Hildegard Müller is senator of the Helmholtz Association for the research field Energy. She was previously responsible for the research field Earth and Environment.
Müller started her professional career at the Dresdner Bank AG. After her training as a bank business management assistant, she began her studies in business economics at Düsseldorf University in 1989, graduating in 1994. Having finished her studies, she returned to the Dresdner Bank and in her last position there worked as division manager.
At the beginning of her political career, Müller was active in the “Junge Union”, the independent youth organisation of the CDU and CSU parties, and was their first female federal leader from 1998 to 2002. She was a member of the CDU executive board from 1998 to 2008 and member of its presidency from April 2000. From 2002 to 2008 Hildegard Müller represented her hometown Düsseldorf in the Rhineland as member of the Bundestag.
In 2005 she was appointed minister of state by the German Chancellor Angela Merkel and was the representative of the federal government for federal/state coordination. In addition to federal/state relations, she was also responsible for the government’s initiative for the reduction of administrative burdens and was involved in the negotiations on the health care reform.
At the beginning of 2008 Hildegard Müller became chairwoman of the BDEW’s general executive management board and resigned her parliamentary mandate and government office. Her contract with the BDEW ended in January 2016 at her own request. From May 2016 to October 2019, she joined RWE as COO for Grid & Infrastructure at its subsidiary innogy SE. In February 2020, she became President of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA).
Hildegard Müller has a daughter and is active in several honorary positions. She is member, inter alia, of the German National Committee of UNICEF and the Central Committee of German Catholics. Furthermore, she is chairperson of the Society of German Friends of Yad Vashem, the centre of Holocaust remembrance in Israel.