Committees

There are currently five Supervisory Board committees. Their purpose is to improve the efficiency of the Supervisory Board's work and to address complex issues. The chairs of the respective committees report regularly on their committees' work to the Supervisory Board.

Mediation Committee

The mediation committee, which is formed in accordance with the German Co-Determination Act, consists of the Chairman of the Supervisory Board, his representative, and one member chosen from each of the shareholder and employee representatives. It submits proposals to the Supervisory Board concerning the appointment of members of the Board of Executive Directors, if the required two-thirds majority should not have been obtained in the first round of voting.

Dr. rer. nat. Andreas Kreimeyer, Speyer, Chairman, Shareholder representative
Pensioner (former member of the board and research spokesperson at BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany)
In office until the end of the ordinary Annual General Meeting 2020
First Appointment in committee: 10 May 2017

Thomas Kölbl, Speyer, Shareholder represenative   
Chief financial officer of Südzucker AG, Mannheim
In office until the end of the ordinary Annual General Meeting 2022
First Appointment in committee: 15 May 2018

Ralf Becker, Lindwedel, Employee representative
State District Manager North of IG BCE (Mining, Chemicals and Energy Trade Union), Hanover
In office until the end of the ordinary Annual General Meeting 2023
First Appointment in committee: 15 May 2018

Axel Hartmann, Neuhof, Employee representative    
Chairman of the Collective Works Council of the K+S Group
Chairman of the Works Council of K+S KALI GmbH´s Neuhof-Ellers plant
In office until the end of the ordinary Annual General Meeting 2023
First Appointment in committee: 15 May 2018

Strategy Committee

The Strategy Committee was created in the Supervisory Board Meeting on 10 May 2017 and is responsible for:

  1. the advice of the Board of Executive Directors on and the audit of the strategic development of the company and the report thereof to the Supervisory Board;
  2. the preparation of decisions of the Supervisory Board about acquisitions, divestitures and investments that require approval, organisational changes and restructuring;
  3. the advice of the Board of Executive Directors with regard to the corporate strategy and projects with strategic relevance.

Dr. rer. nat. Andreas Kreimeyer, Speyer, Chairman, Shareholder representative
Pensioner (former member of the board and research spokesperson at BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany)
In office until the end of the ordinary Annual General Meeting 2020
First Appointment in committee: 10 May 2017

Ralf Becker, Lindwedel, Employee representative
State District Manager North of IG BCE (Mining, Chemicals and Energy Trade Union), Hanover
In office until the end of the ordinary Annual General Meeting 2023
First Appointment in committee: 15 May 2018

Philip Freiherr von dem Bussche, Bad Essen, Shareholder represenative 
Enterpreneur/farmer
In office until the end of the ordinary Annual General Meeting 2020
First Appointment in committee: 10 May 2017

Audit Committee  

The audit committee is responsible for

  • examining the annual financial statements, the consolidated financial statements, the management reports and the proposal for the appropriation of  profits submitted by the Board of Executive Directors,
  • proposing the appointment of the auditors,
  • determining the main topics to be covered by the audit,
  • auditors remuneration and independence, and
  • dealing with compliance and risk management systems.

Thomas Kölbl, Speyer, Shareholder represenative   
Chief financial officer of Südzucker AG, Mannheim
In office until the end of the ordinary Annual General Meeting 2022
First Appointment in committee: 10 May 2017

Petra Adolph, Hanover, Employee representative
Board Secretary (area participation/social policies), IG BCE, Hanover
In office until the end of the ordinary Annual General Meeting 2023
First Appointment in committee: 15 May 2018

Ralf Becker, Lindwedel, Employee representative
State District Manager North of IG BCE (Mining, Chemicals and Energy Trade Union), Hanover
In office until the end of the ordinary Annual General Meeting 2023
First Appointment in committee: 24 August 2011

Jella Benner-Heinacher, Meerbusch, Shareholder Representative
Deputy General Manager of the Deutsche Schutzvereinigung für Wertpapierbesitz e.V. 
In office until the end of the ordinary Annual General Meeting 2023
First Appointment in committee: 15 May 2018

Axel Hartmann, Neuhof, Employee representative    
Chairman of the Collective Works Council of the K+S Group
Chairman of the Works Council of K+S KALI GmbH´s Neuhof-Ellers plant
In office until the end of the ordinary Annual General Meeting 2023
First Appointment in committee: 19 August 2014

Dr. rer. nat. Andreas Kreimeyer, Speyer, Chairman, Shareholder representative
Pensioner (former member of the board and research spokesperson at BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany)
In office until the end of the ordinary Annual General Meeting 2020
First Appointment in committee: 15 May 2018

Personnel Committee

The Personnel Committee is responsible for preparing the appointment of members of the Board of Executive Directors (including long-term succession planning) as well as determining the terms of the service contracts. In respect to the overall remuneration of individual mem-bers of the Board of Executive Directors, the committee submits reso-lution proposals to the plenary assembly of the Supervisory Board.

Dr. rer. nat. Andreas Kreimeyer, Speyer, Shareholder representative
Pensioner (former member of the board and research spokesperson at BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany)
In office until the end of the ordinary Annual General Meeting 2020
First Appointment in committee: 10 May 2017

Ralf Becker, Lindwedel, Employee representative
State District Manager North of IG BCE (Mining, Chemicals and Energy Trade Union), Hanover
In office until the end of the ordinary Annual General Meeting 2023
First Appointment in committee: 15 May 2018

Dr Elke Eller, Hanover, Shareholder representative
Member of the Board of Executive Directors of TUI Aktiengesellschaft, Hanover
In office until the end of the ordinary Annual General Meeting 2023
First Appointment in committee: 15 May 2018

Michael Knackmuß, Farsleben, Employee representative
Chairman of the Works Council of K+S KALI GmbH´s Zielitz plant 
In office until the end of the ordinary Annual General Meeting 2023
First Appointment in committee: 15 May 2018

Nomination Committee

The nomination committee was established in accordance with the German Corporate Governance Code, to make recommendations to the Supervisory Board concerning proposals to elect Supervisory Board members representing the shareholders. The nomination committee is exclusively composed of shareholder representatives.

Dr. rer. nat. Andreas Kreimeyer, Speyer, Shareholder representative
Pensioner (former member of the board and research spokesperson at BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany)
In office until the end of the ordinary Annual General Meeting 2020
First Appointment in committee: 12 May 2015

Jella Benner-Heinacher, Meerbusch, Shareholder Representative
Deputy General Manager of the Deutsche Schutzvereinigung für Wertpapierbesitz e.V.
In office until the end of the ordinary Annual General Meeting 2023
First Appointment in committee: 10 May 2017

Philip Freiherr von dem Bussche, Bad Essen, Shareholder represenative 
Enterpreneur/farmer
In office until the end of the ordinary Annual General Meeting 2020
First Appointment in committee: 12 May 2015

George Cardona, Monaco, Shareholder Representative
Entrepreneur
In office until the end of the ordinary Annual General Meeting 2020 
First Appointment in committee: 14 May 2013

 

 

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