Our group operates a dual management structure consisting of an Executive Board and a Supervisory Board

Our Executive Board manages the company with the ultimate aim of increasing our company’s value. The Supervisory Board oversees and advises the Executive Board on matters such as business development, planning, strategy and risk mitigation.

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Striving for economic success is what drives us. At board level, we encourage our teams to create innovative solutions that look beyond the classic areas of flavors and fragrances.

Our management at Symrise

The overarching focus of both our Executive and Supervisory Board is to drive the Symrise Group’s sustainable, long-term success. The two boards meet regularly to discuss business development, planning, strategy and risk mitigation. In compliance with the German Codetermination Act (MitbestG).

Dr. Heinz-Jürgen Bertram

Chief Executive Officer

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Dr. Heinz-Jürgen Bertram

Chief Executive Officer

Personal data

Date of birth: September 18, 1958
Place of birth: Landwehr, Germany


Qualifications

1985: Chemistry degree
1987: Chemistry PhD


Career history

1985: Various management positions in Research & Development at the Bayer Group, the Haarmann & Reimer-Group und Symrise GmbH & Co KG
2003: Symrise GmbH & Co KG, Global Head of the Aroma Chemicals Division
2004: Symrise GmbH & Co KG, Global Head of Operations
2006: Symrise AG, Global Head of Flavor & Nutrition
2006: Symrise AG, Member of the Executive Board
2009: Symrise AG, Chief Executive Officer


Membership of statutory supervisory boards of other German companies

None
 

Membership of comparable supervisory bodies (in Germany or abroad)

None

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Olaf Klinger

Chief Financial Officer

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Olaf Klinger

Chief Financial Officer

Personal data

Date of birth: May 09, 1965
Place of birth: Heide, Germany


Qualifications  

1992: Completion of studies in business administration, awarded degree in business


Career history  

1993: Mannesmann AG, Finance department
1996: Mannesmann Corp./USA, Head of treasury 
2002: Merck KGaA, Head of global financial organization   
2015: AMEOS Group Switzerland, CFO (Member of Executive Board)    
2016: Symrise AG, Chief Financial Officer


Membership of statutory supervisory boards of other German companies

None


Membership of comparable supervisory bodies (in Germany or abroad)

None

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Achim Daub

President Scent & Care

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Achim Daub

President Scent & Care

Personal data

Date of birth: May 22, 1962
Place of birth: Mannheim, Germany


Qualifications

1990: Economics degree


Career history

1990: various positions within the Procter & Gamble Group
2001: Coty GmbH, Managing Director for Germany/Austria/Switzerland
2004: various management positions at Scent & Care within the Symrise Group in Germany, France and the USA
since 12/2006: Symrise AG, Global President Scent & Care


Membership of statutory supervisory boards of other German companies

None
 

Membership of comparable supervisory bodies (in Germany or abroad)

None

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Heinrich Schaper

President Flavor

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Heinrich Schaper

President Flavor

Personal data

Date of birth: June 06, 1956
Place of birth: Holzminden, Germany


Career history*

1978: various management positions at the Haarmann & Reimer Group and Symrise AG
1978: Sales Manager for Flavor
1985: Head of Sales Flavor Europe
1988: Head of the Flavor Division in the UK
1991: Head of Sales Flavor Europe
1997: Vice President Flavor in the US
2000: Regional Head Flavor EAME
2014: Global Head of the Flavor Division
since 10/2016: Symrise AG, President Flavor Division

* all positions with Symrise


Membership of statutory supervisory boards of other German companies

None
 

Membership of comparable supervisory bodies (in Germany or abroad)

None

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Dr. Jean-Yves Parisot

President Nutrition (Diana)

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Dr. Jean-Yves Parisot

President Nutrition (Diana)

Personal data

Date of birth: February 07, 1964
Place of birth: Lunéville, France


Qualifications

1988: University degree in veterinary medicine and MBA HEC Paris


Career history

1989: Sales & Marketing Pfizer
1990: Product Manager/Head for Europe at Merial (Rhone Poulenc Group)
1996: General Manager Rhone Poulenc Polen
2000: Head of "Prepared Food“ Business Unit Food Rhodia & Vice President for Europe
2004: Vice President Gobal Marketing & Sales Development Danisco
2006: Global Market Director „Food and Pharma“Air Liquide
2009: Head of the Food Division Diana
since 2014: Head of the Diana Division at Symrise
2016: Symrise AG, President Nutrition (DIANA)


Membership of statutory supervisory boards of other German companies

None

Membership of comparable supervisory bodies (in Germany or abroad)

Probi AB, Lund, Sweden, Chairman of the Supervisory Board
VetAgroSup, Lyon, France, Chairman of the Supervisory Board

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Dr. Thomas Rabe (Chairman)

Chief Executive Officer at Bertelsmann Management SE (Chairman of the Supervisory Board)

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Dr. Thomas Rabe (Chairman)

Chief Executive Officer at Bertelsmann Management SE (Chairman of the Supervisory Board)

Personal Information


Date of birth: August 6, 1965
Place of birth: Luxembourg

Education

1983: High school diploma, École Européenne, Brussels RWTH Aachen University/University of Cologne Faculty of Economics
1989: Degree in Business University of Cologne
1995: Doctorate in Economics (Dr. rer.pol.)

Professional Career


1989: General Directorate for Financial Institutions and Company Law European Commission, Brussels
1990: Forrester Norall & Sutton (now White & Case), Brussels
1991: Treuhandanstalt, Berlin 
1993: Beteiligungsgesellschaft Neue Länder, Berlin
1996: Clearstream International, Luxembourg
1998: Clearstream International, Luxembourg, Chief Financial Officer
2000: RTL Group, Luxembourg, Member of the Executive Board
since 01/2006: Bertelsmann AG, Chief Financial Officer
since 01/2012: Bertelsmann Management SE, Chief Executive Office

Membership in Legally Mandated Domestic Supervisory Boards 
Symrise AG, Holzminden, Chairman of the Supervisory Board

Membership in Comparable Supervisory Bodies (Domestic and International) 

Bertelsmann Inc., Wilmington, USA, Chairman of the Supervisory Board
RTL Group S.A., Luxembourg, Chairman of the Supervisory Board
Penguin Random House LLC, UK, Chairman of the Supervisory Board (since January 1, 2018)
Bertelsmann Learning LLC., New York, USA, Member of the Supervisory Board
Relias Learning LLC, Cary, USA, Member of the Supervisory Board

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Ursula Buck

Managing Director of Top Managementberatung BuckConsult

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Ursula Buck

Managing Director of Top Managementberatung BuckConsult

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Date of birth: October 24, 1961
Place of birth: Ulm, Germany

Education

1981: High school diploma, Wirtschaftsgymnasium Ulm
1986: Degree in Business Economics at the University of Augsburg, Faculty of Business and Economics

Professional Career


1987–1993: McKinsey & Company, New York (USA), Düsseldorf, Munich, Consultant
1993–1998: Hugo Boss, Metzingen, Director of Strategic Planning/Director of Licenses
1999: Valentino S.p.A., Rom/Italy, Head of Marketing/Productmanagement/Licenses
2000–2002: Willy Bogner GmbH & Co. KG, Munich, Geschäftsführerin Strateg. Planung/Lizenzen
2002–2012: Esprit Holdings, Ratingen, Executive Director of Product & Licenses
since 2013: Top Managementberatung BuckConsult, Munich, Managing Director

Membership in Legally Mandated Domestic Supervisory Boards
Symrise AG, Holzminden, Member of the Supervisory Board

Membership in Comparable Supervisory Bodies (Domestic and international)
None

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Harald Feist

Chairman of the works council and Chairman of the general works council at Symrise AG

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Harald Feist

Chairman of the works council and Chairman of the general works council at Symrise AG

Personal Information


Date of birth: November 5, 1962
Place of birth: Stadtoldendorf, Germany

Education

1982: High school diploma
1984: Industrial clerk at Dragoco Gerberding GmbH & Co. GmbH

Professional Career


1984-1988: Flavor sales clerk at Dragoco
1988-1992: Team leader for foreign sales at DEUTSCHE SPEZIALGLAS AG
1992-2006: Various sales positions at Haarmann & Reimer GmbH and Symrise GmbH & Co. KG in the Flavor division
since 2006: Pricing Manager EAME in the Flavor & Nutrition division at Symrise AG
since 2010: Member of the Holzminden works council at Symrise AG
since 07/2013: Vice Chairman of the works council and Vice Chairman of the general works council at Symrise AG
since 03/2018: Chairman of the works council of Symrise AG and Chairman of the general works council of Symrise AG

Membership in Legally Mandated Domestic Supervisory Boards

Symrise AG, Holzminden, Member of the Supervisory Board

Membership in Comparable Domestic and Foreign Supervisory Bodies

None

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Horst-Otto Gerberding

Managing Director at Gottfried Friedrichs (GmbH & Co.) KG

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Horst-Otto Gerberding

Managing Director at Gottfried Friedrichs (GmbH & Co.) KG

Personal Information


Date of birth: July 8, 1952
Place of birth: Göttingen, Germany

Education

1973: High school diploma
1975: BHF Bank Frankfurt, Bank Clerk
1979: Western Washington University, 
Bellingham, WA (USA)
BA Business Administration

Professional Career


1979–1980: Dragoco GmbH Holzminden and Vienna
1981–1993: Dragoco Gerberding & Co. GmbH, Managing Partner
1993–2002: Dragoco Gerberding & Co. AG, Chairman of the Executive Board
2002–2003: Symrise GmbH & Co. KG, Chairman of the Board
2003–2006: Symrise GmbH & Co. KG, Deputy Advisory Board Chairman
since 2004: Gerberding Vermögensverwaltungs GmbH & Co. KG, Managing Director
since 2007: Drago Invest GmbH & Co. KG, Managing Director
since 2013: Gottfried Friedrichs (GmbH & Co.) KG, Hamburg, Managing Director

Membership in Legally Mandated Domestic Supervisory Boards

Symrise AG, Holzminden, Member of the Supervisory Board

Membership in Comparable Supervisory Bodies (Domestic and international)

None

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Bernd Hirsch

Chief Financial Officer of Bertelsmann Management SE

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Bernd Hirsch

Chief Financial Officer of Bertelsmann Management SE

Personal Information


Date of birth: July 24, 1970
Place of birth: Ellwangen

Education

1989: High school graduation (Abitur)
1998: Study of business economics (Diplom-Betriebswirt)

Professional Career


1998-2001: Wirtschaftsprüfungs- und Steuerberatungsgesellschaft Arthur Andersen, Audit Manager
2001-2002: Carl Zeiss-Grippe, Head of Mergers & Acquistions
2002-2009: Carl Zeiss Meditec AG, Member of the Executive Board / Chief Financial Officer
2009-2015: Symrise AG, Member of the Executive Board / Chief Financial Officer
since 04/2016: Bertelsmann Management SE, Chief Financial Officer

Membership in Legally Mandated Domestic Supervisory Boards

Symrise AG, Holzminden, Member of the Supervisory Board
Evotec AG, Hamburg, Vice Chairman of the Supervisory Board

Membership in Comparable Supervisory Bodies (Domestic and International)

Bertelsmann Inc., Wilmington, USA, Member of the Supervisory Board
Penguin Random House LLC, UK, Member of the Supervisory Board
RTL Group S.A., Luxembourg, Member of the Supervisory Board

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André Kirchhoff

Independent member of the works council at Symrise AG

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André Kirchhoff

Independent member of the works council at Symrise AG

Personal Information


Date of birth: August 20, 1965
Place of birth: Stadtoldendorf, Germany

Education

1982: Secondary school certificate
1982–1983: BGJ Electro
1983-1986: Apprenticeship as power plant technician at Haarmann & Reimer GmbH

Professional Career


1986-2003: Haarmann & Reimer GmbH
2003-2006: Symrise GmbH & Co KG
2006-06/2016: Tesium GmbH
since 07/2016: Independent member of the works council at Symrise AG

Membership in Legally Mandated Domestic Supervisory Boards

Symrise AG, Holzminden, Member of the Supervisory Board

Membership in Comparable Supervisory Bodies (Domestic and International)

None

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Jeanette Kurtgil

IG BCE trade union secretary for the North region

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Jeanette Kurtgil

IG BCE trade union secretary for the North region

Personal Information


Date of birth: March 15, 1982
Place of birth: Schönebeck, Germany

Education

2001: High school diploma at Gymnasium Himmelsthür, Hildesheim
2001-2008: Degree in Social Sciences from Georg-August University in Göttingen (Diplom)

Professional Career


2008-2009: Youth officer for the IG BCE in the Mainfranken and Nuremberg districts
2010: Trainee trade union secretary in the Augsburg district and in Baden-Wuerttemberg for IG BCE
2010-2012: IG BCE trade union secretary for Kassel district
since 2012: IG BCE trade union secretary for the North region

Membership in Legally Mandated Domestic Supervisory Boards

Symrise AG, Holzminden, Member of the Supervisory Board

Membership in Comparable Supervisory Bodies (Domestic and International)

Esco GmbH, Hanover, Member of the Advisory Board

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Prof. Dr. Andrea Pfeifer

Chief Executive Officer at AC Immune S.A.

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Prof. Dr. Andrea Pfeifer

Chief Executive Officer at AC Immune S.A.

Personal Information


Date of birth: September 26, 1957
Place of birth: Munich, Germany

Education

1981: Pharmacist
1999: Toxicologist

Professional Career


1989: Management positions in the Nestlé Group: 
Management of Life Sciences; Global Head of Nestlé Research; 
Global Science and Technology Alliance Management

since 2003: Founder and Chief Executive Officer, AC Immune S.A.

Membership in Legally Mandated Domestic Supervisory Boards

Symrise AG, Holzminden, Member of the Supervisory Board

Membership in Comparable Supervisory Bodies (Domestic and International)

Bio MedInvest AG, Basel, Switzerland, Chairperson of the Board of Directors
AB2 Bio SA, Lausanne, Switzerland, Chairperson of the Board of Directors

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Andrea Püttcher

Vice Chairperson of the works council and Vice Chairperson of the general works council at Symrise AG

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Andrea Püttcher

Vice Chairperson of the works council and Vice Chairperson of the general works council at Symrise AG

Personal Information

Date of birth: October 4, 1977
Place of birth: Holzminden, Germany

Education

1997 High school diploma
1999 Industrial clerk at Haarmann & Reimer GmbH
2003 Specialist for Marketing (IHK)

Professional Career


1999-2005 Fragrance/CI Sales Clerk
2005-2011 Purchasing Assistant S&C
2011-2016 Global Marketing Manager Menthol
since 2002: Member of the Holzminden works council at Symrise AG
since 03/2018: Vice Chairperson of the works council and Vice Chairperson of the general works council at Symrise AG

Membership in Legally Mandated Domestic Supervisory Boards

Symrise AG, Holzminden, Member of the Supervisory Board

Membership in Comparable Supervisory Bodies (Domestic and international)

None

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Dr. Winfried Steeger

Chief Executive Officer at Jahr Holding GmbH & Co. KG

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Dr. Winfried Steeger

Chief Executive Officer at Jahr Holding GmbH & Co. KG

Personal Information

Date of birth: November 30, 1949

Place of birth: Hamburg, Germany

Education

1970–1971: High school diploma and military service
1972: Degree in mathematics, computer science and law
1975: First State examination in law
1976–1977: Positions at Deutsche Bank and the Herbert Smith law firm in London
1978: Second State examination in law
1978–1981: Positions as an assistant and work toward doctorate
1981: Awarded doctorate in law Hamburg/Berlin

Professional Career

05/1979–04/2011: Attorney with the Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer law firm, and its predecessors Bruckhaus Westrick Stegemann, formerly Stegemann, Sieveking, Lutteroth Steeger, and Steeger Tiefenbacher Heibey
1984–04/2011: Partner of the law firm
since 04/2011: Jahr Holding GmbH & Co KG, Hamburg, Managing Director

Membership in Legally Mandated Domestic Supervisory Boards

Symrise AG, Holzminden, Member of the Supervisory Board
Verwaltungsgesellschaft Otto mbh, Hamburg, Member of the Supervisory Board
EUROKAI GmbH & Co. KGaA, Hamburg, Chairman of the Supervisory Board
Blue Elephant Energy AG, Hamburg, Member of the Supervisory Board

Membership in Comparable Domestic and Foreign Supervisory Bodies

August Prien Verwaltung GmbH, Hamburg, Chairman of the Supervisory Board
EUROGATE Geschäftsführungs-GmbH & Co KGaA, Bremen, Member of the Supervisory Board
Familie Thomas Eckelmann Verwaltungsgesellschaft mbH, Hamburg, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors
Kurt F.W.A. Eckelmann GmbH, Hamburg, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors
Familie Thomas Eckelmann GmbH & Co. KG, Hamburg, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors

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Dr. Ludwig Tumbrink

Vice President Compounding Flavor EAME at Symrise AG

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Dr. Ludwig Tumbrink

Vice President Compounding Flavor EAME at Symrise AG

Personal Information


Date of birth: May 17, 1953
Place of birth: Tawern, Germany

Education

1971: High school diploma
1971-1978: Degree in chemistry from RWTH Aachen University (Diplom)
1979-1982: Dissertation in organic chemistry

Professional Career


1982-1988: Research laboratory manager at Dragoco Gerberding & Co. AG
1989-2002: Head of production for flavor production at Dragoco Gerberding & Co. AG
2002-2009: Head of production for various flavor production departments at Symrise GmbH & Co KG, Holzminden, in EAME and global support; temporarily responsible for cosmetic production in Holzminden
since 2009: Symrise AG, Vice President Compounding Flavor EAME, Holzminden

Membership in Legally Mandated Domestic Supervisory Boards

Symrise AG, Holzminden, Member of the Supervisory Board

Membership in Comparable Supervisory Bodies (Domestic and International)

None

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Peter Winklemann

Regional Head of the IG BCE district Alfeld

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Peter Winklemann

Regional Head of the IG BCE district Alfeld

Personal Information


Date of birth: October 17, 1958
Place of birth: Wuppertal, Germany

Education

1976: Fachoberschulreife Berufsfachschule Textiltechnik
1976-1979: Ausbildung als Laborant bei der AKZO AG in Wuppertal

Professional Career


1983: Sekretär zur Ausbildung bei der IG Chemie, Papier, Keramik im Bezirk Leverkusen
1984: Gewerkschaftssekretär bei der IG Chemie, Papier, Keramik im Bezirk Leverkusen
01/1985-02/1988: Wechsel in die Verwaltungsstelle Alfeld
03/1988-12/1997: Wechsel in die Landesbezirksleitung Nord, Hannover
since 1998: Regional Head of the IG BCE district Alfeld

Membership in Legally Mandated Domestic Supervisory Boards

Symrise AG, Holzminden, Member of the Supervisory Board
amedes Holding GmbH, Hamburg, Vice Chairman of the Supervisory Board
aenova Holding GmbH, Starnberg, Vice Chairman of the Supervisory Board

Membership in Comparable Supervisory Bodies (Domestic and International) 

None

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