#InsideAT - Our new Principal Legal Counsel Thomas Ascher

by | 23 November 2021 | #InsideAT

In our #InsideAT series we regularly present new employees. Today it is Thomas Ascher's turn. He starts with us as Principal Legal Counsel - in this interview he tells us what drove him to join, what his background is and how he likes to spend his life outside of work.

What position will you take on at [at]?

I will take care of the legal issues arising in the daily business operations of [at] as Principal Legal Counsel or in-house lawyer. 

How did you find out about [at]?

Via an online job exchange.

Why did you choose [at]?

The overall package, i.e. the industry, the task and perspective, the salary, the location of the company headquarters, and the good work-life balance as well as my other interests, were more coherent for me at [at] than at other possible employers. I just had the feeling that it would fit.    

What are you looking forward to the most?

To the new business field of [at] and the new challenges it brings for me as a lawyer. I am also looking forward to meeting new people.    

What did you do before?

I have been working as an in-house lawyer in the IT industry for over 20 years. Most recently, I worked for a company that develops hardware and software solutions for public transport for more than nine years; before that, I worked for a well-known manufacturer of AEC software for about five years and for an IT service provider for health insurance companies for a little over a year. My entry into the IT industry was with a leading hardware manufacturer at the time, having previously worked for a construction company and as a lawyer in a tax firm and freelance as a law lecturer.    

Where were you born and raised?

I was born in Waldkirchen in the Bavarian Forest and grew up there. After graduating from high school, I studied in Passau.

What do you do in your spare time?

Besides the family, mainly sports. I do a lot of cycling, both on the road and off-road, and I lift weights. As a footballer dad, I love watching my son and his team play. 

What has been your favourite travel destination so far and where would you definitely like to go?

As an active cyclist, especially South Tyrol. My dream destination would definitely be Japan. 

What was your dream job as a child?

Astronaut.

What is your favourite film / series?

Star Trek

What was the last book you read?

"Out of the slipstream" by Andre Greipel. I like reading biographies of athletes from different sports, but also of other personalities.

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