First CEO Hiesinger, then Supervisory Board Chairman Lehner. What’s going on? One attempt at explanation – and five appeals to those involved.
When I heard yesterday, Monday, about the resignation of the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of ThyssenKrupp AG, I was initially speechless. A man like Ulrich Lehner is certainly good for surprises, but he is certainly not someone who acts spontaneously and irresponsibly. So some things must have come together to tempt a hardened supervisory board professional with a Rhineland spirit to take such a step. My conclusion: Hiesinger has turned on the red lamp, now the sirens are howling with Lehner’s departure.
What does this resignation mean for ThyssenKrupp? Is the company now being torn apart? Are jobs in danger? Is it counterproductive if, with Hiesinger and Lehner, the two people who wanted to keep the company together are now gone and leave the field to Cevian & Co.? And what roles do Mrs. Gather and the Krupp Foundation play? These questions arise in this confusing situation. And what we are experiencing is – by no means a gap filler for the summer slump, but a staged, tangible corporate governance scandal.