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Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg

Former Minister of Defense, Germany
Chairman and Founder, Spitzberg Partners LLC

Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg is the chairman and a founder of Spitzberg Partners LLC. Karl-Theodor served as Minister of Economics and Technology and then as Minister of Defense in the cabinet of German Chancellor Angela Merkel. As the youngest defense minister in German history, he led the most significant structural reform of the German armed forces since the Bundeswehr’s founding. During his time in office, he was Germany’s most popular politician. Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg was a member of the German Parliament (Bundestag) from 2002 to 2011 and served as spokesman on the Foreign Affairs Committee. Karl-Theodor was also a member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and secretary general of Germany’s co-governing CSU party. He is a distinguished statesman at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C. and served as senior advisor to the European Commission leadership on global Internet freedom. He sits on a variety of international corporate and not-for-profit boards. Karl-Theodor has published numerous op-eds and articles, and holds a law degree from the University of Bayreuth.