Celebrates 75rth birthday as head of German Sparkasse foundation
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BRUSSELS, 21 April 2020 – Heinrich Haasis celebrates today his 75th birthday.
He was president of WSBI from 2012 to 2018. During his presidency, Haasis steered WSBI by not only leading the international organisation through an era of far-reaching global regulatory changes after the banking crisis, but also fought for risk-adequate regulation with the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision. "Main Street Banking Against Wall Street Banking" was his motto. In order to underpin this position of the savings banks, he regularly published position papers during the G20 meetings.
After two terms, Heinrich Haasis was appointed first honorary president of the World Institute of Savings Banks in November 2018. Before his service to WSBI, he was elected president of sister organisation ESBG from 2006–2009, serving during the financial crisis and Implementation of Basel II. A strong proponent for diversity in the banking system, seeing it as essential to serving the diverse individual needs of consumers, he urged the EU to strive for European solutions to European challenges. During his term, ESBG advocated for a competitive and efficient financial environment as well as in clarity of rules for market players and consumers throughout Europe.
Leading the German Savings Banks Association (DSGV)
Born in Balingen, he was president of the German Savings Banks and Giro Association (DSGV) from 2006 to 2012. Heinrich Haasis successfully led the Sparkassen-Finanzgruppe through one of the worst international financial and economic crises. His term in office was marked by disputes with the EU over § 40 KWG (name protection Sparkassen) and the sale of the Landesbank Berlin. Haasis successfully fended off the fact that private individuals with the name “Sparkasse” can do business. It was very important to him to bundle the largest financial group: local savings bank, central association. The purchase of 100% shares in Deka from the Landesbanken was part of this strategy. At the end of his term in office, he was significantly involved in winding up WestLB and successfully set the course for an internal reorganization of the Sparkassen-Finanzgruppe.
Haasis began his career in the Sparkassen-Finanzgruppe in Baden-Württemberg, where he was president of the Württemberg Sparkassen- und Giroverband (WSGV) from 1991 to 2001 and president of the merged Sparkassenverband Baden-Württemberg (SVBW) and vice president of the German Sparkassen from 2001 to 2006 - and giro associations. The merger of the Sparkassen organization in Baden-Württemberg and the formation of future-proof, competitive structures were the focus of his successful work as well as the creation of LBBW, LBS BW and Sparkassen-Versicherung through the merger of Württemberg and Baden and Hessen Thuringia: the only major merger the public insurer in Germany.
Even after his active work, Haasis continues to support important savings bank mandates on an international level. He has been Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Sparkassenstiftung für internationale Kooperation e.V., Bonn, since 2012.
Sparkassenstiftung für internationale Kooperation
The Sparkassenstiftung is the development policy institution of the Sparkassen-Finanzgruppe. Today, the Sparkassenstiftung operates with over 300 employees in 50 countries with the aim of giving people in developing and emerging countries access to financial services and thus creating perspectives for sustainable development.
Heinrich Haasis has contributed with great commitment to the Sparkassenstiftung's remarkable growth. The project volume has tripled in the past 10 years.
Haasis has been awarded the Grand Cross of Merit of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Medal of Merit of the State of Baden-Württemberg.