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Corporate Executive Board
The Group CEO directs the business operations of the Group. The Group CEO, together with the Corporate Executive Board, works out the long-term objectives and strategic orientation of the Group for submission to the Board of Directors and, based on the resolutions of the Board of Directors, ensures the goal-oriented leadership and development of the Group. The Corporate Executive Board can form committees to address specific areas and can delegate competencies to such Corporate Executive Board committees.
The organisation and division of tasks within the Corporate Executive Board generally reflects the key business areas and functions. The members of the Corporate Executive Board have a direct management role with functional management responsibility for cross-divisional competencies. The members of the Corporate Executive Board are responsible for setting objectives, financial planning, HR management and achievement of objectives within their area. They issue directives for their area within the context of legal and regulatory requirements, the relevant regulations and the directives valid for the Group as a whole.
The Corporate Executive Board is responsible for the implementation of the corporate strategy, for the establishment of conditions governing business operations and for financial guidance. It is responsible for the preparation of the resolutions for the Board of Directors and its committees, and for monitoring the implementation of these decisions in the Group. The Corporate Executive Board is vested with the authority to rule on business referred to it by the Board of Directors, the Board of Directors’ committees and the Chairman of the Board of Directors, insofar as decision or approval is not reserved exclusively to the delegating body.
The Corporate Executive Board may delegate operational responsibility for the management of subsidiaries to individual members of the Corporate Executive Board.
The following information on the members of the Corporate Executive Board is based on the situation on the balance sheet date. The information on former members of the Corporate Executive Board and information on any previous external mandates can be found in the Corporate Governance section of the relevant previous annual reports, available at “Results and reports”.