Capital market-relevant press releases Jul 12, 2002 2:00 AM
Supervisory Board resolves changes on the Executive Board of ThyssenKrupp AG
In its meeting this morning, the Supervisory Board of ThyssenKrupp terminated the appointment of Dr. Hans-Erich Forster (61) at his own request as per September 30, 2002. He will be succeeded by Mr. Edwin Eichler (44), who has been appointed member of the Executive Board of ThyssenKrupp AG (38 bn euros sales and 193,000 employees) for a period of five years effective October 1, 2002. Mr. Eichler will also take over from Dr. Forster as executive board chairman of ThyssenKrupp Materials AG (10 bn euros sales and 14,000 employees). Edwin Eichler has worked for the Bertelsmann group since 1990. Since 1995 he has been management board chairman of the Mohn Media group. In 1996 he was additionally appointed to the executive board of Bertelsmann Industrie AG, now Bertelsmann Arvato AG. Bertelsmann Arvato AG is a global media service provider with sales of 3.9 bn euros and 28,000 employees.
The appointment of Executive Board member Mr. Dieter Hennig (62) expires for age reasons on December 31, 2002. Mr. Hennig is also labor director of ThyssenKrupp Steel AG (12.6 bn euros sales and 51,000 employees) and ThyssenKrupp Stahl AG (7.7 bn euros sales and 34,000 employees). He became a member of the executive board and labor director of Thyssen Stahl AG in 1988, and in 1992 was additionally appointed member of the executive board and labor director of Thyssen AG. To succeed him as member of the Executive Board and labor director of ThyssenKrupp AG, the Supervisory Board has appointed Mr. Ralph Labonte (48), currently member of the executive board and labor director of ThyssenKrupp Automotive AG (6.2 bn euros sales and 40,000 employees) for a period of five years starting January 1, 2003. It is also planned for Ralph Labonte to succeed Dieter Hennig as member of the executive board and labor director of ThyssenKrupp Steel AG.
In its meeting today, the Supervisory Board resolved to terminate the appointments of Dr. Gerhard Jooss (61, responsible for Corporate Accounting and Corporate Taxes and Customs) and Dr. Heinz-Gerd Stein (61, responsible for Corporate Finance, Investor Relations and insurance services) by mutual agreement as at September 30, 2002. Dr. Jooss joined Fried. Krupp GmbH as financial director in 1989. Dr. Stein began his career at August Thyssen-Hütte in 1966, becoming a member of the executive board of Thyssen AG in 1982. Both gentlemen agreed to the shortening of their terms of office a year ago.
Dr. Olaf Berlien (39) joined the Executive Board on April 1. He is head of Controlling and Mergers & Acquisitions.
On August 1, 2002, Dr. A. Stefan Kirsten (41) will take up his position on the Executive Board. Kirsten has been working for Metro AG since 1996, from 2000 as executive board member for finance, accounting, controlling, taxes and insurance. At ThyssenKrupp he will be responsible for Corporate Finance, Investor Relations, Accounting as well as Taxes and Customs.
Dr. Jürgen Claassen
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