Rolf Buch

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Rolf Buch
Buch in 2019
Rolf Eberhard Buch

(1965-04-02) 2 April 1965 (age 58)
Weidenau, Germany
Alma materRWTH Aachen University
TitleChief Executive Officer (CEO)

Rolf Eberhard Buch (born 2 April 1965) is a German business executive.[1][2][3] In 2013, he was appointed CEO of the real estate company Deutsche Annington,[4] which, following the takeover of GAGFAH in the year 2015, was renamed Vonovia.[5] Previously, Buch held an executive position at Arvato.[6]

Early life and education[edit]

Buch was born in Weidenau near Siegen. At age three, his family moved to the Kettwig district in the city of Essen.[7] After completing his secondary education ("Abitur"), Buch studied mechanical engineering and business administration at the RWTH Aachen University and received his engineering degree in 1990.[1]



in 1991, Buch began his career in the print and industrial division of Bertelsmann,[8] which was later renamed Arvato.[9] After serving in various positions in sales and marketing of domestic and foreign subsidiaries, he became a member of the executive board of Arvato in 2002.[10] Under his leadership, the international services business grew into a key revenue and profit generator.[11]

In 2008, Buch succeeded Ostrowski as CEO of Arvato and also took up duties as a member of the Bertelsmann executive board.[12][13] In this position, he promoted business involving services for cities and communities.[14] Moreover, he increasingly invested in digital services to prepare Arvato for the digital transformation.[15]

At the end of 2012, Buch stepped down from the Arvato executive board upon his own wishes and left the group.[16]


In 2013, the real estate company Deutsche Annington announced Buch's appointment as CEO.[17] He took the company public, expanding the property portfolio through acquisitions.[18][19] With the takeover of competitor GAGFAH in the year 2015, he created Germany's largest real estate group.[20][21] Under the new name of Vonovia, the company was later listed in the DAX blue-chip index.[22][23]

Other activities[edit]

Corporate boards[edit]

Until May 2009, Buch was member of the supervisory board of the internet service provider Lycos Europe.[24][25] Besides, in 2017 and 2018, he was on the board of directors of the Swedish real estate company D. Carnegie & Co [sv].[26] To date, Buch serves on the supervisory board of the Gesellschaft zur Sicherung von Bergmannswohnungen (GSB) and is an active member of the board of trustees of Sparkasse Gütersloh's Woldemar Winkler Stiftung foundation.[2]

Non-profit organizations[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Buch lives with his wife and two children in Gütersloh.[28]


  1. ^ a b "Rolf Buch". Internationales Biographisches Archiv (in German). Munzinger. 1 March 2016. Retrieved 13 June 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Rolf Buch". Bloomberg. Retrieved 13 June 2019.
  3. ^ Götz Hamann (2015), "Er kann es doch", Die Zeit (in German), no. 37, p. 24
  4. ^ Hans-Peter Siebenhaar, Reiner Reichel (1 March 2013), "Der neue Herr im Haus", Handelsblatt (in German), p. 70
  5. ^ "Alles neu macht der Herbst: Deutsche Annington schließt sich mit Konkurrenten Gagfah zusammen und nennt sich Vonovia.", Der Tagesspiegel (in German), p. 3, 2 May 2015
  6. ^ Tina Kaiser (3 August 2008), "Der Vordrängler: Ob an der Kasse, am Flughafen oder im Beruf: Rolf Buch hasst es zu warten.", Welt am Sonntag (in German), p. 72
  7. ^ Tina Kaiser (3 August 2008), "Maschinenbauer mit Faible für das Rasen", Welt am Sonntag (in German), p. 72
  8. ^ Stefan Brams (15 December 2006), "Vor dem Karrieresprung", Neue Wesfälische (in German)
  9. ^ "Neuer Name, neue Ziele", Darmstädter Echo (in German), 9 June 1999
  10. ^ "Ostrowski folgt auf Thielen bei Arvato", Die Welt (in German), p. 11, 2 September 2002
  11. ^ "Ein Dienstleister rückt an die Spitze", Neue Westfälische (in German), 20 January 2007
  12. ^ Hans-Peter Siebenhaar (22 January 2007), "Rolf Buch wird Arvato-Chef", Handelsblatt (in German), p. 13
  13. ^ Stefan Brams (2 January 2008), "Zuckende Finger und große Aufgaben", Neue Westfälische (in German)
  14. ^ Kai-Hinrich Renner (10 April 2008), "Bertelsmann-Tochter Arvato will Kommunen als Kunden gewinnen", Die Welt (in German), p. 14
  15. ^ Lutz Knappmann (24 March 2010), "Arvato drängt ins Digitalgeschäft", Financial Times Deutschland (in German), p. 7
  16. ^ Stefan Schelp (1 December 2012), "Arvato-Chef räumt das Feld", Neue Westfälische (in German)
  17. ^ "Deutsche Annington findet neuen Chef". WirtschaftsWoche (in German). 1 March 2013. Retrieved 13 June 2019.
  18. ^ Andreas Heitker (2 March 2013), "Rolf Buch soll Deutsche Annington an die Börse führen", Börsen-Zeitung (in German), p. 16
  19. ^ Norbert Schwaldt (4 June 2014), "Mieter sind keine Zahlmeister", Die Welt (in German), p. 17
  20. ^ Norbert Schwaldt (2 December 2014), "Wohnungskonzerne feiern Elefantenhochzeit", Die Welt (in German), p. 15
  21. ^ Heike Jahberg (2 December 2014), "Eine Million Mieter unter einem Dach", Der Tagesspiegel (in German), p. 6
  22. ^ Christoph Rottwilm (4 September 2015). "Wie Deutschlands größter Wohnungsvermieter in die erste Börsenliga aufstieg". Manager Magazin (in German). Retrieved 13 June 2019.
  23. ^ Volker ter Haseborg (18 December 2018). "Wie Vonovia-Chef Rolf Buch ein Immobilienimperium formte". WirtschaftsWoche (in German). Retrieved 13 June 2019.
  24. ^ "Rolf Buch bleibt Lycos erhalten", Neue Westfälische (in German), 25 May 2007
  25. ^ "Geschäftsbericht 2009" (PDF) (in German). Bertelsmann. p. 160. Retrieved 13 June 2019. 11,6 MB
  26. ^ "Board of Directors". D. Carnegie & Co. Retrieved 13 June 2019.[dead link]
  27. ^ Membership Trilateral Commission.
  28. ^ "Niedrigere Mieten – und trotzdem rentabel", Höxtersche Zeitung (in German), p. 6, 16 December 2016

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