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As already decided in early 2010, Manuel Bauer moved up to the Allianz board at the beginning of the year and is responsible there for all the DAX group’s growth countries, with nearly 30 million customers. The 56-year-old Austrian was previously head of Eastern Europe. 61-year-old Gerhard Rupprecht in turn retired from the board at the end of 2010 due to age. Joachim Faber, investment director, will resign at the year’s end on completion of his contract period, said the insurer. He will then also retire. His position on the board and at the head of Allianz Global Investors will be taken by Jay Ralph, Board Member responsible for the insurance business in the United States, Canada and Mexico.



Christine Hohmann-Dennhardt is to take the new Board position on "Law and Integrity" at Daimler. The 60-year-old constitutional judge will be appointed in the first quarter. It is the first time a woman joins the top management of the Stuttgart-based carmaker. Her appointment in Karlsruhe expires at the end of January. Daimler would neither confirm nor deny the personal data.



As Kontron announced, the Supervisory Board has appointed Jürgen Kaiser-Gerwens as Chief Financial Officer from mid-February. The 48-year-old comes from Schott Solar. Born in Detmold, he previously worked at Unilever and Dynamit Nobel. A doctor in business administration, he succeeds Dieter Gauglitz, who gave up his post at the embedded-computer manufacturer in the course of the board rearrangement at the end of 2010.


Matthias Zachert is moving this summer to Darmstadt pharmaceutical and chemical company Merck. The 43-year-old Lanxess Chief Financial Officer succeeds Michael Becker (62), retiring in the course of the year due to age, as personally liable partner. The supervisory board of Lanxess has agreed to the termination of Zachert’s contract, it was announced in Leverkusen on 3 February. As part of this extraordinary supervisory board meeting Bernhard Düttmann was also appointed to the board. On 1 April the 51-year-old succeeds as CFO at the chemicals group. In early January, the Düsseldorf native had left Hamburg Nivea manufacturer Beiersdorf after 21 years of activity in order to “pursue new professional challenges.”


Marcel Brenninkmeijer has left the board of Q-Cells. The representative of the investor Good Energies, which holds just over 27 percent, he resigned with effect from 30 November. The major shareholder in the East German solar group had been on the board since 2003. The PV company wants to name a successor to Brenninkmeijer in the coming weeks.


Andrea Aulkemeyer, responsible for Internal Audit and Compliance at Rhön-Klinikum, resigned from the board at her own request at the end of 2010. As announced, Gerald Meder, director for technical, focused and intensive care and deputy chairman of the health service provider, also left at the year’s end. He however indicated that he remains connected to the group, and will, it was said, continue to take on tasks in the CEO’s area. Martin Menger, working for the last ten years in senior positions in northern Germany for the hospital chain, was newly appointed to the board as of 1 January. Volker Feldkamp has since 1 September 2010 been on the board of the private hospital operator in the operational area.


On 31 March Alan Hippe leaves ThyssenKrupp, to replace Erich Hunziker at Roche in early April. The Supervisory Board had dealt with the termination agreement on 21 January. No details on succession have yet been given. Hippe was financial officer at the German steel group for almost two years. It is alleged that the 44-year-old manager had hopes for the Chief Executive spot.



In a modification of the published list of proposals for the election of the entire TUIChristian Strenger was proposed. Christiane Hölz had withdrawn her candidacy in favour of the long-time member of the Government Commission on the German Corporate Governance Code, said the travel group on 21 January. supervisory board at the AGM on 9 February, from among German and international institutional investors



Khalifa Al Kuwari is to be elected at this year's shareholder meeting on 3 May as a full voting member of the Supervisory Board of Volkswagen (see ICCG 05/2010). Jürgen Grossmann is to step down from the Board for him. The RWE chief had very clearly opposed the takeover of Porsche. For a further position becoming free, a woman is allegedly being looked for.