Board of Trustees

The RAG-Stiftung’s involvement in politics and society is reflected in its Board of Trustees, whose members are representatives of political and social institutions and groups. As a result, membership in the Board of Trustees is not regulated in the same way as that of the supervisory boards in the private sector of the economy. The Board of Trustees has to involve powerful individuals from the fields of politics and labor who will have a major impact on the future of Germany’s coal-mining regions.

The Board of Trustees appoints the foundation’s Board of Executives and supervises the management of the foundation’s business activities. It must be informed about decisions that are of fundamental importance to the foundation. It has five ex officio members and nine additional members. The ex officio members are as follows (in the order given in the foundation’s statutes):

  • The Premier of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia

  • The Premier of the State of Saarland

  • The Federal Minister of Finance

  • The Federal Minister of Economic Affairs and Energy

  • The Chairperson of the Mining, Chemical and Energy Industrial Union (IG BCE)

The nine additional members are each appointed for a period of up to five years. The Chairperson of the Board of Trustees is elected from the group of additional members. The Board of Trustees’ composition is regulated by the foundation’s statutes.

The Board of Trustees has the following members:

Chairman Dr. Jürgen Großmann, Hamburg (additional member)

Ex officio members (in the order given in the foundation’s statutes)

Armin Laschet, MP of North Rhine-Westphalia, Premier of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia (since 2017)

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, MP of Saarland, Premier of the State of Saarland (since 2011)

Dr. Wolfgang Schäuble, Member of the German Bundestag, Federal Minister of Finance (since 2009)

Brigitte Zypries, Member of the German Bundestag, Federal Minister of Economic Affairs and Energy (since 2017)

Michael Vassiliadis (Deputy Chairman), Chairman of the Mining, Chemical and Energy Industrial Union (since 2009)

Additional members

Dr. Burckhard Bergmann, former Chairman of the Management Board of E.ON-Ruhrgas AG (since 2012)

Ralf Hermann, Chairman of the General Works Council of Evonik Industries AG (since 2007)

Ludwig Ladzinski, former Member of the Executive Committee of the Mining, Chemical and Energy Industrial Union (IG BCE) (since 2007)

Heiko Maas, Federal Minister of Justice and Consumer Protection (since 2015)

Monika Schulz-Strelow, consultant (since 2015)