New South Wales

Klaus Hahn

Chief Executive Program

Klaus Hahn TEC Mentor

'A business to me is a hybrid between emotional art and fact-based science. You have a choice between opinion and data-based decision making. If you get the balance right, and you are surrounded by the right people, your personal and professional life is rewarding and inspirational.'

Klaus Hahn innovates at the junction of functional business intersections. With a cross functional German engineering and business degree, he learnt his trade in a complex manufacturing and technology multinational on four different continents. During this time, he refined his multicultural leadership and business development skill set and was an integral part in several post-merger integration and organisational change projects.

Creating win-win outcomes in difficult multifaceted and multicultural environments energises Klaus. His well-developed stakeholder and board room engagement unifies teams in a common vision. Klaus’ passion and enthusiasm drives outcomes and moves business cultures in entrepreneurial companies.

More than a decade ago Klaus moved into the privately owned business environment in Australia, leveraging government grant assistance and private equity networks in growth and succession change environments to the benefit of business owners.

Klaus most recently led a founder to private equity succession transition project as CEO and shareholder in a national import distribution entity before becoming a TEC Chair in 2021. Highlights from his career include:

  • 25 years of entity development and growth in Germany, South Africa, North America, Asia, Oceania
  • Acquisition, Succession and Management Change Advisor and CEO in the Australian privately owned business space
  • Senior Regional Business Leader in a German 20 billion global multinational
  • Post-Merger Integration, Turnaround and Management Change Agent

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