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2015 Sustainability Report
published 2016/07/13

Antje von Dewitz at the summit

Antje von Dewitz is the CEO of VAUDE. Members of the executive board and division managers support her in the management of the company. Her father, Albrecht von Dewitz, is an advisor to VAUDE.

VAUDE is 100 percent a family-owned company. The Board of Partners consists of the founding family of Dewitz:

Founding family in the Board of Partners

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The Board of Partners is the supreme controlling body for VAUDE Sport GmbH & Co. KG. There is normally a meeting of partners at least twice annually. In this meeting of partners, the following issues are discussed and decisions are made: 

  • discharge of the management
  • approval of annual financial statements
  • appropriation of profits
  • confirmation of auditors

Albrecht von Dewitz as advisor

In a revised version of the partnership agreement, the role of company founder Albrecht von Dewitz as an advisor was formalized in 2014. The task of the advisor is to advise and monitor the management.

Albrecht von Dewitz

Albrecht von Dewitz Albrecht von Dewitz founded VAUDE in 1974 and passed the company on to his daughter Antje von Dewitz in 2009.

Executive Board spans company divisions

The Executive Board consists of CEO, Antje von Dewitz, and the two authorized signatories: Chief Sales Officer and Head of Sustainability, Jan Lorch and Chief Financial Officer, Erwin Gutensohn. Peter Sontheimer, Head of Product Development, had been a member of the executive board since 2014 but left VAUDE and the executive board at the end of December 2015.

In the Management Meeting, all primary strategic issues are discussed and decisions are made on key issues, such as issues of risk management, alignment of company divisions, financing and sustainability strategies. Economic decisions such as budget releases and calculation requirements are also under the responsibility of the management.

Four levels of hierarchy in the management

The management structure at VAUDE consists of four hierarchical levels:

  • CEO with Executive Board
  • Divisional Heads
  • Department Heads
  • Team Leaders

Seven Divisions, Seven Divisional Heads

Seven Divisions, Seven Divisional Heads

The company is divided into seven areas and each area has a Division Head: 

  • Sales
  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • IT (Information technology)
  • Logistics
  • Personal und Organization
  • Product development and implementation 

One divisional head post (Marketing) was satisfied by the CEO Antje von Dewitz in personal union. The sales manager Jan Lorch is both Head of Sustainability / CSR in personal union. The Environmental Management Representative Hilke Patzwall reports to him.

Directly under the Executive Board are the administrative departments, Business Development, Quality Management Specialist and Controlling. Thus, three members of the CSR teams answer directly to the Board - see also "CSR team as a driving force for sustainability

Division Head Panel as a forum for decision-making

All Division Heads are represented on a Division Manager Panel. Here questions on organizational and operational issues in the company are addressed, especially in the area of personnel and organization, such as job security, job descriptions and the payroll system.

GRI:   G4-34
Report the governance structure of the organization, including committees of the highest governance body. Identify any committees responsible for decision-making on economic, environmental and social impacts.
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