TUM appoints Dr.-Ing. Axel Stepken as Honorary Professor
Munich Technical University (TUM) has a new honorary university lecturer. Dr.-Ing. Axel Stepken, Chairman of the Board of Management of TÜV SÜD AG, has been appointed Honorary Professor. TUM Senior Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, Prof Gerhard Müller, presented him with the certificate of appointment today.
Axel Stepken has been Chairman of the Board of Management of TÜV SÜD AG since 2007. The international technical services group, with 22,000 employees worldwide, generated revenue of just under EUR 2.1 billion in 2014. TÜV SÜD is a premium provider of quality, safety and sustainability solutions specialising in technical testing, inspection, auditing, certification, training and knowledge services.
Stepken has been lecturing at the Chair for Strategy and Organisation of Prof Dr Isabell M. Welpe since 2012. Teaching students at bachelor and master levels, he has created a strong bridge between management theory and business practice in a global corporation. The focal theme of his lectures involves companies’ internationalisation strategies.
TUM’s circle of honorary professors is comprised of world-class experts from business and industry, renowned scientists and well-known entrepreneurs. They support the academic staff and are appointed by a strict selection process.
Biographical background of Prof. Dr.-Ing. Axel Stepken: Axel Stepken was born in Essen. After gaining his university entrance qualification (Abitur) in 1977, he spent two years in military service before embarking on his studies in electrical engineering at RWTH Aachen. After graduation in 1984, he worked until 1990 as a research assistant at the Institute of Electrical Engineering and High Voltage Technology, where he completed his doctorate in engineering (Dr.-Ing.) in 1989. After obtaining his PhD Stepken held a series of management functions at ABB, an international leader company in the fields of energy and automation systems, in Germany and Indonesia between 1991 and 2002. Subsequently he moved to TÜV SÜD AG as a Member of the Board of Management where he was appointed Chairman of the Board of Management in 2007. In 2015 Stepken additionally became a Member of the Executive Board of the Association of German Engineers (VDI).
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