Stefan Sommer (Jost Werke)

Long-time top manager Manfred Wennemer is giving up one of his last posts: The 74-year-old is leaving the Supervisory Board of Jost Werke AG, which he has headed since 2017. His designated successor is long-time ZF Friedrichshafen CEO Stefan Sommer, who shareholders are expected to elect to the board at the annual general meeting in May. The commercial vehicle supplier is also proposing Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board Bernd Gottschalk (78) for re-election.

78-year-old Gottschalk hangs on for a year

That the long-time Daimler manager and VDA president has far exceeded the age limit of 75 years, this happens “exceptionally”. This is how the company puts it in a recent announcement. Gottschalk will be “available as a member of the Supervisory Board until the Annual General Meeting in 2023 to ensure a smooth handover within the Supervisory Board.” In the six-member supervisory board, the new chief controller Stefan Sommer will meet, among others, the former Scout24 manager Jürgen Schaubel. Former Goldman Sachs investment banker Nathalie Hayday is also among the controllers.