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Dr. Hans-Christoph Hirt
Executive Director, Head of EOS
Dr Hans-Christoph Hirt is an executive director and board member at EOS and as head of the organisation leads a multi-national team ensuring the sustainable success of the business. In this role, he is responsible for and oversees the global engagement programme and the quality of the service EOS provides to its clients around the world. Hans also leads some high-profile stewardship activities, including priority engagements with major companies in Germany and the UK, as well as interactions with key regulators and organisations. Prior to joining EOS, Hans worked with international law firm Ashurst. He is the author of numerous publications on corporate governance and law, responsible investment and stewardship. He is a member of the Corporate Governance Advisory Council of the Council of Institutional Investors and the Advisory Board of the Chief Executives for Corporate Purpose's Strategic Investor Initiative. Hans is a UK-qualified lawyer, holds degrees in Business Administration from universities in Germany and the UK, the ACCA qualification and a PhD from the London School of Economics (LSE). He continues to be involved in academia as a Corporate Governance Fellow at the LSE’s Financial Markets Group and a Teaching Fellow at University College London. Hans speaks French, German and Mandarin.
The Shareholder Rights Directive survey, A step towards sustainable capitalism, conducted with 175 European institutional investors to gauge levels of awareness and readiness for the Shareholder Rights Directive II, reveals that only a staggering 3% believe their organisation already meets all the requirements of the Directive.