Of Counsel
donner@pwwl.de
+49 (0) 211 52 87 45-0
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As Of Counsel, Franz Donner, longtime Head of Human Resources, contributes his many years of experience in the top management of a globally active German high-tech company. As a conceptual strategist with a focus on practical orientation, he successfully designed legally sound business solutions with personnel relevance, e.g., in transformations, in projects regarding personnel recruitment and retention, and in the development of a high-performance culture. He also succeeded in developing and implementing modern and innovative working conditions with employee representatives and trade unions.

Language skills: German, English
Location: Berlin

  • Career

    born in Weinheim

    1980
    Graduate Studies in Heidelberg and Berlin, 1st and 2nd state law examinations in Baden-Württemberg

    1989
    Admission to the German Bar Association

    1989-1991
    Lawyer in Mannheim area and lecturer in the new German states (former East Germany)

    1991-2001
    Head of Legal, Patents and Insurances at Carl Zeiss Jena GmbH, Jena

    2001-2004
    Head of HR Policy Issues in the global group department Human Resources at Carl Zeiss AG

    2004-2010
    Human Resources Manager at Carl Zeiss Vision International GmbH (Lenses Business Consumer Optics)

    2010-2012
    Human Resources Manager at Carl Zeiss SMT GmbH (Semiconductor Technology)

    2012-2021
    Group Human Resources Manager at Zeiss Group

    2022
    Of Counsel at Pusch Wahlig Workplace Law, Berlin

  • Awards / Activities

    • Member of the Council of the world of work (initiated by The Federal Ministry for Labour and Social Affairs)
    • Member of several supervisory boards and advisory boards of companies, scientific institutions, and universities
    • Network in human resources management

Of Counsel
donner@pwwl.de
+49 (0) 211 52 87 45-0

As Of Counsel, Franz Donner, longtime Head of Human Resources, contributes his many years of experience in the top management of a globally active German high-tech company. As a conceptual strategist with a focus on practical orientation, he successfully designed legally sound business solutions with personnel relevance, e.g., in transformations, in projects regarding personnel recruitment and retention, and in the development of a high-performance culture. He also succeeded in developing and implementing modern and innovative working conditions with employee representatives and trade unions.

Language skills: German, English
Location: Berlin

Career

born in Weinheim

1980
Graduate Studies in Heidelberg and Berlin, 1st and 2nd state law examinations in Baden-Württemberg

1989
Admission to the German Bar Association

1989-1991
Lawyer in Mannheim area and lecturer in the new German states (former East Germany)

1991-2001
Head of Legal, Patents and Insurances at Carl Zeiss Jena GmbH, Jena

2001-2004
Head of HR Policy Issues in the global group department Human Resources at Carl Zeiss AG

2004-2010
Human Resources Manager at Carl Zeiss Vision International GmbH (Lenses Business Consumer Optics)

2010-2012
Human Resources Manager at Carl Zeiss SMT GmbH (Semiconductor Technology)

2012-2021
Group Human Resources Manager at Zeiss Group

2022
Of Counsel at Pusch Wahlig Workplace Law, Berlin