HSBA Business Talks

Discussions on current economic challenges

Jana Tolle

Welcome to the new event series "HSBA Business Talks"

Prof. Dr. Insa Sjurts, President of HSBA, and Prof. Dr. Max Johns, Vice President for Research and International Affairs of HSBA, will interview top decision-makers from our cooperation companies. They will discuss current economic challenges with their guests, will talk about the cooperation with HSBA and highlight personal aspects of their guests’ careers and interests.

HSBA Business Talk with Alexander Silke Grimm, CFO and member of the Board of Management, Euler Hermes Deutschland

7 September 2021, 5:00 p.m.

As a market leader, how do you manage digital and cultural transformation in parallel with operational challenges? This is one of the most important questions Silke Grimm deals with on a daily basis. As CFO and member of the Board of Management of the credit insurer Euler Hermes Deutschland, she plays a key role in the changes with which the Allianz subsidiary is making itself fit for the future.

The challenges are many: customer needs are changing. Digitalization is changing the way we interact with clients and enabling new ways of assessing risk using machine learning and AI. Corporate culture is changing dramatically - away from suits, ties and paper files to sneakers, agile working, a duz culture and flat hierarchies. A new generation of young university graduates expects more sustainability and a contemporary, flexible working environment from attractive employers. This is one of the reasons why Euler Hermes moved from its 80s high-rise to a brand new office in Hamburg-Bahrenfeld last year. Open space, clean desk policies and creative spaces were new territory for many employees, as was working from a home office, which has become the new normal for insurance companies since the start of the pandemic.
How can such extensive transformations be successfully managed? What role does the "run and change" principle play in this? 

Silke Grimm, who studied at HSBA's predecessor institution and is a member of the university's Board of Trustees, will talk about this, among other things, at the HSBA Business Talk on October 27.

HSBA Business Talk with Alexander Birken, CEO, Otto Group

7 September 2021, 5:00 p.m.

Alexander Birken has been Chairman of the Executive Board of the Otto Group since January 2017. Previously, as Group Executive Board member, he was responsible for the strategic development of various companies such as the Baur Group, the Schwab Group, the Witt Group and the Otto Group Russia. Alexander Birken studied business administration at the Hamburg Business Academy and is Chairman of the HSBA Board of Trustees.

The Otto Group is a globally active trading and services group with 30 major groups of companies in more than 30 countries in Europe, North and South America and Asia. The group companies and businesses belonging to the Otto Group regularly win awards for customer orientation, sustainability or as an employer.

Since the university was founded in 2004, the Otto Group has been a committed cooperation partner and, together with HSBA, trains students in the dual Bachelor's degree programme Business Administration.

HSBA Business Talk with Angela Titzrath, Chairwoman of the Executive Board of HHLA

30 June 2021 – 5:00 p.m.

Angela Titzrath studied economics and Romance philology at the Ruhr University in Bochum. She started her career at Mercedes Benz in Rome. She then held various top management positions in the Daimler Group and at Deutsche Post. Since 2017 she has been Chairwoman of the Executive Board at HHLA.

Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) is a leading European port and transport logistics group and a cooperative venture of HSBA. Since HSBA was founded in 2004, HHLA has been training students on HSBA’s dual Bachelor's degree course Logistics Management. HHLA is also involved in various HSBA committees.

We are also pleased to announce our next guest: Alexander Birken, Chairman of the Executive Board of the Otto Group. The date will follow shortly.

Please register for our kick-off event with Angela Titzrath. We look forward to your participation.

Please note that the event will be held in German.