Honorary Professor Dr. Karl-Ludwig Kley was appointed Honorary Professor at WHU in 2006.
Karl-Ludwig Kley was born on June 11, 1951 in Munich (Germany). He is Chairman of the Supervisory Boards of E.ON SE (Essen, Germany) and Deutsche Lufthansa AG (Cologne/Frankfurt, Germany) as well as Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Munich-based BMW AG. From 2006 to 2016, he was Chairman of the Board and CEO of Darmstadt-based Merck KGaA. Prior to that, Karl-Ludwig Kley served as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Deutsche Lufthansa AG from 1997 to 2006.
In addition to his Supervisory Board positions, Karl-Ludwig Kley serves as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of BBUG (Baden-Badener Unternehmer Gespräche) and as Chairman of the Economic Advisory Council of the Goethe-Institute in Munich. He also serves as member of the Board of Trustees of acatech Deutsche Akademie der Technikwissenschaften (National Academy of Science and Engineering) in Munich and of the Fritz Thyssen Foundation in Cologne.
Over the course of the last 20 years, he has been a non-executive director of numerous boards, including Amadeus IT Group SA (Madrid, Spain), Bertelsmann AG (Gütersloh, Germany), MAN AG (Munich) and Verizon Communications, lnc. (New York, USA).
Karl-Ludwig Kley holds a Ph.D. in Law from Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich. He is Honorary Senator of the Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg and a member of the Board of Governors of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel).
In recognition of his outstanding services, he received the Order of Merit of the Republic of ltaly (Commendatore), the Order of Merit of Hessia (Germany) and the Weizmann Award in Sciences and Humanities.