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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Bernhard Riedel

Board Member of the Week: Barbara Münch (Gigaset)

Bernhard Riedel, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Munich-based telephone manufacturer Gigaset, died unexpectedly at the age of 57. At the end of last week, the company announced that Barbara Münch, the “substitute member elected by the general meeting”, would therefore move up into the six-member supervisory body. The lawyer works full-time as managing director for the Munich financial services provider Assetmetrix. Until further notice, the current Vice Chairman, the …

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Jürgen Hambrecht

Supervisory Board of the Week: Jürgen Hambrecht (BASF)

Jürgen Hambrecht (72) is expected to have started his last full year as Chairman of the Supervisory Board of BASF: According to the company, he “intends” to resign from his mandate after the 2020 Annual General Meeting (in favour of former CEO Kurt Bock, for whom the two-year “cooling off” phase is currently underway). And it looks as if Multi-Supervisory Board Hambrecht will leave his successor a well-positioned body. For …

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Jörg Wildgruber

Supervisory Board of the week: Jörg Wildgruber (ING)

Jörg Wildgruber (54), Haspa’s long-standing board member, has moved into the supervisory board of ING Deutschland. There he replaces the former ING-Diba and Quelle-Bank board member Hermann Zeilinger (65), who resigned at the end of last week after more than ten years. Chief Executive Officer Nick Jue welcomed the personnel according to ING press release: Jörg Wildgruber will “contribute many important and valuable perspectives through his function in various supervisory …

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Oliver Kaltner

Supervisory Board of the week: Oliver Kaltner (Orderbird)

The POS system manufacturer Orderbird has engaged a top-class chairman of the supervisory board: Former Leica and Vectron CEO Oliver Kaltner (50) replaces Carlo Kölzer, full-time IT manager at Deutsche Börse Group, according to an announcement in the Handelsblatt. Kölzer remains a simple member of the Supervisory Board, which, according to the company, also includes Metro manager Kay Schwabedal, venture capital specialist Klaus Schieble and the former head of payment …

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Axel Springer

Supervisory Board of the Year: Giuseppe Vita (Axel Springer)

After 17 years, the end will come next April: The Sicilian Giuseppe Vita (83) will resign from his position as Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Axel Springer media group – “in the interest of the further rejuvenation of the Supervisory Board”, as the company announced. And even if some observers consider this step to be overdue due to Vita’s advanced age, the long-standing CEO of Schering must be …

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Member of the Supervisory Board of the Week: Anna Maria Braun (Oetker)

A family entrepreneur strengthens a family business: Anna Maria Braun (39), designated CEO of the medical technology group B. Braun Melsungen, joined the Oetker Advisory Board on 10 December with immediate effect. There, the former business lawyer replaces Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr, who resigned his mandate two and a half months ago because he felt redundant after the sale of the Hamburg-Süd shipping company. The last year for August Oetker …

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Jürgen Abromeit

Supervisory Board of the week: Jürgen Abromeit (Indus)

The shareholders of Mittelstandsholding Indus elected their representatives to the Supervisory Board at an extraordinary general meeting. According to a company announcement, they appointed Jürgen Abromeit, CEO for many years, and Isabella Pfaller, former Munich Re manager and member of the Board of Management of Versicherungskammer Bayern since this year, as new members of the Supervisory Board. The remaining four shareholder representatives were re-elected, including entrepreneur Dorothee Becker and the …

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Supervisory Board of the week: Wolf-Michael Schmid (Traton)

Volkswagen is pushing ahead with the IPO of its Traton truck division: Hans Dieter Pötsch’s Supervisory Board is to deal with the issue at an extraordinary meeting before Christmas; the appointment of the Traton Supervisory Board is also on the agenda. And according to a report in the Handelsblatt, a place is reserved there for Wolf-Michael Schmid: Accordingly, Lower Saxony has opted for the entrepreneur and former president of the …

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Werner J.  Bauer

Supervisory Board of the Week: Colin Hall (GEA)

Former Nestlé Chief Technology Officer Werner J. Bauer (67) resigned from the Supervisory Board of the Düsseldorf-based plant engineering company GEA last week “for personal reasons”. However, it does not threaten him with boredom: Bauer is still active in several supervisory bodies, including as deputy chairman of the supervisory board of Bertelsmann SE. His successor on the GEA Supervisory Board is the US American Colin Hall. How independent are GEA …

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Member of the Supervisory Board of the Week: Martina Merz

According to media reports, two important personnel decisions could be made when the ThyssenKrupp Supervisory Board meets next Tuesday. This week’s reporting focused on Daimler CFO Bodo Uebber (59), who is to join the Supervisory Board and replace Bernhard Pellens as Chairman of the Supervisory Board – possibly as early as next year. Another interesting personnel received less media attention: In addition to Uebber, former Bosch manager Martina Merz is …

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René Obermann

Supervisory Board of the Week: René Obermann (Airbus)

Former Telekom CEO René Obermann is to become Chairman of the aircraft manufacturer Airbus as early as 2019. According to a report in the Handelsblatt, the German government wants to prevent French dominance in this way when Guillaume Faury replaces Tom Enders as CEO in April. However, Dennis Ranque, the current Chairman of the Board of Directors, will remain in office until 2020, and no decision has yet been made …

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