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Martin Viessmann

Martin Viessmann: Family entrepreneur gets top supervisory board members

The traditional Hessian heating manufacturer Viessmann has set up a holding company with a prominent “Board of Directors”. In addition to the long-standing company boss Martin Viessmann (69) and his daughter Katharina, three external experts are represented on the board: Madeleine Jahr from the investment banking and consultancy firm GCA Altium, Flick-Gocke-Schaumburg partner Thomas Rödder and Oetker boss Albert Christmann act as “non-executives”. “With the Family Holding, we have created …

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Deutsche Bahn vs. Airbus: Who has the better supervisory boards?

Next Wednesday there will be an election that is not an election: At the so-called Annual General Meeting of Deutsche Bahn on 25 March, the Federal Government will appoint the new Supervisory Board. It is already clear that former Secretary of State for Transport Michael Odenwald will remain chief controller. Elisabeth Winkelmeier-Becker (57), the long-standing consumer policy spokeswoman of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group in the Bundestag, is to become a …

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Tim Höttges

Supervisory Board of the week: Tim Höttges (Daimler)

Daimler Supervisory Board Chairman Manfred Bischoff has found a well-known successor for the outgoing Paul Achleitner: At the Annual Meeting, shareholders are to elect Telekom CEO Tim Höttges to the supervisory body. For the 57-year-old, this would be “the first relevant position on a German supervisory board,” the Handelsblatt commented. Tim Höttges is “a proven expert for digitalization in telecommunications”, Bischoff praised according to a statement by the company. He …

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Supervisory board of the week: Christian Klein (Adidas)

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Keynote speech at the 13th German Supervisory Board Meeting

The motto of the 13th German Supervisory Board meeting is “Thinking Corporate Governance Further”. And for good reason. Some of you will remember: last November, at the 12th DART, Rolf Nonnenmacher, Chairman of the Government Commission on the German Corporate Governance Code, spoke about his vision of the’fundamental revision of the Code’ announced six months earlier. At that time I had hoped that a lively, transparent debate would develop – …

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Guest contribution: Jens C. Laue (KPMG)