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Werner Wenning

Bayer Strategy: Werner Wenning puts everything in the balance

To be honest, we know too little about glyphosate and Monsanto to assess Bayer’s strategy. But we are still convinced: Supervisory Board Chairman Werner Wenning did the right thing when he stood behind CEO Werner Baumann at the end of last week. The Supervisory Board “remains unchanged and unanimously behind the strategic logic of the transaction,” Wenning said in an interview. In doing so, he left no back door open …

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Carlos Goshn

Supervisory Boards: The lessons of the Carlos Goshn case

As almost all managers today talk about team spirit, social competence and ethics, it is sometimes forgotten that they still exist, the Sun Kings on the executive floors. But usually you don’t recognize them at first sight, because they light rhetorical smoke candles or develop their hubris little by little. Supervisory boards must therefore be permanently vigilant – and can learn from the scandal surrounding former Nissan Renault Mitsubishi boss …

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Siegfried Russwurm

Supervisory Board of the week: Siegfried Russwurm (ThyssenKrupp)

In recent days, German companies have reported several exciting personal details from their supervisory bodies, including the withdrawal of liquor patriarch Emil Underberg (78) from the supervisory board and the nomination of former Siemens boss Klaus Kleinfeld (61) for the board of directors of SNP SE. However, ThyssenKrupp Supervisory Board Chairman Martina Merz announced what is probably the most important new appointment: Siegfried Russwurm (55) joins the committee and succeeds …

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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)