New strategic direction at Haniel: Focus on growth and sustainability
Growth phase requires further development of Haniel culture: Haniel Group to become more modern, bold and performance-oriented
The family-equity company Haniel is starting its next chapter with its new strategic positioning: Following the successful financial consolidation, Haniel will return to a growth path. The fundamental basis is the development of a modern, entrepreneurial culture. Furthermore, in future Haniel will only invest in companies that – in addition to return expectations towards the portfolio – also positively contribute to a future worth living. This will be supported by a new management approach, a realignment of the management Holding Company and a generational shift in the Supervisory Board.
CVs | Supervisory & Managing Board
Franz M. Haniel started his professional career in 1982 at Booz Allen & Hamilton, a leading international management consultancy company. In 1986, he moved to Herbert Quandt Erben in Bad Homburg. Between 2000 and 2006, Haniel headed Munich-based Giesecke & Devrient as Managing Director of the global chip card and solution business. Franz M. Haniel has been the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Franz Haniel & Cie. GmbH since 2003. He was Chairman of the Metro Group Supervisory Board from November 2007 to May 2010. Haniel is a member of the Supervisory Board of Heraeus Holding GmbH and Delton Technology SE, and a member of the Advisory Board of Tengelmann Verwaltungs- und Beteiligungs GmbH. Between 1976 and 1981 he studied mechanical engineering in Munich where he graduated with an Engineering degree. 1982 he obtained an MBA at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France.
Doreen Nowotne has been a member of Haniel’s Supervisory Board since April 2018. She worked for a total of 13 years in private equity, at UBS Capital and more recently as a partner at BC Partners, where she was in charge of both the acquisition and development of investment companies. Before becoming an independent management consultant in 2015, she was previously a member of the management and advisor to the shareholders of VAT Vakuumventile AG in Switzerland. A business administration graduate, Nowotne began her career in the audit department at Arthur Andersen in 1996. Nowotne is a member of the supervisory boards of Brenntag AG, Jenoptik AG and Lufthansa Technik AG.
Thomas Schmidt has been Chairman of Haniel’s Management Board and Chief Human Resources Officer since 1 July 2019. He is responsible not only for overall strategy, but also for Communications, Corporate Development/M&A, Human Resources, Internal Audit, Shareholders, and Schacht One. Schmidt was appointed to the Management Board in 2017 and was also Chairman of the Management Board of Haniel's division CWS until mid-2019, where he was responsible for the merger with Initial. The engineering graduate began his career in 1996 with various positions at the US group General Electric (GE). Schmidt subsequently moved to TE Connectivity Ltd in mid-2008 and President of TE Industrial in July 2010. Schmidt is a member of the Supervisory Board of TAKKT AG.
Dr Florian Funck has been a member of Haniel’s Management Board since 1 September 2011. He is responsible for Corporate Controlling, Corporate Finance, Corporate Legal, Internal Audit, Corporate Tax and Corporate General Services. As a doctor of business administration, he began his career at the Haniel Holding Company in 1999. In June 2004, he was appointed to the TAKKT Managing Board in Stuttgart, where he was responsible for Controlling and Finance. Funck is a member of the Supervisory Boards of CECONOMY AG, METRO AG, TAKKT AG and Vonovia SE.