Supervisory Board


Prof. Dr. Volker Gruhn, Chairperson of the Supervisory Board

Prof. Dr. Volker Gruhn (born in 1963) was a co-founder of adesso AG in 1997 and is now the Chairperson of the Supervisory Board. He is Head of the Software Engineering Department at University of Duisburg-Essen, where his main research focuses on mobile applications. Prof. Dr. Gruhn is the author and co-author of approximately 270 national and international publications and conference contributions. Moreover, he is member of the BIPRO e.V. advisory board. The BIPRO initiative is an association of finance companies that aim to optimize cross-company processes by developing functional and technical standards.


Prof. Dr. Willibald Folz, Member of the Supervisory Board

Prof. Dr. Willibald Folz worked in the economics division at Bavarian Ministry of Finance and Bavarian State Chancellery after studying law and economics and graduating with a major in business administration. He then held management positions at various banks including the Bayerische Landesbank, at the Deutsch-Skandinavischen Bank AG as a member of the executive board and at Münchner Hypothekenbank eG as speaker of the executive board and later from 1998 to 2010 as the chairman of the supervisory board. From 1990 to 1999, he was the president and chairperson of the executive board of the Genossenschaftsverband Bayern e.V. (Bayern association of co-operatives). Moreover, he is member of the supervisory boards at Bayerische Versicherungsbank AG, Bayern Versicherung, Bayerische Beamtenversicherung as well as Bausparkasse Schwäbisch Hall and he is the chairperson of the BayWa supervisory board.

Prof. Dr. Folz taught at the faculty of economics of Eichstätt/Ingolstadt Catholic University, specialising in bank law and cooperatives. He was the chairperson of the university council of Bamberg University and the board of trustees of the Academy of Philosophy in Munich.


Prof. Dr. Gottfried Koch, Member of the Supervisory Board

Prof. Dr. Gottfried Koch (born in 1951) is a professor of insurance IT and member of the management board of the IT institute at Leipzig University. Before he took up the professorship in 1998, he worked at Helvetia insurance group in St. Gallen and Frankfurt, and was also active as a freelance consultant. In addition, he was managing director of FJA AG in Austria and Switzerland until 2000. He studied at the German Insurance Academy in Cologne, at Goethe University in Frankfurt, and at the University of St. Gallen, where he also received his doctorate. Having initially trained as an insurance clerk, he started his career at Frankfurter-Allianz Versicherungs AG.


Heinz-Werner Richter, Member of the Supervisory Board

Heinz-Werner Richter (born in 1951) has been a member of the management board of Barmenia Versicherungen from 1996 to 2013 and was responsible for the IT and mathematics divisions in the health and life insurance sectors. Additionally, he was a member of the management board of the German actuarial association for many years as well as a member of numerous bodies within the German Insurance Association, and the association of private health insurers. Today, Mr. Richter works as an actuarial trustee for private health insurers and performs an advisory function in IT projects. Before starting his career at Barmenia in 1977, Heinz-Werner Richter studied mathematics and informatics at the University of Bonn where he graduated with a degree in mathematics.


Rainer Rudolf, Member of the Supervisory Board

Rainer Rudolf (born in 1962) co-founded adesso AG in 1997 and led the company as CEO until the end of 2010. In this capacity, he was responsible for the management of the entire company until 2007, which comprised all business and administrative activities in addition to the company’s HR and legal teams. His contribution played a major role in shaping adesso AG’s solid economic growth and progress. Since stepping down from the Management Board on September 30, 2011, Rainer Rudolf, who holds a degree in IT, has been managing director of Stock Informatik GmbH & Co. KG in Fröndenberg.


Dr. Friedrich Wöbking, Member of the Supervisory Board

Dr. Friedrich Wöbking (born in 1950) is a declared expert on information technology and the banks and insurance industries. He was member of the Executive Board at Dresdner Bank AG between 2003 and 2009 and took responsibility for the IT Services and Operations department. Previously, during the 1990s, he was member of the Executive Board at Allianz Versicherungs-AG/Allianz Lebensversicherungs-AG and Deutsche Versicherungs-AG where he was head of the Private Customer Business department as well as head of the departments IT and e-Business. Wöbking owns a doctor’s degree in Information Technology and Mathematics and currently runs FW ADVISORY Management Beratung. Above that, he acts, among others, as an advisor at EXMACO AG and is a Senior Advisor at Droege & Comp. Unternehmerberatung.


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