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Changes were made to the board of directors and supervisory board of RETHMANN Beteiligungs SE at the beginning of the year as well as to the boards of its three divisional companies, effectively passing on the business to the younger generation. As part of this transformation, RETHMANN SE & Co. KG has moved into the background by becoming a financial holding company and giving its autonomous divisional companies, REMONDIS, Rhenus and SARIA, more powers to make their own decisions.
Dr Peter Nölke, aged 71, stepped down from the supervisory board of RETHMANN Beteiligungs SE on 31 December 2014. He had been a member of the board since 1999 actively supporting the company with his invaluable experience and advice for 15 years. “On behalf of all the RETHMANN Group shareholders, I would like to thank Dr Nölke for his dedication, his advice and his constructive criticism over the years,” said Dr Martin Rethmann, chairman of the supervisory board of RETHMANN Beteiligungs SE.
The supervisory board and boards of directors have taken the next step to systematically further develop the business this family-run company has been operating for over 80 years to ensure its long-running success story continues.
Reinhard Lohmann also stepped down from the board of directors of RETHMANN Beteiligungs SE on 31 December 2014 to join the company’s supervisory board. He has been part of the group’s senior management team for over 35 years – the last 7 years as chairman of the board of directors. Over this period, the company’s turnover has grown from 35 million deutschmarks to over 12 billion euros. Dr Martin Rethmann commented: “This growth alone is indicative of the depth of appreciation and gratitude of the family shareholders for Mr Lohmann’s contribution. We are really pleased that Mr Lohmann will continue to play an advisory role as deputy chair of the supervisory board of RETHMANN Beteiligungs SE and be involved in the further development of the company.” Board directors are now Ludger and Klemens Rethmann, with Klemens Rethmann holding the position of board spokesperson.
Dr Martin Rethmann has been appointed chairman of the supervisory board of both REMONDIS and SARIA. Holding the position of deputy chairman of the supervisory boards of both companies, Reinhard Lohmann will continue to contribute towards the development of both businesses in the future. REMONDIS’ supervisory board remains otherwise unchanged.
In the 35 years that Reinhard Lohmann led the company as board chairman, the business’ turnover grew from 35 million deutschmarks to around 12 billion euros. He has now joined the supervisory board.
Having made these changes to the various boards, the shareholders of RETHMANN SE & Co. KG decided that the three divisional companies, REMONDIS SE & Co. KG, SARIA SE & Co. KG and Rhenus SE & Co. KG, should be given greater decision-making powers. The amendments that needed to be made to the companies’ rules of operation to make this possible were approved during the relevant meetings of the supervisory boards of the three divisions and the parent company – thus ensuring that the intended goal of giving greater decision-making powers to the autonomous divisions of the RETHMANN Group was put into effect. A further step has been taken, therefore, to transform RETHMANN SE & Co. KG from a management to a purely financial holding.