Deutsche Post AG: Jürgen Weber elected new Chairman of the Supervisory Board05/10/2006, 04:00 PM CEST
Cologne/Bonn, May 10, 2006: Following the Annual General Meeting of Deutsche Post AG, the Company's Supervisory Board unanimously elected Jürgen Weber, 64, as its new Chairman. Weber succeeds Josef Hattig, 74, who chaired the Supervisory Board for ten years following the formation of Deutsche Post AG.
Jürgen Weber was Chairman of the Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG from 1991 to 2003. In this capacity, he initiated a process of structural and strategic realignment of the Lufthansa Group, preparing the ground for its complete privatization. He has been a member of Deutsche Post's Supervisory Board since 2003.
"Jürgen Weber brings tremendous experience and ability to his new role as Chairman of the Deutsche Post Supervisory Board. This includes extensive international experience, insight into the structures of a former state-owned company, management skills of the highest quality and knowledge of our Company thanks to the time he has already spent as a member of our Supervisory Board," said Klaus Zumwinkel, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Deutsche Post AG. "I am confident that the constructive and fruitful cooperation between the Management Board and the Supervisory Board will continue under his leadership and that together we will lead Deutsche Post World Net into a successful future."
Weber thanked his predecessor, Josef Hattig, for successful leading the Supervisory Board in a period that saw the transformation of Deutsche Post from a domestic postal service into a global logistics group.
"Mr. Hattig has outstanding business instincts. He effectively combined the challenges of chairing the Supervisory Board during a period in which many key business decisions were made while ensuring that the company lived up to the highest standards of corporate governance at all times. The constructive collaboration with Mr. Hattig played a crucial part in many of the company's achievements in the past ten years, such as the acquisitions of Postbank, DHL and Exel as well as the initial public offerings of Deutsche Post and Postbank," emphasized Zumwinkel.
"I would like to thank the members of the Supervisory Board for the effective and trusting working relationship we have shared for the past ten years. I would also like to thank the Board of Management for a dialog that has always been open and constructive said Hattig. "It is only natural that I express my gratitude to Dr. Zumwinkel in particular: the Chairman of the Board of Management and the Chairman of the Supervisory Board share a special obligation to ensure a efficient and trusting working relationship. I believe that the last few years have seen outstanding collaboration in this regard."