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Karl-Gerhard Eick will no longer run in May 2013, when the Supervisory Board of the Deutsche Bank is re-elected and his mandate expires. He had been there nine years, also as chairman of the audit committee. In addition, he was glad and happy that the bank had weathered the crisis without government assistance, said the former Chief Financial Officer of Deutsche Telekom. Who might follow Eick remains open.

Sari Maritta Baldauf became a member of the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Telekom on 1 November, Hans-Martin Bury having resigned from the supervisory body of the Bonn DAX Group on 31 October. The longstanding Nokia manager has become the second woman next to Dagmar Kollmann on the capital side of Telekom’s Supervisory Board. Baldauf has belonged to the Supervisory Board of Daimler since 2008.

For health reasons, Werner Lanthaler has asked for a temporary leave of absence. Accordingly, the EVOTEC CEO will  temporarily not be in a position to act as Chief, the Hamburg-based biotech company announced on 4 October. The Supervisory Board approved and wished a speedy recovery. During his leave of absence the management team will take over the company’s management.

Rainer Beaujean goes to Gerresheimer on 1 December. The 44-year-old moves first to the board, and on 1 February 2013 takes over the Finance Department, the packaging specialist for the pharmaceutical and cosmetics industry announced on 23 October in Düsseldorf. Hans-Jürgen Wiecha will leave the MDAX Group on 31 January 2013 to take on new tasks.

From 1 December Christian Bieniek is to be appointed as the fourth member of the board, LPKF Laser & Electronics announced on 27 September. Beside Ingo Bretthauer (CEO), Bernd Lange (CTO) and Kai Bentz (CFO), the 45-year-old is to take on as COO the direction, management and organization of the work processes and the operational performance of the laser machine manufacturer. Bieniek most recently worked at MAN.

Leif Östling now takes over a seat on the Supervisory Board also at MAN. The longtime head of Scania succeeds Jochem Heizmann, who resigned his seat, as MAN announced on 23 October. Volkswagen had announced in June that Heizmann would give up responsibility for the commercial-vehicle division and run the business in China.

The Administrative Board of PUMA appointed Jean-François Palus as its new chairman on 23 October. With effect from 1 December, the PPR Vice will succeed Jochen Zeitz, who announced his resignation on 30 October. The PUMA veteran led the Herzogenaurach firm for 18 years as chief executive, and last year moved to the chair of the Administrative Board.

The Supervisory Board of SMA Solar Technology has appointed Lydia Sommer to the Board. From 1 November, the former Siemens manager will take over responsibility for Finance and Law from Pierre-Pascal Urbon, who had been responsible for this portfolio in a dual role as Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer. As CEO of the TecDAX Group he will focus on strategy and internationalization.

Peer Steinbrück is giving up his seat on the Supervisory Board at ThyssenKrupp. He wanted to avoid possible conflicts of interest in future, the former Minister of Finance announced immediately after his official nomination as chancellor candidate of his party by the SPD executive.  Angela Merkel’s challenger at the next general election has sat on the industrial group’s supervisory board for nearly three years.

Thomas Vollmoeller took over as CEO at XING in mid-October. The 52-year-old takes over this function as planned from the previous CEO Stefan Gross-Selbeck, who announced in May he would devote himself to new professional challenges in future. At that time, the social network had already announced Vollmoeller as the new CEO. So far it was said he would start his new job by 15 January 2013.

The publishers and Editorial Board are delighted to congratulate Julia Redenius-Hövermann on her professorial appointment at the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management. She was appointed as junior professor of civil and corporate law as from 1 August 2012, after having worked as Habilitation candidate under Professor Theodor Baums and as a Research Fellow at the Institute for Law and Finance at Frankfurt University, with which she remains connected. An expert in corporate law, particularly issues of corporate governance in company law, comparative law, mainly France, economic analysis of (company) law, capital-market law and banking law, she appeared several times as an author in INSIGHT CORPORATE GOVERNANCE GERMANY, the forerunner of VIPsight.EU, and very early published on the women’s quota in the Supervisory Board [“Frauenquote im Aufsichtsrat” http://www.frankfurt-school.de/clicnetclm/fileDownload.do?goid=000000384932AB4].