Supervisory Board and Committees

Advice 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 2023.

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 (United States)

    Memberships in statutory supervisory boards in Germany  
    - maxingvest ag (Chairman)
    - Wanzl GmbH & Co. Holding KG
    - Wanzl GmbH & Co. KGaA (Chairman)

    Memberships in comparable boards
    None  

    Material other activities 
    None

  • Martin Hansson

    Member of Supervisory Board since April 2018
    Deputy Chairman since April 2018

    Personal Information
    Year of Birth: 1975
    Nationality: Swedish
    Profession: Member of the Executive Board, maxingvest ag


    Career
    Since 2017 maxingvest ag, Hamburg (Germany)
    Member of the Executive Board
    1999-2016     

    IKEA Group

    2013-2016: Retail and Expansion Manager IKEA Group, (CEO Retail) (Sweden)
    2012-2014: Regional Retail Manager Region Asia-Pacific, IKEA Group (China)
    2008-2011: Retail Manager (CEO) IKEA UK Ltd, IKEA IE Ltd (England/UK)
    2006-2008: Assistant to IKEA Group President, Anders Dahlvig/Ingvar Kamprad (Sweden)
    2004-2006: Store Manager IKEA Nottingham (England/UK)
    1999-2006 : Operational & Finance positions

    Education
    1995-1999:  Master of Laws (LL.M.), University of Gothenburg (Sweden)

    Memberships in statutory supervisory boards in Germany 
    Tchibo GmbH

    Memberships in comparable boards
    None

    Material other activities
    None

  • Hong Chow

    Member of Supervisory Board since April 2017

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

    Career

    Since 2015 Roche Pharmaceuticals 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
    1997-2000 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

    Memberships in comparable boards
    None

    Material other activities 
    Vice Chairwoman of Executive Committee of RDPAC (R&D-based Pharmaceutical Association Committee) in China

  • Reiner Hansert

    Member of Supervisory Board since April 2017

    Personal Information
    Year of Birth: 1961
    Nationality: German
    Profession: Director Legal Affairs Europe and Director Corporate Brand Protection, Beiersdorf AG

    Career

    Since 2001 Beiersdorf AG
     

    Since 2018: Director Legal Affairs Europe and Director Corporate Brand Protection 
    2013-2017: 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

    Memberships in comparable boards
    None

    Material other activities
    None

  • Wolfgang Herz

    Member of Supervisory Board since April 2020

    Personal Information
    Year of Birth: 1950
    Nationality: German
    Profession: General Manager Participia Holding GmbH (Germany)

    Career

    Since 1989 General Manager Participia Holding GmbH (Germany) 
    Since 1976 General Manager in various family companies

    Memberships in statutory supervisory boards in Germany
    - maxingvest ag, Hamburg (Germany)
    - Tchibo GmbH, Hamburg (Germany)
    - Libri GmbH, Hamburg (Deputy Chairman, Germany)
    - Blume2000 AG, Norderstedt (Chairman, Germany)
    - TOPP Holding AG, Hamburg (Chairman, Germany)  

    Memberships in comparable boards
    None

    Material other activities
    None

  • Jan Koltze

    Member of Supervisory Board since April 2019

    Personal Information
    Year of Birth: 1963
    Nationality: German
    Profession: Regional head of the union IG BCE

    Career

    Since 2005  Member of the German union Mining, Chemical and Energy Industries
    Head of the IG BCE for the Hamburg region
    Since 1992 Member of the union Chemical, Paper and Ceramics Industries, Hamburg
    Political secretary
    1988-1990      Aurubis AG
    Electronic technician for energy systems

    Education

    1990-1992 Union Chemical, Paper and Ceramics Industries, Berlin Trainee (secretary in vocational training)
    1985-1988      Aurubis AG
    Vocational training for electronic technician for energy systems


    Memberships in statutory supervisory boards in Germany

    - Aurubis AG
    - ExxonMobil Deutschland Holding
    - maxingvest ag

    Memberships in comparable boards
    Management Board member of the mortuary GBI (Großhamburger Bestattungsinstitut rV)

    Material other activities 
    None

  • Andreas Köhn

    Member of Supervisory Board since April 2021

    Personal Information
    Year of Birth: 1964
    Nationality: German
    Profession: Chairman of the works council, Beiersdorf Manufacturing Hamburg GmbH (BMH)

    Career

    Since 2018

    BMH
    Full-time works council member
    Chairman of the works council

    2016-2018 

    BMH
    Explosion protection officer

    2014-2016 BMH
    Operating engineer for automation technology
    2008-2014 BMH
    Full-time works council member
    1993-2008 Beiersdorf AG
    Operating engineer for automation technology


    Education

    Study of electrical engineering at the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences

    Memberships in statutory supervisory boards in Germany
    None

    Memberships in comparable boards
    None

    Material other activities
    None

  • Olaf Papier

    Member of Supervisory Board since April 2019

    Personal Information

    Year of Birth: 1974
    Nationality: German
    Profession: Chairman of the works council, Beiersdorf AG

    Career

    Since 2012 Beiersdorf AG
    Senior expert for legal & labor relations and HR business partner in the area of Global Derma

    Since 2018: Chairman of the works council
    2010-2012 BASF SE
    Labor law lawyer at BASF SE
    2006-2010 State Federation of Business Trade Associations for Rhineland-Palatinate
    Legal adviser
    2004-2005 State chancellery for North Rhine-Westphalia
    Consultant 
    2003-2004 University of Münster
    Research associate 

    Education

    2002 Second German state exam 
    2000 First German state exam 
    1995-2000 Law studies with a focus on commercial, business, and corporate law 
     

    Memberships in statutory supervisory boards in Germany
    None

    Memberships in comparable boards
    None

    Material other activities
    None

  • Frédéric Pflanz

    Member of Supervisory Board since April 2019
    (previously from September 2015 to April 2018)

    Personal Information
    Year of Birth: 1968
    Nationality: Franco-German
    Profession: Chief Financial Officer, maxingvest ag

    Career

    Since 2020 maxingvest ag
    Chief Financial Officer
    2018-2020 Aryzta AG (Switzerland)
    Chief Financial Officer 
    various internal mandates within the Aryzta Group
    2015-2017  maxingvest ag
    Member of the Executive Board 
    2015-2018  Beiersdorf AG
    Member of the Supervisory Board 
    2010-2014 

    Rémy-Cointreau Group

    2014 Director of External Development
    2010-2014 Chief Financial Officer & Chief Operating Officer

    1992-2010 

    L’Oréal Group

    2006-2010 Chief Financial Officer, Global Consumer Products Division
    2003-2006 Chief Financial Officer, Asia Zone
    1998-2002 Chief Financial Officer, Consumer Products Division Europe
    1992-1998 various leading positions in financial management at L’Oréal Germany


    Education

    Graduate Business Economist, ESB Business School, Reutlingen University (Germany)
    Bachelor of Business Administration in European Studies (DESEM) – CESEM, Neoma Business School, Reims (France)

     

    Memberships in statutory supervisory boards in Germany
    None

    Memberships in comparable boards
    Member of the Verwaltungsrat of Cambiata Schweiz AG, Switzerland
    Member of the Board of Directors of Cambiata Ltd., Road Town, British Virgin Island (BVI)

    Material other activities
    Advisory Board member (Beirat) Meridian Stiftung, Essen (Germany)

  • Dr. Dr. Christine Martel

    Member of Supervisory Board since April 2012

    Personal Information

    Year of Birth: 1970
    Nationality: French
    Profession: Global Commercial Manager, Nestrade S.A. (Switzerland), Nestlé Group

    Career

    Since 1999

    Nestlé-Group
    Since 2018:  Nestrade S.A. (Switzerland)
    Manager Global Commercial
    2013-2018:  Nestlé Danmark A/S (Denmark)
    Head of division Nescafé Dolce Gusto Nordics (Denmark, Sweden,
    Norway, Iceland, Finland)
    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
    Doctorate in economic science (Karlsruhe) and in process engineering (Stuttgart)
    Studies of process engineering (Lyon and Berlin)

    Memberships in statutory supervisory boards in Germany 
    None

    Memberships in comparable boards
    None

    Material other activities
    None

  • Prof. Manuela Rousseau

    Member of Supervisory Board since June 1999
    Deputy Chairwoman since April 2019

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

    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 spokesperson of Beiersdorf group
    1989-1990:  Head PR programmes
    1987-1989:  Press officer
    1984-1986:  Procurement manager laboratory chemicals
    1982-1983 Teldec Schallplatten GmbH, Hamburg
    Voluntary 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
    Certification “The Supervisory Board” (November 2012) at Europäische Fern- hochschule Hamburg, University of Applied Sciences

    Memberships in statutory supervisory boards in Germany 
    maxingvest ag

    Memberships in comparable boards
    None

    Material other activities
    None

  • Kirstin Weiland

    Member of Supervisory Board since April 2019

    Personal Information
    Year of Birth: 1969
    Nationality: German
    Profession: Member of the works council, tesa SE

    Career

    Since 2012 tesa SE
    Exempt member of the works council
    Chairwoman of the works council (since 2019, previously
    vice chairwoman of the works council)
    Chairwoman of Europe works council (since 2019)
    Chairwoman of the tesa group works council 
    1996-2012  tesa SE
    Research and development
    Product developer for cloth tape
    Technology developer for polyurethane, primer, specialties 
    1995-1996  Beiersdorf AG, tesa business segment
    Application technician for masking tapes for car repairs 
    1995  Beiersdorf AG
    Temporary employee in the quality assurance lab
    Medical production 


    Education
    1990-1994 Graduate Engineer, University studies in process engineering 

    Memberships in statutory supervisory boards in Germany 
    tesa SE

    Memberships in comparable boards
    None

    Material other activities
    None