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

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 credited: Giuseppe Vita has done an excellent job at the end of his term of office and will leave behind a well-positioned Supervisory Board.

Digital, international, competent

This year, for example, he appointed Palantir CEO Alex Karp (51), one of the most successful digital entrepreneurs in the world, to the Springer Supervisory Board. At the same time, Iris Knobloch (56), President of Warner Bros. in France, moved into the control committee, in which other top-class experts such as Wolfgang Reitzle and Nicola Leibinger-Kammüller are represented. Vita has also clarified the succession issue: the Swiss Ringier manager Ralph Büchi (61) is to become the new head of the supervisory board. Ulrich Plett (61), EY partner of many years’ standing, will join the committee with him and is expected to replace Lothar Lanz (70), the ex-jumper board member.