Karlsruhe. Today, the Supervisory Board of EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG followed the suggestion of its personnel committee and appointed Hans-Peter Villis (49) CEO for a period of five years, effective May 1, 2008. Villis thus succeeds Prof. Dr. Utz Claassen who had announced on June 19, 2007 that he would not be available for reappointment and thus for a prolongation of his contract.
Pierre Lederer, whose term of office as member of the management board ends in 2010, was at the same time appointed deputy chairman of EnBW, effective October 1, 2007. He is Chief Operating Officer.
Besides appointing Villis CEO and Lederer Deputy Chairman, the Supervisory Board also adopted a resolution to reappoint Dr. Bernhard Beck as a regular member of the Management Board for a further five years, effective October 1, 2007. He is Chief Human Resources Officer. Dr. Christian Holzherr was also reappointed as a regular member of the Management Board by resolution of the Supervisory Board for a further three years effective January 1, 2008. He is Chief Financial Officer.
“With these decisions, the Supervisory Board is pursuing a personnel policy which stands for managerial continuity on the one hand and the guidance of the company towards successful growth on the other.
In Hans-Peter Villis we have won a competent and experienced personality with top industry knowledge as CEO", said Dr. Claus Dieter Hoffmann, Chairman of the Supervisory Board.
Villis is currently CFO at E.ON Nordic in Sweden. Before that he had responsible positions at E.ON Westfalen Weser AG, Paderborn: from September 2003 to May 2006 as CEO and from Januar 2003 to September 2003 as general manager of Elektrizitätswerk Wesertal GmbH, Hameln. From early 2000 to the end of 2002, Villis was a member of the management board of Gelsenwasser AG in Gelsenkirchen and before that from May 1993 to December 1999 he was general manager of Städtische Werke Magdeburg GmbH.
With some six million customers, EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG with its headquarters in Karlsruhe is third-largest energy company in Germany. In 2006, EnBW generated annual sales revenue of more than EUR 13 billion and had some 21,000 employees as of December 31, 2006. Our core activities focus on the segments electricity, gas as well as energy and environmental services.