Supervisory Board and CommitteesAdvice and Supervision

The purpose of our Supervisory Board is to advise the Executive Board on the management of the company and supervise its activities in accordance with the law, the Articles of Association, and its bylaws. Its members are involved in decisions of fundamental importance for the company and it works closely with the Executive Board in the company’s best interests.

Our Supervisory Board consists of twelve members, all of whom are elected for a period of five years. Six are elected at the Annual General Meeting (in accordance with the Aktiengesetz - German Stock Corporation Act), and six are elected by employees (in accordance with the Mitbestimmungsgesetz - German Co-determination Act).

Our current Supervisory Board’s term of office ends at the close of the Annual General Meeting resolving on the approval of their activities for the fiscal year 2018.

Members of the Supervisory Board

Prof. Dr. Reinhard Pöllath

Member of Supervisory Board since Mai 2002
Chairman since April 2008

 

Personal Information
Year of Birth: 1948
Nationality: German
Profession: Lawyer, P+P Pöllath + Partners  


Career  
2002 – 2003  Tchibo Holding AG
Member of the Executive Board
1997 – 2012 P+P Pöllath + Partners
Partner
1993 – 1997 General Manager of a hotel- and real estate company
1980 – 1993 Partner of a German law firm
Since 1977 Lawyer

Education
Studies of law in Regensburg, Munich and Harvard (USA) (LL.M.)


Memberships in statutory supervisory boards in Germany  

- maxingvest ag (Chairman)
- Tchibo GmbH
- Wanzl GmbH & Co. Holding KG

 

Memberships in comparable boards
None  

Thorsten Irtz

Member of Supervisory Board since May 2005
Deputy Chairman since May 2005

 

Personal Information
Year of Birth: 1967
Nationality: German
Profession: Commercial Employee


Career

 

Since 1990  Beiersdorf AG
2008-2016:  Chairman of the Works Council
2004-2008:  Exempted member of the Works Council
1990-2004:  Industrial employee  
1987 – 1990 Insulation technician

Education

Apprenticeship as insulation technician

 

Memberships in statutory supervisory boards in Germany
None

 

Memberships in comparable boards
None

Frédéric Pflanz

Member of Supervisory Board since September 2015
Deputy Chairman since September 2015 

 

Personal Information
Year of Birth: 1968
Nationality: Franco-German
Profession: Member of the Executive Board of maxingvest ag


Career

 

Since 2015 maxingvest ag
Member of the Executive Board
2010 – 2014

Rémy-Cointreau Group
2014: Director of External Development
2012-2014: Chief Operating Officer & Chief Executive Officer
2010-2013: Chief Financial Officer

1992 – 2010

L’Oréal Group
2006-2010: Chief Financial Officer, Global Consumer Products Division
2002-2006: General Manager, Finance & Control Asia
1998-2002: Director Finance & Control, Consumer Products Division Europe
1992-1998: Business Unit Controller, Garnier-Jade, Düsseldorf 

Education
Bachelor of Science in International Management, ESB Business School, Reutlingen University (Germany)

Bachelor of Business Administration in European Business Management, NEOMA Business School CESEM, Reims (France)

 

Memberships in statutory supervisory boards in Germany
None

 

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None

Hong Chow

Member of Supervisory Board since April 2017

 

Personal Information
Year of Birth: 1971
Nationality: German
Profession: General Manager, Shanghai Roche Pharmaceuticals Ltd., Shanghai (China)


Career

 

Since 2015 Shanghai Roche Pharmaceuticals Ltd. (China), General Manager
2005-2015 Bayer Group
           

2012-2015: Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals (China), Regional Managing Director, Strategic Market
2011-2012: Bayer Animal Health (China), General Manager
2010-2011: Bayer Healthcare (Singapore), Business Unit Head, Region Asia-Pacific
2007-2010: Bayer Healthcare (Germany), Regional Marketing Head, Region Europe/Canada
2005-2007: Bayer Healthcare (Germany), Head of Commercial Operations, Region Europe

2001-2005 Schering AG, Berlin (Germany), Senior Licensing Manager, Corporate Business Development           
2001 Pixelpark AG, Berlin (Germany), Investor Relations Director
1977-2000 Schering AG, Berlin (Germany)
1999-2000: Head of Investor Relations
1997-1999: Group R&D Controller, SAP System Analyst
1996-1997 Deloitte Consulting (UK), Business Analyst, Strategic Consulting Practice  

Education

Studies of European Business Administration:
Diploma in Business Administration, Berlin School of Economics, Berlin
Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honors), Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge (UK)

 

Memberships in statutory supervisory boards in Germany
None

 

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None

Frank Ganschow

Member of Supervisory Board since April 2014

 

Personal Information

Year of Birth: 1961
Nationality: German
Profession: Chairman of the Works Council of tesa SE


Career

 

Since 2001 tesa SE
Chairman of the Works Council  
1985 – 2001 Beiersdorf AG
Research and Development (tesa)

Education

Apprenticeship as chemical laboratory technician

 

Memberships in statutory supervisory boards in Germany
tesa SE

 

Memberships in comparable boards
None

Reiner Hansert

Member of Supervisory Board since April 2017

 

Personal Information
Year of Birth: 1961
Nationality: German
Profession: Director Legal Affairs Europe and Near East and Director Corporate Brand Protection


Career

Since 2001 Beiersdorf AG
  since 2013: Director Legal Affairs Europe and Near East and Director Corporate Brand Protection
2001 – 2013: Corporate Director Intellectual Property
since 2006: Member of the Spokespersons' Committee of Senior Managers, since 2010 Chairperson
1999 – 2001 Enneking, Volhard & Partner, Rechtsanwälte & Notar, Berlin
Partner
1996 – 1999 Biotronik GmbH & Co., Berlin
Head of Legal and Patents
1990 – 1996  DROSTE Rechtsanwälte, Munich
Senior Associate

Education

since 1982 Studies of law in Freiburg, Munich und Speyer
1987 1. State Examination, Munich
1990  2. State Examination, Munich

 

Memberships in statutory supervisory boards in Germany

None

 

Membership in comparable boards in Germany
None

Michael Herz

Member of Supervisory Board since June 2004

 

Personal Information
Year of Birth: 1943
Nationality: German
Profession: Member of the Executive Board of maxingvest ag


Career

 

Since 2009 Member of the Executive Board of maxingvest ag 
Since 1989 General Manager Participia GmbH
1965 – 1989 General Manager Tchibo Frisch-Röst-Kaffee Max Herz KG, later Tchibo Frisch-Röst-Kaffee AG

 

Memberships in statutory supervisory boards in Germany
- Tchibo GmbH
- tesa SE

 

Memberships in comparable boards
None

Matthias Locher

Member of Supervisory Board since April 2014

 

Personal Information
Year of Birth: 1964
Nationality: German
Profession: Supplier Developer


Career

 

Since 1986 tesa werk Offenburg GmbH
Since April 2014:  Supplier Development
2000-2014:  Exempted – Chairman of Works Council
1998-2000:  Teamleader production facility
1986-1998:  Position in the production facility

Education

Apprenticeship as foreman in the metal industry

 

Memberships in statutory supervisory boards in Germany
tesa SE

 

Memberships in comparable boards
None

Dr. Dr. Christine Martel

Member of Supervisory Board since April 2012

 

Personal Information
Year of Birth: 1970
Nationality: French
Profession: Head of division Nescafé Dolce Gusto Nordics, Nestlé Danmark A/S (Denmark)


Career

 

 Since 1999

Nestlé-Group
Since 2013:  Nestlé Danmark A/S (Denmark)
Head of division Nescafé Dolce Gusto Nordics (Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Iceland)
2010–2013:  Nestlé S.A. (Switzerland)
Head of finance and strategic corporate planning of division Nescafé Dolce Gusto
2007–2010:  Nestlé S.A. (Switzerland)
Strategic division industry and research & development for beverages
2003–2006:  Nestlé S.A.(Switzerland)
Strategic division industry
1999–2002:  Nestlé Deutschland AG (Germany)
Member and leader of the team industrial organisation

 1993 –1998 University of Karlsruhe and Großkraftwerk Mannheim
Scientific assistant at the German-French Institute for environmental research (DFIU) and Head of research & development projects for Großkraftwerk Mannheim

Education

Promotions in economic science (Karlsruhe) and in process engineering (Stuttgart)
Studies of process engineering (Lyon and Berlin)

 

Memberships in statutory supervisory boards in Germany
None

 

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None

Tomas Nieber

Member of Supervisory Board since May 2003

 

Personal Information
Year of Birth: 1957
Nationality: German
Profession: Head of Department Economic and Industrial Politics, Management Board Division 1, General Management of IG BCE


Career

Since 1989 IC BCE
Since 2008:  Head of department economic and industrial politics
2005 – 2008:  Head of division industrial politics
1998 – 2008:  Consultant in the department industrial politics – industry groups
1996 – 1998:  Consultant in the department international affairs
1989 – 1995:  Lecturer in the IG BCE-Wilhelm-Gefeller-Center for Education, Bad Münder  

Education

Studies of economics and social sciences in Hannover
Apprenticeship as measurement and control technician

 

Memberships in statutory supervisory boards in Germany
maxingvest ag

 

Memberships in comparable boards
Member of the advisory board of Qualifizierungsförderwerk Chemie GmbH, Halle

Prof. Manuela Rousseau

Member of Supervisory Board since June 1999

 

Personal Information
Year of Birth: 1955
Nationality: German
Profession: Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at Beiersdorf AG Headquarters


Career

 

since 2000 Professor at the Academy for Music and Theatre, Hamburg
Graduate program culture and media management; specialised in fundraising management  
since 1982 Beiersdorf AG
since 2007:  Head of Corporate Social Responsibility Headquarters
1991-2007:  Vice spokesman of Beiersdorf group
1989-1990:  Head PR-programmes
1987-1989:  Press officer
1984-1986:  Procurement manager laboratory chemicals
1982 – 1983 Teldec Schallplatten GmbH, Hamburg
Volontary service public relations
1979 – 1982 Co-partner in retail business for entertainment electronics
1974 – 1978 Procurement manager in retail business for entertainment electronics

Education

Commercial apprenticeship

 

Memberships in statutory supervisory boards in Germany
maxingvest ag

 

Memberships in comparable boards
None

Poul Weihrauch

Member of Supervisory Board since April 2014

 

Personal Information
Year of Birth: 1968
Nationality: Danish
Profession: Global President Petcare, Mars Group


Career

 

Since 2000 Mars Group
Since 2015:  Global President Petcare
2011–2014:  Global President Food, Drinks and Europe Multi Sales
2000–2010:  various management positions in the UK, Czech Republic and The Netherlands
1994 – 2000 Nestlé Group
Various management positions (marketing and sales) in Denmark and Belgium; strategic advisor (marketing and sales) in Switzerland
1992 – 1994 Dandy/Stimorol Group
Various positions in marketing, logistics and market research in Denmark  

Education

Bachelor of Science and Master of Business Administration

 

Memberships in statutory supervisory boards in Germany
None

 

Memberships in comparable boards
None