The Chamber of Commerce on 2 February held a plenary assembly, 24 hours after its president, Luc Frieden, was announced as head of the CSV list for the next legislative elections. In a hurry, and in order to preserve the institution’s political neutrality, the nomination of Frieden’s successor was added to the agenda of the already scheduled meeting.
Ernster, unanimously elected, will take over Frieden’s mandate, which is due to end in April 2024.
An entrepreneur at heart
The fourth in a direct line of booksellers, Ernster has since 1989 been at the head of the family business founded by his great-grandfather in 1889. He joined the company in 1984 with a university degree in economics and law.
Today, Ernster has ten shops in Luxembourg. The entrepreneur sits on the boards of the Association pour le progrès du management (APM) and Vinçotte Luxembourg and, staying involved in the defence of business interests in Luxembourg, was vice-president of the Chamber of Commerce until 2 February. Until last June, he was also president of the Confédération luxembourgeoise du commerce (CLC) before handing over to Carole Muller.
In the Chamber of Commerce group, he chairs the “Mutualité de Cautionnement”, the entrepreneurship commission; he co-chairs the House of Training and sits on the House of Startups as well. And since 2014, he has been a director of the UEL business union.
This article was originally published in Paperjam. It has been translated and edited for Delano.