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Supervisory Board

Rainer Brüderle
Diplom-Volkswirt,

Born in Berlin in 1945, married

Studied economics, law, journalism and political sciences at Johannes-Gutenberg-Universität Mainz.

  • 1971 Exam in Economics, scientific assistant in the Legal and Business Sciences Department, various teaching positions in economic policy
  • 1975 Head of the Office for Economic Affairs and Traffic Development of the City of Mainz
  • 1977 Director of the Office for Economic Affairs and Real Estate
  • 1981-1987 fulltime councilor of the City of Mainz and head of dept. for economic affairs
  • 1987-1998 Minister of State for Economic Affairs and Traffic of the State of Rhineland-Pfalz
  • 1988-1998 simult. Deputy Prime Minister of the State of Rhineland-Pfalz
  • 1994-1998 also in charge of Ministry for Agriculture and Viniculture of the State of Rhineland-Pfalz
  • since 1998 Member of the German Parliament
  • 2009-2011 Minister of Economic and Technology
  • 2011-2013 Chairman of the liberal party fraction (FDP) in the German Parliament

Dr. Wolf-Dietrich Loose (Chairman)

Born in Hamburg in 1947, married

  • 1966-1968 Apprentice Banker with Sloman Bank KG, Hamburg
  • 1968-1977 Study of Law in Freiburg and Hamburg, Law Assessor Exam
  • 1977-1979 Banking trainee with Dresdner Bank AG in Hamburg
  • 1979-1983 Corporate attorney with RAAB KARCHER AG, Essen
  • 1980 Licensed lawyer
  • 1983-1986 Chief corporate attorney with Deutsche SB-Kauf AG & Co. OHG, Bochum
  • 1986-1996 ASKO Deutsche Kaufhaus AG, Saarbrücken, from 1993 Member of the Board and Industrial Relations Director
  • 1996 also Member of the Boards of Kaufhof Holding AG, Köln and Deutsche SB-Kauf AG, Frankfurt/Main (until they merged to become METRO AG)
  • 1996-2000 Member of the Board and Industrial Relations Director of METRO AG, Dusseldorf with the departments Legal/M&A, HR, Taxes, Associations & Environment, Insurances
  • since 2001 entrepreneur, lawyer, member, usually chairman, of various supervisory boards resp. advisory boards of companies active nationally and internationally, some of them listed. Member of company bodies, boards of trustees, and economic policy committees.

Dr. Wolfgang Rupf (Deputy Chairman)

Born in Heidenheim/Brenz in 1942, married

  • Studied law and economics at the universities in Tübingen, Lausanne, Bonn after an apprenticeship in banking
  • 1967 First Legal State Exam
  • 1970 Second Legal State Exam
  • 1972 Doctorate in Law, Bonn University
  • 1970-1976 Bayerische Vereinsbank AG: National/International Corporate Lending
  • 1976-1979 Schwenk Zement- und Baustoffwerke, Ulm. Management Assistant; responsible for sales/cargo, equity stakes, strategic projects
  • 1979-1984 Managing Board, Effectbank-Warburg AG, Frankfurt. Corporate Lending, Investment-Banking and Management, Stock Broking
  • 1984-1994 Owner-Manager BHF-Bank, Frankfurt
  • 1995-1996 Chairman of the Board of Hornbach Holding AG as well as of Hornbach Baumarkt AG
  • 1997-2001 Chairman of the Board of Bankgesellschaft Berlin AG
  • since 2001 entrepreneur, member of various supervisory boards resp. advisory boards of companies active nationally and internationally, some of them listed.