John Otto Magee

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American in Germany

John is an American who has mastered the German language, studied their history, lived and worked in their culture for three decades. He is an historian by training, having received his B.A. from Georgetown University in Washington, DC and an M.A. from Die Freie Universität in Berlin. 

Bonn – Washington

From 1995 until 1999 John was a Member of the Professional Staff of the majority party Christian Democrats in the Bundestag in Bonn. He advised its leadership on the relations between the Germany and the United States.

John had three primary tasks: Explain the deeper-lying historical-cultural factors driving those relations, establish and build relationships with key political actors in Washington, and report on significant developments in the United States.

Siemens – Westinghouse

From 1999 until 2002 John was a consultant within Siemens in Munich. He supported the post-merger integration of Westinghouse Power Corp., at that time the largest acquisition in the history of Siemens.

From 2003 until 2008 John continued to support that integration as an independent consultant. In 2009 his book Verstehen sich Deutsche und Amerikaner (Do Germans and Americans understand each other) – was published in Germany. In it he tells that integration story in fictional form. Read a chapter: Philadelphia

Cross-Border Collaboration

From 2003 until today John has helped other cross-border teams within DAX30 companies, the German Mittelstand and US Fortune25 companies. He believes that the better colleagues understand each other at the cultural level, the better they collaborate.

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