Irwin, who earned his bachelor’s degree in 1964 and an M.B.A. in 1967, is vice president of Citibank e-Business in Germany. Since 1991, he’s also been president of the American Chamber of Commerce in Germany, where he advised both countries on economic and investment matters during the German reunification process.
The position of president of the American Chamber of Commerce in Germany is the most visible and important position for German-American relations along with the U.S. ambassador, says Roland Koch, who presented the award on behalf of the president of Germany.
“It is a tribute to Mr. Irwin that he is the longest-serving president in the chamber’s 99-year history,” says Koch. “It speaks well of his character, business acumen, and diplomatic and political skills.”