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Jochen Zeitz

Herzogenaurach, Germany

CEO and Chairman, PUMA SE (1993-2011)

Sport & Lifestyle Group CEO, PPR (2011-present)

Chairman of the Administrative Board, PUMA SE

Jochen Zeitz is Sport & Lifestyle Group CEO of PPR, as well as the company’s Chief Sustainability Officer. He is also Chairman of the Administrative Board of PUMA SE, having served as its CEO and Chairman for 18 years from 1993 to 2011. Jochen is also a member of the board and Executive committee at PPR, and has been a member of the Board of Directors of Harley Davidson since 2007.

After graduating from the European Business School with a degree in International Marketing and Finance, Jochen began his professional career with Colgate-Palmolive in New York and Hamburg. He joined PUMA in 1990 and was appointed the company’s Chairman and CEO in 1993, thereby becoming – at the age of 30 – the youngest Chairman in German history to head a public company. Through Jochen’s leadership, PUMA changed from an ailing lowprice brand into a global premium Sport-Lifestyle company.

Jochen has received numerous awards during his professional career, including “2001 Entrepreneur of the Year” and “Strategist of the Year” three years in a row from the Financial Times. He also received the “Best of European Business Award” in 2006. In 2004, the German Federal President awarded him with the Federal Cross of Merit of the Republic of Germany.

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Our Comment

"Jochen is a dynamic leader who speaks authoritatively on the challenges of running a global business. A passionate advocate of sustainability, he founded the Zeitz Foundation for Intercultural Ecosphere Safety in 2008 to support creative and innovative sustainable projects that balance conservation, community development, culture, and commerce."

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