Dirk Notheis is a renowned banker in both the private and public sectors.
A Leader in Academia
Originally from Ettlingen, Germany, Dirk Notheis was born in 1968. Shortly after finishing secondary school, Dirk Notheis enrolled in the University of Manneheim and Stuttgart where he studied Business Administration, Political Science and Philosophy. He earned his MBA at University of Mannheim and a Ph.D. in economics at University of Stuttgart.
Beginning in 1992, Dirk Notheis worked as a research assistant and speech writer for Dr. Erwin Vetter, a distinguished state minister in Germany.
Engaging a Passion for Politics
Much before leaving academia in 1994, Dirk Notheis engaged his passion for politics by running numerous environmental campaigns and taking responsibility on different levels for the Junge Union in Bade-Württemberg, the youth wing of the Christian Democratic Party. Quickly he was elected to the Landkreis Karlsruhe district council and became a member of the assembly of the regional association Mittlerer Oberrhein. From 1994-1999 he served as chairman of the Junge Union in the state of Baden-Württemberg. Since 1995 he is an elected member of the board of CDU Baden-Württemberg.
Transitioning to the Private Sector
In 1995 Dirk Notheis entered the private sector and became finally a senior director at SGZ-Bank in Frankfurt. During his time at SGZ Bank, Dirk Notheis helped to finance numerous small and midcap companies and assisted in IPOs and capital markets offerings. In 1999, Dirk Notheis left SGZ-Bank to manage the corporate finance business in the transportation, leisure and lodging as as well as the public sector in Germany, Austria and Switzerland’s for Wallstreet firm Morgan Stanley in Frankfurt. In 2009, Dirk Notheis became the chief executive officer at Morgan Stanley Bank AG, the subsidiary of Morgan Stanley responsible for the business in Germany and Austria. With Morgan Stanley, Dirk Notheis has orchestrated lnumerous large capital markets and mergers and acquisitions transactions, e.g. bringing together Exel and DeutschePost, selling Thomas Cook to Karstadt Quelle and merging TUI and First Choice together, making them the largest tourist organization in the world. He advised on large German IPOs like Frankfurt airport operator Fraport, airline Air Berlin or Postbank and brought shares of e.g. Lufthansa, aggregates leader HeidelbergCement or hospital operator RhoenKlinikum to the stock exchange. Since 2006 Dirk Notheis has also served as a member of Morgan Stanley’s Management Board.
In addition to his life in the public and private sector, Dirk Notheis has dedicated his time to charity and philanthropy. He currently serves the Haensel und Gretel-Foundation, a foundation that fights against child abuse and domestic violence, as a member of the advisory board. An avid lover of opera and fan of classical music, Dirk Notheis is also a member of the board of Patrons of Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, a charitable organization that supports the performing arts at the Festspielhaus in Baden-Baden, the first privately financed opera house in Germany.