Jochen Zeitz

Former CEO of Puma

Jochen Zeitz is considered a passionate thought-leader on entrepreneurial sustainability, conservation and philanthropy. With Richard Branson he founded the B Team to promote socially and environmentally conscious business practices across the globe. And as the founder of the Zeitz Foundation for Intercultural Ecosphere Safety he supports sustainable solutions that balance conservation, community, culture, and commerce.

In 1993, aged 30, Zeitz became the youngest CEO in German history to head a public company. He served 18 years as Chairman and CEO of PUMA and under his leadership PUMA went from near-bankruptcy to become one of the top three brands in the sporting goods industry.

Jochen Zeitz has a life-long passion for Africa. Among his projects there are an eco-safari retreat in Kenya to conserve 50,000 acres of wildlife habitat as well as the recently opened Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) in Cape Town, South Africa.

During his professional career Zeitz has received numerous awards, including the Federal Cross of Merit of the Republic of Germany in 2004.