Franz Markus Haniel confirmed as Chairman of the Supervisory Board of METRO AG

23 May 2012

  • Dr. Florian Funck elected member of the Supervisory Board
  • Change of financial year adopted effective from 2013
  • Stable dividend of € 1.35 per share of common stock

Franz Markus Haniel has been confirmed as Chairman of the Supervisory Board of METRO AG. Following his election as member of the Supervisory Board at the Annual General Meeting held today, the panel elected Haniel as its Chairman after the General Meeting. Haniel, who at the same time also serves as Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Franz Haniel & Cie. GmbH, has been chairing METRO AG's Supervisory Board since 18 November 2011 and already served as Chairman of the Supervisory Board of METRO AG during the period from November 2007 to May 2010. 

In addition, the Annual General Meeting elected Dr. Florian Funck as new member of the Supervisory Board of METRO AG. In this function Funck, who has been serving as CFO of Franz Haniel & Cie. GmbH since September 2011, is following Dr.­-Ing. e.h. Bernd Pischetsrieder who resigned from his position on the Supervisory Board one year ahead of the expiry of his term of office to allow for an organised rejuvenation of this panel. 

The Annual General Meeting also approved the proposed dividend for financial year 2011 in the amount of € 1.35 per common share and € 1.485 per preferred share. At the same time, it also adopted the change of the financial year. Starting from 2013, the new financial year is to run from 1 October to 30 September. With this change, the important Christmas business is to be segregated from impacts resulting from closing date inventory counts or planning activities for the upcoming financial year. Moreover, this change will improve the planning quality for the full year already in the first quarter. 

As a result, the company will have a one-time short financial year for the period from 1 January 2013 to 30 September 2013.

METRO GROUP is one of the largest and most international retailing companies. In 2011 the Group reached sales of around € 67 billion. The company has a headcount of more than 280,000 employees and operates some 2,200 stores in 33 countries. The Group's performance is based on the strength of its sales brands which operate independently in their respective market segment: Metro/Makro Cash & Carry - the international leader in self-service wholesale, Real hypermarkets, Media Markt and Saturn - European market leader in consumer electronics retailing, and Galeria Kaufhof department stores.