Dr.-Ing. Leonhard Birnbaum


Chief Operating Officer – Networks & Renewables

Member of the Board of Management of E.ON SE since 2013
Energy Networks in Regional Units, Renewables, Politics & Regulation, Procurement & Real Estate Management, Consulting, PreussenElektra

Career history

Dr. Leonhard Birnbaum born on 19 February 1967 in Ludwigshafen/Germany, studied chemical engineering in Karlsruhe, and following a period of academic work at the Karlsruhe Research Centre, he obtained a doctorate from the University of Cottbus.

Leonhard Birnbaum began his professional career as a management consultant at McKinsey in Düsseldorf. After holding various positions – including at McKinsey’s office in Houston/ United States – he was Senior Partner for the energy and industrial sector. In 2008, he joined RWE AG and was appointed to the Board of Management the same year. He served as Chief Strategy Officer and as RWE Group’s Chief Commercial Officer until 2013.

Since 2013, Leonhard Birnbaum has been a member of the Board of Management of E.ON SE. Initially in charge for trading and decentral solutions he later served as Chief Commercial and Chief Regional Officer. Currently he is in charge of all regulated businesses and energy networks across the Group. In addition, he also has responsibility for Renewables, Politics, Procurement, E.ON’s in-house consultancy and PreussenElektra AG.

Leonhard Birnbaum is married and has two daughters.

Supervisory Board Seats

* E.ON Czech Holding AG 1) (Chairman)
* E.ON Hungaria Zrt. 2) (Chairman)
+ E.ON Sverige AB 2) (Chairman)
* Georgsmarienhütte Holding GmbH

* Membership in other statutory supervisory boards
+ Membership in comparable German and foreign supervisory bodies of corporations

1) Exempted supervisory board seats in Group companies
2) Other supervisory board seats in Group companies