In his 32 years with IBM, ending in 2005, Dr. Richard Straub held various positions including as Assistant General Manager PC Marketing for IBM Europe in Paris, global Chief Learning Officer based in the US, and Director of Learning Solutions for Europe, Middle-East and Africa. Since 2006, he has started a new career working with non-profit organizations – as part time executive and as social entrepreneur. He is currently executive committee member at the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) and Secretary General of the European Learning Industry Group (ELIG). In addition, he holds a strategic advisory role for the IBM Global Education Industry.
In 2008, he founded the Peter Drucker Society of Austria and, in 2010, the Peter Drucker Society Europe as non-profit organizations. He is the president of both. The Peter Drucker Society has as its mission to be a catalyst for the improvement of management as a vital role in modern society. As the crystallizing yearly event the Drucker Society organizes the Global Peter Drucker Forum in Vienna – the seventh edition will be held in November 2015.