“Assembly was on the line eight hours a day”: Deutsche Bank boss sewing on his first job and his first bad purchase


Deutsche Bank boss Christian Seichie. Image combination/DPA | Arne Dedert

In an interview with “turi2”, the CEO of Deutsche Bank, Christian Seich, talks about his first job and a big purchase.

Sewing fondly remembers the days when he was an assembly line worker in his father’s company, although he could have earned more back then.

As Stitch explains, his first major purchase was a used dark brown Golf Cabriolet. A bad investment, as it turns out.

What exactly was the first job of the current CEO of Deutsche Bank? In an interview with the media industry service “Turi 2”, Christian Sewing replied that he was already earning money as a tennis coach at the age of 15.

Sewing later worked with his sister in his father’s printing shop. “For three weeks, I stood in line eight hours a day folding boxes—and then sweeping the warehouse,” says Stitch.

“A great experience, very educational.”

The working day only ended when his father picked him up in the evening. Sewing is clear that he could have earned more back then – but it was “a great experience, very instructive”. But sewing was not only learned in the factory for life. His parents also gave him the simple advice “E Greater A. Income More Spending.”

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Sewing’s first major investment back then was the Golf Cabrio. However, in an unusual dark grey, which is why he describes the car not only as his first major purchase, but as his worst. Color made resale harder than ever.

Home in the mountains was the best investment

What Sewing did after that is well known: Trained at Deutsche Bank, moved to Immobilienbank der Volksbanken Raiffeisenbanken (DZ Hype) and then returned to Deutsche Bank, where he continued to climb the career ladder until he became CEO in 2018.

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If Sewing hadn’t gone down the banker path, he would have preferred to be a sportswriter, he says. It is unclear whether he could afford a house in the mountains with this job, which he describes in interviews as his best investment.

He prefers to spend his salary on family vacations, says Sewing. If that’s not possible, he likes to do it, but “after a stressful week, he goes out for a nice meal on Friday.” But one thing is more important when it comes to sewing than money, he says, and that is trust.

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