Members of the Board
ANDREW RICHARDS, Chairman
Born 1951. British national. Managing Director of PARE-Unternehmensberatungs GmbH, Bad Homburg v. d. Höhe.
A member of the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Beteiligungs AG since March 2004 and its Chairman since March 2006. Mr Richards is also the Chairman of the Executive and Nominations Committee and a member of the Audit Committee.
Andrew Richards spent eight years as an auditor at Coopers & Lybrand (today: PriceWaterhouseCoopers) and at Arthur Andersen (today: Ernst & Young) before joining the British private equity company 3i in 1980 – initially in Birmingham, later in London. In 1986, he founded 3i’s Frankfurt office. In early 1990, he became the Managing Director of 3I Deutschland GmbH and served as the firm’s Chief Executive Director from 1996 to 2002. He supported the company in an advisory capacity until mid-2003.
Born 1976. Head of Finance and Accounting at Dirk Rossmann GmbH, Burgwedel.
A member of the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Beteiligungs AG since February 2016.
Prior to assuming responsibility for Finance and Accounting at Dirk Rossmann GmbH in 2015, Sonja Edeler worked for two years in Group Accounting and Taxes. Before that, she spent fourteen years as an Auditor, Tax Advisor and Authorised Signatory at Deloitte & Touche GmbH Prüfungsgesellschaft. Sonja Edeler earned a degree in Business Administration at Georg August University, Göttingen.
WILKEN FREIHERR VON HODENBERG
Born 1954. A lawyer in Hamburg.
A member of the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Beteiligungs AG since March 2013. Mr von Hodenberg serves on the Audit Committee.
Wilken von Hodenberg was a member and the Spokesman of the Board of Management of Deutsche Beteiligungs AG (DBAG) for nearly 13 years – from July 2000 to March 2013. Prior to his tenure at DBAG, he spent two years as a Managing Director at the Frankfurt Office of Merrill Lynch Capital Markets Bank. From 1993 to 1998, von Hodenberg served as a Managing Director at Baring Brothers GmbH in Frankfurt am Main. Before that, he was the CFO of Tengelmann group, Mülheim/Ruhr. Wilken von Hodenberg began his career with the JP Morgan Bank in New York and Frankfurt am Main. He studied law in Hamburg and Lausanne. He is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Bundesverband Deutscher Kapitalbeteiligungsgesellschaften (BVK) since June 2013.
Born 1980. Managing Partner of Möller & Förster GmbH & Co. KG, Hamburg.
A member of the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Beteiligungs AG since March 2010. Mr Möller serves on the Audit Committee.
Prior to his traineeship in banking at Deutsche Bank AG, Philipp Möller was a Managing Partner at CityVox/CityVoice, Hamburg, from 1997 to 2000. In 2005, he worked as an assistant to the Executive Board of Dirk Rossmann GmbH, Burgwedel. He became a Managing Partner at Möller & Förster GmbH & Co. KG, Hamburg, in 2006. From 2002 to 2005, Philipp Möller studied at different institutions including the University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, the Cologne Business School, and the Copenhagen Business School and earned a BA degree in European Business Administration.
DR HENDRIK OTTO
Born 1975. A lawyer and member of the Board of Management of WEPA Industrieholding SE, Arnsberg
A member of the Supervisory Board member of Deutsche Beteiligungs AG since March 2011. Mr Otto serves on the Audit Committee.
Dr Hendrik Otto was a Partner at law firm Mayer Brown LLP in Dusseldorf until January 2014, which had had joined in 2006. Initially focusing on banking and finance, his later practice encompassed corporate law and M&A. From mid-2010 to February 2011, Dr Hendrik Otto worked at HSBC Investment Banking in London. Following his studies in 2001, he earned his doctorate; he completed his legal clerkship (Referendariat) in Hamburg, which also took him to Washington DC, Hanover and Berlin.
GERHARD ROGGEMANN, Vice Chairman
Born 1948. A corporate consultant in Hanover.
A member of the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Beteiligungs AG since March 2010. In his capacity as Vice Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Mr Roggemann serves on the Executive and Nominations Committee and is the Chairman of the Audit Committee.
Gerhard Roggemann started his career as a Managing Director at J.P. Morgan & Co., New York, in 1979, prior to his appointment to the Board of Management of Norddeutsche Landesbank, Hanover, in 1991. From 1996 to 2004, he was a member of the Board of Management of WestLB AG, Dusseldorf. From 2004 to August 2014 he was Vice Chairman of Canaccord Genuity Limited, London, and afterwards a Senior Advisor of Edmond de Rothschild Private Merchant Bank LLP, London. After his traineeship in banking, he studied law in Munich, Kiel and Lausanne.
Board of Management
TORSTEN GREDE, Spokesman
Born 1964. Spokesman of the Board of Management since March 2013; member of the Board of Management since January 2001; appointed until December 2018.
Torsten Grede studied business administration in Cologne and St Gallen, following a traineeship in banking. After earning his degree, he started his career in 1990 at Deutsche Beteiligungs AG; he now has more than 20 years of experience in private equity. Torsten Grede was named Senior Vice President in 1995 and was initially appointed to the Board of Management in 2001.
DR ROLF SCHEFFELS
Born 1966. Member of the Board of Management since January 2004; appointed until February 2021.
After completing a traineeship as an industrial administrator at Braun AG, Dr Rolf Scheffels studied business administration at the Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, where he received his degree. His career began in 1992 with the audit firm C&L Deutsche Revision AG, Frankfurt am Main. In 1996, Dr Rolf Scheffels earned his doctorate (Dr rer. pol.) at the Goethe University. He joined Deutsche Beteiligungs AG in 1997. Dr Rolf Scheffels was named Senior Vice President in 2000 and was initially appointed to the Board of Management in 2004.
Born 1961. Member of the Board of Management since November 2012; appointed until October 2020.
Susanne Zeidler studied business administration at the University of Münster. She began her professional career in 1987 with an audit partnership that specialised in midsized companies. She moved into the area of corporate finance at KPMG in 1990, where she was responsible, until 1999, for valuations of midsized and listed companies operating in various sectors. After becoming a partner in 2000, Susanne Zeidler headed the internal audit review and other back office activities at the audit firm's branch office in Frankfurt am Main. Beginning in 2005, she built the firm's activities with foundations and other nonprofit organisations. In 2011, she joined the worldwide fundraising organisation Kirche in Not, where she served as director at its international headquarters.
As of 15 December 2016