Member of the Supervisory Board since June 2016
Chairman of the Supervisory Board of E.ON SE
Karl-Ludwig Kley was born on June 11, 1951 in Munich (Germany). He is Chairman of the Supervisory Boards of E.ON SE (Essen, Germany) and Deutsche Lufthansa AG (Cologne/Frankfurt, Germany). From 2006 to 2016, he was Chairman of the Board and CEO of Darmstadt-based Merck KGaA. Prior to that, Karl-Ludwig Kley served as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Deutsche Lufthansa AG from 1997 to 2006.
In addition to his Supervisory Board positions, Karl-Ludwig Kley serves as Chairman of the Economic Advisory Council of the Goethe-Institute in Munich. He also serves as member of the Board of Trustees of acatech Deutsche Akademie der Technikwissenschaften (National Academy of Science and Engineering) in Munich and of the Fritz Thyssen Foundation in Cologne.
Over the course of the last 20 years, he has been a non-executive director of numerous boards, including Amadeus IT Group SA (Madrid, Spain), Bertelsmann AG (Gütersloh, Germany), MAN AG (Munich) and Verizon Communications, Inc. (New York, USA). Additionally, he served as Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Munich-based BMW AG until May 2021.
Karl-Ludwig Kley holds a Ph.D. in Law from Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich. He is an honorary professor of the WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, Honorary Senator of the Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg and a member of the Board of Governors of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel).
In recognition of his outstanding services, he received the Order of Merit of the Republic of Italy (Commendatore), the Order of Merit of Hessia (Germany) and the Weizmann Award in the Sciences and Humanities.
Member and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of E.ON SE since June 2016; term will end at the close of the Annual General Meeting in 2023.
Specific expertise and experience for membership on the Supervisory Board of E.ON SE:
Mr. Kley has gained extensive leadership and supervisory board experience from the management and supervision of DAX and Dow Jones companies. Mr. Kley has profound capital market and industry expertise, as well as a great deal of international experience. He is experienced in the management of complex strategic processes and has substantial experience in innovation and technological expertise in a wide range of business lines.
Membership in other statutory supervisory boards:
Deutsche Lufthansa AG1) (Chairman)
Memberships in comparable domestic and foreign supervisory bodies of commercial enterprises: