US-German Transatlantic Relations

In Episode 25 host Matthias Catón is joined by Simone Menne, President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Germany. In their discussion, Matthias and Simone address the intricacies of transatlantic relations between the US and Germany and how this relationship is shaped by geopolitics.

Following themes of economics, politics and international relations, Matthias and Simone discuss the current stand of the transatlantic relationship and the significance of US-German partnerships; notably in the context of the automotive and pharmaceutical industries. As the US prepares for the 2024 election, the episode investigates the potential outcome and the rise of right-wing parties within Europe. Simone and Matthias further discuss the necessity to maintain political stability and the repercussions that may occur following electoral results.

Further comparisons are made with the US’s dynamic business sector and the ageing population in Germany and, on a wider scale, Europe. Drawing on her experience of leading digital transformation, Simone explains the optimism behind leveraging new technologies and furthering sustainability efforts.

This episode is a must-listen for business leaders and policymakers to gain insights to the US-German relationship and understand predicted outcomes in the short- and long-term.

About the guest

Simone Menne

Simone Menne is an experienced manager with diverse experience, notably in finance and digitalisation. She was CFO at Lufthansa and Boehringer Ingelheim. Currently, she is a member of the Supervisory Board of Henkel and Deutsche Post AG and a Non-Executive Director of Russell Reynolds Associates and Johnson Controls International PLC.

Simone is also President of the American Chamber of Commerce Germany e.V., where she is dedicated to maintaining transatlantic relations and strengthening economic ties between Europe and the USA.

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