Dusseldorf Back seat at Uniper: After the takeover of the energy company by the competitor Fortum, supervisory board chairman Bernhard Reutersberg resigned his position prematurely. “All five independent members of the Supervisory Board of Uniper SE, including the Chairman Bernhard Reutersberg (66), announced today in an extraordinary Supervisory Board meeting that they will resign from office and leave the Supervisory Board with immediate effect,” the group said on Friday evening.
The reason for this is a corresponding request by Fortum. The new members were to be appointed by the court and then elected to the supervisory board at the Annual General Meeting on May 20.
Uniper had resisted a takeover by the Finns, especially under the former boss Klaus Schäfer. The former Eon-Power plant subsidiary has freed itself from the call of a residual ramp since the spin-off in 2016 and has become a favorite on the stock exchange. As a result, she was targeted by the Finns. The long-time Eon manager Reutersberg was supposed to mediate in the dispute between the companies, but was soon to clash with Fortum boss Pekka Lundmark. The climate only improved when Andreas Schierenbeck took over as Uniper boss. Former Eon manager Klaus-Dieter Maubach, who sits on the board of Fortum at Fortum, is traded as a possible successor to Reutersberg.
Reutersberg has created the prerequisites for the success of Uniper as an independent listed company, Uniper emphasized. At its peak, Uniper’s market capitalization tripled during his time as chairman of the board. “Three years ago, Eon decided to sell its stake in Uniper to the Finnish state-owned company Fortum,” said Reutersberg. “Fortum has now increased its stake in Uniper to almost 70 percent as majority owner. For me, now is the time to say goodbye. “
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