Dr.rer.pol.hc.Thomas Sattelberger

Chairman of the Board at the educational initiative BDA/BDI „MINT Zukunft schaffen“

How much irritation does true enterprise transformation need?

Based on his personal background of extensive work experience at global players such as Daimler, Lufthansa, Continental and Deutsche Telekom, Thomas Sattelberger will discuss the correlation between good or bad leadership culture and successful transformation and innovative ability. He’ll also cover the lack of innovation in medium sized businesses in regards to the dichotomy of perfect machine culture versus experimental digital culture. Sattelberger will also point out four major fields of action linked by the common element of irritation that point the way to a new, different future. Failure included! But ultimately transformative and aspirational leadership proofs most effective.


Thomas Sattelberger is a former top manager and has been a member of the German parliament since October 2017. Born in Munderkingen in 1949, he holds a Master of Business Administration degree. Sattelberger was Director of Human Resources and Labor Director at Deutsche Telekom (2007-2012) and Continental (2003-2007). Previously he worked at Deutsche Lufthansa AG in Frankfurt from 1994 to 2003, where Sattelberger started as HR Director and became Operational Airline Director for Product & Services in 1999. From 1975 to 1989, Thomas Sattelberger held various management positions with the former Daimler-Benz AG and from 1989-2003 with former Daimler-Benz Aerospace (now Airbus).

In addition to his supervisory and advisory activities, he has been a volunteer in charge of the BDA / BDI initiative “MINT Zukunft” since 2008. He was co-founder and spokesman of the National MINT Forum and long-serving advisor to the Deutschland Fellowship. Thomas Sattelberger is Chairman to the Advisory Board of the University Alliance for SMEs and a Fellow of the International Academy of Management. He is a columnist for “Manager Magazine” as well as the publisher and author of over a dozen books on corporate transformation, leadership and strategic HR.