Susanna Hess-Kalcher is now Staufen Americas second Managing Director. Together with Arturo Medellín, she will continue to drive business of the Staufen subsidiary in North and Central America. “I look forward to expanding business in North and Central America with Susanna Hess-Kalcher. She has proven herself as an expert of the region,” says Staufen Americas Managing Director Arturo Medellín. Originally from Cologne, she has been advising German SMEs in Latin America for 25 years. Since 2007, she acted as Managing Director of the German Centre Mexico, a subsidiary of Landesbank Baden-Württemberg.
Susanna Hess-Kalcher has also held positions at the Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in Chile and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS). From 2002 to 2007, she worked for GIZ as a government advisor on the state modernization program in Chile. From 1993 to 2002, she headed the foreign offices of KAS in Chile and Paraguay, where she managed consulting projects on environmental, judicial and rule of law reforms. As a KAS Project Assistant in the Dominican Republic, she gained her first experience in political consulting.
“It’s hardly possible to find somebody with more North and South American expertise. We are very pleased that Susanna Hess-Kalcher will be contributing her experience to Staufen Americas and alongside Arturo Medellín, she will now be expanding business development in North America,” says Markus Riegger, Member of the Staufen Management Board responsible for the international business.
“Latin America fascinates me, especially because of its cultural diversity and way of life,” says the political scientist and ethnologist. “At Staufen Americas, I will join a highly motivated team along with my management colleague, Arturo Medellín. Together we want to successfully establish the Lean philosophy in the “Americas” as the path to the future.”