Change on the adesso SE Supervisory Board

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Gottfried Koch to step down – Stefanie Kemp proposed as successor

Prof. Dr Gottfried Koch (71), member of the Supervisory Board of adesso SE, will step down from his role with effect from 30 September 2022. Koch has informed the Supervisory Board and Executive Board of adesso SE of his intention. Prof. Dr Koch has been a member of the Supervisory Board since June 2013. During his term of office, he advised on, reviewed and supported key decisions regarding the development of the business, such as the conversion to a Societas Europaea (SE), capital increases to fund growth and numerous strategic acquisitions. He has therefore played a major part in the Group’s successful expansion into one of the leading IT service providers in Europe. Stefanie Kemp (58) is set to succeed Prof. Dr Koch on the adesso SE Su-pervisory Board on 2 January 2023.

The Supervisory Board and the Executive Board of adesso SE would like to thank Prof. Dr Koch for his valuable and trusted contribution to the company over many years, and wish him all the best for the future. In accordance with the German Stock Corporation Act (AktG), adesso SE’s Supervisory Board and Executive Board will initiate the procedure to have Stefanie Kemp appointed as Prof. Dr Koch’s successor by a court on 2 January 2023. The election of Stefanie Kemp by the shareholders is scheduled to take place at the company’s next Annual General Meeting, which is due to be held in early June 2023.

Ms Kemp started out in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries, where she specialised in information technology at an early stage of her career. Her main areas of expertise are the transformation, innovation and digitalisation of companies. Ms Kemp, who lives in Düsseldorf, has been Chief Transformation Officer and a member of the management board of Sana Klin-iken AG since September 2022. She also sits on the supervisory board of FinBot AG, Meer-busch, and on the family advisory council of BJB GmbH & Co. KG, Arnsberg.

Previously, Ms Kemp was head of the German operations at the US software company Ora-cle and Chief IT Officer at several financial service providers and international family-run companies, as well as Chief Digital Officer (CDO) at the energy company RWE/innogy SE.

Prof. Dr Volker Gruhn, Chairman of the Supervisory Board and founder of adesso, has this to say about the change on the Supervisory Board: “In Stefanie Kemp, the Supervisory Board is gaining a superbly qualified candidate with experience in international corporate arenas. We are also absolutely thrilled to appoint our first woman to the adesso Supervisory Board. Ms Kemp’s credentials make her the perfect fit for our digitalisation business. In addition to her many years of management experience at home and around the world, she also possesses the in-depth technological and industry expertise needed to meet the requirements of our rap-idly growing adesso Group. We very much look forward to working with her on the Supervisory Board.”

And, in terms of the adesso initiative “She for IT – Promoting more women in IT”, Gruhn adds: “This appointment once again underscores our efforts to attract more women to management positions and executive bodies at adesso. This is a goal that we have been pursuing for many years and are achieving with increasing success.”

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