Uniper CEO Klaus Schäfer leaves

  • Push-out Score determined
  • After less than four years in the position
  • No successor named

(exechange) — Düsseldorf, Germany, February 5, 2019 — Klaus Schäfer, chief executive of Uniper, leaves — as “mutually agreed”. His departure is made public at an early stage. As announced by Uniper SE in an ad-hoc statement published on Tuesday, February 5, 2019, Klaus Schäfer leaves his post as Chief Executive Officer at the energy company after less than four years in the role, effective August 31, 2019.

Uniper did not name a replacement for the position of Chief Executive Officer.

Klaus Schäfer’s move is part of a management shake-up also involving the position of Chief Financial Officer.

No reason given

In the announcement, Uniper did not explicitly explain the reason for Klaus Schäfer’s move, leaving room for speculation.

Precise information regarding Klaus Schäfer’s future plans was not immediately available.


Uniper said: “The Executive Committee of Uniper SE today has mutually agreed with Uniper’s CEO Klaus Schäfer and the CFO Christopher Delbrück on a termination of their respective employment contracts and their respective appointment as member of the Board of Management with effect as of 31 August 2019.”

Chaired by Bernhard Reutersberg

Uniper SE is chaired by Bernhard Reutersberg.

In the position of CEO since 2016

Klaus Schäfer serves as Chief Executive Officer of Uniper since January 1, 2016.

His CV reads as follows:

June 10, 1967: Born in Regensburg (Germany)

1988 – 1990: Universität Passau (Germany)

  • Vordiplom (basic studies) in business administration

1990 – 1993: ESCP Europe School of Management, Paris, Oxford, and Berlin

  • Diplom-Kaufmann degree in international business administration, corporate accounting and finance, auditing and taxes

1993 – 1996: Morgan Stanley & Co. Limited, London (UK)

  • M&A Analyst

1996 – 2000: VIAG AG, Munich (Germany)

  • 1996 – 1997: Controlling Department
  • 1997 – 1999: Head of Packing in Controlling Department
  • 1999 – 2000: Head of Corporate Planning and Development
  • 2000: Senior Executive, Controlling

2000 – 2003: E.ON AG, Düsseldorf (Germany)

  • Head of Corporate Strategy

2003 – 2006: Thüga AG, Munich (Germany)

  • CFO

2006 – 2007: E.ON Sales & Trading GmbH, Munich (Germany)

  • CEO

2007 – 2010: E.ON Italia SpA, Milan (Italy)

  • Chairman and Amministratore Delegato

2010 – 2013: E.ON Ruhrgas AG, Essen (Germany)

  • CEO

2011 – 2013: E.ON Global Commodities SE, Düsseldorf (Germany)

  • CEO

2013 – 2015: E.ON SE, Düsseldorf (Germany)

  • Member of the Board of Management.
Push-out Score determined

The Push-out Score™ determined by exechange gauges the likelihood that a manager was pushed out or felt pressure to leave the position.

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