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Committees of the Supervisory Board

The Articles of Incorporation authorize the Supervisory Board to appoint committees from among its ranks and to define their rights and responsibilities. The committees may also be given the right to make decisions. In accordance with the ratio defined in Section 110 (1) Austrian Labor Constitution Act (Arbeitsverfassungsgesetz – ArbVG), the employee representatives on the Supervisory Board have the right to nominate members with a seat and a vote for Supervisory Board committees. This does not apply to committees that handle relations between the company and the members of the Management Board.

The following Supervisory Board committees have been established:

General Committee

The General Committee is both the Nomination and the Compensation Committee as defined in the Corporate Governance Code.

As the Nomination Committee, the General Committee submits recommendations to the Supervisory Board as to the filling of Management Board positions that are becoming vacant and handles issues related to succession planning. As the Compensation Committee, the General Committee is also responsible for executing, amending, and dissolving director’s contracts with members of the Management Board as well as for all matters associated with the administration of Management Board members’ stock option plans. Furthermore, the General Committee has the right to make decisions in urgent cases. It also resolves whether members of the Management Board are permitted to take on secondary employment.

Members of the General Committee of the Supervisory Board:

  • Dr. Joachim Lemppenau (Chairman)
  • Dr. Heinrich Schaller (Deputy Chairman)
  • Hans-Karl Schaller

Audit Committee

The Audit Committee is responsible for monitoring the financial reporting process; supervising the work of the auditor; reviewing and preparing the approval of the annual financial statements; reviewing and monitoring the auditor’s independence as well as reviewing the proposal for the appropriation of earnings, the Management Report, and the Consolidated Corporate Governance Report. It is also this Committee’s responsibility to review the Group’s Consolidated Financial Statements and to submit a recommendation for the selection of an auditor and to report to the Supervisory Board in this matter. Furthermore, the Audit Committee is responsible for monitoring the effectiveness of the Group-wide internal control system, Internal Audit, and the risk management system.

Members of the Audit Committee of the Supervisory Board:

  • Dr. Joachim Lemppenau (Chairman)
  • Dr. Heinrich Schaller (Deputy Chairman)
  • KR Dr. Franz Gasselsberger, MBA
  • Dr. Hans-Peter Hagen
  • Hans-Karl Schaller
  • Josef Gritz

About voestalpine

In its business segments, voestalpine is a globally leading technology group with a unique combination of materials and processing expertise. With its top-quality products and system solutions using steel and other metals, it is a leading partner of the automotive and consumer goods industries as well as of the aerospace and oil & gas industries. voestalpine is also the world market leader in complete railway systems as well as in tool steel and special sections.


50 Countries on all 5 continents
500 Group companies and locations
52,000 Employees worldwide

Earnings FY 2018/19

€ 13.6 Billion


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