Susanne Klatten to become new Chairwoman of the Supervisory Board

Wiesbaden, March 13, 2013. The Supervisory Board of SGL Carbon SE is proposing to elect entrepreneur Susanne Klatten as its new chairwoman during the constitutive meeting of the Supervisory Board following the company's next Annual General Meeting (AGM) on April 30, 2013 in accordance with the articles of association of the Company.

Susanne Klatten, who has been member of the Supervisory Board since 2009, will take over from Max Dietrich Kley, whose term ends at this year's AGM. Kley was appointed Chairman of the Supervisory Board in 2004. Susanne Klatten’s investment company SKion holds around 28 percent of the shares in SGL Carbon SE.

Max Dietrich Kley, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of SGL Carbon SE: "SGL Group has become a leading global technology company. I wish my successor all the best. I am convinced that together with the Management Board she will support the Company in a constructive way and help the Group to develop further."

Furthermore Dr. Christine Bortenlänger, Managing Board Member of the “Deutsches Aktieninstitut e.V.”, will be proposed to the AGM to take over the then vacant shareholder representatives’ position in the Supervisory Board.

At this year’s AGM of SGL Carbon SE, the term of four shareholder representatives in the Supervisory Board expires. As legally required the shareholders will be notified of the candidates for the shareholder representatives in the invitation to the AGM. In accordance with applicable co-determination rules, employees are also selecting their Supervisory Board candidates for election at the AGM. Information about these individuals will also be published in the invitation to the AGM.


About SGL Group – The Carbon Company

SGL Group is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of carbon-based products and materials. It has a comprehensive portfolio ranging from carbon and graphite products to carbon fibers and composites. SGL Group’s core competencies are its expertise in high-temperature technology as well as its applications and engineering know-how gained over many years. These competencies enable the Company to make full use of its broad material base. SGL Group’s carbon-based materials combine several unique properties such as very good electrical and thermal conductivity, heat and corrosion resistance as well as high mechanical strength combined with low weight. Due to industrialization in the growth regions of Asia and Latin America and increased substitution of traditional with innovative materials, there is a growing demand for SGL Group’s high-performance materials and products. Products from SGL Group are used predominantly in the steel, aluminum, automotive and chemical industries as well as in the semiconductor, solar and LED sectors and in lithium-ion batteries. Carbon-based materials and products are also being used increasingly in the wind power, aerospace and defense industries.

With 47 production sites in Europe, North America and Asia as well as a service network covering more than 100 countries, SGL Group is a company with a global presence. In 2011, the Company’s workforce of around 6,500 employees generated sales of €1,540 million. The Company’s head office is located in Wiesbaden.

Further information on the SGL Group can be found online at: www.sglgroup.com.

Important note:

This press release may contain forward-looking statements based on the information currently available to us and on our current projections and assumptions. By nature, forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, as a consequence of which actual developments and results can deviate significantly from these forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are not to be understood as guarantees. Rather, future developments and results depend on a number of factors; they entail various risks and unanticipated circumstances and are based on assumptions which may prove to be inaccurate. These risks and uncertainties include, for example, unforeseeable changes in political, economic, legal, and business conditions, particularly relating to our main customer industries, such as electric steel production, to the competitive environment, to interest rate and exchange rate fluctuations, to technological developments, and to other risks and unanticipated circumstances. Other risks that in our opinion may arise include price developments, unexpected developments connected with acquisitions and subsidiaries, and unforeseen risks associated with ongoing cost savings programs. SGL Group does not intend or assume any responsibility to revise or otherwise update these forward-looking statements.

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