|Prime Minister Helmut Kohl|
Succeeded by Jurgen Mollemann
Party Free Democratic Party
Role German Politician
Preceded by Martin Bangemann
Name Helmut Haussmann
|Born 18 May 1943 (age 72)
Tubingen (1943-05-18) |
Alma mater University of Tubingen University of Hamburg Erlangen Nuremberg University
Education University of Hamburg, University of Tubingen
Political party Free Democratic Party
Helmut Haussmann (born 18 May 1943) is a German academic and politician. He served as minister of economy from 1988 to 1991.
Early life and education
Haussmann was born in Tübingen on 18 May 1943. He holds a degree in economics and social sciences from the University of Tübingen and from the University of Hamburg. He received a PhD in business management from Erlangen Nuremberg University in 1976.
Haussmann worked in family business in Baden-Wurttemberg until 1979 when he became a member of the Bundestag in 1976 with the Free Democratic Party (FDP). He was the secretary-general of the party from 1984 to 1988. On 9 December 1988, he was appointed economy minister, replacing Martin Bangemann in the post. Haussmann served in the coalition cabinet led by Helmut Kohl during the reunification process of West and East Germany. Haussmann was reelected to the Bundestag from Baden-Wurttemberg state on 2 December 1990. He resigned from his ministerial post on 4 December 1990, but remained in office until 18 January 1991 and Jürgen W. Möllemann succeeded him as economy minister.
Since 1996, he has been an honorary professor and teaching international management at the University of Erlangen Nürnberg. In 2001, he became chairman of the advisory board of GEMINI Executive Search. He has also been adjunct professor at the University of Tübingen where he has been teaching international business since 2010.
Haussmann is a Protestant. He was criticized due to his lavish life-style when he was economy minister and was referred to as the "yuppie minister."