This is what I did, this is who I am.

Economics degree in Cologne. Joined the Gerling Group General Insurance Company(Gerling-Konzern Allgemeine Versicherungs-AG), working for the Chairman of the Board in the department Planning
and Controlling.

Then in 1991, a cut. My sister-in-law was diagnosed with leukemia. I became a member of the Citizins` Initiative “Help for leukemia patients” (Hilfe für Leukämiekranke). We had one goal: to motivate
people in Germany to register as potential stem cell donor.

The DKMS German Bone Marrow Donor Center grew from this initiative. A few months after it’s founding, I became the CEO. Today, the DKMS is the world’s largest stem cell donor center – it has given over 40,000 patients a new chance for life.

DKMS Life, a cosmetics program for women undergoing cancer treatment, was also founded in my time as Executive Manager. Supported by the cosmetics industry, DKMS Life helps give women more self-confidence to live with their cancer. Every year, more than 10,000 women participate in the courses. With help and advice on make-up, hair, and wigs, they learn to conceal visual impacts of their cancer therapy, so they don’t have to look at the illness in the mirror.

Further milestones: The founding of DKMS Life
Science Laboratories, the DKMS Cord Blood Bank and the DKMS Foundation, whose Chairwoman I was for
many years. DKMS donor centers were founded in USA, Poland, Spain and England, which I lead as Chairwoman of the various Boards.

What moved me throughout this whole period: people’s incredible willingness to help. If asked the right way, the impossible becomes possible. Nobody believed it was possible to set up such a donor center in Germany. We did it! You can read about this in my book “Alle gegen Einen” (meaning: all against one), written with Gorden Müller-Eschenbach.

It’s time for change: I became self-employed in January 2015. I wish to share my knowledge, my experience and my commitment with non-profit organisations and companies, which support social projects.

I look forward to speaking with you.


Claudia Rutt


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