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Waller, Hermann

Biographical data:
04.01.1873 in Dinslaken - 03.03.1922 in Berlin


Institution:
Disconto-Gesellschaft


Functions:
Joint Proprietor 1911 - 1922





 



Wallich, Hermann

Biographical data:
28.12.1833 in Bonn - 30.04.1928 in Berlin


Institution:
Deutsche Bank


Functions:
Member of the Management Board 1870 - 1894




Hermann Wallich descended from an established Jewish family in the Rhineland. After an apprenticeship under Jacob Cassel in Cologne (1850-54) he moved to Paris to work for his uncle's bank Cahen d'Anvers (1854-60). Seeing no promotion prospects at Cahen d'Anvers Wallich switched to Trivulzi, Hollander & Co. (1860) and then to the Comptoir d'Escompte (1862) where he worked for its overseas branches including Réunion (1863), Shanghai and Yokohama (1867). So he was already an acknowledged expert on the overseas market when monetary policymaker Ludwig Bamberger approached him to recruit him for the new Deutsche Bank. Wallich consented and joined Deutsche Bank in October 1870. He found his vocation in building up the newly established Bank alongside the impetuous yet brilliant Georg Siemens. He was the ideal second in command in a company that sought to grow rapidly. His task was to rein others in, urge caution, express doubt, be a corrective force. He was the stabilizing element, holding Deutsche Bank together with his broad expertise in the economically unsettled environment of the bank’s early years and subsequently methodically pursuing its development into the leading major German bank. The bank’s major activities in East Asia and particularly in Latin America are unthinkable without him. It was under his aegis that Deutsche Bank opened branches in Bremen (1871) and Hamburg (1872) as well as in Shanghai, Yokohama (both 1872) and London (1873) and founded the Deutsche Uebersee Bank, the later Deutsche Ueberseeische Bank (1886). Wallich withdrew from day-to-day business comparatively early at 60, but remained involved with Deutsche Bank for the rest of his life as a member of the Supervisory Board. Management board member Max Steinthal characterized his colleague as follows: “For many long years he knew the daily status of its liabilities with each debtor, he didn’t need to consult the books ad hoc; he was always aware of things, in part by instinct, in part by seemingly browsing through the ledgers at random. His prodigious memory which stored all phases of complicated financial transactions in an orderly fashion, made him into a living compendium on Deutsche Bank.”



Wassermann, Oscar

Biographical data:
04.04.1869 in Bamberg - 08.09.1934 in Garmisch


Institution:
Deutsche Bank


Functions:
Member of the Management Board 1912 - 1933 (Spokesman 1923 - 1933)




Weiss, Ulrich

Biographical data:
03.06.1936 in Bremen


Institution:
Deutsche Bank


Functions:
Member of the Management Board 1979-1998



Wendelstadt, Victor

Biographical data:
22.05.1819 in Linden - 15.07.1884 in Bad Godesberg


Institution:
Deutsche Bank


Functions:
Member of the Administrative Board 1870-1884



Wintermantel, Fritz

Biographical data:
26.04.1882 in St. Georgen - 25.07.1953 in Bühlerhöhe


Institution:
Deutsche Bank


Functions:
Member of the Management Board 1933-1945





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