During our Easter break, German companies reported some exciting new members for their supervisory boards. Former ThyssenKrupp boss Heinrich Hiesinger is a candidate for the supervisory board of Deutsche Post, and Bertelsmann CEO Thomas Rabe wants to move into the Adidas supervisory board (and resign from Symrise in return). However, we find two personal details reported by the automotive supplier Schaeffler particularly interesting. Shortly after Easter, two renowned female tech managers were elected to the Supervisory Board: Sabine Bendiek (51), head of Microsoft Germany, and Sabrina Soussan (49), head of the Siemens railway technology division.
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The two new inspectors are to support the company “in the largest transformation process the automotive industry has undergone since its foundation,” said Supervisory Board Chairman Georg Schäffler at the Annual General Meeting. Bendiek, who is well remembered as a speaker at the German Supervisory Board Conference, is one of the leading experts on artificial intelligence and digitisation. Soussan is an engineer and has worked for automotive suppliers for many years. On the Schäffler Supervisory Board, the two new members will meet, among others, long-standing Fraunhofer President Hans-Jörg Bullinger and Webasto CEO Holger Engelmann.