About H&R GmbH & Co. KGaA From Family Owned Company to Global Company
Since 1919, the name Hansen & Rosenthal has signified the highest quality in specialty chemicals and in the development and production of crude-oil-based chemical-pharmaceutical specialty products. The secret of our success has always been a strong customer focus and a systematic approach to improving our brands and products. We always do everything in our power to maintain and further enhance our high quality and our customers’ trust in our products.
H&R GmbH & Co. KGaA's shares are listed in the regulated market (Prime Standard) segment of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, on the Hamburg und Düsseldorf exchanges and on the over-the-counter markets in Stuttgart and Munich.
Divisions of H&R GmbH & Co. KGaA
We are a group with two operating divisions: the large Chemical-Pharmaceutical division, which accounts for 96% of Group sales revenues, and a significantly smaller Plastics division. In order to further increase transparency, the Chemical-Pharmaceutical Raw Materials division was split into two segments in early 2009.
Our biggest division, ChemPharm Refining, includes the refineries in Hamburg-Neuhof and Salzbergen. The main products that we manufacture at these plants are crude-oil-based specialty products such as plasticizers, paraffins, white oils and base oils. The 800+ different products we manufacture here are sold primarily through our sales partner Hansen & Rosenthal into more than 100 different sectors.
The ChemPharm Sales division includes numerous production sites, as well as distribution sites in Europe and overseas. Our international segment’s primary products include label-free plasticizers for the tire industry and wax emulsions for the building-materials industry.
In the much smaller Plastics division, we produce high-precision plastic parts and the molds needed to manufacture them. In addition to the headquarters in Coburg, Germany, we also operate production sites in Eastern Europe and Asia. Our Plastics division's main customers are automotive suppliers. Another increasingly important customer group is the medical technology industry.
Corporate Compliance is Our Code
Management and control at H&R GmbH & Co. KGaA are based on the Articles of Association, the rules of procedure for the Supervisory Board, the Advisory Board and the Executive Board, the German Corporate Governance Code and the relevant national legislation. Corporate management practices going above and beyond the statutory requirements are summarized in an H&R Group Code of Conduct that applies Group-wide. In addition to its corporate governance, H&R KGaA is committed to this Code of Conduct as well. This Code defines binding rules of conduct derived from our corporate policy.
We constantly make our employees aware of the need to behave honestly, fairly and lawfully during the course of their work, without any exceptions. We also hold extensive training sessions on special issues, depending on the area of responsibility. These courses at H&R GmbH & Co. KGaA focus on topics relating to occupational health and safety, environmental protection and anti-trust legislation.
Our management team runs the company and manages its businesses. In carrying out its responsibilities, management always acts in the interests of the company, thereby increasing the company's value in a sustainable way. The management structure combines knowledge of our brands with exploitation of numerous synergies and ensures the overall success of our company through a consistent, uniform market presence.
The Management at H&R GmbH & Co. KGaA currently comprises two members. Every member of the board has the responsibility for one or more functions within the H&R Group.
Niels H. Hansen
CEO, Chairman of the Executive Board
Niels H. Hansen is CEO (Chief Executive Officer) and Chairman of the Executive Board of H&R KGaA. He focuses primarily on the international businesses and corporate communications. The great-grandson of the founder has worked for the H&R Group - the key component of which is H&R KGaA - since 1990. From the very beginning, he has assisted with every major transaction, including the acquisition of the Salzbergen lubricant refinery and WASAG-Chemie AG, which later became H&R AG and is now H&R KGaA. In 2001, the banker and industry specialist was appointed to the Executive Board, where he was responsible for the Sales and IT segments. In addition, he has played a key role in the development of the international business since 2004. In 2016, Mr. Hansen was appointed Chairman of the Executive Board.
CTO, Member of the Executive Board
Since August 2011, Detlev Wösten has been CTO (Chief Technology and Strategy Officer) and a member of the Executive Board of H&R KGaA. He is responsible for the Production and Engineering segments. Mr. Wösten, who has a degree in engineering ("Diplomingenieur"), joined the H&R Group in 2001. Prior to his career at the H&R Group, he gained plenty of experience in plant construction at Lurgi AG and among other things served as Managing Director of the company's Hamburg refinery, where he expanded capacity and increased added value through the production of crude-oil-based chemical-pharmaceutical specialty products.
Dr. Joachim Girg
Chairman of the Supervisory Board
Dr. Joachim Girg has been Managing Director of H&R Beteiligung GmbH since 2010 and a member of H&R's Supervisory Board since September 2011. On 31 May 2012, he was elected Chairman of the Supervisory Board.
From 1992 to early 2010, the MBA graduate ("Diplomkaufmann") worked in various banking positions in Frankfurt am Main and Munich, where he gained extensive experience in capital market transactions - including in initial public offerings, increases in capital and mergers and acquisitions. Dr. Girg also served as Managing Director of HVB Principal Equity GmbH in Munich, which he played a key role in developing from the very beginning. In addition, Dr. Girg has extensive knowledge of virtually every aspect of the corporate banking business.
The Supervisory Board of H&R KGaA is responsible for the supervision of the Executive Board. In the financial year 2018, the Supervisory Board of H&R KGaA comprised the members listed below. The Chairman of the Supervisory Board of H&R KGaA is Dr. Joachim Girg.
Moreover, the Supervisory Board publishes its profile requirements within the meaning of Section 5.4.1 paragraph 2 GCGC for the Supervisory Board plenum, as confirmed in the board’s meeting on 19 March 2019.
Chairman of the Supervisory Board:
Dr. Joachim Girg
Master of Business Administration, Munich
Member of the Supervisory Board:
Dr. Hartmut Schütter
Consulting Engineer, Schwedt/Oder
Dr. Rolf Schwedhelm
Tax lawyer, Cologne
Dr.-Ing. Peter J. Seifried
Chemical Engineer, Seevetal
Worker's representative, Salzbergen
Worker's representative, Hamburg
Worker's representative, Coburg