Supervisory Board of the Week: René Obermann (Airbus)

René Obermann

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 on whether or not to withdraw prematurely.

Airbus controllers: Experienced managers instead of politicians

René Obermann only joined the Airbus board in April. At his side are Claudia Nemat, head of Deutsche Telekom technology, and former Deutsche Bank manager Hermann-Josef Lamberti. Airbus is thus one of the few state participations where experienced managers and experts rather than politicians or high-ranking civil servants act as supervisory or administrative boards. After his retirement from the Thyssen Krupp Supervisory Board Obermann would have a little more time for the chairman position at Airbus. However, he is also represented on other supervisory boards, such as 1&1 Internet SE and Allianz Deutschland.