Martin Richenhagen, chairman, president and CEO of Duluth-based AGCO Corp., has been named chairman of the German American Chambers of Commerce of the U.S., for a two-year term that is to coincide with his chairmanship of the Atlanta-based GACC South.
In the United States there are three sister German American Chambers of Commerce located in Atlanta, Chicago and New York, which have branches in Detroit, Houston, Philadelphia and San Francisco. The U.S.-based chambers are an integral part of the network of German Chambers of Commerce Abroad (AHKs) with 130 offices in 90 countries.
According to a GACC South news release announcing Mr. Richenhagen’s appointment, the top concern of the German American business community in the U.S. is the difficulty in finding qualified employees, which it needs to address by investing in education and training.
The GACC’s vice chairmen are W. David Braun, partner, Quarles & Brady LLP, and chairman of GACC Midwest; and Caroll H. Neubauer, chairman and chief executive officer of B. Braun of America and B. Braun Medical Inc. and chairman of GACC New York. Mr. Richenhagen’s predecessor Mr. Braun served as the first chairman of the GACCs for the past two years.
Mr. Richenhagen joined AGCO, which offers high-tech agricultural solutions for professional farmers feeding the world, in 2004 as president and CEO, and in August 2006 was appointed chairman of the board.