The ACG’s San Francisco Chapter is one of the most active Chapters. The Chapter generally organizes lunch and evening events focused predominately on transatlantic relations and global affairs. The Chapter has a strong constituency in the Bay.
The Chapter partners with other local organizations such as the German Consulate, the German-American Business Association, the German American Chamber of Commerce, Goethe-Institut, the World Affairs Council of Northern California, and the Institute of European Studies IES at UC Berkeley.
In 2016, the San Francisco Chapter hosted 13 speakers at 15 events, including Dr. Johannes Beermann, Executive Board Member at Deutsche Bundesbank; Dr. Christoph von Marschall, Chief Diplomatic Correspondent of Der Tagesspiegel and 1999 ACG Kellen Fellow; and Astrid Ziebarth, Migration Fellow at the German Marshall Fund. Topics discussed during 2016 include Merkel’s leadership role in Germany and the EU, foreign and security policy, the rise of populism, and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).
About the Chapter Director
Johannes M. Biermann
Senior Director, Customer Advocacy
Johannes Biermann leads strategic and enterprise-wide customer experience, as well as transformation and change initiatives under the Chief Customer Officer function at Hewlett-Packard. He has a proven track record as a customer-focused transformation leader with deep global expertise in guiding internal and external customers of Hewlett-Packard through strategic changes they need to make and adopt to stay competitive. He has led large global and multifunctional teams in developing the critical change capabilities to achieve their desired target state. During his tenure at HP, which began in 1997, he led the development of shared services operating models both for global shared services internal in HP and with HP’s largest customers. He also guided global efforts focused on optimization and transformation of marketing and sales support processes.
Mr. Biermann began his professional career at Siemens AG in Munich, Germany, working in corporate planning and management consulting. He received a Diplom-Kaufmann degree from the Universität zu Köln, Germany.