Helmut was Minister of Economics of the Federal Republic of Germany from 1988 to 1991. Subsequently, he was appointed as parliamentary speaker for European affairs and member of the government´s foreign trade advisory board. In 1991, he became vice president at Capgemini. Due to his long-lasting political and international experience, Helmut is a highly appreciated member of several national advisory committees. Since 1997, he is Germany’s representative in the Asia-Europe-Foundation (ASEF). Helmut has taught at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg for more than 30 years. In 2010, he joined the Department of International Business as adjunct professor.