Franz Josef Nick, born in Freigericht on 10 February 1959, became a member of the company’s Supervisory Board on 20 November 2017 and the Chairman of the Supervisory Board on 1 January 2019. Having obtained a law degree and having completed a legal clerkship in Würzburg, he joined Frankfurt-based Citibank AG as a fully qualified lawyer in 1988 and went on to serve in a variety of managerial roles. In 2001 Mr Nick transferred to the group’s retail arm, Citibank Privatkunden AG, where he was appointed to the managing board in 2002. From 2008 to 2015 Mr Nick served as chairman of the managing board of TARGOBANK AG KGaA (previously: Citibank Privatkunden AG). Moreover, Mr Nick sat on the supervisory boards of SCHUFA Holding AG (2002 – 2015) and Targo Versicherung AG (2011 – 2015). Since 2016, Mr Nick has run his own law office and acted as managing shareholder of Maleki International Services For Finance GmbH. His work focuses on advising foreign companies doing or contemplating business in Germany.
Dr. Ludolf von Wartenberg, born on 22 September 1941 in Fürstenwalde/Spree, has been a member of the Supervisory Board of the company since 20 May 2010. After graduating in national economy and economic history studies in Hannover, Belfast and Göttingen, Dr. von Wartenberg finished his education as a business consultant at the Handwerkskammer Hannover and has been a cooperation partner at Norddeutsches Handwerk. From 1970 to 1976 Dr. von Wartenberg was a member of the Niedersächsischer Landtag and from 1972 to 1976 he was a member of the Management of the Zentralverband der Deutschen Haus-, Wohnungs- und Grundeigentümer e.V. in Düsseldorf. From 1976 to 1990, Dr. von Wartenberg was a member of the Deutscher Bundestag and until 1987 a full member in the finance committee and deputy member in the economic committee (Chairman of the CDU/CSU parliamentary party in the finance committee; General Rapporteur for the Economic Committee in the North Atlantic Assembly). From 1985 to 1987, Dr. von Wartenberg worked as director at Hannover Rückversicherung AG in Hannover and afterwards until 1989 as parliamentary secretary for the Federal minister for economy. From 1990 to 2006, Dr. von Wartenberg has been the managing director of the Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie (BDI) and parallel until 2008 a member of the committee at Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie (BDI). Dr. von Wartenberg currently holds the position as chairman of the administrative board of Industrie-Pensions-Verein e.V., Berlin, and he is chairman of the board of trustees of Hanns Martin Schleyer-Stiftung and of the Institut Finanzen und Steuern e.V., Berlin.
Prof. Dr. Wulf-W. Lapins, Munich, has been a member of the Company’s Supervisory Board since 24 August 2018.
After two study courses in Düsseldorf and Bonn with a focus on social psychology, political adult education, international politics, history and educational psychology, he taught for two years until 1986 at the Bundeswehr University in Munich.
After six years of foreign policy research for a globally active German political foundation, he headed the national offices of this organization in the Baltic States, Eastern Europe, the Southern Caucasus, Central Asia and the Western Balkans from 1993 to June 2019.
He was responsible for finance and political project management and has published numerous scientific papers on selected foreign policy issues in these five geographical regions.
In his new field of work, he acts as scientific peer review expert, senior fellow researcher and academic mentor.
Bianca Engel, born on 15 July 1976 in Bad Salzungen/Thuringia, has been a member of the Company’s Supervisory Board since 5 July 2019. In 2000, she began her professional career at PricewaterhouseCoopers AG WPG after completing her studies in business administration at the Faculty of Economics of the Georg-August-University of Göttingen and at the National University of Galway in Galway/Ireland. She was appointed tax consultant in 2004, auditor in 2006 and worked as manager and authorized signatory in the area of assurance. In 2012, she joined MSC Schwarzer Albus GmbH WPG StBG RAG in Erfurt as an authorized signatory. Since 2014, Mrs. Engel has worked as Partner Counsel and Site Manager at invra Treuhand AG Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft in Erfurt, a company of the BBH Group. In addition to auditing annual and consolidated financial statements in accordance with commercial law and international accounting principles, her main areas of practice include special audits, business and tax advice and client seminars.