Marion Helmes & Martina Merz: They just have to say “no” to learn

Marion Helmes

In addition to the usual suspects such as Ann-Kristin Achleitner, other women join the ranks of the most powerful supervisory boards: ThyssenKrupp Supervisory Board Chairman Martina Merz, ProSiebenSat1 inspector Marion Helmes and former BASF manager Margret Suckale have made it into the top 25 in a current ranking. This is gratifying, especially as the rise shows: More and more women occupy central positions within the committees. The quota of women thus does not lead to statistical whitewashing, but to a real shift in power. And we are convinced that the next step will be for the board of directors.

On the verge of overboarding – or already beyond?

From our point of view, however, one downer is that the new multi-supervisory board members share a weakness of many male counterparts: You’re obviously having a hard time saying no. In addition to ThyssenKrupp, Martina Merz also monitors Lufthansa, SAF-Holland, AB Volvo, NV Bekaert and Imerys. And Marion Helmes not only serves as Vice President of the ProSiebenSat1 Supervisory Board, but also as supervisor of BAT, Heineken, Siemens Healthineers and Uniper. This means that both of them at least walk hard on the edge of overboarding. This brings them up in rankings, which raise “power” to the central criterion. But it can jeopardize the quality of their work – and that should remain the most important criterion.