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New faces at Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG and on the supervisory board of Robert Bosch GmbH

  • Dr. Siegfried Dais steps down from Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG.
  • Prof. Stefan Asenkerschbaumer to replace Dais.
  • Alfred Löckle to retire from the supervisory board of Robert Bosch GmbH.
  • Hartwig Geisel to become new deputy chairman of the supervisory board.
  • Karin Solda newly appointed to the supervisory board.
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Stuttgart, Germany – There have been changes in the composition of Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG (RBIK) and of the Robert Bosch GmbH supervisory board.

New faces in Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG

At the end of the year, Dr. Siegfried Dais’s term of office with Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG (RBIK) will end, and he will retire. Dais (69) had been a member of this body since 2007. Prior to that time, he was a member of the Bosch board of management, where his responsibilities included research and advance engineering. From 2004 to 2007, he was the management board’s deputy chairman. Dais served the Bosch Group for nearly 40 years in all. Franz Fehrenbach, the managing partner of the RBIK and chairman of the supervisory board of Robert Bosch GmbH, paid tribute to Dais’s successful career: “Siegfried Dais was a pioneer of the internet of things. He set the stage for connected manufacturing, at Bosch and beyond. He was one of the first to recognize the value of data and the possibilities they offer, also for our plants. On a personal level, he was someone capable of analyzing every last detail of complex technical matters, but also of thinking synthetically in terms of connected systems.”

Effective January 1, 2018, Prof. Stefan Asenkerschbaumer (61) will be made a limited partner in the group of RBIK shareholders. The deputy chairman of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH, Asenkerschbaumer has been with the company since 1987. His areas of responsibility include finance, accounting, and controlling, as well as the IT and purchasing and logistics corporate sectors.

Changes on the supervisory board of Robert Bosch GmbH

For age reasons, Alfred Löckle (64) will be stepping down as deputy chairman of the supervisory board of Robert Bosch GmbH effective December 31, 2017, and retiring from the board. He has worked for the company for 45 years. Following an apprenticeship as a mechanic, he worked as a pattern maker, while also gaining further qualifications as a technology specialist. Löckle has been an employee representative since 1981, and became chairman of the central and combined works councils of Robert Bosch GmbH in 2006. In the same year, he was appointed deputy chairman of the Bosch supervisory board. Franz Fehrenbach thanked Löckle for his many years of service, which he saw as typical of the German ideal of “social partnership”: “Alfred Löckle’s work was always characterized by wisdom and circumspection. He never loses his temper, but listens and uses the power of argument. He showed a lot of farsightedness in thinking through the implications of automation and digitalization for the factories of the future. And critically, but always also constructively, he kept track of these changes in the modern work environment.”

Effective January 1, 2018, Löckle’s successor as deputy chairman of the supervisory board will be Hartwig Geisel (58). Geisel is chairman of the central works council of Robert Bosch GmbH, and has been on the supervisory board since 2007.

Also effective January 1, 2018, Karin Solda (51) will be appointed to the supervisory board as an employee representative. She is the chair of the works council at the Leinfelden-Echterdingen location and of the central works council of Robert Bosch Power Tools GmbH.

About Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG

RBIK carries out the entrepreneurial ownership functions at Robert Bosch GmbH. The role of Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand (industrial trust) is the result of the distinctive corporate constitution of Robert Bosch GmbH. It came into force in 1964, and safeguards the lifework of the company founder Robert Bosch (1861 to 1942). Ninety-two percent of the share capital of Robert Bosch GmbH is held by Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH, a charitable foundation. The majority of voting rights are held by Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG. The remaining shares are held by the Bosch family and by Robert Bosch GmbH. Aside from Prof. Stefan Asenkerschbaumer, the RBIK comprises the following members: The two managing partners are Franz Fehrenbach and Dr. Wolfgang Malchow. The other shareholders are Dr. Christof Bosch, representing the Bosch family, Dr. Volkmar Denner, chairman of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH, Prof. Lino Guzella, president of ETH Zurich, Dr. Jürgen Hambrecht, chairman of the directors of BASF SE, Professor Lars G. Josefsson, former president and CEO of Vattenfall AG, Prof. Renate Köcher, managing director of the Allensbach institute for public opinion research, and Urs B. Rinderknecht, former chief executive of the Swiss bank UBS.

About Bosch

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 402,600 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2021). The company generated sales of 78.7 billion euros in 2021. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, 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 440 subsidiary and regional companies in some 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 128 locations across the globe, Bosch employs some 76,100 associates in research and development, of which more than 38,000 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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