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Werner Bahlsen

Family business: Werner Bahlsen and the ideas of his daughter

A successful transformation requires people who tick differently. And family entrepreneurs have an advantage in the search for impulse generators because they do not have to rely solely on recruiting: They often sit at the breakfast table anyway. That’s why family governance experts rightly recommend listening to what supposedly nosy offspring have to say. Just like biscuit entrepreneur Werner Bahlsen (69). Her father said “with every stupid idea I had, …

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Managergehälter

Dieter Zetsche: Higher manager salaries = better bosses?

Since the “BILD am Sonntag” reported on the lavish pension claims of outgoing Daimler boss Dieter Zetsche, manager salaries have once again come into the public spotlight. The Handelsblatt, for example, was right to point out that in times of millions in salaries, board members can provide for their old age themselves. On the other hand, in the competition for management talent, supervisory boards sometimes have to (may) pull out …

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Scandals: The ADAC needs a real supervisory board

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Wulf Matthias

Supervisory Board of the week: Wulf Matthias (Wirecard)

Following the allegations of compliance against Wirecard, which had triggered a slide in the share price last week, the Supervisory Board has come under fire. There is no one among the committee members “who could shine with an earlier Management Board position or a Supervisory Board mandate in another large corporation,” wrote former Handelsblatt editor-in-chief Bernd Ziesemer this week in his Capital column (“The Strange Supervisors of Wirecard AG”). Even …

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Board Member of the Week: Barbara Münch (Gigaset)

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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)