John Otto Magee

Seven videos. Seven mins.

I am thirty years into a deep-dive into the historical, political and business interactions between Germans and Americans, between Germany and the United States.

This deep-dive into the largest and the fourth-largest economies is the basis for my ability to support global companies with cross-border collaboration.

Germans – Americans
I am an American who has mastered the German language, studied their history, lived and worked in their culture for three decades.

I am an historian by training, having received my B.A. from Georgetown University in Washington, DC and an M.A. from Die Freie Universität in Berlin. In Germany since 1988, I reside in Bonn.

Bonn – Washington
From 1995 until 1999 I was a Member of the Professional Staff of the CDU/CSU Parliamentary Group in the Bundestag in Bonn. I advised its leadership on the relations between the United States and Germany.

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

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

From 2003 until 2008 I continued to support that integration as an independent consultant. In 2009 my book Verstehen sich Deutsche und Amerikaner (Do Germans and Americans understand each other) – was published in Germany. In it I tell that integration story in fictional form.

Global Companies
From 2003 until today I have helped other cross-border combinations write their story of successful integration, whether DAX30 companies, German Mittelstand or US Fortune25 companies.