15 September 2023 Press releases

Thomas Schmidt to resign from Haniel’s Management Board

Duisburg, September 15, 2023. Thomas Schmidt and the Supervisory Board have come to the mutual agreement that Thomas Schmidt's contract will not be extended. Consequently, Thomas Schmidt will prematurely retire from his position as CEO of Franz Haniel & Cie. GmbH. A difference of opinion regarding the implementation of Haniel's strategy is the reason for this decision. It was preceded by regular talks in September 2023 on a possible extension of Thomas Schmidt's contract, which runs until June 2024.

"On behalf of the entire Supervisory Board and on a very personal note, I would like to thank Thomas Schmidt for his commitment and what he has achieved in the past years. He has guided our company through challenging times and has been a key enabler of our Enkelfähig transformation. He has succeeded in renewing the foundations of our company and has brought about a fundamental cultural change," says Maximilian Schwaiger, Chairman of the Supervisory Board.

The Supervisory Board has initiated a structured succession process. Until the CEO position is filled, Henk Derksen, who will join the Haniel Management Board as CFO on October 1, 2023, will assume the executive duties on an interim basis. Dr. Florian Funck will support Henk Derksen in this role.

The shareholder family and the management of Haniel remain committed to the strategy and the guiding principle of Enkelfähig. They will continue to drive the transformation of the company. In the future, Haniel will continue to work on creating value for generations and live up to its ambitious commitment to building sustainable businesses.


Julia Heitmann

Head of Communications