Steering Committee

The Steering Committee supports and advises the research team of the Center for Research in Financial Communication.

Prof. Dr. Bernd Schuppener is Honorary Professor for Communication Management at the University of Leipzig. He is the founder of the HERING SCHUPPENER group with offices in Frankfurt, Dusseldorf, Hamburg and Berlin as well as an office in Brussels, and Chairman of the Board of Trustees at the Günter Thiele Foundation for Communication and Management.

Dr. Robert Vollrath is Deputy Head of Investor Relations for Deutsche Bank Group. Prior to joining Deutsche Bank, Robert was working for Deutsche Börse Group, where he was responsible for building their OTC Clearing business. Previously, he had been a management consultant with McKinsey & Company, being based both in New York and in Germany. Robert holds a PhD from European Business School and a Diploma in Business Administration from the WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management.



Dr. Phoebel Kebbel is Managing Partner at HERING SCHUPPENER Consulting focusing on corporate and financial communications. In addition to supporting various DAX and MDAX groups for many years, she has advised clients on communications in over 50 M&A transactions – ranging from midcap acquisitions to hostile cross-border takeovers. A business administration graduate, she studied at the WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management, the Richard Ivey School of Business in Canada and the Ecole de Management de Lyon in France. She is a lecturer for Communication Management at the University of Leipzig.

Martin Halusa is Head of Media Relations at Deutsche Börse AG. Prior to that, he was responsible for Media Relations for the corporate customers business of Commerzbank as well as Head of External Communications at Dresdner Bank. Before his time as a spokesperson, Martin was a journalist for 15 years at DIE Welt - with stations in New York, Brussels, Berlin and Bonn. He studies journalism at the Ludwig-Maximilian-Universität in Munich and the German School of Journalism (DJS).