not entitled to being exempt from crises, that we are only entitled to the pursuit of happiness, not to ‘happiness right now’.” The Rhineland-born professor also stated: “You must not think you can apologize for crises by determining a demand to learn. You can always learn. In many cases, even the old knowledge would have been enough to avoid the crisis.”

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Lehner has been a member of the Shareholders’ Committee of Henkel AG & Co. KGaA since 2008. He is on various supervisory boards and similar controlling bodies of major companies in Germany and abroad (e.g. Deutsche Telekom AG [Chairman], Porsche Automobil Holding SE, Novartis AG). In March 2013, he was appointed as Chairman of the Supervisory Board of ThyssenKrupp AG in Essen.

Photo: Henkel AG & Co. KGaA