Born on 25 February 1948
Erwin Staudt was born on February 25 1948 in Leonberg, Germany. He studied economic science at the universities of Stuttgart and Freiburg. He completed his economics degree in 1973.
Erwin Staudt joined IBM Germany in 1973. He undertook his first top managerial position in 1982 in Stuttgart. In this position he was the sales manager with responsibility for Baden-Wuerttemberg customers in the areas of financial administration, social insurance and energy supply. This was followed by an appointment as head of marketing projects at the headquarters, then as an assistant to the director of Marketing and Services.
From 1986 to 1989 Erwin Staudt ran the IBM offices in Berlin. In 1989, authorized as a general administrator, he took over management of the Communications and Public Relations department at the Stuttgart headquarters. He had responsibility for the entire PC business in Germany from July 1992 until the end of 1993. In January 1994 Erwin Staudt became head of Sales and in that capacity was appointed Managing Director of IBM Deutschland Informationssysteme GmbH.
In October 1994 Erwin Staudt moved to the IBM European headquarters in Paris, initially as the General Manager for Competitive Marketing, and then as the Vice President of Marketing. From July 1995 until October 1998 he had global responsibility for the business areas Materials Industry and Petroleum. From 1 November 1998 until 14 January 2003, Staudt was the Chief Executive Officer of IBM Deutschland GmbH.
Since 1999 he has also been honorary president of the D21 initiative, a partnership between 300 private and public institutions with the objective of accelerating the transformation of Germany from an industrial to an information technology society.
On 26 June 2003, Erwin Staudt was elected president by the members of the soccer club VfB Stuttgart. The former outside-left player and chairman of TSV Eltingen was involved for many years on a voluntary basis in amateur soccer, and has been a fan of VfB Stuttgart since his childhood, and a member for a long number of years. From 2003 until 2011 Erwin Staudt was the first full-time president of VfB Stuttgart.
Since 2011 Staudt has been advising business managers on achieving successful further development of their companies.
Among other positions, Erwin Staudt is a member of the supervisory board of Grenke Leasing AG, Hahn Verwaltungs-GmbH, PROFI Engineering Systems AG, USU AG and USU Software AG in addition to sitting on the advisory board of Deutsche Bank AG.
Erwin Staudt is married with three children.