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"Cities, even more so than today, will become hubs of technological and social development in the future. All the more important are efforts to encourage the sustainable development of our cities."

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schuster, Member of the Council

Max Schön, Member of the Council

Entrepreneur in Lübeck, president German Association for the Club of Rome, Hamburg

A balanced world has been a must for the Club of Rome since 1972– the challenge for our work at the German Council for Sustainable Development.


31 July 1961 Born in Lübeck
High school graduation (A levels) at Leibniz Gymnasium in Bad Schwartau
1981 - 1984 Business administration studies at “Duale Hochschule Stuttgart”
1984 Entry in the family business MAX SCHÖN GmbH & Co KG in Lübeck
since 1984 Formation of subsidiaries in Rostock, Riga (Latvia), Tallinn (Estonia), Szczecin (Poland), conversion of the parent company in the legal from of a corporation.
1995 Contribution of the MAX SCHÖN AG in the Sanistål A/S, Aalborg, Denmark and outsourcing of the real estate business and the kitchen retail bulthaup Max & Co. in separate entities turn from executive board to the supervisory board of MAX SCHÖN AG
2001 - 2005 President of the entrepreneurs’ association
„Die Familienunternehmer – ASU“
since Jan. 2016 Chairman of the Board of the Possehl Foundation, Lübeck


Further topical professional functions

Foundation 2° - German CEOs for Climate Protection (www.initiative2grad.de) (until 2014)

Executive shareholder of bulthaup Max & Co. GmbH, Lübeck,

Executive shareholder of Max Schön Verwaltungsgesellschaft mbH & Co. Service KG, Lübeck

A-shareholder and member of the supervisory board at Sanistål A/S, Aalborg (DK)

Deputy chairman of the supervisory board of MAX SCHÖN AG, Lübeck

Chairman of the supervisory board of DESERTEC Foundation, Hamburg/Berlin

Member of the supervisory board of TimberTec AG, Eutin

Honorary commitment

Member of the executive board of the Possehl foundation, Lübeck,

Member of the board of trustees of Fachhochschule Lübeck,

Member of the climate council of the state of Schleswig-Holstein

Since June 2010 Member of the German Council for Sustainable Development (RNE)

Max Schön is married and has three children.

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