German American Business Outlook 2014

German-American business relations are stronger than ever with highly attractive investment conditions in the United States. Headlines celebrate German-American progress when it comes to skilled workforce initiatives, and negotiations for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) are in full effect.

For the fifth consecutive year, the German American Chambers of Commerce (GACCs) in cooperation with the Representative of German Industry and Trade (RGIT) and Roland Berger Strategy Consultants were surveying over 1,900 German subsidiaries in the United States to assess their economic outlook.

The German American Business Outlook measures the satisfaction of German companies with the United States as an investment location and takes on a different topical angle each year. The results of this year's survey were presented on Monday, December 16, at the New York Stock Exchange.


6:00 p.m.


6:30 p.m.

Opening Address
W. David Braun,
(Chairman GACC Midwest & AHK USA)
Partner, Quarles & Brady LLP

Welcome Remarks
Dr. Peter Ammon,
Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to the United States

Current Status of TTIP Negotiations
Dr. Thomas Zielke,
President & CEO, Representative of German Industry & Trade

Presentation of Survey Results
Marc Winterhoff
Partner, Roland Berger Strategy Consultants

7:00 p.m.

Industry Panel
Moderator: Martin Richenhagen
(Chairman GACC South), Chairman, President & CEO, AGCO Corp.

  • Flemming B. Bjoernslev
    President & CEO, LANXESS Corp.
  • Carsten Meyer-Rackwitz
    President, tesa North America
  • Ludwig Willisch
    President & CEO, BMW of North America
  • Roland Zitt
    President, MAHLE Industries, Inc.

7:50 p.m.

GACCs Award “Trainer of the Year”
presented by Caroll Neubauer
(Chairman GACC New York), Chairman & CEO, B. Braun Medical

8:00 p.m.

Trading Floor Cocktail Reception

Date & Venue:

Monday, December 16, 2013
6:00pm - 10:00pm

New York Stock Exchange
11 Wall Street
New York, NY

Members: $85
Non-Members: $120