Is this the prelude to a governance reform for the trading giant Lidl? Supervisory Board Chairman Klaus Gehrig (70) and Google Manager Sarah Fix-Bähre, ex-Edeka Board Member Reinhard Schütte and LBBW CEO Rainer Neske bring three external experts to the highest supervisory body, the Schwarz Unternehmenstreuhand (SUT). Since the trio replaces three former Lidl managers, “the balance in the twelve-member committee has changed fundamentally”, comments the “Heilbronner Stimme”. For the first time, external expertise now predominates.
Problem areas Digitization & Succession Planning
“We look forward to working with the new SUT members and their expertise on future issues such as digitization,” Gehrig said. In fact, he could use support in this area: The 70-year-old is considered an Internet muffle. We are curious to see how the growing influence from outside will be felt – not only in digitization, but also in succession planning. In the last few years, Klaus Gehrig, who was named “Manager of the Year” in 2016, had kicked out important executives with a high number of strokes. He himself, on the other hand, seems more powerful than ever.