Jörg Hofmann was elected President of IndustriALL Global Union on 5 October 2016 at IndustriALL's 2nd Congress in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Hofmann is President of Germany's biggest national union, IG Metall.
Born in 1955 in Oppelsbohm, Germany, Hofmann initially trained in agriculture after leaving school before studying at the universities of Stuttgart-Hohenheim, Paris and Bremen and earnng a degree in economics. Following a period as a reasearch associate at the Institute for Industurial Management at the university of Stuttgart-Hohenheim, he worked for IG Metall as an expert in new technologies from 1982 to 1987.
From 1987 to 1999, Hofmann became trade union secretary for IG Metall's local office in Stuttgart. During this time he was also responsible for establishing the IG Metall local office in Dresden in former East Germany from 1990-1991, following the reunification of the country. After becoming the Regional Director for IG Metall in Baden-Wattenburg, he became Vice-President of IG Metall in 2013, before being elected President of IG Metall in 2015.
Hofmann is a member of the supervisory boards of both Volkswagen AG and Robert Bosch GmbH. He is also co-chairman of the Work 4.0 dialogue platform at the Federal Ministry of Labour in Germany and a member of the Steering Committee of the Industry 4.0 platform of the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy and Federal Ministry of Education and Research.
As well as his native German, Hofmann speaks fluent French and Portuguese, as well as English.