ABOUT UWE STÖHR
Mr. Stöhr is one of the most experienced Pharma Managers with clear strategic views on the CIS Region. He has identified and pushed news trends in Russia when others did not even think about those topics. Mr. Stöhr has been one of the leaders to support the development of companies like Berlin Chemie, Knoll AG, Ratiopharm international, Wörwag Pharma and others in the Emerging Markets. Today he is the Regional Manager at Klosterfrau for the CIS Region. He lives between Cologne, Berlin and Kiev with his family.
” I can never say ‘no’ to troubleshoting a’hopeless situation’.” Uwe Stöhr
WEM News: What did you want to be as a child?
UWE STÖHR: I wanted to become a chemist. I was fascinated with the idea of entering the world of molecules and chemical compounds. With my job in the pharmaceutical industry, I’m very close to my dream.
WEM News: Which books or films inspire you?
STÖHR: Rolf Dobelli’s “Die Kunst des klaren Denkens“ (“The Art of Thinking Clearly”). I was astonished at how deep the bias of human perception is. The conclusion is, that everybody lives in an individual world created by their personal experiences and knowledge– sometimes far from reality. The human mind has serious limitations.” Film: Vermessung der Welt (“Measuring the World”). People fight for their dreams and pay for it.
WEM News: What is a source of motivation, for you personally?
STÖHR: To work with people from different nations, of different mentalities and cultures.
WEM News: What can make you angry in life?
STÖHR: People without initiative and engagement, who find more excuses than ways to do something. Not to act, when it is necessary to act.
WEM News: Is there something you can’t say ‘no’ to?
STÖHR: A new, exciting challenge. Solving a problem, or troubleshooting a so-called ‘hopeless situation’.
WEM News: What do you love to do in your spare time?
STÖHR: I love to read good books. I love to travel to places where I dream of being in this wonderful world. And I love to spend time with my grand-child and my daughters.
WEM News: What programme makes you want to turn off the TV?
Endless TV talk-shows with political propaganda, where they don’t discuss the subject. Below the belt ‘reality’ TV shows. Where do they find these people who would sell their honour and dignity for a bit of money?
WEM News: Could you share the secret of your favourite food with us?
STÖHR: I like what my grandmother cooked for me! Fried mashed potatoes, lentil soup and fried mushrooms– self-collected from the forest. But nobody could ever do it her way, or recapture that unforgettable taste.
WEM News: What is a country or a city that you like most, or where you always wanted to go?
STÖHR: Tbilisi. It has an amazing mix between tradition, old human
heritage, culture, nature and distinguished cuisine– also excellent wines. Kiev. It’s in an ancient Slavonic state and reminds me of my wife. Berlin. This is the city that expresses my style of life, because it never stops.
WEM News: What was the most successful decision in your life?
STÖHR: My decision to study in Russia. And to marry my second wife.
WEM News: The person on earth you admire most, and why?
STÖHR: Winston Churchill: A man with clear objectives and opinions, a strong will, and a sharp and punchy mind. Karl Marx: Gave a brilliant analysis of the current economic system.
WEM News: What kind of management advice, in your expert opinion, can a Pharma-Manager from Russia give to his European colleagues? And vice versa?
I have three recommendations for Russia:
1. Try to understand the Russian mentality.
2. Be patient, patient, patient…
3. Prefer personal contacts.