Dirk E. O. Westerheide is a serial entrepreneur with over 30 years’ industrial experience in automotive, manufacturing, logistics, real-estate and media. He has been involved in over 30 companies as founder, managing partner, CEO, board member, main shareholder and investor.
He currently serves as president of the Gesamtverband Kunststoffverarbeitende Industrie (GKV, General Association of the Plastics Converters Industry), which represents 60 billion EUR in annual sales and over 313,000 employees. He is also a board member of the Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie (BDI, Federation of German Industries) and the Deutsche Industrie Norm (DIN, German Industrial Standards), representing 1 billion EUR in annual sales and over 2 million employees.
Dirk holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of St. Gallen (CH) and a master’s degree in process engineering from the University of Hannover (DE).