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. 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.
Hermann Kögler, Member of the Supervisory Board
Hermann Kögler (Born 1955) is Director of Finance/Controlling and Spokesman of the Board at COGNOS AG, one of the biggest privately-owned, independent education groups in Germany. After studying Business Administration at the University of Cologne, he began his career as a self-employed wholesaler. He later held a number of senior management positions, including those at the Otto Wolff Group and Rhenus AG. In early 1996 he moved to the international steel distributor Klöckner & Co., where he was an executive until 2001, most recently as Director of Finance/Controlling. Before he joined COGNOS AG in 2004 the graduate business administrator worked as a consultant and interim manager.
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.