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Press release

Berlin, June 6, 2011

Lars-Hendrik Röller appointed Chief Economic Policy Advisor of Chancellor Merkel

Lars-Hendrik Röller, President of ESMT European School of Management and Technology, has accepted a position as Director General of the Economic and Financial Policy Division of the German Federal Chancellery as of July 1, 2011. He is the successor of Jens Weidmann, who became President of the German Bundesbank.

Lars-Hendrik Röller has been President of the private business school ESMT European School of Management and Technology in Berlin since 2006. Under his leadership, the faculty has grown from 5 to 34 members, and the endowment has also been increased substantially. Additionally ESMT has established itself as one of the Top 10 business schools in Europe in the area of executive education according to the Financial Times ranking 2011.

In 2003 Lars-Hendrik Röller was appointed Europe’s first Chief Competition Economist of the European Commission, a position he held until 2006. Previously he was a director at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung (WZB), professor at INSEAD, and a visiting scholar at Stanford and New York University. Since 1995 he has been Professor of Economics, Chair “Institute of Industrial Economics” at the  Humboldt  University in Berlin. Furthermore, he is President of the German Economic Association, a research fellow at the Centre  for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) in London, and a board member of the think tank BRUEGEL in Brussels. From 2005 - 2007 he was President of the European Association for Research in Industrial Economics (EARIE).

Lars-Hendrik Röller commented, “I am looking forward to my new position as Chief Economic Policy Advisor to Chancellor Merkel. At the same time I am proud of how far ESMT has come in the past few years. I am sure that ESMT will continue to grow in its role as a research-driven and international business school in Germany.”

The boards of ESMT will decide on the successor of Lars-Hendrik Röller in the near future.

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ESMT European School of Management and Technology was founded in October 2002 by 25 leading global companies and institutions. The international business school offers a full-time MBA, an executive MBA, and open enrollment and customized executive education programs. ESMT focuses on three main topics: leadership and social responsibility, European competitiveness, and the management of technology. Additionally the business school provides an interdisciplinary platform for discourse between politics, business, and academia. ESMT is based in Berlin, Germany, with an additional campus in Schloss Gracht near Cologne, where USW Netzwerk runs the German-speaking executive education programs of the business school. ESMT is a private business school, accredited by the German state, AACSB, AMBA, and FIBAA.