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Group Management Report

 

5. Organization and administration

The GfK Group has a matrix organization consisting of two global sectors, Consumer Choices and Consumer Experiences, with product responsibility and distributed across six regions.

GfK SE functions as both the overarching holding company and an operating unit. In Germany, GfK Group’s network comprises the parent company as well as eight consolidated affiliated companies and seven non-consolidated affiliated companies. Worldwide, GfK has 136 consolidated affiliated companies as well as seven associated companies, three minority interests and 26 non-consolidated affiliated companies. The Group headquarters are in Nuremberg, Germany. In 2016, GfK further optimized its structure and reduced the number of companies. Subsidiaries are not essential to the Group’s position either individually or in aggregate.

5.1 Management Board

The Management Board of GfK SE consisted of five members in 2016. In its meeting on September 11, 2015, the Supervisory Board had appointed David Krajicek and Alessandra Cama to the Management Board, effective as of January 1, 2016.

In the period from January 1, 2016 to August 31, 2016, Management Board responsibilities were allocated as follows:

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Matthias Hartmann, was responsible for the corporate functions of Strategy and Innovation, IT (Strategy, Enterprise Applications, Infrastructure), Human Resources (including Executive Development and Compensation), Integrity, Compliance and Intellectual Property, Internal Audit, Investor Relations, and Marketing and Communications.

The Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Christian Diedrich, was responsible for the corporate functions of Corporate Finance, Corporate Development, Group Controlling, Treasury, Legal, Central Services, Procurement, Sector Finance and Regional Finance.

Strategic and commercial management of the two sectors was the responsibility of the Management Board members Dr. Gerhard Hausruckinger for the Consumer Choices sector and David Krajicek for the Consumer Experiences sector in their roles as Chief Commercial Officers (CCOs).

Responsibility for Operations in the Consumer Choices and Consumer Experiences sectors as well as for regional operations functions was held by Management Board member Alessandra Cama in her role as Chief Operations Officer (COO).

On August 12, 2016, Matthias Hartmann mutually agreed with the Supervisory Board that he would leave the Management Board effective December 31, 2016 and fully transfer all responsibilities to his Management Board colleagues by that date. It was agreed on the same day that Dr. Gerhard Hausruckinger would assume the role as interim speaker of the Management Board as of September 1, 2016, in addition to his current role as Management Board member with responsibility for the strategic and commercial management of the Consumer Choices sector.

As of September 1, 2016, Management Board responsibilities have been allocated as follows:

The speaker of the Management Board and Chief Commercial Officer (CCO), Dr. Gerhard Hausruckinger, is responsible for the strategic and commercial management of the Consumer Choices sector and has assumed additional responsibility for the corporate functions of Strategy and Innovation.

The Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Christian Diedrich, is responsible for the corporate functions of Corporate Finance, Corporate Development, Group Controlling, Treasury, Legal, Central Services, Procurement, Sector Finance and Regional Finance as well as assuming additional responsibility for the corporate functions of Human Resources (including Executive Development and Compensation), Integrity, Compliance and Intellectual Property, Internal Audit and Investor Relations.

The Chief Commercial Officer (CCO), David Krajicek, is responsible for the strategic and commercial management of the Consumer Experiences sector and has assumed additional responsibility for the corporate functions of Marketing and Communications.

The Chief Operations Officer (COO), Alessandra Cama, is responsible for Operations in the Consumer Choices and Consumer Experiences sectors as well as regional operations functions and has assumed additional responsibility for the corporate function of IT (Strategy, Enterprise Applications, Infrastructure).

5.2. Administration

The corporate functions of Corporate Finance, Group Controlling, Corporate Development, Legal, Treasury, Integrity, Compliance and Intellectual Property, Human Resources, Central Services, Procurement, Marketing and Communications and Investor Relations are responsible for deciding on policy across the Group in their respective fields of work.

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