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  Werner Geissler

Werner Geissler

Operating Partner at Advent International.
Member of the IMD Foundation Board and Supervisory Board. Head of the Audit Committee of the Supervisory Board.


Geissler started at Procter & Gamble in 1979 after having obtained an MBA (Diplom-Kaufmann) at the Albertus-Magnus University of Cologne. Prior to that he spent 2 years at the German Air Force.

At Procter & Gamble, Geissler worked in Product Management with increasing levels of responsibility. In 1991, he became General Manager of the acquired Cosmetics and Fragrances business. He has lived and worked in Germany/Frankfurt; Holland/Rotterdam, California/Santa Monica, Turkey/Istanbul (where he had responsibility for the business in Turkey and Caucasian and Central Asian Republics), Japan/Kobe (as President of the North East Asia business), Switzerland/Geneva where from 2004 to 2007 he led the Central & Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa region. In 2007, he became Vice Chairman, Global Operations, based in Cincinnati/USA. He retired in January 2015.

Geissler is now Operating Partner at the Private Equity company Advent International, focusing on Consumer Goods and Retailing. He is a Member of the Supervisory Board of the Goodyear Tire Company and Philip Morris International, respectively. He has been on the Board of GS 1 Global, economiesuisse, and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development as well as a member of the Summit Committee of The Consumer Goods Forum. He is an Advisor to the Governor of the Hyogo Prefecture/Japan. He is a Visiting Professor of CELAP/Shanghai.

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