Based in Hamburg, Bernd-Georg Spies specializes in conducting assignments for energy and industrial clients, including executive assessments for firms ranging from medium-sized, family-run companies to multinational global corporations. Bernd has completed numerous high-profile searches for board members, presidents and CEOs of world-leading companies. Previously he led the Global Industrial/Natural Resources sector and the European Energy Practice.
Recent Client Experience
Bernd's recent assignments within the sector include recruiting a CEO and CFO for one of Germany's largest listed industrial groups and a multitude of NED roles.
Prior to joining Russell Reynolds Associates in 1997, Bernd was Assistant Secretary to the Minister of Trade and Commerce in the state of Mecklenburg-West Pommerania. Previously, he was Managing Director of Trägergesellschaft Schiffbau, overseeing economic revitalization of shipyard sites. Before that, Bernd spent five years in the state department of Labor, Health and Social Services in Hamburg. Earlier, he was a Research Fellow at the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations in London. Bernd began his career as an economist at the Institute for Social Research in Saarbrücken and later worked with the German Trade Union Federation in Düsseldorf.
Additional Professional Activities
Bernd is an alumnus of Atlantik Brücke's Young Leaders Program and a German Marshall Fund Fellow.
Bernd received his M.Sc. in economics at the University of Wuppertal and his Ph.D. at the University of Bremen. He is fluent in German and English and has a working knowledge of French and Italian.
Nonprofit, Public Sector, Energy and Natural Resources, Industrial, Business and Professional Services, Assessment, Succession Planning