Accepting challenges – Taking responsibility
Generation change within the supervisory board of the RETHMANN Group
During the meeting of the supervisory board of the family-run RETHMANN AG & Co. KG on 21 September 2009, the course was set for a generation change. Norbert Rethmann handed over his chairmanship of the supervisory board of the RETHMANN Group to his son, Dr Martin Rethmann.
During the ordinary meeting of the supervisory board of the family-run RETHMANN Group on 21 September 2009, a generation change was put into motion when Norbert Rethmann handed over the task of supervisory board chairman to his son Dr Martin Rethmann.
Together with Norbert Rethmann, Dr Wolf-Albrecht Prautzsch and Heinrich Zölzer also stepped down from the supervisory board – accompanied with special thanks from the family shareholders and the members of the supervisory board and board of management. The new supervisory board is now made up of Dr Martin Rethmann (chairman), Dr Peter Nölke (deputy chairman) and Georg Rethmann. They have all been active on the supervisory board of the family company since 1999; as a result of this move, the supervisory board has been reduced from six members to three.
The board of management of the RETHMANN Group remains unchanged; Reinhard Lohmann remains the chairman of the board of management with the other two members being Klemens and Ludger Rethmann.
Both the shareholders and the members of the supervisory board and board of management of Rethmann AG & Co. KG would like, above all, to thank Dr Wolf-Albrecht Prautzsch and Heinrich Zölzer for their many years of work and dedication to the company. Heinrich Zölzer took over the important position of responsibility in the highest supervisory body in 1989 – Dr Wolf-Albrecht Prautzsch joined the supervisory board in 1993. Both not only accompanied the development of the company with their wide experience and valuable suggestions but also clearly influenced its development.
On the occasion of the meeting of the supervisory board, Norbert Rethmann once again stressed how important it was to see the company business as one whole. This includes a consensual transfer of ownership to the next generation coupled with the handing over of responsibility in the supervisory board and board of management. Norbert Rethmann personally expressed his gratitude for the many years of dedication given by the former members of the supervisory board, Dr Wolf-Albrecht Prautzsch and Heinrich Zölzer. “Both have accompanied the development of the company group over many years in a responsible manner and with truly fair – but also critical – loyalty towards the family shareholders and board members, which ultimately represents the basis for the development of the RETHMANN company group,” commented today’s honorary supervisory board chairman.
Norbert Rethmann and the whole of the supervisory board would like to wish the company and, in particular, also the new supervisory board and board of management members continued success as well as a sustainable development of the business with particular responsibility for the many employees and the shareholders.
The family management unit will also continue after the generation change.
The generation change also involves passing on the responsibilities held in the supervisory board and board of management.