Anne Ruth Herkes was today appointed State Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology. Herkes, a trained diplomat, has previously held posts such as Head of the Economic and Commercial Section at the German Embassy in London, and most recently, has been serving as Ambassador in Doha (Qatar). This is the first time in the history of the Economics Ministry that a woman has been made State Secretary.
Federal Minister of Economics and Technology, Dr. Philipp Rösler, stated: "I am delighted that I have been able to secure an outstanding economics expert for this position of leadership: Anne Ruth Herkes brings with her important experience in the areas of external economic policy and strategic business management."
State Secretary Herkes will be responsible for external economic policy, technology policy and IT, communications and postal policy.