Holly Lei (Gea Group)

Düsseldorf-based machinery and plant manufacturer Gea is reorganizing its twelve-member supervisory board: At the Annual General Meeting on April 30, Covestro manager Holly Lei (60) and automation expert Jürgen Fleischer (59) will run for the board. Chinese-born Canadian Holly Lei is the full-time president of Covestro China and heads the company’s business in the region. Fleischer, a former Daimler manager, works as a professor for “Machines, Plants and Process Automation” …

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Fei-Fei Li (Bayer)

Following the appointment of Ertharin Cousin a year and a half ago, the Bayer Group intends to further internationalize the Supervisory Board: At the Annual Stockholders’ Meeting on April 27, U.S. AI expert Fei-Fei Li and Brazilian agricultural manager Alberto Weisser will stand for election. Li, 44, is a professor of computer science at Stanford University and sits on Twitter’s board as a “non-executive director”. From 2017 to 2018, Fei-Fei …

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Supervisory Board Member of the Week: Janina Kugel (Tui)

The German government is sending two top female managers to the supervisory board of travel group Tui: shareholders are to elect Janina Kugel and Jutta Dönges to the board at the annual general meeting on 25 March. For 51-year-old Kugel, who left the Siemens Executive Board in 2020, it would be the first supervisory board mandate at a listed German company. The human resources expert currently serves as a controller …

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Supervisory Board of the Week: Thomas Dannenfeldt (Ceconomy)

Former Deutsche Bank CEO Jürgen Fitschen has left the supervisory board of Ceconomy AG (Media Markt, Saturn): At last week’s virtual annual general meeting, shareholders elected long-time Telekom manager Thomas Dannenfeldt to the supervisory body. Subsequently, the supervisory board members elected the 54-year-old as their new chairman as planned. Dannenfeldt worked for 26 years in various positions within the Telekom Group, most recently for four years as Chief Financial Officer …

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Ulrich Lehner

ThyssenKrupp: Erst Brandbrief an Gather, dann Rücktritt von Lehner

Seit dem Rücktritt von Heinrich Hiesinger überschlagen sich bei ThyssenKrupp die Ereignisse. Vorläufiger Höhepunkt: Am Montag erklärte Aufsichtsratschef Ulrich Lehner seinen Rücktritt zum 31. Juli. “Ich gehe diesen Schritt bewusst, um eine grundsätzliche Diskussion bei unseren Aktionären über die Zukunft von Thyssen-Krupp zu ermöglichen“, sagte Lehner. Sein Schritt werde hoffentlich das Bewusstsein bei allen Beteiligten dafür schärfen, „dass eine Zerschlagung des Unternehmens und der damit verbundene Verlust von vielen Arbeitsplätzen …

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Supervisory Board of the Week: Peer Schatz (Siemens Healthineers)

At the Annual General Meeting on Friday, Healthineers shareholders are expected to elect long-time Qiagen CEO Peer Schatz to the Supervisory Board. However, not everyone is enthusiastic about the appointment: in a counter-motion, one shareholder is calling for the 55-year-old to be rejected. Instead, the company should fill the position with someone who has yet to be selected. Siemens Healthineers “urgently needs more diversity”. Currently, Marion Helmes and Natalie von …

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Supervisory Board Member of the Week: Sylvie Mutschler-von Specht (Auto1)

Berlin-based online car dealer Auto1 plans to go public next week and has nominated its first woman for the supervisory board in advance: Swiss Sylvie Mutschler-von Specht is expected to join the board shortly. The 56-year-old heads Mutschler Ventures AG in Zug, which invests in startups and young companies. The company was one of the first backers of Auto1, but has since sold its shares. Sylvie Mutschler-von Specht thus knows …

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Supervisory board of the week: Tom Enders (Lilium)

Prominent reinforcement for the flight taxi developer Lilium from near Munich: Long-time Airbus boss Tom Enders (62) is moving onto the startup’s board of directors, as he himself announced on the Lilium blog this week. The young company stands for pioneering spirit and entrepreneurial courage, Enders wrote. He therefore did not have to think long when he was asked. On the board, the passionate helicopter pilot will meet tech investor …

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Supervisory board member of the week: Liz Centoni (Daimler)

Daimler Supervisory Board Chairman Manfred Bischoff (78), whom we criticized in the last issue, is introducing a generational change: At the Annual Meeting on March 31, 2021, shareholders are to elect three new controllers – BASF Chairman Martin Brudermüller, Shell CEO Ben van Beurden and Cisco manager Liz Centoni. The trio has been nominated for ex-Nestlé manager Petraea Heynike (73), former BASF CEO Jürgen Hambrecht (74) and Bischoff himself, who …

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Supervisory Board of the week: Günther Oettinger (Herrenknecht)

Martin Herrenknecht brings another prominent politician to the Supervisory Board: On January 1, the former Minister President of Baden-Württemberg and former EU Commissioner Günther Oettinger (CDU) will join the board. The company has now confirmed a corresponding report by the WirtschaftsWoche newspaper. Currently, the supervisory board of the tunnel boring machine specialist includes former German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder (SPD) and the former head of Deutsche Bahn, Rüdiger Grube, among others. …

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Supervisory board member of the week: Judith Dommermuth (BVB)

After ten years, it is over: the former SPD candidate for chancellor, Peer Steinbrück, will not stand for election at the general meeting on November 19. His mandate on the Supervisory Board of Borussia Dortmund will probably be taken over by the entrepreneur Judith Dommermuth: According to the agenda, the board members propose to elect the 44-year-old as controller. Judith Dommermuth’s main occupation is founder and managing director of the …

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Werner Conrad

Supervisory Board of the week: Werner Conrad (Conrad Electronics)

A thoroughbred entrepreneur ends his career in the operative business: Werner Conrad (59) takes over as Chairman of the Board of Directors on January 1. His successor as “Managing Director” of Conrad Electronics SE will be the current Chief Sales Officer Ralf Bühler. The company is “operationally well positioned” and has a “clear strategy”, commented Werner Conrad. “This is exactly the right time to hand over the baton.” However, the …

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