Management and control

Until the change of legal form took effect, the corporate bodies of Fresenius SE were the Management Board, the Supervisory Board, and the General Meeting. Fresenius SE had a two-tier management and control system, consisting of the Management Board and the Supervisory Board. The Management Board conducted the business on its own responsibility. The Supervisory Board appointed the members of the Management Board, advised and supervised the Management Board, and was directly involved in decisions of fundamental importance for the Company.

Since the change of legal form to a KGaA took effect, the Company’s corporate bodies are the General Meeting, the Supervisory Board, and the General Partner, Fresenius Management SE. Fresenius Management SE is wholly owned by the Else Kröner-Fresenius-Stiftung. The KGaA also has a two-tier management system – management and control are strictly separated, as in the former SE.

The Management Board of the General Partner conducts the business and represents the Company in dealings with third parties. It has seven members, whose composition is identical to that of the former Management Board of Fresenius SE. According to the Management Board’s rules of procedure, each member is accountable for his own area of responsibility. However, the members have joint responsibility for the management of the Group. In addition to the Supervisory Board of Fresenius SE & Co. KGaA, Fresenius Management SE has its own Supervisory Board. The Management Board is required to report to the Supervisory Board of Fresenius Management SE regularly, in particular on its corporate policy and strategies, business profitability, current operations, and any other matters that could be of significance for the Company’s profitability and liquidity. The Supervisory Board of Fresenius Management SE also advises and supervises the Management Board in its management of the Company. It is prohibited from managing the Company directly. However, the Management Board’s rules of procedure require it to obtain the approval of the Supervisory Board of Fresenius Management SE for specific activities.

The Supervisory Board of Fresenius SE & Co. KGaA advises and supervises the management of the Company’s business by the General Partner, reviews the annual financial statements and the consolidated financial statements, and performs the other functions assigned to it by law and the Company’s articles of association. It is involved in corporate planning and strategy, and in all matters of fundamental importance for the Company.

The Supervisory Board of Fresenius SE & Co. KGaA has – like the former Supervisory Board of Fresenius SE – six shareholder representatives and six employee representatives. All twelve members of the Supervisory Board are appointed by the General Meeting, with six of the members, who can come from various European countries, being appointed on the basis of a proposal put forward by the employees. The General Meeting is bound by the employees’ proposal.

The Supervisory Board must meet at least twice per calendar half-year.

The members of the Management Board are appointed and dismissed by the Supervisory Board of Fresenius Management SE. Appointment and dismissal is in accordance with Article 39 of the SE Regulation. The articles of association of Fresenius Management SE also provide that deputy members of the Management Board may be appointed.

The Company’s annual corporate governance declaration can be found here and on our website www.fresenius.com, see Who we are − Corporate Governance. The description of both the compensation structure and individual amounts paid to the Management Board and Supervisory Board are included in the Compensation Report. The Compensation Report is part of the Group’s Management Report.

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