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After more than twenty years as a lecturer and 16 years as an honorary professor of communication management at the Institute of Communication and Media Studies at the University of Leipzig, Professor Dr. Bernd Schuppener is retiring. During his tenure, the 69-year-old focused on teaching business ethics as well as financial and corporate communications.

"Bernd Schuppener was an asset to our teaching department in every respect. Our students and the entire faculty will miss his practice-oriented, committed seminars and his experience," says Professor Dr. Ansgar Zerfaß, head of the renowned Leipzig master's program in Communication Management.

After holding positions in the directorate of ZDF and as managing director of a communications agency, Bernd Schuppener, who holds a doctorate in philosophy, joined forces with Ralf Hering in 1995 to found the HERING SCHUPPENER Group - now FGS Global - which has since become one of the leading international consultancies for strategic corporate communications with offices on four continents. It was through his initiative that the HERING SCHUPPENER doctoral scholarship was established in Leipzig in 2001. In recent years, five doctoral candidates have benefited from the support and have been able to successfully complete their doctorates.

"If you are reasonably successful in business, you should give something of your own knowledge back to society. That has always been my aspiration for myself. The excellent set-up of the institute in Leipzig was and is therefore particularly enticing and close to my heart," says Bernd Schuppener.

Schuppener will remain with the University of Leipzig. He is chairman of the board of the Günter Thiele Foundation for Communication and Management, which is committed to research and teaching in the field of communication management at the Institute for Communication and Media Studies at the University of Leipzig, as well as to promoting young academics. In addition, the Leipzig location organizes the transfer of knowledge between research and practice on issues of corporate communication and financial communication; to this end, several networks of leading universities and large companies in German-speaking countries are supported.

Bernd Schuppener is also the author of various philosophical publications that deal with background and subconscious aspects of life from a holistic practical perspective.


University of Leipzig
Institute for Communication and Media Studies
Prof. Dr. Ansgar Zerfass / Cornelia Böhland
Phone +49 341 97 35040