Percentage of women: Why Villeroy & Boch did not find a member of the Supervisory Board


As only recently became known, the traditional ceramic manufacturer Villeroy & Boch was unable to fill a position on the Supervisory Board due to the proportion of women at the beginning of the year – according to Handelsblatt as the first German company. The reason: The employees, who make up five of the twelve supervisory boards, elected only one and not two women – as aimed for. “Except for one woman, only men received the corresponding number of votes,” the company told the Handelsblatt.

The fourth in the group: Sabine Süpke

With only three women – business administration professor Annette Köhler, former Hermès manager Christina Rosenberg and works council member Bärbel Werwie – the Villeroy & Boch Supervisory Board violated the 30 percent quota of women. This led to an”empty chair” for three months, until Sabine Süpke of IG Bergbau, Chemie, Energie moved into the committee in April. Since March 2017, Yves Elsen, managing partner of the industrial and technology company HITEC in Luxembourg, has served as Chairman of the Supervisory Board.