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Carsten Wiebers says goodbye to KfW IPEX

Caption: Carsten Wiebers

Carsten Wiebers celebrated his maritime comeback at KfW IPEX at the beginning of the year, but now it’s over. The bank manager is saying goodbye.

Via LinkedIn, he announced his departure from the German federal promotional bank, for which he had headed one of only four business divisions following restructuring. He took over as head of the newly created “Mobility” division, which includes the rail and aviation sectors as well as the maritime industry. [ds_preview]

Wiebers worked at KfW IPEX-Bank for a total of 31 years. He headed the “Maritime Industry” division until 2016, then took over responsibility for the rail business and finally took over the top job again this year from his successor Holger Apel.

Wiebers leaves after 31 years at KfW

Yesterday, Tuesday, was his last day at work, Wiebers wrote on LinkedIn, thanking colleagues and customers for a long and successful collaboration. A new phase of life is now beginning for him and his wife.

KfW IPEX-Bank is responsible for export and project financing within KfW Group. During the financial and banking crisis and following the withdrawal of many shipping banks, KfW IPEX-Bank became the largest German shipping financier. The shipping portfolio amounted to around USD 15 billion at the end of 2022.

At € 14.4 billion in the first half of 2023, new business across KfW IPEX Bank was more than twice as high as in the same period of the previous year (06/2022: € 6.0 billion). The maritime industry had a share of € 2.4 billion (06/2022: € 0.6 billion).

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