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Joachim Lutz, subsequent to his banking traineeship, studied at the University of Mannheim from 1979 until 1984, specializing in banking, finance and auditing. After receiving his diploma in business administration, he worked at Deutsche Bank AG until the end of 1990 with a focus on corporate finance consulting for large stock corporations.
In January 1991, he became Head of Finance at Südzucker AG in Mannheim, being promoted to Director of Finance and Investor Relations in 1995. Besides corporate finance, this also included the debt and equity capital market activities of Südzucker Group.
In 2006, Joachim Lutz prepared the divisional segmentation of CropEnergies AG, the renewable energy-division of Südzucker Group. In May 2006 he was appointed Chief Financial Officer of CropEnergies AG. The initial public offering (IPO) of CropEnergies AG took place in September 2006. Since April 2015, Joachim Lutz has been Chief Executive Officer.