Dr. Wolfgang C. Berndt, Dr. Bernhard Düttmann, Hauke Stars and Hans van Bylen will leave the Supervisory Board.
At the request of the GfK Verein, GfK's majority shareholder, the Supervisory Board has nominated Prof. Dieter Kempf, former CEO of DATEV eG, the Members of the Executive Board of GfK Verein, Ralf Klein-Bölting and Prof. Dr. Raimund Wildner, as well as Bruno Piacenza, Member of the Management Board of Henkel Management AG, for election to the Supervisory Board.
Changes to the Supervisory Board were anticipated since last year as upon his re-election, Dr. Wolfgang C. Berndt had already announced that he would resign from the Supervisory Board in light of the maximum tenure laid out in the Corporate Governance codex. In addition, Hauke Stars, Member of the Management Board of Deutsche Börse AG, had informed GfK already at the end of last year, as did Dr. Bernhard Düttmann recently, that they would resign before completion of their term. As Hans van Bylen is to become CEO of Henkel Management AG, he informed GfK at the end of March that he too would resign from the Supervisory Board effective April 30, 2016.
"The outgoing Supervisory Board members have done an excellent job for GfK for many years. I most sincerely thank them for their outstanding efforts. I look forward to working in the new team setup, as the candidates also bring significant experience and competency to the Supervisory Board," said Dr. Arno Mahlert, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of GfK SE.
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