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Advisory board

Dr. Jörg Knaack

Professional and Senior Advisor

Jörg Knaack has been in executive and management functions and executive board positions for over thirty years. With post-doctoral qualifications in biotechnology and economics, Knaack held an executive position with a producer of agricultural goods and was for many years professor of economics and human resources management at the University of Applied Sciences in Bernburg before realising his passion for leadership and management diagnostics and selection at the end of the 1980s.

After more than twenty years of successful activity as a senior partner at one of the top five international HR consultancies, at GET AHEAD, he is passing on his experience in the search, assessment and selection of outstanding managers. Together with the consultants there, he is developing evidence-based personnel diagnostics and manager selection from an interdisciplinary perspective.

Jörg Knaack is married, a ‘Nordlicht’ through and through, and devotes his free time to the transformation of interdisciplinary scientific findings in the praxis of personnel selection.

Skills and expertise: management auditing, board services (DAX and MDAX)

Sectors: industrial, electrical and electronic engineering, machinery and plant engineering, transport engineering including rail.

Contact: joerg.knaack@getahead.de, T +49.(0)40.20 209-139


Prof Dr. Peter Klein


Peter Klein has extensive management experience stemming from more than 20 years of executive and executive board responsibilities in several sectors – including stints at Bertelsmann AG, Lufthansa AG and Systematics AG.

After completing his vocational training in business management at Karstadt AG and studying microeconomics at the University of Münster, Professor Klein began his professional career at Robert Bosch GmbH. In 1998 he completed his doctoral dissertation on the contribution of new media to the structural transformation of tourism at the Comprehensive University of Siegen.

Since 2003, Professor Klein has been a freelance business consultant and executive partner of KLEIN & COMPANY GmbH. In 2013 Klein was named Professor for Family Business at the Hamburg School of Business Administration. Professor Klein is also active on the board of various family businesses.