The Supervisory Board of Symrise AG has elected Dr. Winfried Steeger (69) as Chairman of the Supervisory Board at its ordinary meeting today. Dr. Steeger succeeds Dr. Thomas Rabe (54), who will resign as Chairman at his own request but will continue to serve the Company in his function as a member of the Supervisory Board. Dr. Steeger is a lawyer and Managing Director of the Jahr Group. He has been a member of the Supervisory Board of Symrise AG since 2012. His election as Chairman ensures continuity for the successful further development of Symrise.
"I have been with Symrise for a long time and look forward to advising the Company now as Chairman of the Supervisory Board. On behalf of the Supervisory Board, I would like to thank Dr. Rabe for his excellent work. We are pleased that he will stay with us as a valuable member of the Supervisory Board. We will continue our future tasks constructively together with the Executive Board of Symrise AG," said Dr. Winfried Steeger.
"We very much welcome that Dr. Steeger has assumed the position of Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Symrise AG. Dr. Steeger is a proven expert with many years of leadership experience. He brings the best qualifications to provide the Executive Board with comprehensive advice," said Dr. Heinz-Jürgen Bertram, CEO of Symrise AG.
Dr. Steeger began his professional career in 1979 as a legal counsel and later as a partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer L.L.P. Since 2011 he has been Managing Director of the Jahr Group in Hamburg. On 15 May 2012, he was elected to the Supervisory Board by the Annual General Meeting of Symrise AG.
Dr. Rabe announced his resignation as Chairman of the Supervisory Board already in April 2019. It is related to his election to the Supervisory Board of Adidas.