German American Business Outlook 2021 (GABO 2021)

Friday, Jan 29, 2021

What will the Economic Landscape look like for German Companies in the U.S. in 2021?

The German American Business Outlook (“GABO”) is one of the most important economic indicators of German American business relations. The German American Chamber of Commerce offices, together with KPMG in Germany, surveyed German subsidiaries in the United States on their views of how the current economic landscape in the midst of the global pandemic has impacted their business outlook.  The results of this survey will be presented by KPMG Germany and followed by a panel discussion featuring New England industry leaders and their stand on the economy. This event will also include a transatlantic economic outlook presented by J.P. Morgan’s chief global strategist.

[Here is a look at GABO 2021 results.]

Date:  Friday, January 29, 2021

Time: 12PM to 1:30PM

Platform: Zoom webinar


12:00PM EST Welcome followed by

  • International Business Update by Dr. David Kelly, Managing Director, Chief Global Strategist | J.P. Morgan
  • Introductory Remarks by Dietmar Rieg, President & CEO, GACC New York
  • Presentation of GABO 2021 Survey Results by Andreas Glunz, Managing Partner, KPMG Germany
  • Panel Discussion:
    • Bernhard Brinker, Head of Corporate Client Banking & Specialized Industries, DACH Region, Managing Director J.P.Morgan (Moderator)
    • Jaime Paris Boisvert, General Manager Northeast, Siemens Smart Infrastructure
    • Roland Wandeler, Chief Operating Officer, MorphoSys
    • Javeed Buch, SVP, Windmoeller & Hoelscher Corporation

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Dr. David Kelly, CFA, Managing Director, Chief Global Strategist | J.P. Morgan

Dr. David Kelly is the Chief Global Strategist and Head of the Global Market Insights Strategy Team for J.P. Morgan Asset Management. With over 20 years of experience, David provides valuable insight and perspective on the economy and markets to the institutional investor and financial advisor global communities.
David’s research focuses on investment implications of an evolving economic environment. He has written extensively on all aspects of the U.S. economy and his proprietary U.S. economic forecasting model helps shape his views on both the economic landscape and prospective asset class returns. He currently sits on JP Morgan Fund’s operating committee. Throughout his career, David has developed a unique ability to explain complex economic and market issues in a language that financial professionals can use to communicate to their clients. He is a keynote speaker at many national investment conferences and a frequent guest on CNBC, Bloomberg, and other financial media outlets. Prior to joining J.P. Morgan Asset Management, David served as Economic Advisor to Putnam Investments. He has also served as a senior strategist/economist at SPP Investment Management, Primark Decision Economics, Lehman Brothers and DRI/McGraw-Hill. David is a CFA® charterholder. He also has a Ph.Dand M.A. in Economics from Michigan State University and a B.A. in Economics from University College Dublin in the Republic of Ireland.

Andreas Glunz, Managing Partner International Business | KPMG AG Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft

Andreas Glunz is employed at KPMG since 1991. He holds a German CPA (Wirtschaftsprüfer) and German Tax Advisor (Steuerberater) and audits mainly Japanese, US, UK and Scandinavian groups since 2000 as an Audit Partner. From 2008-2010 he headed the Turkish Desk and from 2009-2015 the Global Japanese Practice of KPMG in Germany. Since 2015 he is in charge as Managing Partner of KPMG Germany´s entire International Business and all country corridors/country practices.

He is advising international groups in all phases of their life cycle from foundation to closure and in all newly developing challenges and chances. He also supports German groups with their international activities in close collaboration with the local KPMG member firms and the seconded employees from KPMG Germany in those countries. Within the global KPMG network he promotes international collaboration. Andreas Glunz regularly publishes thought leadership and is a speaker at international business related events with a connection to the business location Germany, often in cooperation with the foreign German chambers and international organizations.

Industry Panel

Bernhard Brinker, Head of Corporate Client Banking & Specialized Industries, DACH Region | J.P. Morgan
Bernhard Brinker joined J.P. Morgan in January 2019 as Head of Corporate Client Banking & Specialized Industries, DACH Region in Frankfurt. Prior to assuming this role, Bernhard spent eleven years at Unicredit / HypoVereinsbank, where he started in 2007 in investment banking – first covering international corporates, then as Co-Head of investment banking and Head of Financial Institutions Group. For the last five years, Bernhard was, as a Divisional Board Member, responsible for HypoVereinsbank’s Private Banking business in Germany. Before his time at Unicredit / Hypovereinsbank, Bernhard started his career at McKinsey & Company, Inc. in Munich, Frankfurt and New York, where he was spending most of his 13 years (the last six as a Partner) with financial services / banking clients, and where he was for his last four years also responsible for the Firm’s Corporate Finance & Strategy Practice in Germany. Bernhard has graduated with a PhD and an MBA from European Business School, Schloss Reichartshausen in Germany. He lives with his wife Larisa, his son Christopher (17) and daughter Allison (11) in Munich.

Jaime Paris Boisvert, General Manager | Siemens Smart Infrastructure

As General Manager for Siemens Smart Infrastructure in the eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island markets, Jaime Paris Boisvert has P&L responsibility for leading strategy, sales and operational activities. Jaime and her team work closely with clients to deliver solutions that optimize buildings and infrastructure by improving energy efficiency, data collection and analysis, comfort, safety and security. This approach allows clients to realize lower energy costs and increased building values, as well as garner recognition for corporate and social responsibility in the communities in which they operate.

Throughout her 11 years at Siemens, Jaime has delivered strong results while accepting greater responsibilities and leadership roles.  She assumed her current role as General Manager in February of 2017.  Prior to joining Siemens, Jaime’s early career focused on business development, with experience in electronic security, telecommunications and building materials.

In addition to her leadership responsibilities, Jaime sponsors the Boston Women’s Info Network @ Siemens (WIN@S) ERG, a group that helps support fellow women colleagues within the organization as well as contributing to Siemens’ community service efforts.

An active member of the local business community, Jaime is on the Executive Committee for the Massachusetts Business Roundtable, and a member of the Boston College Carroll School of Management CEO Club.   In addition, Jaime has served on advisory boards for matters related to technology, energy and workforce development; including sitting on Massachusetts State Treasurer Deborah B. Goldberg’s “Bringing Diversity on Board” roundtable to help corporate leaders advance diversity in the boardroom, and participating in a panel discussion at the MA Jobs and Workforce Summit hosted by the Workforce Solutions Group, a statewide advocacy coalition of business, labor, and community groups working to increase and improve job training in MA.

Jaime lives in Woodstock, CT, with her husband Jean-Louis and three children, where they are active in their church and other community activities.

Roland Wandeler, Chief Operating Officer| MorphoSys

Dr. Roland Wandeler leads all global commercial operations as a member of the Management Board of MorphoSys AG, with responsibility for all commercialization activities worldwide and oversight of the Company’s U.S. operations. Roland has more than 15 years of commercial leadership and general management experience in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry, leading sizable affiliates and U.S. franchises across multiple therapeutic areas. Prior to MorphoSys, he held positions of increasing responsibility at Amgen, Inc., including General Manager Germany in Munich and General Manager Spain & Portugal in Barcelona, before most recently serving as Corporate Vice President and General Manager of Amgen’s US Bone Health and Cardiology Business Unit in Thousand Oaks, California. He Wandeler initially joined Amgen in 2006 in strategic planning for its international business. Roland began his career at Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in Zurich, Switzerland and Los Angeles, California, where he was a core member of BCG’s global Healthcare Practice as well as a Member of the Zurich and Los Angeles Management Teams.
He holds a M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering and a Doctorate in Technical Sciences from ETH Zurich. Roland resides in California with his wife and two children, pending a relocation to Boston, and is fluent in German and Spanish.

Javeed Buch, Senior Vice President | Windmöller & Hölscher Corporation

Javeed Buch is Senior Vice President and an experienced executive working in the machinery industry. He joined Windmöller & Hölscher in 2004. The family-owned Windmöller & Hölscher is the world market leader for machines and systems for the production and processing of flexible packaging.