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Chamber of Commerce plenary activity


Christine Witthöft has been
together with the initiative "Strong Economy Hamburg", member of the Chamber of Commerce plenum, the highest decision-making body of the Chamber of Commerce

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"I am a Chamber of Commerce plenary member because a strong economic orientation of the Chamber of Commerce and our Hamburg metropolitan region is important to me.


I am committed to ensuring that small and medium-sized businesses in Hamburg and their consultancy industry get advocates in our city to make enough funds available for digitization and as an economic engine. In the future, the Chamber of Commerce could be the central point of contact for small and medium-sized companies who want to find out how digitization can help their own company. Also in the added value of the Chamber of Commerce as a coordination point with all-round support for founders and start-up entrepreneurs, I see great potential to develop Hamburg into a founding metropolis.

I think the realignment of the Chamber of Commerce is extremely important and we need your support for this.


I look forward to being able to steer the future of the Chamber of Commerce and Hamburg in the right direction."

Christine Witthöft
Initiative "Starke Wirtschaft Hamburg"

Handelskammer Plenarwahl 2020 Christine Witthöft

The Chamber of Commerce has been the self-administration of Hamburg's commercial economy since 1665. It represents the interests of around 160,000 companies vis-à-vis politics and administration, is a customer-oriented service provider for our member companies and an independent advocate for the market, competition and fair play. We advise companies, we bundle interests and we educate people. Over 700 entrepreneurs from industry, trade and services volunteer with us as elected representatives of their industries in over 30 committees. They make a decisive contribution to the formation of opinions in the Chamber of Commerce. In addition, 4,000 voluntary company representatives take the exams in the dual vocational training, which the state has assigned us by law as a sovereign task. Our motto is: "We act for Hamburg".


Plenary member Christine Witthöft


The entrepreneur's career has been shaped by management positions in strategic marketing at international companies in the region - such as Beiersdorf, Olympus and Johnson & Johnson.


Committed, informed and well networked describe the Hamburg resident well.


For 6 years she and her company, UMSATZSCHMIEDE, have been leading marketing and sales consulting, repositioning and realignment projects and supporting medium-sized companies in their digital transformation. Both professionally and on a voluntary basis, she advocates cross-border cooperation between business, science and politics in the Hamburg metropolitan region.


Modern communication and leadership and digital change are among Christine Witthöft's core competencies and she is always open to sharing and multiplying her acquired knowledge.


Strong Economy Hamburg initiative


The "Strong Economy Hamburg" initiative is a platform for independent entrepreneurs who are not obliged to join a parliamentary group and stand for political neutrality, trustworthiness, openness, competence, fairness and sustainability. The goal is a modern chamber of commerce that is digital and lean, close to its members and acts openly.


The following Hamburg entrepreneurs, among others, are represented in the initiative:


  • Prof. Norbert Aust, Tivoli / Schmidt Bühnen, PierDrei Hotel

  • Astrid Nissen-Schmidt, Auren GmbH auditing company

  • Thomas Flotow, Care & Living Hamburg GmbH

  • Wilfried Baur, Jungheinrich AG

  • Niels Pirck, Hamburger Sparkasse AG

  • Holger Stanislawski, REWE Stanislawski & Laas GmbH & Co. oHg

  • Stephan von Bülow, Elysée Hotel AG Hamburg

  • Matthias Schmelzer, KPMG

  • Robert Heinemann, ECE Projektmanagement GmbH & Co. KG

  • Oliver Radtke, Gruner + Jahr GmbH

  • Dr. Bettina Hees, Marine Therapy Solutions GmbH

  • Ute Schoras, JOBPOWER Personaldienstleistungen GmbH

  • Dr. Florian Brill, Dr. Brill + Partner GmbH, Institute for Hygiene and Microbiology

  • Thorsten Lehmann, MAN Energy Solutions SE

  • Sascha Schneider, Montblanc Simplo GmbH

  • Christopher Franzen, ROCK ANTENNE Hamburg GmbH & Co. KG

  • Jens Portmann, The Golden Hirschen Hamburg GmbH

  • Jens Stacklies, Gröninger private brewery Hamburg

  • Anja Ahlers, ADS Textil Handel GmbH

  • Stephanie Krawehl, bookstore reading room and caf

  • Stefan Wulff, OTTO WULFF Projektentwicklung GmbH

  • Clemens Vatter, Signal Iduna Life Insurance aG

  • Martina Warning, John Warning Corporate Communications GmbH

  • and many other great personalities


Goals of the "Strong Economy Hamburg"


End standstill. Reshaping the economy. Rebuilding the Chamber of Commerce.

  • Make Hamburg an innovation location in Europe

  • Make Hamburg the center of the start-up scene in Germany

  • Hamburg is becoming a pioneer in measures to combat the shortage of skilled workers

  • Hamburg is renovating and expanding its public transport system and solving its massive traffic and mobility problems

  • Restore the necessary overall representation of interests and impetus for business towards politics

  • Create a strong relationship of trust between full-time and honorary positions

  • Build a model chamber of commerce

  • Hamburg needs a modern, strong Chamber of Commerce,

    • who takes care of the pressing issues

    • represents and promotes the interests of the economy and advises politics

    • that treats its employees fairly and uses and develops their skills

    • the content-related clock for the location and the city

    • which offers attractive opportunities for participation


The Chamber of Commerce plenary



The plenum is the highest decision-making body of the Chamber of Commerce and, roughly speaking, the representation of Hamburg's economy and thus determines the guidelines of the Chamber of Commerce work. It also elects the President and Vice-Presidents of our Chamber of Commerce from among its ranks, who in turn appoint the Chief Executive Officer.


At the beginning of 2020, the Hamburg companies will elect the members of the plenum in nine electoral groups, which represent all sectors and company sizes of Hamburg's economy. The number of seats in an electoral group in the plenary session depends on the economic importance of the respective branch. This means that all branches of the economy are adequately represented. In each electoral group, seats are also reserved for small, medium-sized and large companies. The plenary is thus the reflection of the Hamburg economy.


How will the plenary 2020-2024 be composed exactly?


58 members of the plenary will be directly elected by the members of the Chamber at the beginning of 2020, from January 20. Up to nine plenary members can be indirectly elected by the directly elected plenary members. The prerequisite for elections is always that the plenum determines a need to refine the mirror image of the plenum.


Further information can be found at



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