Dr Michael Otto, the entrepreneur and Chairman of the Otto Group Supervisory Board, celebrates his 75th birthday on 12 April 2018. As an outstanding business leader, Michael Otto has not only played a decisive role in establishing and expanding the Otto Group as a globally active retail and services group; he recognised the importance of digital innovations for retail at an early stage and took a visionary stance in committing to sustainable, value-orientated business activity. As an entrepreneur he has consistently fulfilled his responsibility for the overall welfare of society over the past decades. At the same time he is personally engaged as a sponsor and major philanthropist in environmental, development-policy, societal, health-sector and artistic projects.

In his honour the Otto Group is holding a Symposium on fundamental questions regarding the future of our society: on sustainability and climate protection, on the crisis of globalisation, on growing inequality, on the digitalisation of business, and on the future of education.

The Symposium will take place on 09 April 2018 from 13:00 at the Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg in the Kleiner Saal (Small Auditorium), with the participation of high-calibre figures from business, politics, civil society and the media. The Reception that follows will take place from 19:15 to 23:00.

© Mona Hatoum, Hot Spot III (Detail): 2009, stainless steel, neon tubes. 234 x 223 x 223 cm. Courtesy of the Goetz Collection, Munich. Photo: Thomas Dashuber, Munich.