Haniel, the long-established Duisburg-based company, is to be replaced by a non-Family Chairman of the Supervisory Board: As the company announced this week, Doreen Nowotne will replace Franz Markus Haniel (63) in April. The 47-year-old management consultant and private equity specialist has been a member of the twelve-member board for around one and a half years. She also sits on the supervisory boards of Brenntag, Jenoptik and Lufthansa Technik. “With her many years of experience in the field of investment management, Doreen Nowotne is exactly the right expert to accompany change”, explained Franz Markus Haniel, who has acted as Chief Controller since 2003.
Franz Markus Haniel: Clear line in matters of governance
The change marks the end of an era: for the first time, the Haniel Supervisory Board is not headed by a family member. However, the family will continue to be represented in the future – for Franz Markus Haniel and his departing vice president Georg Bauer, two members of the next generation are to succeed him in April: Maximilien Schwaiger and Mathias Pahl. Haniel had already come out three years ago as a proponent of “independent, external” supervisory board chairmen and resigned his position as Metro chief inspector (for which we paid him respect at the time).