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The advisory board advises and monitors the management.

Corporate Governance

The Felix Schoeller Group has traditionally been committed to a responsible, fair, reliable and transparent corporate policy that is geared towards expanding and exploiting entrepreneurial potential, achieving medium-term financial targets and systematically and sustainably increasing the value of the company. Corporate governance in the company is very similar to that of listed companies and forms the basis for the guidelines for managing and monitoring the company. The Felix Schoeller Group's highest body is the Advisory Board, which consists of seven members and the Honorary Advisory Board Chairman. The advisory board advises and monitors the management. In this function he must agree to all major strategic decisions. The selection of four advisory board members is made directly by the five family members of the company's shareholders. Three additional members are co-opted by the elected four advisory boards and the representatives of the family groups.

The Advisory Board of Felix Schoeller Holding GmbH & Co. KG belong to the company:
Prof. Dr. Andreas A. Georgi, Dr. Bernhard Klofat, Dr. Matthias Blaum, Dr. Christopher Grünewald, Astrid Hamker, Dr. Alois-Bernhard Kerkhoff, Dr. Jost Massenberg

Hans-Michael Gallenkamp, long-standing CEO and Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Felix Schoeller Group, was appointed Honorary Chairman of the Advisory Board by the shareholders in June 2018.

Honorary Chairman of the Advisory Board

HANS-MICHAEL GALLENKAMP

Hans-Michael Gallenkamp was CEO of the Felix Schoeller Group from 1980 to 2006. He was Chairman of the Advisory Board until 2018. In recognition of his achievements for the Felix Schoeller Group and in appreciation of his life's work, the shareholders of the Felix Schoeller Group appointed him Honorary Chairman of the Advisory Board in 2018.

Vorsitz des Beirats

  • Prof. Dr. Andreas A. Georgi
    <p>Prof. Dr. Andreas A. Georgi</p>

    Prof. Dr. Andreas A. Georgi has taken over the chairmanship of the advisory board in 2018, to which he was appointed in 1999.

    He was a former member of the Board of Managing Directors of Dresdner Bank AG, is a member of several supervisory boards, including chairman and member of various committees, honorary professor at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich and acts as executive advisor. Born in Bremen in 1957, he trained as a banker at Bremer Bank, a branch of Dresdner Bank AG, and then studied industrial engineering and management at Darmstadt Technical University. He then worked as a research assistant in the department of financial and tax law at the Technical University of Darmstadt and at the same time received his doctorate in this field.

    Georgi joined Dresdner Bank AG in 1986, initially in the Group Credit / Risk Management department of the head office, then as assistant to Kurt Morgen, member of the Board of Managing Directors of Dresdner Bank. In 1993 Andreas Georgi joined Bankhaus Reuschel & Co., Munich, as a personally liable partner. In 2000 he was appointed to the Board of Managing Directors of Dresdner Bank AG in Frankfurt am Main.

    In addition, there were various appointments to supervisory boards of listed (DAX and MDAX) and family-run companies, in particular to cover the Finance & Capital Markets competence area.

    Georgi was an honorary professor at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich.

    Georgi currently holds the following mandates:

     

    Company

    Committee / Function

    Felix Schoeller Holding GmbH & Co. KG

    Member of the Advisory Board since 1999

    • Since 2018 Chairman of the Advisory Board
    • Chairman of the Personnel Committee
    • Member of the Audit Committee
     
    Rheinmetall AG

    Since 2002 member of the Supervisory Board

    • Chairman of the Audit Committee
    • Member of the Personnel Committee
     
  • Dr. Bernhard Klofat
    <p>Dr. Bernhard Klofat</p>

    From 2007 to 2018, Dr. Bernhard Klofat was Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Felix Schoeller Holding GmbH & Co. KG FROM 2007 TO 2018. He was elected to the Advisory Board in mid-2018 and has since held the office of Deputy Chairman.

    Born in Düsseldorf, Klofat completed his training as an industrial clerk and business assistant at Henkel KGaA in Düsseldorf from 1976 to 1979. He then studied business administration at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich from 1980 to 1985. After completing his doctorate, Klofat joined Klöckner & Co. in Duisburg in 1988 as assistant to the Management Board, where he became head of the central accounting/business administration department in 1989. In January 1993 he joined the Schoeller Group as head of the central commercial department.

    From January 1995 to the end of 2005 he was head of the Imaging division with the three divisions Photo, Digital Imaging and Specialty Papers. In 1996, he was appointed to the Management Board of Felix Schoeller Holding. From January 1, 2007 to June 30, 2018, Klofat headed the company as CEO.

    Klofat remains associated with the company as a consultant and deputy chairman of the advisory board.

    Klofat currently holds the following mandates: 

     

    Company

    Committee / Function
    Felix Schoeller Holding GmbH & Co. KG      Deputy Chairman of the Advisory Board since 2018
    • Chairman of the Audit Committee
    • Member of the Personnel Committee
     
    Westfalen AG, Münster

    Member of the Supervisory Board since 2009

    • Since 2012 Deputy Chairman
    • Member of the Executive Committee
     
    VSM AG, Hannover

    Member of the Supervisory Board since 2011

    • Member of the Personnel and Finance Committee
     
    Poppe & Potthoff GmbH, Werther Member of the Advisory Board since 2011
    Deutsche Bank AG Member of the Regional Advisory Board Bielefeld since 2010

Members of the Advisory Board

  • Dr. Matthias Blaum
    <p>Dr. Matthias Blaum</p>

    Dr. Matthias Blaum has been a member of the Felix Schoeller Group's Audit Committee and Advisory Board since 2013.

    Dr. Blaum studied law at the universities of Bern, Munich and Freiburg, where he also obtained his doctorate. In 1983, Dr. Blaum moved abroad to work for a London law firm for a year before joining Hengeler Mueller, an international German law firm specialising in commercial law, at the end of 1983. Dr. Matthias Blaum has been a partner at Hengeler Mueller since 1988.

    Dr. Matthias Blaum currently holds the following mandates:

     

    Company

    Board / Function

    Felix Schoeller Holding GmbH & Co. KG

    Member of the Advisory Board since 2013

    • Member of the Audit Committee since 2013
     
    Vaillant GmbH

    Chairman of the Supervisory Board since 2007

    Member of the Shareholders' Committee (since 2007)

  • Dr. Christopher Grünewald
    <p>Dr. Christopher Grünewald</p>

    Dr. Grünewald has been a member of the Felix Schoeller Group's Advisory Board since 2014.

    After studying electrical engineering and business administration at RWTH Aachen University, he joined the Research Institute for Rationalisation (FIR) in Aachen in 1988 as a research assistant. This was followed by a doctorate at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at RWTH Aachen University, before he took over the position of senior engineer in 1992 and became a member of the FIR's management. Two years later he joined Papierfabrik Gebr. Grünewald GmbH & Co. KG, where he is still a managing partner today.

    For many years, Dr. Christopher Grünewald has been active on an honorary basis as Vice President of the Association of German Paper Mills in Bonn and as Chairman of the Committee for Energy and Climate Policy of the Federation of German Industries in Berlin.

     

    Dr. Christopher Grünewald currently holds the following mandates:

     

    Company

    Board / Function

    Felix Schoeller Holding GmbH & Co. KG Member of the Advisory Board since 2014
    Insurance agency Zellstoff und Papier GmbH

    Member of the Advisory Board since 1999

    • Chairman of the Advisory Board since 2001
     
    Foundation Umwelt & Entwicklung of the state of NRW Member of the Foundation Council since 2008
  • Astrid Hamker
    <p>Astrid Hamker</p>

    Astrid Hamker joined the Felix Schoeller Group's Advisory Board in 2019. 

    Ms Hamker studied business administration at the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland).  She has been a partner in the Piepenbrock Group since 1986, where she headed the "Holding Affairs, Corporate Development, Marketing" department from 1995 to 1997 before taking over as managing partner in 1998. In 2011, she moved to Kompass Beratungsgesellschaft, where she is still active today as an independent consultant. Since 2011, Ms Hamker has also held various mandates with well-known companies, including dorma+kaba Holding GmbH & Co and Norddeutsche Landesbank. In an honorary capacity, Astrid Hamker has been involved in various responsible functions for Wirtschaftsrat Deutschland since 1997. 

    Astrid Hamker currently holds the following mandates:

     

    Company

    Board / Function

    Felix Schoeller Holding GmbH & Co. KG Member of the Advisory Board since 2019
    Piepenbrock Unternehmensgruppe GmbH & Co. KG, Berlin Member of the Advisory Board since 2013
    Dragerwerke AG, Lübeck Member of the Supervisory Board since 2018
    Wieland Holding, Bamberg Member of the Advisory Board since 2019
    Schmitz Cargobull AG, Altenberge Member of the Supervisory Board since 2019
    Wirtschaftsrat Deutschland, Berlin President since 2019 (honorary)
    Tengelmann Verwaltungs- und Beteiligungs GmbH Member and Deputy Chair of the Advisory Board since 2021
  • Dr. Alois-Bernhard Kerkhoff
    <p>Dr. Alois-Bernhard Kerkhoff</p>

    Dr. Alois-Bernhard Kerkhoff has been a member of the Advisory Board since 2007 and Chairman of the Technical Advisory Board since 2020.

    After studying chemistry at the Technical University of Braunschweig and subsequently completing his doctorate at the Free University of Berlin, Dr. Kerkhoff worked as a research assistant at the Gesellschaft für Biotechnologische Forschung mbH in Braunschweig and as a research assistant at the Institute of Organic Chemistry at the Free University of Berlin between 1976 and 1982. In October 1982, he joined the Felix Schoeller Group, where he held various management positions before being appointed Technical Managing Director of Felix Schoeller jr Foto- und Spezialpapiere GmbH und Co. KG in 1991. From 1992 to 2006, Dr. Alois-Bernhard Kerkhoff was a member of the Management Board of Felix Schoeller Holding GmbH und Co. KG.

    From 2007 to 2010, Dr. Kerkhoff was a member of the board of the Papiertechnische Stiftung (PTS) in Munich. Since 2011 he has worked as an independent management consultant.

    Dr. Kerkhoff currently holds the following mandates:

     

    Company

    Board / Function

    Felix Schoeller Holding GmbH & Co. KG

    Member of the Advisory Board since 2007

    • Since 2020 Chairman of the Technical Advisory Board
     
    MHM Holding GmbH, Munich Member of the Advisory Board since 2010
  • Dr. Jost A. Massenberg
    <p>Dr. Jost A. Massenberg</p>

    Dr. Jost A. Massenberg has been a member of the Felix Schoeller Group's Personnel Committee and Advisory Board since 2006.

    After studying business administration at the universities of Regensburg and Munich, Dr. Jost A. Massenberg completed his doctorate at the University of Kiel in 1986. From 1985, he was an assistant to the Executive Board at Otto Wolf AG in Cologne, before moving to Roland Berger & Partner GmbH in Munich in 1987 as a project manager and member of the management team. From 1991, Dr. Massenberg held several positions as a member of the board of directors at well-known companies, including Rasselstein AG, Eisen- und Hüttenwerke AG and ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe AG. From 2013 to 2018, Dr. Jost A. Massenberg was CEO of Benteler Distribution International GmbH. 

    Dr. Massenberg currently holds the following mandates:

     

    Company

    Board / Function

    Felix Schoeller Holding GmbH & Co. KG

    Member of the Advisory Board since 2006

    • Member of the Personnel Committee since 2006
     
    C. Deilmann GmbH & Co. KG, Bad Bentheim Member of the Board of Directors
    Felix Böttcher GmbH & Co. KG, Cologne Member of the Company Council
    Schauenburg International GmbH, Mülheim Member of the Board of Directors
    Kingspan Group plc, Kingscourt/Ireland Chairman of the Board
    VTG Aktiengesellschaft, Hamburg Chairman of the Supervisory Board