Management and control

The Supervisory Board of KION GROUP AG has appointed Dr. Rob Smith (56) to take over as Chief Executive Officer with effect from January 1, 2022. He succeeds Gordon Riske, who is stepping down from the Executive Board at the end of 2021 after 14 years in charge of the Company. He is leaving six months before the end of his contract, which was due to run until he reached the standard retirement age of 65. Gordon Riske will continue to support the KION Group in an advisory capacity until the original end of his Executive Board service contract on June 30, 2022. Dr. Rob Smith is currently President & CEO of KONECRANES PLC, which is headquartered in Hyvinkää, Finland, and is a leading international manufacturer of industrial cranes and container port automation solutions.

Dr. Henry Puhl joined the Executive Board of KION GROUP AG as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) on July 1, 2021. Hasan Dandashly, who has global responsibility for the Supply Chain Solutions (SCS) segment, and Andreas Krinninger, who is in charge of the EMEA business of the Industrial Trucks & Services (ITS) segment, became members of the Executive Board of KION GROUP AG on January 1, 2021.

The Remuneration Committee established by the KION GROUP AG Supervisory Board with effect from March 1, 2021 focuses mainly on issues relating to the Executive Board’s remuneration but also deals with the annual remuneration report and the preparations for the report’s approval by the Annual General Meeting. It also prepares all Supervisory Board resolutions required in this regard.