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Supervisory Board

The Supervisory Board advises and controls the Corporate Executive Board and is elected by the shareholders’ summit. It approves the measures of the Corporate Executive Board in case these are subject to approval by corporate bylaws.

Dr. Wilhelm Moll LL.M.

Chairman of the Supervisory Board

Dr. Wilhelm Moll was born on 31 October 1949 in Gevelsberg, Germany. After achieving his Abitur leaving certificate and subsequent service in the German Federal Border Guard, he studied law in Marburg and Cologne in Germany, and Berkeley/USA. He obtained his doctorate from the Faculty of Law at Cologne University, and subsequently the Master of Laws at the University of California at Berkeley, School of Law.

Dr. Moll worked at the Institute for Labor and Business Law (Institut für Arbeits- und Wirtschaftsrecht) at Cologne University from 1975, first as research associate and last as assistant professor. He became a certified attorney at law in 1982. Dr. Moll is a partner of the law firm Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek. His main areas of expertise are employment/labor, and company law. His clients include big (DAX) and middle size enterprises. He provides comprehensive legal advice to medium-sized and owner-managed companies with regard to a multitude of problems and issues.

Apart from his legal consultancy and court-related activities, Dr. Moll also has a distinguished reputation through seminars and lectures, for instance lastly concerning questions about data protection in the employment relationship and the role of managing director in a GmbH (limited liability company). He is likewise the author of numerous legal publications, the last concerning commentaries on provisions of mass dismissals and of the German law regulating transformation of companies.

Hans-Reinhard Abels

Member of the Supervisory Board

Hans-Reinhard Abels was born on 5 November 1953 in Langenfeld, Germany. He holds a university degree in Communication and Educational Science. Additionally, he is a trained pilot and studied aeronautics in the USA.

Hans-Reinhard Abels gained a wealth of professional experience working for multiple well-known advertising agencies. He served as Managing Director for Publicis and as Managing Partner for Spiess Ermisch Abels, holding advisory mandates for international corporations and federal authorities. Hans-Reinhard Abels ended his advertising business career in 1992 and joined forces with the Grey Group. Together they founded Abels & Grey Mission Management Strategy Advisors. The company changed its name to Abels & Cie. in 2007 after dissolving the joint venture with the Grey Group.

Until 2008 Hans-Reinhard Abels served as a member of the Supervisory Board of the Berentzen Gruppe AG and was appointed member of Dalli’s Supervisory Board in 2008. He has been Chairman of Dalli’s Supervisory Board since 2014. He was active as author and guest lecturer, publishing numerous articles in specialist publications and business press.

Dr. Gotthard Kleine

Member of the Supervisory Board

Dr. Gotthard Kleine was born on 24 June 1955 in Orsoy, Germany. He graduated in Physics and Theology and obtained his doctorate with honors from the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the RWTH Aachen. For his doctoral thesis he was awarded with the “Borchers Medal” of the RWTH Aachen University.

Throughout his career Dr. Kleine held numerous senior consulting positions and supported several companies in their strategic, organizational and personnel development as well as quality assurance. In 1995, he assumed a leadership role in industrial engineering at a research institute in Bremen alongside with a teaching assignment at the University of Bremen’s research division of production technology.

Since 2000 Gotthard Kleine has been Managing Director of an international child welfare organization and shareholder of the fair trade company GEPA. He is also member of the board of several foundations and member of the board of trustees of the Egidius-Braun-Stiftung of the German Soccer Federation (DFB). Additionally, he is member of the board of the Grünenthal Foundation and member of the Supervisory Board of a cooperative bank.

Dr. Thomas Ludwig

Member of the Supervisory Board

Dr. Thomas Ludwig was born on 21 November 1948 in Vechta. After studying mathematics and business administration in Göttingen, Freiburg, Glasgow and Bonn, he received a diploma in mathematics and was conferred the title of doctor of political science at Bonn University.

Dr. Ludwig has over 30 years of experience in business management positions. Following a trainee program with the German Steel Federation, he launched his career at Klöckner Werke AG. He then transferred to the trading house Klöckner & Co AG, where he was a member of the Executive Board in charge of raw materials, recycling and environmental technology. After switching to the Thyssen Corporation (later known as ThyssenKrupp), he built up the service segment there and was an Executive Board member at ThyssenKrupp Serv AG. From 2003 to 2009, Dr. Ludwig was chairman of the Executive Board of Klöckner & Co SE, which he successfully took to the stock exchange and on to market leadership in Europe and North America, after it was acquired by Lindsay Goldberg.

Since January of 2010, Dr. Ludwig has been Managing Director and Managing Partner of Lindsay Goldberg Vogel GmbH in Düsseldorf, which represents the private equity firm Lindsay Goldberg LLC, New York, in Central Europe.

Dr. Martin Zügel

Member of the Supervisory Board

Dr. Martin Zügel was born on 6 April 1962. After studying medicine in Bochum and Tübingen and molecular biology (MSc) in Amherst, USA, he received his doctorate, Dr. med., in 1989.

Dr. Zügel has more than 25 years of experience in executive positions in the pharmaceutical industry. After working in the hematology and oncology departments of the University Hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE), he switched to Boehringer Mannheim GmbH (later Hoffmann La Roche AG) in 1991 and joined B. Braun Melsungen AG as a Member of the Board in 2000. In the year 2005, he became part of the pharmaceutical company Merz as CEO of Merz Pharmaceuticals, and starting in 2008, he assumed additionally the role of Spokesperson of Merz GmbH & Co. KGaA. Since his departure from Merz in 2012, Dr. Zügel has acted as Chairman of the Supervisory Board (Glycotope and Amsilk GmbH) and Consultant for various companies in the pharmaceutical and biotech industry as well as Senior Health Care Advisor for the private equity firm CVC Capital Partners.

Since 2015 Dr. Zügel is Chief Executive Officer of Klosterfrau Zürich AG.