Members of the Board

Supervisory Board

DR HENDRIK OTTO

Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Member of the Audit Committee, Member of the Executive and Nomination Committee

First elected: 2011
In office until: 2021
Year of birth: 1975
Nationality: German

Work history
Since 2014: Member of the Board of Management, WEPA SE, Arnsberg
2006–2014: Partner, company law and M&A Associate, bank and financial law, company law and M&A, Mayer Brown LLP, Dusseldorf/Berlin/Frankfurt/Main
2010–2011: Advisory team, Financial Institutions Group (Secondment), HSBC Bank plc, London

Education
2002–2006: Legal clerkship in Hamburg and other areas, second legal state examination in Hamburg, doctoral studies at the Ruhr University Bochum
1995–2001: Legal studies and first legal state examination in Freiburg, Berlin and other areas


PHILIPP MÖLLER

Vice Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Member of the Executive and Nomination Committee

First elected: 2010
In office until: 2021
Year of birth: 1980
Nationality: German

Work history
Since 2006: Managing Partner, Möller & Förster GmbH & Co. KG, Hamburg
2005: Management assistant, Dirk Rossmann GmbH, Burgwedel
1997–2000: Managing Partner, CityVox/CityVoice, Hamburg

Education
2002–2005: University of Hertfordshire, Cologne Business School and Copenhagen Business School
Degree: Bachelor of Arts in European Business Administration
2000–2002: Training in banking, Deutsche Bank, Hamburg


SONJA EDELER

Vice Chairman of the Audit Committee

First elected: 2016
In office until: 2021
Year of birth: 1976
Nationality: German

Work history
Since 2019: Managing Director Finance and Accounting and Internal Audit, Dirk Rossmann GmbH, Burgwedel
2015–2018: Head of Finance and Accounting, Dirk Rossmann GmbH, Burgwedel
2000–2014: Auditor, tax accountant, Deloitte & Touche GmbH Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft

Education
2006: Auditor
2004: Tax accountant
2000: Study of Business Administration, University of Göttingen


AXEL HOLTRUP

First elected: 2020
In office until: 2025
Year of birth: 1968
Nationality: German

Work history
Since 2017: Independent investor, London (United Kingdom)
2011–2017: Partner and member of the Global Management at AEA Investors, London (United Kingdom) and Munich (Germany)
2006–2010: Director at Silver Lake Partners, London (United Kingdom)
1997–2006: Associate, later Principal at Investcorp, London (United Kingdom)
1995–1997: Financial analyst (M&A) at Morgan Stanley, London (United Kingdom) and Frankfurt/Main (Germany)

Education
1991–1995: European Partnership of Business Schools (EPBS), Middlesex University, London (United Kingdom), and Reutlingen University (Germany) – BA (Hons.): European Business Administration and Diplom-Betriebswirt degrees
1989–1991: Deutsche Bank, Frankfurt/Main / Ludwigshafen (Germany) – bank clerk apprenticeship


DR JÖRG WULFKEN

Chairman of the Audit Committee, Member of the Executive and Nomination Committee

First elected: 2020
In office until: 2025
Year of birth: 1960
Nationality: German

Work history
Since 2015: Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Frankfurt/Main (Germany)
2001–2015: Partner at Mayer Brown LLP, Frankfurt/Main (Germany)
2000–2001: Partner at Clifford Chance, Frankfurt/Main (Germany)
1993–2000: Director of Bankgesellschaft Berlin AG, Berlin (Germany)
1991–1993: Associate at Clifford Chance, London (United Kingdom)
1989–1991: Legal expert in the Investment Banking division at Westdeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale, Dusseldorf (Germany)
1979–1980: Ship chandler, August Warnecken, Bremen (Germany)

Education
1987–1989: University of Konstanz (Germany), employee at the Centre for International Economics and PhD student, obtaining a Doctor of Law
1980–1987: University of Hamburg (Germany), one-phase legal education with a degree as a fully qualified lawyer

Offices held on other statutory supervisory boards or in comparable domestic and international supervisory bodies of commercial enterprises

  • Supervisory Board member of Georgian Credit, Tbilisi (Georgia)
  • Member of the Advisory Council to the Federal Association of Loan Purchase and Servicing (Bundesvereinigung Kreditankauf und Servicing – BKS)

Further material activities in addition to the supervisory board mandate

  • CEO of Wulfken-Stiftung, Bremen (Germany)

DR IUR MAXIMILIAN ZIMMERER

First elected: 2019
In office until: 2024
Year of birth: 1958
Nationality: German

Work history
Since 2017: Member of the Supervisory Board of Münchener Rückversicherungs-Gesellschaft Aktiengesellschaft in Munich
2016: Termination of active duties on the Board of Management of Allianz SE
2015: Additional assumption of responsibility for the Asia region
2012: Move to the Board of Management of Allianz SE, responsible for investments (incl. private equity, infrastructure, renewables, real estate), treasury, Global Life & Health and AZ for Good
2010: Additional assumption of the position of CEO of Allianz Private Krankenversicherungs-AG (up until December 2011), including an extension of his executive division responsibility at Allianz Deutschland AG (Life + Health executive divisions)
2006: Election to the Board of Management of Allianz Lebensversicherungs-AG, appointment to the Board of Management of Allianz Deutschland AG (Life executive division)
2004: Assumption of responsibility for the executive division for accounting, surrender of responsibility for personal lines insurance and insurance operations
2002: Additional assumption of responsibility for the executive division for personal lines insurance and insurance operations
2000: Appointment to the Board of Management of Allianz Lebensversicherungs-AG, responsible for investments, asset-liability management, construction financing and tax
1998: Managing director for Fixed Income, Allianz Asset Advisory and Management GmbH
1997: Assignment to Dresdner RCM Global Investors (US), Global Equity Portfolio Management
1994: Move to Allianz Lebensversicherungs-AG, head of the “Loans” sub-division
1988: Starts work with Allianz AG, “Industrial Holdings” sub-division

Education
1988: Awarded his PhD in law at the University of Cologne
1988: Second state legal examination in Düsseldorf
1985–1988: Legal traineeship
1983–1984: Military service in Budel/NL and Bonn
1980–1983: Continuation of legal studies in Cologne, passing the first state legal examination
1979–1980: Legal studies at the University of Lausanne
1977–1979: Legal studies at the University of Cologne

Offices held on other statutory supervisory boards or in comparable domestic and international supervisory bodies of commercial enterprises

  • Investmentaktiengesellschaft für langfristige Investoren TGV, Bonn, Germany (Chairman)
  • Münchener Rückversicherungs-Gesellschaft Aktiengesellschaft, Munich, Germany
  • Möller & Förster GmbH & Co. KG, Hamburg, Germany (Chairman)

Board of Management

TORSTEN GREDE, Spokesman

Born in 1964. Resident in Frankfurt/Main. Spokesman of the Board of Management since March 2013; member of the Board of Management since January 2001; appointed until the end of December 2023.

Torsten Grede holds a degree in Business Administration from the University of St. Gallen. Prior to his university education, he completed a bank apprenticeship. Directly after graduating, he started his career in 1990 at Deutsche Beteiligungs AG; he now has 29 years of experience in the private equity business in Germany’s mid-market sector.

Offices held on other statutory supervisory boards or in comparable domestic and international supervisory bodies of commercial enterprises

  • Treuburg Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH, Ingolstadt, Germany
  • Treuburg GmbH & Co. Familien KG, Ingolstadt, Germany

DR ROLF SCHEFFELS

Born in 1966. Resident in Frankfurt/Main. Member of the Board of Management since January 2004; appointed until February 2021.

Dr Rolf Scheffels began his career at the audit firm C&L Deutsche Revision AG. He joined Deutsche Beteiligungs AG in 1997 and has 22 years of experience in the private equity business in Germany’s mid-market sector. He holds a degree in Business Administration and earned a Doctorate degree (Dr rer. pol.) in Business Administration from the Goethe University, Frankfurt. Prior to his university education, he completed an apprenticeship as industrial clerk.

Offices held on other statutory supervisory boards or in comparable domestic and international supervisory bodies of commercial enterprises

  • JCK Holding GmbH Textil KG, Quakenbrück, Germany
  • Preh GmbH, Bad Neustadt a. d. Saale, Germany

SUSANNE ZEIDLER

Born in 1961. Resident in Frankfurt/Main. Member of the Board of Management since November 2012; appointed until October 2025.

Susanne Zeidler began her career in 1987 at an audit partnership that specialised in mid­-market companies. In 1990, she transitioned into the area of corporate finance at KPMG, where she was responsible for valuations of companies operating in various sectors until 1999. After becoming a partner in 2000, Susanne Zeidler led the internal audit review and other back office activities at KPMG`s Frankfurt office. From 2005 onwards, she built up the firm's relationships with foundations and other non­profit organisations. In early 2011, she became Director of Aid to the Church in Need, a worldwide charity organisation, and was based at its international headquarters. Susanne Zeidler holds a degree in Business Administration from the University of Munster.

Offices held on other statutory supervisory boards or in comparable domestic and international supervisory bodies of commercial enterprises

  • DBG Fifth Equity Team GmbH & Co. KGaA i.L., Frankfurt/Main, Germany  (Vice-Chairwoman)
  • DWS Investment GmbH (since 10 September 2019)

As at February 2020