FRANKFURT and MUNICH, May 4, 2013 /CNW/ -
• Martin C. Wittig steps down as CEO for health reasons
• Burkhard Schwenker assumes responsibilities
• Semiannual International Partner Meeting held in Frankfurt
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At today's International Partner Meeting of Roland Berger Strategy
Consultants, Dr. Martin C. Wittig stepped down as CEO for health
reasons. "It's not an easy step for me to take," says Wittig. "But I
urgently need some time off for medical treatment that I simply can't
postpone any longer." He will therefore be withdrawing from all
business activities for some months. "But I'm confident to be back in
perfect health afterwards," states Wittig.
Dr. Martin C. Wittig (born in 1964) joined Roland Berger Strategy Consultants in 1995. He
was elected Partner as early as 1999. Wittig has made a significant
contribution to the firm's restructuring business, developing the
initially very small Swiss office into number three in the market. He
has been a member of the Global Executive Committee since July 2003 and
CFO since 2004. In July 2010, the Partners appointed him CEO of the
global Executive Committee.
"We deeply regret Martin Wittig's decision," says Professor Dr. Burkhard
Schwenker, Chairman of the Supervisory Board. His move means the
company will have to do without an excellent consultant and successful
manager for some time now. "Not only is he a true entrepreneur, but
he's also become a close friend of mine over the past few years." Since
taking over as CEO of the company in July 2010, Wittig has steadily
expanded the firm's international footprint. "Today, our company has 51
offices in 36 countries," explains Schwenker. "We are very strong in
Asia, especially in China, have further expanded our key position in
Europe and are growing successfully in the US."
Prof. Dr. h.c. Roland Berger, founder and Honorary Chairman of the
consultancy, says: "I respect Martin's courageous step and wish him a
speedy and complete recovery. I am glad that he will continue to play a
key role in our company and that I can stay in touch with him
personally through our work together for the Roland Berger Foundation."
After his break, Wittig will continue to contribute his experience and
contacts for Roland Berger Strategy Consultants and serve as Chairman
of the Supervisory Board for the Swiss office. Founder Roland Berger
has also asked him to join his Foundation's Board of Trustees.
Professor Dr. Burkhard Schwenker, the current Supervisory Board
Chairman, will take over from Wittig as CEO. Schwenker is already
familiar with this job because he had been CEO from 2003 to 2010 before
moving to the top of the Supervisory Board. Previous Deputy Chairman,
Vincent Mercier from the Paris office, will now take over as Chairman
of that body.
At their semiannual meeting in Frankfurt this Saturday, the approx. 250
Partners of the company agreed to this move. They also discussed the
business situation and future strategic alignment of the largest
strategy consulting firm of European origin. The Partners also adopted
the cornerstones of the firm's future strategy and assigned management
with the task of examining external options. The next Partner meeting
will be held in summer 2013.
Prof. Dr. Burkhard Schwenker/Members of the Executive Committee
At their meeting, the Partners of Roland Berger Strategy Consultants
elected their former Chairman of the Supervisory Board as their new
CEO: Burkhard Schwenker (55) had been a member of Roland Berger Strategy Consultants' Executive
Committee (EC) since 1998. He was appointed CEO by the Partners in 2003
and was reelected for another term in 2006. In July 2010 he was
appointed Chairman of the Supervisory Board. Having studied business
administration and mathematics, Schwenker started his professional
career in industry before completing his Ph.D. He joined Roland Berger
Strategy Consultants in 1989, and was elected Partner in 1992.
Schwenker is an expert in strategy, organization and corporate
transformation. He regularly lectures at and sits on the boards of
several business schools and universities. Furthermore, he is active in
various sociopolitical institutions, e.g. as Deputy Chairman of
Atlantik-Brücke e.V. and as Chairman of the Executive Board of the
Roland Berger Foundation.
Asia head Charles Edouard Bouée (Shanghai), restructuring expert Bernd
Brunke (Berlin), automotive expert Ralf Kalmbach (Munich) and Tijo
Collot d'Escury (Amsterdam) remain members of the global Executive Committee.
Vincent Mercier/Members of the Supervisory Board
The Partners further appointed Vincent Mercier (64) new Chairman of the Supervisory Board. He graduated from the École
des Mines, France, and holds a master's degree in economics and an MBA
from Johnson School of Cornell University, USA. Mercier joined Roland
Berger in 2003 as Managing Partner of the Paris office. A year later,
he also assumed responsibility for the Belgian office. His regional
responsibilities further included China, Morocco and the Netherlands.
Mercier was elected to the EC in 2004 and to the Supervisory Board in
July 2010. Ever since, he has been Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory
António Bernardo (Lisbon), Stefan Schaible (Hamburg) and Wu Qi (Beijing) remain members of the Supervisory Board.
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