Professor Hans Georg Näder

Chairman of the Management Board of Ottobock SE & Co. KGaA

Date of birth: 09/04/1961 in Duderstadt, Germany
Father: Dr.-Ing. E.h. Max Näder
Mother: Maria Näder (née Bock)
Two daughters: Julia and Georgia Maria
Nationality: German
Resident of Duderstadt in Lower Saxony, Germany

  • Duderstadt Protestant Primary School 1968–1972
  • Eichsfeld Grammar School, Duderstadt 1972–1981
  • Degree course in business administration at Friedrich-Alexander-University, Erlangen-Nürnberg 1981–1986
  • Various work placements abroad (France, USA, Australia)
  • Since 1990, President and CEO of the Otto Bock Group and of the Otto Bock HealthCare GmbH

The company in brief

  • World leader in orthopaedic technology
  • Globally distinguished provider of rehabilitation/ mobility products
  • Leader in technology and innovation
  • Total operating performance of the Ottobock Group in 2017: € 1.098 billion
  • Number of employees in 2018: more than 7,000 worldwide

Offices held

  • Member of the Supervisory Board of Leipziger Messe, Leipzig from 2009 to 2014
  • Member of the Central Advisory Board of Commerzbank AG, Frankfurt am Main since 1990
  • Member of the Supervisory Board of Dresdner Bank AG, Frankfurt am Main until 2009
  • Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Otto Bock Foundation, Duderstadt ongoing business operations transferred to Otto Bock Global Foundation, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Global Foundation since 2015
  • Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Rohde AG, Nörten-Hardenberg until 2019
  • Member of the Executive Board ASU/ BJU Working Group of Independent Entrepreneurs/ Federal Association of Young Entrepreneurs (Regionalkreis Südniedersachsen) since 1990
  • Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Southern Lower Saxony Foundation, Göttingen until 2015
  • Chairman of the Advisory Board of Treffpunkt Stadtmarketing e.V., Duderstadt since its foundation in December 2002
  • Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA), Bonn since 2012
  • Member of the Executive Board of the Bundesfachschule für Orthopädie-Technik e.V., Dortmund from 1990 until 2017
  • Member of the Board of Trustees of Initiative 93 Technical Orthopaedics since its foundation in 1993
  • Member of the Board of Trustees of the ZNS – Hannelore Kohl Foundation since 2012
  • Member of the Presidium of the association “Die Familienunternehmer – ASU”
  • Member of the Board of Trustees of Heinz Sielmann Foundation since 2014


  • Recipient of the Ring of Honour of the City of Duderstadt
  • 2003: Georg Hohmann Award
  • 2003: German Entrepreneur of the Year (Industry)
  • January 2005: appointed honorary professor at the Göttingen Private University of Applied Sciences
  • November 2005: received the State Award of Lower Saxony from the Prime Minister of Lower Saxony, Christian Wulff
  • 2008: B.A.U.M. Environmental Award
  • 2008: Heinrich Bürkle de la Camp Medaille
  • October 2009: appointed guest professor at the Capital Medical University in Beijing
  • December 2009: received the Manager of the Year 2009 Award during the joint event of the Club der Gesundheitswirtschaft (cdgw) and the “kma – Das Magazin für die Gesundheitswirtschaft”
  • December 2010: appointed honorary member of the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
  • September 2011: honorary citizen of Duderstadt
  • May 2012: “Hidden Champion 2012”: the SME award of the news broadcaster n-tv along with the first prize in the “Brand” category
  • June 2012: Silver Medal of Honour of the Vienna Chamber of Commerce
  • July 2012: Camden FB Award “Top Family Business of the Year”
  • October 2012: Prize Leonardo da Vinci
  • November 2012: “Goldene Erbse 2012” (Golden Pea 2012) prize
  • November 2012: “FAUN” brand prize for family companies
  • September 2013: Lifetime Achievement Award of the American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA)
  • December 2017: LeibnizRingHannover 2017
  • February 2019: Heine-Hessing-Medaille