Dr. Christof Ehrhart

Dr. Christof Ehrhart

Adjunct Professor

Strategische Kommunikation
Zeppelinhaus
Nikolaistraße 27-29, Room 4.02
04109 Leipzig

Phone: +49 341 97-35040
Fax: +49 341 97-35049

Dr. Christof Ehrhart

Dr. Christof Ehrhart

Adjunct Professor

Fakultät für Sozialwissenschaften und Philosophie
Geisteswissenschaftliches Zentrum
Beethovenstraße 15
04107 Leipzig

Abstract

Professor Dr. rer. pol. Christof Ehrhart is Global Head of Corporate Communications & Governmental Affairs and Executive Vice President of Robert Bosch GmbH, a leading global technology and service company. From 2009 until 2018 he was Head of Corporate Communications & Responsibility and Executive Vice President at Deutsche Post DHL Group.

Before he was in charge of Corporate Communications at European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS) and the pharmaceutical company Schering AG. 

Ehrhart holds a pdD in political science 2013 and is adjunct Professor for International Corporate Communications at the Institute for Communications and Media Science of the University of Leipzig.  Ehrhart has published a number of articles on media and communications in magazines and scientific books. Since 2016 he is writing a blog on the future of Corporate Communications in the age of digital disruption at www.futureproofingpr.com.


 

 

 

 

Professional career

  • since 01/2013
    Adjunct Professor for International Corporate Communications, University of Leipzig
  • 10/2000 - 12/2012
    Visiting lectures in the fields of corporate communications / communications management at FU Berlin, University of Zurich, University of Leipzig
  • since 01/2019
    Executive Vice President, Head of Corporate Communications and Governmental Affairs, Robert Bosch GmbH (Stuttgart-Gerlingen)
  • 01/2009 - 12/2018
    Executive Vice President, Head of Corporate Communications and Responsibility, Deutsche Post DHL Group (Bonn)
  • 01/2007 - 12/2008
    Corporate Vice President, Head of Corporate Communications, EADS (Ottobrunn / Paris)
  • 01/2004 - 12/2006
    Head of Corporate Communications, Schering AG (Berlin)
  • 01/2001 - 12/2002
    Managing Director, Highlight New Business, Highlight Communications AG, Luzern (Switzerland)
  • 01/1999 - 12/2001
    Vice President Corporate Communications, Product Management and Event Marketing, Bertelsmann Online, Baar (Switzerland)
  • 01/1998 - 12/1998
    Vice President Public Relations, AOL Bertelsmann Europe, Baar (Switzerland)
  • 01/1997 - 12/1997
    Vice President Cultural Affairs and Public Relations, Bertelsmann Book AG, Munich
  • 01/1995 - 12/1997
    Director Corporate Issues, Corporate Communications, Bertelsmann AG, Gütersloh
  • 08/1992 - 12/1994
    Research Fellow, Department of Political Science, Saar University
  • 01/1987 - 12/1994
    Free-lance journalist for newspapers and TV

Education

  • 08/1992 - 12/1997
    After doctoral studies in economics and public law promotion to Dr. rer. pol. (Dissertation: "Transformation in Ungarn und der DDR"
  • 04/1987 - 07/1992
    Studies in Political Science, Economic History and German Literature at the Saar University (Saarbrücken) and the University of Wales (College of Cardiff), Degree: Master of Arts

Panel Memberships

  • since 10/2013
    Member of the Board of Econsense, Forum for Sustainable Development of German Business
  • since 01/2013
    Member of the Sustainability Advisory Board of SAP AG
  • since 01/2014
    Member of the Arthur Page Society
  • since 10/2013
    Participant of the Baden Baden Entrepreneur Talks
  • since 01/2009
    Founding member of the Academic Society for Corporate Management & Communications, Leipzig
  • 01/2009 - 12/2012
    Founding Chair of the Board of Trustees of Quadriga University of Applied Sciences (Berlin)

Besides my corporate career I have been continuously engaged as visiting lecturer in the academic discipline of Corporate Communications. My teaching assignments include the Free University Berlin, the University of Zurich and the University of Leipzig. Until 2011 I was heading the Board of Trustees of the newly founded private Quadriga University Berlin.  

I studied Political Science, Economic History and German Literature at the University of Saarland (Saarbrücken) and at the University of Wales (College of Cardiff). After having earned my Ph.D. in Political Science for a study on the transformation of political systems I worked as research fellow at the Institute of Political Science of the University of Saarland.

  • Ehrhart, C.; Zerfaß, A.
    Strategien von Public Affairs in Unternehmen: Herausforderungen und Chancen in Zeiten des wirtschaftlichen und gesellschaftlichen Wandels
    In: Röttger, U.; Donges, P.; Zerfaß, A. (Eds.)
    Handbuch Public Affairs. Politische Kommunikation für Unternehmen und Organisationen. Wiesbaden: Springer Gabler. 2020.
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  • Zerfaß, A.; Ehrhart, C.; Lautenbach, C.
    Organisation der Kommunikationsfunktion: Strukturen, Prozesse und Leistungen für die Unternehmensführung
    In: Zerfaß, A.; Piwinger, M. (Eds.)
    Handbuch Unternehmenskommunikation (2nd ed.). Wiesbaden: Springer Gabler. 2014. pp. 987-1010
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My seminars focus on the success factors of international Corporate Communications practice. Students learn to apply concrete communications measures in dealing with realistic show cases. Dimensions such as communications strategy, crisis communication, internal communication and stakeholder engagement play key roles.


The teaching aims at conveying the conditions of excellent international communications management in an increasingly complex internal and external environment due to social media-induced hyper-transparency, globalized business relations and increased expectations of critical stakeholders.


The seminars are held in english.

  • Global Corporate Communications

    The seminar addresses current challenges and solutions for strategic communication in global companies. Practical knowledge on the success factors of international corporate communications will be conveyed and tested along case studies. The focus will be on new demands which arise from digitalization, sustainability and societal / political change. These will also be dealt with in the parallel course "International Research in Communication Management".