Chairman of the Executive Board of Hapag-Lloyd AG
Michael Behrendt was born on June 19th 1951 in Hamburg. He studied law at the University of Hamburg, finalising his training at Hanseatisches Oberlandesgericht (Higher Regional Court) and graduating by passing the “Assessor” examination.
While being a student, Michael Behrendt gained practical experience at various companies in the US. He joined VTG Vereinigte Tanklager und Transportmittel GmbH in 1985 and was appointed Managing Director in 1994.
Following the merger between VTG and Lehnkering AG, Michael Behrendt was appointed Executive Board Chairman of VTG Lehnkering AG and Member of the Executive Board of Hapag-Lloyd AG in 1999. He has been Chairman of the Executive Board of Hapag-Lloyd AG since January 1st 2002.
Michael Behrendt is also President of the German Shipowners’ Association (Verband Deutscher Reeder; VDR), Vice President of the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce and a member of various supervisory and advisory boards.