Pliezhausen, September 28, 2021. DATAGROUP SE (WKN: A0JC8S) is reshuffling its Management Board for the time after Max H.-H. Schaber. Mr. Schaber will resign from office at the end of the 2022 Annual General Meeting and will stand for election to the Supervisory Board during the Annual General Meeting. Heinz Hilgert, the present Chairman of the Supervisory Board will stand for reelection. Dr. Carola Wittig will retire from the Supervisory Board at the end of the 2022 Annual General Meeting according to schedule. Andreas Baresel will succeed Max H.-H. Schaber in his role as Chief Executive Officer from the end of the 2022 Annual General Meeting.
Peter Schneck, the present Chief Officer Investor Relations, M&A and Legal Affairs will leave the company as of September 30, 2021. With effect of October 1, 2021, Oliver Thome will take office as new Chief Financial Officer. From April 1, 2022, the Board will be expanded by Dr. Sabine Laukemann as Chief Officer Human Resources, Strategy and Organization. Dirk Peters, Chief Officer Sales & Marketing since 2008, will step down from his role on health grounds as of September 30, 2021, and will retire from the Management Board of DATAGROUP SE.
With effect of April 1, 2022, the new Management Board will consist of one external and two internal candidates and will have a streamlined structure in line with the corporate size. With this extensive reorganization of the Board, DATAGROUP will set the course for the successful further development on the basis of continuity and new momentum from outside.
“The reshuffle of the Management Board marks the successful conclusion of an intensive and trusting advisory process of several years. Having reorganized the Management Board, DATAGROUP ensures lasting stability of the operating business, integrates new and highly qualified expertise into the Board and supports efficient long-term governance by appointing the main shareholder to the Supervisory Board. We are very happy that Mr. Schaber will advise and actively support the company on a sustainable basis as an important shareholder and member of the Supervisory Board”, comments Heinz Hilgert, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of DATAGROUP SE.
In 1983, Max H.-H. Schaber founded the predecessor company of DATAGROUP SE and has been Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of DATAGROUP SE ever since. Looking back on almost 39 years of operational activities for these companies, it was about time to provide for a well ordered and smooth transition to the next generation of management. For this reason, intensive efforts were made over the last few years to reshuffle the Management Board of DATAGROUP SE so as to continue the company’s dramatic success story. Mr. Schaber will remain available to the company in his role as Supervisory Board member. It is planned that the main shareholder of DATAGROUP SE, HHS Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH, will remain significantly invested in the long term as family holding of the Schaber family.
Andreas Baresel has been a member of the DATAGROUP Management Board since 2018 as Chief Production Officer. He joined the company in 2012 as part of an acquisition. I have become familiar with DATAGROUP from different perspectives, first as head of a business unit, then as Managing Director, and most recently as member of the Board. Armed with the experience gained, I am now looking forward to contribute to the further growth of DATAGROUP in my new role as CEO”, says Andreas Baresel.
“We have been preparing for the change of management at DATAGROUP for a couple of years. I have been working together with my successor Andreas Baresel in a trusting relationship for many years and I am very happy to have such a distinguished successor”, explains Max H.-H. Schaber.
Beside the change of CEO, DATAGROUP will expand the Board by Oliver Thome. Oliver Thome had been Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer of Controlware, a mid-market provider of Managed Services. He brings to the Board a wealth of experience in management and finances in the IT environment.
“DATAGROUP has grown significantly since its IPO in 2006. I am happy I can add my experience to this role in the Board and support the company on its further growth path”, Oliver Thome explains.
Dr. Sabine Laukemann will be responsible for human resources, strategy and organization in her role as a Board member. She has been with the company since 2003, initially as Head of Corporate Communications, as Managing Director of a predecessor company of today’s DATAGROUP Consulting Services GmbH from 2015, and as Representative Director HR since 2018. During her career at DATAGROUP, she has been involved in numerous strategic projects, including the IPO in 2006, the development of the guidelines for business combinations (“100 Days DATAGROUP”) and of the DATAGROUP 2020 and 2025 visions.
“Specialist recruitment and employee development play a central role for a company’s success in the IT industry. In this respect, DATAGROUP has been very active for years. I am very happy to continue the success story of DATAGROUP in the future as a member of the Board”, says Dr. Sabine Laukemann.
Dirk Peters, Chief Officer Sales & Marketing since 2008, will step down from his role on health grounds as of September 30, 2021. However, he will continue as Chairman of the Management Board of the very large and very successful market unit DATAGROUP Hamburg GmbH. This will ensure the stability of the Hamburg business and will unburden Mr. Peters to allow him to focus on his full recovery. DATAGROUP would like to thank Mr. Peters for the very successful and trusting cooperation since April 1, 2008. He has significantly shaped and driven forward the development of DATAGROUP together with the Management Board. We wish Mr. Peters a good recovery and continued successful work at DATAGROUP Hamburg.
Peter Schneck, the present Chief Officer Investor Relations, M&A and Legal Affairs will resign from office as of September 30, 2021, to pursue other challenges in the IT industry. We would like to thank Peter Schneck for his commitment and wish him all the best and continued success for the future.
DATAGROUP is one of the leading German IT service companies. Some 3,500 employees at locations across Germany design, implement, and operate IT infrastructures and business applications such as SAP. With its CORBOX product, DATAGROUP is a full-service provider, supporting global IT workplaces for medium and large enterprises as well as public authorities. The company is growing organically and through acquisitions. The acquisitions strategy is particularly noted for its optimal integration of new companies. DATAGROUP is actively participating in the IT service market’s consolidation process with its “buy and turn around” and its “buy and build” strategy.