Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. Walther Zügel
Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. Walther Zügel, born in 1933, has been chairman of the board of directors of the Landesgirokasse Stuttgart (now part of the Landesbank Baden-Württemberg) for more than 21 years.
He was member of several supervisory boards and advisory committees, among which behr, fischerwerke, Lidl, Porsche, Schuler, Stihl, Stuttgarter Hofbräu and Trumpf.
Besides his professional activities he has been active in all kinds of art and culture institutions. For more than 34 years he was chair of the Stuttgarter Galerieverein, he was co-founder of the Förderkreis des Deutschen Literaturarchivs, of the Internationale Hugo-Wolf-Akademie and of the Akademie für gesprochenes Wort. He is former chairman of the board of the Gesellschaft der Freunde und Förderer der Staatstheater Stuttgart, and for more than 30 years was chairman of the board of the Freunde und Förderer der Wilhelma, co-founder of the Bürgerstiftung Stuttgart and of the Heilbronn Business School.
For many years he served as vice president of the chamber of commerce of the Stuttgart region, he is honary doctor of the Universität Hohenheim, as well a s honorary senator of the universities of Hohenheim and Stuttgart. He holds the courtesy title of Professor of the Federal State of Baden-Württemberg, the Merit Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Staufermedaille as well as the Order of Merit of the State of Baden-Württemberg.