The duties of the supervisory board are complex.
Consequently, current and potential members of supervisory and advisory boards require extensive qualifications. The Government Commission on the German Corporate Governance Code has consistently included executive education for supervisory board members in their standards of conduct catalog. In this program, we offer a special approach in which board members and supervisory board members qualify supervisory board members.
Supervisory or advisory board members, managing directors, and executive advisory staff, who work closely with supervisory boards, as well as corporate counsel and corporate governance officers.
In an intensive exchange of experiences with active supervisory board members, participants will prepare themselves for future supervisory, administrative, and advisory tasks. They will deepen their knowledge and receive new input for the tasks ahead. At the same time, the foundation will be laid for a network of engaged, elected office holders that will last beyond the duration of the program.
Module 1: Requirements for the supervisory board
- Rights and obligations of the supervisory board; qualifications of the members; liability and insurance
- The daily operations of the supervisory board; cooperation with board of management
- The areas of supervision: corporate development, human resources development, supervisory board efficiency
Module 2: Finance and audit skills
- The areas of supervision: annual financial statements and risk management system
- Audit committee and financial expert
- Collaboration with the auditors
- Internal audits, compliance, corruption, and fraud
Module 3: Organizational and reporting competencies
- The organization of the supervisory board; supervisory board remuneration
- Periodic and aperiodic information to the supervisory board
- Internal and external communication; confidentiality
- Reporting to the general/annual or shareholders’ meeting
"Ich bin zwar seit 15 Jahren Aufsichtsratsmitglied, habe aber zu vielen wichtigen Punkten der Aufsichtsrarbeit ergänzende Informationen und Anregungen erhalten. Dieses Seminar war für meine zukünftige Arbeit als Aufsichtsrat sehr befruchtend und sollte auch im Weiterbildungsprogramm meiner AR-Kollegen stehen."
stellv. Vorsitzender des Aufsichtsrats, Schweizer Electronic AG, Schramberg
Meet the teaching staff
Prof. Dr. Dr. Manuel R. Theisen (Program Director)
Visiting Lecturer ESMT Berlin, co-founder and managing editor of the journal "Der Aufsichtsrat", and is a professor (currently on leave) of Business Administration at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, where he held the chair of General Business Administration, Taxation and Accounting, and Tax Law until the autumn of 2010. He is one of the most renowned corporate governance experts in Germany. His research interests also include the foundations and systems of business management monitoring, corporate taxation with respect to legal form, the international comparison of tax burdens on businesses, the taxation of affiliated companies, business management issues of corporate groups, and the theoretical aspects of science. Another focus of his work is the Societas Europaea (SE), the European Company.
Dr. Christoph Achenbach
Dr. Christoph Achenbach has 20 years of practical experience in various management positions. From 1997 onwards he was a member of the board of Quelle AG and became its chairman in 2001. After the merger with Karstadt he served as the CEO of KarstadtQuelle AG until 2005.
Subsequently, Achenbach was nominated CEO of Klingel, a family-owned corporate group. Following his time as a partner at the consulting company Intes, he founded the BfUN GmbH, Cologne, as a managing partner. In addition, he has for many years been a member and chairman of various advisory and supervisory boards.
His work as an advisor focuses on all matters regarding business succession within the family and the areas of corporate governance, advisory and supervisory boards. Furthermore, he is the co-editor of the journal "Der Aufsichtsrat" and the author of practice-oriented publications for professionals.
Prof. Dr. Werner Gleißner
Member of the board, FutureValue Group AG
Prof. Dr. Thorsten Grenz
Member of the supervisory board, Drägerwerk AG & Co. KGaA
Managing Director, Howden Germany GmbH
Dr. Peter Henning
Director supervisory board office, Deutsche Bank AG
Dr. Hans-Christoph Hirt
Co-Head of Hermes EOS, Hermes Investment Management
Dr. Alexander Jakob
Group Chief Auditor, Münchener Rückversicherungs-Gesellschaft
Prof. Dr. Jürgen Kluge
Member of numerous advisory boards including Schmitz Cargobull AG (chairman) and Fastems Oy Ab, the Little Scientists' House Foundation, the RWE Foundation and the Vodafone Institute for Society and Communications. He is also a senior advisor at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, operating out of Frankfurt and London, and a member of the BoAML Global Advisory Council.
Michael H. Kramarsch
Managing Partner, hkp Deutschland GmbH
Member of the ESMT Faculty, Head of Campus Schloss Gracht, ESMT Berlin
Dr. Sabine Maaßen
Member of the managing board, thyssenkrupp Marine Systems GmbH
Head of UBS Investment Bank Schweiz
Prof. Dr. Bernhard Pellens
Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Member of the supervisory board thyssenkrupp AG und LVM a.G.
Dr. Arno Probst
Partner, Deloitte GmbH Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft
Dr. Florian Schilling
Partner, Board Consultants International
Prof. Dr. Walter Rust
Partner, Mock-Rechtsanwälte, Berlin; chairman of the supervisory board, Teles AG und SHF Communications AG
Prof. Dr. Klaus Rüdiger Trützschler
Member of the supervisory board, Deutsche Bank AG, Wilh. Werhahn KG and additional companies
Regional executive committee West, KPMG AG Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft
Dr. Erkan Uysal
Head of supervisory board office, Bertelsmann SE&Co.KGaA
and additional experts from the supervisory board practice