Berthold Huber

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Huber in 2009

Berthold Huber (born 15 February 1950) is a German former trade union leader.

Born in Ulm, Huber was apprenticed as a toolmaker, and worked at Kässbohrer. He joined IG Metall, and in 1978 he became head of the Kässbohrer works council in part to his association with the predecessor organization to the Marxist–Leninist Party of Germany.[1] He began working full-time for the union in 1990, and in 1991 became director of its president's office. In 1998, he became the director of its Baden-Wuerttemberg region, and was elected as the union's vice president in 2003. He became president of the union in 2007, and was also elected as president of the International Metalworkers' Federation, then moving to its successor, the IndustriALL Global Union.[2][3]

In 2012, Huber retired from IG Metall, becoming deputy chair of the board of Volkswagen. In 2015, he served as acting chair, in which post he dealt with the fallout from the Volkswagen emissions scandal.[4] He served on the board of Audi for nearly twenty years, retiring in 2018. He also serves on the boards of the Max Planck Society and the Academy of Science and Engineering, and chair of the council of the Siemens Foundation.[5]


  1. ^ "At Opel plant in Bochum, Germany, Maoists provide key support for union leadership". World Socialist Web Site. 2013-04-27. Retrieved 2024-04-03.
  2. ^ "Berthold Huber President". IndustriALL. Retrieved 4 September 2021.
  3. ^ "Huber, Berthold". Retrieved 4 September 2021.
  4. ^ Bryant, Chris (27 April 2015). "VW chairman resigned after alienating group's key directors". Financial Times. Retrieved 4 September 2021.
  5. ^ Knieps, Stephan (22 February 2019). "Wie geht's eigentlich Berthold Huber?". Die Welt. Retrieved 4 September 2021.
Trade union offices
Preceded by Vice President of IG Metall
Succeeded by
Detlef Wetzel
Preceded by President of IG Metall
Succeeded by
Detlef Wetzel
Preceded by President of the International Metalworkers' Federation
Succeeded by
Federation merged
Preceded by
New position
President of the IndustriALL Global Union
Succeeded by