Managers' Transactions & Directors' Dealings | 03.11.2008



RHÖN-KLINIKUM AG gears Board of Management towards integrated growth


RHÖN-KLINIKUM AG / Change of Personnel/Change of Personnel


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Bad Neustadt a. d. Saale, 3 November 2008 --- RHÖN-KLINIKUM AG has decided

to further develop its medical offering to better meet the future needs of

ensure high-quality care. As Wolfgang Pföhler, chairman of the Board of

Management, had already explained at this year's Annual General Meeting,

the Group is planning to develop an outpatient-inpatient medical offering

with healthcare being provided close to where people live. This offering is

to complement its mainstay business area of acute inpatient care. In this

connection Pföhler had also announced adjustments in corporate structure.

At its meeting on 30 October 2008, the Supervisory Board confirmed the

integrated growth strategy as reflected in the following changes to the

Board of Management effective from 1 January 2009:

Dr. Christoph Straub (47) is the first doctor to be appointed to the Board

of Management of RHÖN-KLINIKUM AG. He will establish the division

Outpatient-Inpatient Basic and Standard Care and oversee medical

development and quality management within the Group. Dr. Straub has served

as deputy chairman of the healthcare fund Techniker Krankenkasse (TK) since

2005 and has been a member of the TK board since 2003. 'I am pleased we

have found in Dr. Straub a seasoned expert in the management of medical

services and healthcare delivery. Together with our doctors he will forge

ahead with the integration of state-of-the-art medicine for the good of

patients, giving due regard to the treatment autonomy of doctors within our

hospital network' notes Wolfgang Pföhler, chairman of the Board of

Management of RHÖN-KLINIKUM AG. R

Ralf Stähler (40) was appointed deputy member of the Board of Management

and alongside Dr. Straub will assume responsibility for the commercial

management within the division Outpatient-Inpatient Basic and Standard

Care. As divisional head he currently manages the medical care centres

(MVZs) of the Group and the expansion of outpatient-inpatient healthcare

delivery. Since 2005 he has worked for RHÖN-KLINIKUM AG as Divisional Head

for Berlin/Brandenburg.

Dr. Irmgard Stippler (44), as deputy member of the Board of Management,

assumes responsibility for the organisational unit of communication and IT.

She is currently Divisional Head of Corporate Communication and has held an

executive positions within the Group since 2007. She will oversee

integrated communication as part of the growth strategy as well as

integration between facilities and sectors also in IT.

Dr. Erik Hamann (38) will be assigned responsibility for the division

Finance, Investor Relations and Controlling as deputy member of the Board

of Management. Dietmar Pawlik (51), the Group's CFO since 2006, is leaving

the Company at his own request for personal reasons with effect from 31

December 2008 and will continue to be available in an advisory capacity.

The Group thanks him for his work. By appointing Dr. Hamann, the

Supervisory Board deliberately decided for a successor from within the

Company. Together with Wolfgang Kunz (51), who will continue to be

responsible for the Accounting division in the same scope and extent as

before, he will ensure continuity in the Group's conservative and

long-term-oriented finance policy. Dr. Hamann has been Divisional Head of

Group Controlling since 2006 and has been part of the Group's executive

team since 2005.

Gerald Meder (54), having held executive positions with the Company since

1981, is deputy member of the Board of Management responsible for the

ongoing development of hospital structures in the division Specialised,

Intermediate and Maximum Care. This will be placed under his management

Germany-wide. In this connection he hands over the chair of the Management

Board of Universitätsklinikum Gießen und Marburg GmbH to Joseph Rohrer (53)

with effect from 1 January 2009 and joins its Supervisory Board. Joseph

Rohrer latterly worked six years as Chief Operating Officer of the Swiss

hospital group Hirslanden where he successfully held executive positions

for many years. He has extensive experience in the restructuring and

integration of hospitals.

Dr. Brunhilde Seidel-Kwem (52), Regional Director for Western and Northern

Germany since 2006, will assume an executive position within the division

Specialised, Intermediate and Maximum Care.

Andrea Aulkemeyer (44) - who has been with the Group since 1991, latterly

worked as the board member responsible for Northern Bavaria, Thuringia and

Baden-Wuerttemberg, and possesses profound knowledge of RHÖN-KLINIKUM AG -

will assume responsibility for organisational unit of internal auditing and

compliance and in this capacity will notably forge ahead with the

optimisation of internal business processes within the hospital network as

well as cross-sector co-operation.

As a clear statement on the ongoing objectives and direction pursued with

the concept of the integrated growth strategy, the Supervisory Board

already now has unanimously re-appointed Wolfgang Pföhler (55), chairman of

the Board of Management of RHÖN-KLINIKUM AG since the summer of 2005, as

chairman of the Board of Management for the period 1 May 2009 to 30 April


The Supervisory Board is convinced that the new Board of Management will

confirm the trust placed in it and continue the Company's success story.

'With this management structure we want to provide clear answers to the

pressing questions of the future, notably ensuring reliable healthcare

delivery that everyone can afford' stated Wolfgang Pföhler in conclusion.

At the occasion of the Analyst Conference on 6 November 2008, which will be

transmitted live from 10.00 a.m. on www.rhoen-klinikum-ag.com, detailed

information will be provided on the growth strategy and new structure of

the Board of Management.

Dr. Irmgard Stippler

Divisional Head of Corporate Communication

Tel.: (09771) 65-1321 Fax: (09771) 65-1306

E-mail: irmgard.stippler@rhoen-klinikum-ag.com

03.11.2008 Financial News transmitted by DGAP


Language: English


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