• Supervisory Board
The Supervisory Board of freenet AG

In accordance with the German Codetermination Act (Mitbestimmungsgesetz), freenet AG’s Supervisory Board has 12 members and is formed in equal parts by six shareholder representatives and six employee representatives.

The Supervisory Board has constituted a steering committee and four other committees.

As of June 2018

  • Shareholder representatives
  • Employee representatives
  • Committees

Prof Dr Helmut Thoma (Chairman)

Self-employed media consultant, Strassen (Luxembourg)

Curriculum vitae
Member of the Supervisory Board since 09.05.2012
Term of office to end upon close of the Annual General Meeting 2022

Chairman of the steering committee, the personnel committee, the mediation committee and the nomination committee

Personal data
Year of birth: 1939
Place of birth: Vienna
Nationality: Austrian

Education
1962 Studies of Law and receiving a doctorate in law (Dr. jur.)

Professional carreer
1966 Joined the legal department of ORF „Österreichischer Rundfunk“
1967 Head of the ORF legal department
1973 Authorised officer of the Information e Publicité Allemagne (IPA) in Frankfurt; German general agency of Radio Luxembourg
1975 Sole director of IPA in Frankfurt
1982 Program director of the German-speaking program of Radio Luxembourg (RTL)
1984 Foundation of the private TV-channel„R T L plus“ in Luxembourg und taking over of the management
1988 Relocation of R T L plus to Cologne and renaming in R T L Television
In 1992 the TV channel became the market leader in Germany and was promoted through Helmut Thoma as managing director to the most succesful TV-Station in Europe.
Helmut Thoma is recognized as founding father of the european private television.
1994 besides numerous additional television awards like the Bambi, Goldene Kamera, Deutscher Medienpreis etc. and honours and awards with renowned EMMY Award, the Television-Oscar.
1999-2002 Media consultant of Wolfgang Clement, Prime Minister of Nordrhein-Westfalen
2007-2009 Chairman of the Supervisory Board of freenet AG

Honours
1987 Officier de l’ordre Mérite, Luxembourg
1991 Golden badge of honour of the city Vienna
1995 Honary professorship of Austria, awarded by the austrian Federal Chancellor
1995 Order of Merit of Nordrhein-Westfalen
1997 Officer of Luxemburgian oak leaves crown
2005 Grand Decoration of Honour in Silver for Services to the Republic of Austria

Awards
1986 Bronzener Hermes, awarded by the journal „Neue Medien“ to be elected as Media Professional of the year
1990 Award of the "Goldene Kamera" by Axel Springer Verlag
1990 Award BAMBI by Burda Verlag
1993 First place at the election for the „Most influential German“ by „Bunte“
Third place at the election for the influential Austrian by „News“
Sixth place at the election for the Manager of the year by „Top Business“
1994 German Media Award, Baden-Baden
1999 "Honour-Nymph" of the TV festival in Monte Carlo for exceptional achievements in the TV sector, awarded by Prince Albert II of Monaco

Mandates in other statutory Supervisory Boards
None

Memberships in similar German and foreign supervisory bodies
3 Plus Group AG, Hergiswil, Switzerland, Member of the Board of Directors

Other mandates
Klöpfel Consulting GmbH, Vienna, Austria, Chairman of the Advisory Board

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Sabine Christiansen

Managing Partner at TV 21 GmbH, Berlin

Curriculum vitae
Member of the Supervisory Board since 10.02.2015
Term of office to end upon close of the Annual General Meeting 2022

Member of the personnel committee and the nomination committee

Personal data
Year of birth: 1957
Place of birth: Preetz/Holstein, Germany
Nationality: German

Education
Business journalist

Professional career
2011 Producer and presenter of the n-tv show „Chefsache – Manager, Marken, Märkte“
2009-2010 Producer and presenter of the n-tv show „Agenda 09 (10) – Werte und Märkte“
2009 Producer and presenter of the SAT.1 show „Ihre Wahl. Die SAT.1 Arena“
2006-2008 Producer and presenter CNBC international / Wirtschaftsforum Global Players
1997-2007 Producer and presenter of the ARD show "Sabine Christiansen"
1987-1997  Editor ARD-aktuell, presenter of "Tagesthemen"
1985-1987  Editor and presentor at Landesfunkhaus Hamburg, editorial offices: Landespolitik/Wirtschaft, Nachrichten, Fernsehdokumentation
1985 Freelancer radio, TV (news, TV documentaries, TV discussion shows)
1983-1985 Journalism training at Norddeutscher Rundfunk Hamburg

Mandates in other statutory Supervisory Boards
Hermes Europe GmbH, Hamburg, member of the Supervisory Board

Other mandates
2004 – 2010 Board of Governors at the University of Haifa
2005 – 2007 Members of the University Council at the University of Rostock
2011 – 2013 Member of the advisory council on innovation of the Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
since 2011 member of Green Tec Awards
1999 – 2007 Digital Germany/ initiative D21 chaired by the Chancellor
Founder and chairman of “Sabine Christiansen-Kinderstiftung”
Board member of Laureus Sport for Good Foundation Germany
German Ambassador for UNICEF
Member of the curatorship of the Otto Hahn Peace Medal and other chevaliers of the French Legion of Honour
Holder of the Federal Cross of Merit (Bundesverdienstkreuz)
Bavarian State medal for Social Services, Courage-Prize and much more
Grimme Prize, World Media Award, Golden Camera, Bambi Awards, German television award (Deutscher Fernsehpreis), Golden Lion prize (Goldener Löwe) and much more

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Thorsten Kraemer

Managing partner of Crocodile Capital GmbH, Vaduz (Liechtenstein)

Curriculum vitae
Member of the Supervisory Board since  09.05.2012
Term of office to end upon close of the Annual General Meeting 2022

Member of the steering committee

Personal data
Year of birth: 1968
Place of birth: Bendorf
Nationality: German

Education
until 1997 studies of business management and economics, University Cologne

Professional career
1998 Foundation of the European Telecommunication Holding E. T. H. AG
1999 Consultant with focus on the sector of telecommunications and technology
2007 Foundation of the Crocodile Capital Partners GmbH, Ursensollen, Consultant of the mutual funds „Crocodile Capital“
2007 Authorised officer of the Dr. Dirk Rüttgers Wealth Management GmbH, Munich, responsible for the active Portfolio-Management of the mutual funds
since 2012 Managing partner of the Crocodile Capital GmbH, Vaduz, Liechtenstein

Mandates in other statutory Supervisory Boards
None

Memberships in similar German and foreign supervisory bodies
amaysim Australia Ltd, Sydney (Australien), Member of the Board of Directors
SYSTRADE AG, Vaduz, Liechtenstein, Member of the Board of Directors

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Fränzi Kühne

Founder and Managing Director of Torben, Lucie und die gelbe Gefahr GmbH, Berlin

Curriculum vitae
Member of the Supervisory Board since 01.06.2017
Term of office to end upon close of the Annual General Meeting 2022

Member of the mediation committee

Personal data
Year of birth: 1983
Place of birth: Berlin
Nationality: German

Professional career
2007 online marketing management and event management at Frogster Interactive Pictures AG
2008 foundation of Torben, Lucie und die gelbe Gefahr GmbH together with Two Partners, an agency for digital business with today around 160 employees and offices in Berlin and New York. Twice holder of the title „Agency of the year”, presented by the German Price for Online Communication.
2015 acquisition of the Torben, Lucie und die gelbe Gefahr GmbH by Omnicom Group, Inc., the second largest advertising network in the world with 79,000 employees
Managing Director and Chief Operation Officer of Torben, Lucie und die gelbe Gefahr GmbH, Consulting services for overcoming the digital transformation, the building of new innovation departments and the digitalisation of the entire value chain, management of international processes within the agency, maintenance of the corporate culture and organisation.
Additionally, activity as editor and freelance author for diverse online magazines.
2014 Award of the online magazine EDITION F as one of in total 25 women engaged for the digital future.
Since March 2018 member of the foundation board at  AllBright foundation

Other mandates
None

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Marc Tüngler

Solicitor and Managing Director of the Deutschen Schutzvereinigung für Wertpapierbesitz e.V. (DSW – German Association of Private Shareholders), Düsseldorf
Member of the governmental commission German Corporate Governance Code

Curriculum vitae
Member of the Supervisory Board since 09.05.2012
Term of office to end upon close of the Annual General Meeting 2022

Member of the audit committee and the nomination committee

Personal data
Year of birth: 1968
Place of birth: Herne
Nationality: German

Education
Studies of Law, University Cologne

Professional carreer
1999 Certification as an attorney at the Higher Regional Court, Düsseldorf
1999 Deutsche Schutzvereinigung für Wertpapierbesitz e. V. (DSW)
since 2005 Managing Director of DSW Service GmbH
2007-10/2011 Managing Director of DSW e.V.
since 11/2011 General Manager at DSW e.V.

Mandates in other statutory Supervisory Boards
ALBIS Leasing AG
innogy SE
InnoTec TSS AG

Memberships in similar German and foreign supervisory bodies of business enterprises
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Robert Weidinger

Freelance auditor, tax adviser and Corporate Finance consultant, Valley

Curriculum vitae
Member of the Supervisory Board since 09.05.2012
Term of office to end upon close of the Annual General Meeting 2022

Chairman of the audit committee

Personal data
Year of birth: 1962
Place of birth: Nürnberg
Nationality: German
 
Education
1982 High school graduation at the Humanistisches Gymnasium (classic grammar school)
1988 Business graduate (University)
1994 Tax consultant
1995 Auditor
 
Professional carreer
1988-1999 International audit company in the field of Corporate Finance (from 1994 Head of the German industry team for telecommunications and media)
1999-2003: Partner of a medium-sized investmentbank (focus on Telecommunications, Internet and Media)
2003-today Owner of a Corporate Finance consulting company and self-employed auditor and tax consultant
 
Other mandates
mobilcom-debitel GmbH, Büdelsdorf,  Member of the Supervisory Board (affiliated company of freenet AG)

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Knut Mackeprang
(Vice chairman)

Corporate lawyer of freenet AG, Büdelsdorf

Curriculum vitae
Member of the Supervisory Board since 23.05.2013
The term in office will end upon close of the AGM 2023

Member of the steering committee, personnel committee and mediation committee

Personal data
Year of birth: 1970
Place of birth: Burg auf Fehmarn
Nationality: German

Education
1990 - 1997 Law studies, Kiel

Professional carreer
2000 Practical activity as lawyer, Kiel
2000 Legal advisor at MobilCom Multimedia GmbH, Schleswig
2003 Legal advisor at mobilcom Aktiengesellschaft, Büdelsdorf
Since 2007 Legal advisor/Company lawyer at freenet AG, Büdelsdorf; with areas of focus including commercial and corporate law

No other mandates

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Claudia Anderleit

Head of Human Resources Management and personnel systems, freenet AG, Hamburg

Curriculum vitae
Member of the Supervisory Board since 07.07.2008
The term in office will end upon close of the AGM 2023

Member of the personnel committee

Personal data
Year of birth: 1973
Place of birth: Hamburg
Nationality: German

Education
Apprenticeship as an industrial clerk
Studies of Law with focus on tax law, first and second state examinations
Fully qualified lawyer, registered attorney and corporate lawyer

Professional carrer
Professional activities at
Philips Components GmbH
Hamburger Sparkasse AG
Volksfürsorge AG
since 10/2003 freenet AG, formerly freenet.de AG; initally corporate investment management
from 2007 Labour Law
since 2010 Head of Human Resources Management
since 2015 additional Head of personnel systems

No further mandates

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Bente Brandt

Trade Union Secretary
United Trade Union of Services (ver.di) North.HH Department TK.IT, Kiel

Curriculum vitae
Member of the Supervisory Board since 17.05.2018
The term in office will end upon close of the AGM 2023

Member of the audit committee

Personal data
Year of birth: 1971
Place of birth: Kiel
Nationality: German

Education
2002 – 2004 Master of Arts African Studies and Research, Washington, DC, USA
1998 – 2002 Faculty of Asia and Africa, University of Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
1995 – 1998 Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Macroeconomics, Faculty of Business and Politics, University of Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
1992 – 1995 General Certificate of Secondary Education, evening secondary school, Kiel, Germany
1987 – 1990 Vocational Training, German Postal Service, Kiel, Germany

Professional carrer
2014 – present Trade Union Secretary, Department for Telecommunications and Information Technology, ver.di
2012 – 2014 Program Advisor, Capacity Development & Civil Society Strengthening, Pact, Juba, South Sudan
2010 – 2012 Civil Society Coordinator, Swedish Committee for Afghanistan (SCA), Kabul, Afghanistan
07. – 09. 2010 Capacity Building Advisor, Mercy Corps, Sulaymaniyah, Iraq
2007 – 2010 Capacity Building Advisor, Mercy Corps, Various Locations, (South) Sudan
2005 – 2007 NGO Advisor, German Development Service – DED, Juba, (South) Sudan
05. – 12. 2004 Intern, Kabissa – Space for Change in Africa in Washington, DC, USA
1990 – 1995 Postal Carrier and (Regional) Youth and Trainee Chair Person, German Postal Service, Kiel, Germany

Memberships in similar German supervisory bodies
Member of the Supervisory Board PSD Bank Kiel eG

 

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Theo-Benneke Bretsch

Team leader Commerce & ERP at mobilcom-debitel GmbH, Büdelsdorf

Curriculum vitae
Member of the Supervisory Board since 17.05.2018
The term in office will end upon close of the AGM 2023

Member of the mediation committee

Personal data
Year of birth: 1984
Place of birth: Hamburg
Nationality: German

Education
Apprenticeship as IT specialist in application development at mobilcom-debitel GmbH
Computer scientist degree in media informatics at University of Applied Sciences

Professional carrer
2007 – 2018 Software Developer at mobilcom-debitel GmbH
since 2016 additionally agile Coach at IT-department mobilcom-debitel GmbH
since 2018 team leader Commerce & ERP at mobilcom-debitel GmbH

No further mandates

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Gerhard Huck

Chairman of the Workers' Council, Media Broadcast GmbH, Baden Baden

Curriculum vitae
Member of the Supervisory Board since 17.05.2018
The term in office will end upon close of the AGM 2023

Member of the steering committee

Personal data
Year of birth: 158
Place of birth: Offenburg
Nationality: German

Education
1973 – 1976 Ausbildung zum Fernmeldehandwerker

Professional carrer
2016 – today Independent Works Council representative
2016 – 2006 Operating Service Team MEDIA BROADCAST GmbH
2006 – 1987 T-Systems, Telekom, Broadcast technology
1987 – 1976 Planning, Construction Management Telecommunications

Further mandates
Spokesman of the Federal Government Expert Group ver.di MEDIA BROADCAST GmbH

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Thomas Reimann

Division manager "Billing & Backend" at mobilcom debitel GmbH, Büdelsdorf

Curriculum vitae
Member of the Supervisory Board since 01.04.2017
The term in office will end upon close of the AGM 2023

Personal data
Year of birth: 1963
Place of birth: Düsseldorf
Nationality: German

Education
1984-1993 Studies of business management, Cologne

Professional carreer
1993 Project manager, deputy department manager "Billing" at Deutscher Kraftverkehr GmbH + Co. KG, Düsseldorf
1998 Department manager "Billing" at Talkline GmbH + Co. KG, Elmshorn
2008 Head of department "Production" at debitel AG, Elmshorn and Stuttgart
2009 Head of department "Development Billing & CustomerCare" at mobilcom Communicationstechnik GmbH, Büdelsdorf, Elmshorn and Stuttgart
2011 CTO at gateprotect AG, Hamburg
2012 Division manager "Transformation & Strategy" at mobilcom debitel GmbH, Büdelsdorf
Since 2015 Division manager "Testing & Commissioning" at mobilcom debitel GmbH, Büdelsdorf
Since 2018 Division manager "Billing & Backend" at mobilcom debitel GmbH, Büdelsdorf

No further mandates

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Steering Committee

Members:
Prof Dr Helmut Thoma (Chairman), Thorsten Kraemer, Knut Mackeprang, Gerhard Huck

The steering committee discusses central themes and prepares Supervisory Board resolutions. It can take the place of the Supervisory Board, with the required approval of the Executive Board in accordance with the latter’s rules of procedure, in deciding on measures and transactions of the Executive Board, insofar as the matter in question cannot be deferred and it is not possible for the Supervisory Board to make an appropriate decision within the time available.

Personnel Committee

Members:
Prof Dr Helmut Thoma (Chairman), Sabine Christiansen, Claudia Anderleit, Knut Mackeprang

The personnel committee prepares the Supervisory Board’s personnel decisions. It submits to the Supervisory Board proposals for decisions on the Executive Board’s remuneration, the remuneration system and regular scrutiny of that system. The committee makes decisions in place of the Supervisory Board – but subject to mandatory responsibilities of the Supervisory Board – on Executive Board members’ business that is relevant for personnel.

Audit Committee

Members:
Robert Weidinger (Chairman), Marc Tüngler, Bente Brandt, Thomas Reimann

The audit committee concerns itself with the monitoring of the accounting process, the effectiveness of the internal control system, the risk management system and the internal auditing system, and financial statements auditing, in the latter case especially with regard to the auditor’s independence and the additional services rendered by the auditor. It also concerns itself with compliance-related issues.

Mediation Committee

Members:
Prof Dr Helmut Thoma (Chairman), Fränzi Kühne, Knut Mackeprang,Theo-Benneke Bretsch

The mediation committee is constituted in accordance with section 27 (3) of the German Co-determination Act (MitbestG) so that it can perform the task described in section 31 (3) sentence 1 MitbestG.

Nomination Committee

Members:
Prof Dr Helmut Thoma (Chairman), Sabine Christiansen, Marc Tüngler

The nomination committee has the task of suggesting suitable candidates to the Supervisory Board for proposal to the Annual General Meeting in the run-up to new elections.

Chairman of the Supervisory Board
Prof Dr Helmut Thoma
Additional information


Additional information on the duties and the functioning of the Supervisory Board can be found in the Supervisory Board report of the current Annual Report and the corporate management statement.

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Corporate management statement

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