AGCO Chairman, President and CEO Martin Richenhagen was the first and for many years the only German CEO of a US Fortune 500 company. Born and raised in Cologne, he studied theology, philosophy and worked as a French teacher, before he changed fields and started a successful international business career.
Since 2004 Mr. Richenhagen is the Head of the Atlanta-based agricultural equipment manufacturer AGCO Corporation, which sells its products under the well-known brands Challenger®, Fendt®, Massey Ferguson®, Valtra® and GSI®. Mr. Richenhagen is the industry expert on all agribusiness matters and frequently speaks at conferences, at universities and business summits.
Mr. Richenhagen currently serves on the Board of Directors of PPG Industries and Linde PLC. In 2008, Mr. Richenhagen was appointed Honorary Professor to the faculty of agricultural machinery at the TU Dresden, Dresden University of Technology (Germany) and in 2016, he received an honorary PhD from Szent István University in Gödöllő, (Hungary).
As of May 1, 2020, Mr. Richenhagen serves as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies at Johns Hopkins University (AICGS). He served as the Chairman of the German American Chambers of Commerce of the US (GACCs) and was a former member of the President's ‘Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa’.
Clas Neumann is Global Head of the SAP Labs Network since 2009, and has been leading the Fast Growth Market Strategy team since 2013. In his role as Labs Head, Neumann acts as the central coordinator of all network activities. In his role as Head Fast Growth Market Strategy he leads the investments for SAP’s growth markets in Africa, China, Middle-East and Russia. Neumann has co-authored different books & article son innovation in emerging markets and been recognized through different awards for his engagement in society and business.