Curriculum vitae

Here, you will find brief CVs (resumes) of our management team and of the Supervisory Board Chairman.


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.

Detlev Wösten
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.