Alexander Otto has been Chief Executive Officer of ECE, a company owned by the Otto family, since 2000. During his leadership, ECE became European market leader in the field of inner-city shopping centers.
By now, the company has 3,600 employees and operates in 14 countries with assets under management totaling approximately 31 billion euros. Moreover, ECE is one of the leading developers of major real estate properties in Europe, focusing on office properties, hotels, logistics centers, and retail properties.
Alexander Otto is member of the Supervisory Boards of Otto Group, DES Deutsche EuroShop AG, Sonae Sierra Brasil SA in Sao Paolo/Brazil, and DDR Corp. in Cleveland/USA. He also sits on the Advisory Board of Peek & Cloppenburg KG Düsseldorf and is board member of the Harvard Business School Foundation of Germany.
Mr. Otto is initiator and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of “Lebendige Stadt Foundation”, which promotes the revitalization of European inner cities. Furthermore, he supports Youth and Disabled sports in Hamburg through his “Alexander Otto Sports Foundation”. He also initiated and funded the construction of an ice and ball sports arena as well as the HSV Soccer Academy in Hamburg. In addition, he supports healthcare and cultural projects, among others the extensive refurbishment of Hamburg Art Museum, through “Dorit und Alexander Otto Foundation”.
Alexander Otto was born in Hamburg in July 1967. After completing his International Baccalaureate in Oxford, he studied at Harvard University (BA 1990) and Harvard Business School (MBA 1994). He joined ECE in 1994.