About-Us

Mr. Norbert Quinkert, Chairman of the Supervisory Board

Mr. Quinkert was appointed to the Supervisory Board in 2007, and appointed chairman of it in 2015. In 1994, he became chairman of Motorola GmbH, and was responsible for operations in Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, and Switzerland. Prior to that position, Mr. Quinkert was vice president of Central European operations for General Electric Healthcare, and he was president of General Electric Deutschland. He is currently chairman of the supervisory board of VTION Wireless Technology AG, chairman of the supervisory board of BOGEN Electronics GmbH, and founder of Quinkert & Esser Executive Search GmbH, all of which are based in Germany. From 2003 to 2008, he was a member of the supervisory board of QSC AG, Cologne, Germany and from 1992 to 2011, he served as Executive Vice President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Germany. Currently he is a member of the advisory council of Project HOPE, Germany.

Mr. Jack L. Messman, Vice Chairman of the Supervisory Board

Mr. Messman was appointed Vice Chairman of the Supervisory Board in 2007. Mr. Messman recently retired as CEO from Novell, Inc., having served in that position since July 2001. Prior to joining Novell, Inc., Mr. Messman served as president and chief executive officer of Cambridge Technology Partners. From 1991 until 1999, Mr. Messman was Chairman and CEO of Union Pacific Resources Company, an independent oil and gas exploration company. He has held numerous other directorships and executive positions, including directorships with the Union Pacific Corporation, Warner Amex Cable Communications, Inc., and MTV Networks, Inc. He is currently a member of the board of directors of Safeguard Scientifics Inc., a NYSE-listed venture capital firm; Radio Shack Corporation; and Timminco Limited. Mr. Messman received a BS degree in chemical engineering from the University of Delaware, United States, and received his MBA (cum laude) in 1968 from the Harvard School of Business Administration, Massachusetts, United States.

Mr. Guy de Selliers

Mr. de Selliers was appointed to the Supervisory Board in 2007. Mr. de Selliers is the chairman of HB Advisers, a corporate finance advisory firm focused on the mining and metals industry, created in partnership with Hatch Consulting, an engineering and management consulting firm in this sector. He started his career in 1977 at the World Bank, with responsibility for metals and mining projects. He spent eight years with Lehman Brothers, including service as Senior Vice President, International Investment Banking, where he was involved in government advisory work, international project finance, and the North American mining industry. In 1990 he was one of the first members of the transition team responsible for creating the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, becoming vice-chairman of its credit committee and a member of its executive committee. He was chief executive of MC-BBL Eastern Holdings, an investment banking group with activities throughout Eastern and Central Europe, from 1997 until its sale, when he joined Robert Fleming and Co. Limited as board member and Chairman, Eastern Europe. He has acted as advisor to the European Commission on a number of issues. He is on the board and audit committee of Solvay S.A., based in Brussels, Belgium; OJSC Wimm Bill Dann, based in Moscow, Russia; OJSC Shatoura Furniture Company, based in Shatoura, Russia; and several other Russian companies. Mr. de Selliers received his masters degree in engineering and economics from the University of Louvain, Brussels, Belgium.

Mr. Martin Hoyos

Mr. Martin Hoyos was appointed to the Supervisory Board in 2009. He started his career in 1971 with KPMG in Munich as an auditor. In 1976 he transferred to KPMG Austria and he became a Partner in 1981. In 1993 he was appointed as a member of the board of KPMG Germany and was responsible for the southern region (Bavaria) with clients such as Siemens and BMW. From 2000 to 2002 he was CEO of KPMG Europe, Middle East and Africa, responsible for the integration of the KPMG firms in those regions. Since 2002, Mr. Hoyos has been responsible for the coordination of markets and sales for KPMG in Germany. In 2004 he also served as managing partner for the KPMG region - Bavaria. After retiring from KPMG in 2007, Mr. Hoyos joined the Supervisory Boards of 2 middle market companies as a non executive director. Mr. Hoyos is also currently a member of the supervisory board of KPMG Germany.

Professor Steve H. Hanke

Professor Hanke was appointed to the Supervisory Board in 2013. He is a Professor of Applied Economics and Co-Director of the Institute for Applied Economics, Global Health and the Study of Business Enterprise at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Professor Hanke is also a Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute in Washington, D.C., a Distinguished Professor at the Universitas Pelita Harapan in Jakarta, Indonesia, a Senior Advisor at the Renmin University of China’s International Monetary Research Institute in Beijing, Special Counselor to the Center of Financial Stability in New York, a member of the National Bank of Kuwait’s International Advisory Board, a member of the Financial Advisory Council of the United Arab Emirates and a contributing editor at Globe Asia Magazine. Prof. Hanke serves as Chairman of Richmond Optimus LLC and as Chairman Emeritus of the Friedberg Mercantile Group, Inc

Mr. Herb D. Depp

Mr. Depp was appointed to the Supervisory Board in 2013. He served from 2004 – 2011 as Vice President of Commercial Aircraft Programs at GE Aviation. Prior to this, Mr. Depp was Vice President of GE Aviation Operations and Vice President, Marketing and Sales for GE Aircraft Engines. Prior to joining GEAE, Mr. Depp was President of GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) and President of Polaris Aircraft Leasing. Mr. Depp was previously sales manager for Douglas Aircraft Company, responsible for sales of DC-10 aircraft through the United States. Mr. Depp earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in geology from California State University at Fresno in 1966 and a master’s degree in personnel management from Central Michigan University in 1975. An officer in the United States Air Force, Mr. Depp was a pilot and member of the Presidential Squadron.

Dr. Donatella Ceccarelli

Dr. Donatella Ceccarelli was appointed to the Supervisory Board in 2014. She is the Chairwoman of the Executive Board of the Flick Foundation (Flick Privatstiftung), Vienna Austria, a private asset management firm overseeing the Flick family investments. Prior to this, from 2008 to 2011, Dr. Ceccarelli was a Global Wealth Management Director at Merrill Lynch International Bank Ltd., Milan, Italy. Dr. Ceccarelli was an Executive Director at Lehman Brothers International Europe, Frankfurt, Germany from 2001 to 2007. Dr. Ceccarelli holds a degree in Business and Economics from the University of Trieste.

Mr. Robert Meuter

Mr. Meuter was appointed to the Supervisory Board in 2015. He is a Dutch national and a banker by profession. He was Vice Chairman of Wholesale Bank at ABN AMRO Bank N.V. until he retired in 2005. Prior to that he was a member of the Management Board of Kempen & Co (Dutch merchant bank) from 1990 to 2000 after having served in various positions at Citibank, J.P. Morgan and Algemene Bank Nederland N.V. He currently serves as Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Propertize, a Dutch bad bank formed after the bailout of SNS Real Estate Finance in 2013. He also is a member of the Supervisory Board of TD bank N.V. Mr. Meuter holds a Master’s Degree in Economics from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands and a Master's Degree in Industrial Administration from Carnegie Mellon University in the USA.

Mr. Petteri Soininen

Mr. Soininen was appointed to the Supervisory Board in 2015. He is a Finnish national and is partner of RWC Asset Management LLP and Co-Head of RWC European Focus Fund, which is affiliated with RWC European Focus Master Inc. which owns 10.7% of the issued share capital of the Company. Mr. Soininen was Co-Head of Hermes European Focus Fund until 2012 and before that, Principal at the Boston Consulting Group from 1999-2008. He currently is a Board member at Electromagnetic Geoservices ASA and holds a Master's degree in Industrial Engineering from Helsinki University of Technology in Finland.