Dr. h.c. Susanne Klatten informed the Board of Management of SGL Carbon SE to resign her mandate as Chairwoman of the Supervisory Board of the company for personal reasons as of the end of the next Annual General Meeting on May 9, 2023 and thus to leave the Supervisory Board of the Company before the end of her term of office.
“My entrepreneurial and social commitments have multiplied during recent years”, states Susanne Klatten. “In the future I’d like to take new steps and expand existing investments. These ambitions collide with the time-consuming office as Chairman of the Supervisory Board at SGL Carbon.”
Susanne Klatten has been a member of the Supervisory Board of SGL Carbon SE since 2009 and has been its Chairwoman since April 30, 2013. Through her investment company SKion GmbH, she holds around 28.5% of the shares in the Company.
“It’s a fitting moment for a change”, says Susanne Klatten. “SGL Carbon has successfully finalized its transformation program by end of 2022. In spite of pandemic and energy crisis, earnings and profitability could be increased significantly. With its dedicated employees and its products carbon and graphite – important for wind power, solar energy and e-mobility – SGL Carbon serves high-growth markets and shapes the societal change which is predetermined by the EU Green Deal. Thus, the company is perfectly set up for the future. SKion‘s investment in SGL Carbon is not affected by this decision. The connection between SKion as the largest shareholder and SGL Carbon remains unchanged.”
Dr. Torsten Derr, Chairman of the Management Board of SGL Carbon, thanks Susanne Klatten also on behalf of his Management Board colleague Thomas Dippold and the entire SGL workforce: “Susanne Klatten has always supported us as Chairwoman of the Supervisory Board and as a major shareholder and has closely accompanied the transformation of SGL Carbon. She played a decisive role in shaping the development of the company and placed particular emphasis on good corporate governance. We are very grateful to Susanne Klatten for her dedicated work and for the excellent and trusting cooperation.”
Susanne Klatten will continue her duties as Chairwoman of the Supervisory Board until the end of the next Annual General Meeting of SGL Carbon on May 9, 2023. A succession process will be initiated in a timely manner.