SGL Group: Dr. Jürgen Köhler succeeds Theodore H. Breyer on the Board of Management

Wiesbaden, March 13, 2013. During yesterday's meeting, the Supervisory Board of SGL Carbon SE appointed Dr. Jürgen Köhler (52) as a full member of the Board of Management effective June 1, 2013. Dr. Jürgen Köhler will assume responsibility for the Business Area Carbon Fibers & Composites (CFC). He will succeed Theodore H. Breyer (64), who will leave the Board on October 31, 2013 after 14 years on the Board of Management.

Max Dietrich Kley, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of SGL Carbon SE: "This personnel change is part of a generation shift in the top management of SGL Group. With Dr. Jürgen Köhler, we have appointed an experienced manager from within our ranks to the Board of Management, who has a deep understanding of our Company and who has profound technology expertise. He will assume global responsibility for the CFC Business Area which is key to the Company's future."

Since he joined SGL Group in 2002 Dr. Jürgen Köhler has been successful in several different management positions. He has had responsibility for the graphite electrodes and the cathodes business and was most recently Head of the Carbon Fibers and Composite Materials (CF/CM) Business Unit. Köhler who holds a doctor’s degree (Ph.D.) in process engineering, began his career in 1992 working for the former Hoechst AG and subsequently Celanese AG for more than ten years, five of which he spent in the USA. Dr. Jürgen Köhler is married and has three children.

Theodore H. Breyer, Deputy CEO of SGL Group, will continue to be responsible for the North American business of the SGL Group, including HITCO, as well as for procurement, EHSA and engineering until his departure from the Board of Management on October 31, 2013.

Max Dietrich Kley, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of SGL Carbon SE: "Ted Breyer contributed strongly in various positions to the success of the Company and its internationalization. Under his leadership, Performance Products (PP) developed to the biggest and most profitable business area within the group. After he had taken over responsibility for the CFC business, he showed a high degree of personal dedication in developing the strategy and moving the focus towards future growth."

Theodore H. Breyer will remain connected to the Company even after he retires from the Board of Management, contributing his experience in the board of the North American companies of the SGL Group as non executive member. 

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:

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