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Changes on the supervisory board of Robert Bosch GmbH

  • Hartwig Geisel to retire from the supervisory board of Robert Bosch GmbH.
  • Frank Sell to join the supervisory board as new deputy chairman.
Melita Delic

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Stuttgart, Germany – The end of March will see changes in the employee representatives on the supervisory board of Robert Bosch GmbH. Hartwig Geisel (60) will be stepping down as deputy chairman of the supervisory board of Robert Bosch GmbH at midnight on March 27, 2020, and retiring from the board. He has worked for the company for nearly 46 years. Geisel began his Bosch career in 1974 as an apprentice machine fitter and, as the youth and apprentices’ representative at the Feuerbach location, showed his social commitment from an early stage. Geisel has been chairman of the central works council of Robert Bosch GmbH since 2017. In 2018, he assumed the position of deputy chairman of the Bosch supervisory board, which he had been a member of since 2007. Franz Fehrenbach, the chairman of the supervisory board of Robert Bosch GmbH and the managing partner of Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG, said that Geisel had been instrumental in upholding the trustworthy social partnership at Bosch: “The members of our governing bodies always had a lot of respect for Hartwig Geisel, who was well-known for his level-headed, solution-driven demeanor. With his experience and constructive arguments, he played an active part in shaping the change in the world of work, and helped achieve a consensus in many decision-making processes.”

Effective March 28, 2020, Geisel’s place as deputy chairman of the supervisory board and chairman of the Robert Bosch GmbH central works council will be taken by Frank Sell (44). As chairman of the works council in Feuerbach, Sell has been representing Bosch employees’ interests since 2017. “We wish Frank Sell all the best and every success with his tasks,” Fehrenbach said.

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About Bosch

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 421,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2022). The company generated sales of 88.2 billion euros in 2022. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. As a leading IoT provider, Bosch offers innovative solutions for smart homes, Industry 4.0, and connected mobility. Bosch is pursuing a vision of mobility that is sustainable, safe, and exciting. It uses its expertise in sensor technology, software, and services, as well as its own IoT cloud, to offer its customers connected, cross-domain solutions from a single source. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to facilitate connected living with products and solutions that either contain artificial intelligence (AI) or have been developed or manufactured with its help. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.” The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 470 subsidiary and regional companies in over 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing, engineering, and sales network covers nearly every country in the world. With its more than 400 locations worldwide, the Bosch Group has been carbon neutral since the first quarter of 2020. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. At 136 locations across the globe, Bosch employs some 85,500 associates in research and development, of which nearly 44,000 are software engineers.

The company was set up in Stuttgart in 1886 by Robert Bosch (1861–1942) as “Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering.” The special ownership structure of Robert Bosch GmbH guarantees the entrepreneurial freedom of the Bosch Group, making it possible for the company to plan over the long term and to undertake significant upfront investments in the safeguarding of its future. Ninety-four percent of the share capital of Robert Bosch GmbH is held by Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH, a charitable foundation. The remaining shares are held by Robert Bosch GmbH and by a corporation owned by the Bosch family. The majority of voting rights are held by Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG, an industrial trust. The entrepreneurial ownership functions are carried out by the trust.

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