Susanne Klatten is elected the new Chairperson of the SGL Carbon SE Supervisory Board

Wiesbaden, April 30, 2013. During today’s Annual General Meeting of SGL Carbon SE, a total of 10 new members were appointed to the Supervisory Board, including four shareholder and six employee representatives. At the constituent meeting following the Annual General Meeting, the new Supervisory Board appointed entrepreneur Susanne Klatten as the new Chairperson, as proposed. Susanne Klatten has been a member of the Company’s Supervisory Board since 2009. Mrs. Klatten succeeds Max Dietrich Kley, who had been Chairman of the Supervisory Board since 2004 and whose office term ended today.

Dr. Christine Bortenlänger, Chief Executive of Deutsches Aktieninstitut e.V. (DAI), was elected for the vacant shareholder representative mandate. In addition, three shareholder representatives were reappointed: Dr. Daniel Camus, CFO of The Global Fund, and Dr. Hubert Lienhard, Chairman of the Board of Management of Voith GmbH, for a term lasting until the 2018 Annual General Meeting as well as Andrew H. Simon, advisor and supervisory board member to a number of companies, for a term lasting until the 2015 Annual General Meeting.

The following employee representatives have been appointed:
- Helmut Jodl, Spokesman of the joint Works Council Germany
- Markus Stettberger, Chairman of the Works Council, Meitingen, Germany
- Hans Werner Zorn, Chairman of the Works Council, Bonn, Germany
- Michael Leppek, District Secretary of the trade union IG Metall District Bavaria, Germany
- Ana Cristina Cruz, Quality Manager, Lavradio, Portugal
- Marcin Rzemiński, Quality Manager, Nowy Sacz, Poland

On behalf of the Supervisory Board and all SGL Group employees, the members of the Board of Mangement would like to express their thanks to Max Dietrich Kley for loyally supporting the Company during his nine years as Chairman of the Supervisory Board. SGL Group has greatly benefited from Mr. Kley’s profound understanding of Corporate Governance structures as well as from his long-standing industry experience. 

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 2012, the Company’s workforce of around 6,700 employees generated sales of €1,709 million. The Company’s head office is located in Wiesbaden.

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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