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EEW is aligning its corporate management for the future

EEW Energy from Waste, one of the leading companies in Europe in the field of thermal recovery of household and commercial waste as well as sewage sludge, is aligning its corporate management for the future: As of 1 August 2023 Timo Poppe (42), former Member of the Board of swb AG and Chief Representative of EWE AG, will be the new CEO of EEW. Following this in the further course of 2023, Bernard M. Kemper (65), who has led the corporate group very successfully as CEO since 2014, will then move to the Supervisory Board as Chairman later this year. Jürgen Rauen (76), current Chairman of the Supervisory Board, will gradually retire from active professional life.

Many years of experience in the energy sector
The 42-year-old Timo Poppe can look back on many years of experience in the German energy and water industry. After completing his training and studies as an industrial engineer, he started his professional career at EWE AG in Oldenburg in 2004. Already in 2009 he was appointed Head of EWE Corporate Development, leading the department for three years. From 2012 to 2015, he was Chief Representative of EWE AG and at the same time a Member of the Board of Bremen-based swb AG for its Networks division. In this function he was responsible for the Group’s entire infrastructure business with over 4,500 employees. From 2015 to 2020, Timo Poppe was Member of the Board for Infrastructure and Finance at swb AG with 2,500 employees and a sales responsibility of approx. €1.3 billion. During this time, Mr. Poppe was also a Member of the Executive Committee and Committee Chairman for Digitalisation for the VKU association for municipal public utilities. In 2021, Poppe founded Palladio Kommunal GmbH, a joint venture with Palladio Partners that supports municipalities and municipal companies in financing infrastructure projects. Timo Poppe is married and has two children.

Timo Poppe: “Shaping the future of EEW together with a strong team”
Timo Poppe is looking forward to his new tasks at EEW: “I will be pleased to shape the future of EEW together with a strong team. For this, the currently very good position of the company is an excellent starting point.”

From 1 August 2023, Timo Poppe will lead the EEW Group, headquartered in Helmstedt, as CEO and Chairman of the Board of Management, jointly with CFO Markus Hauck and COO Dr. Joachim Manns.

Jürgen Rauen: “At EEW, transformation is a tradition”
Jürgen Rauen, who is gradually retiring from active professional life after more than 10 years as Chairman to the EEW Supervisory Board, sees the company well positioned for the challenges of the future: “At EEW, transformation is a tradition. In the year of our 150th anniversary, we are taking and shaping the next step in the company’s successful future. I am very pleased that with Timo Poppe we have gained a future CEO who is extremely competent, experienced in the sector and entrepreneurial.”

Bernard M. Kemper: “Looking forward to working with Timo Poppe”
Bernard M. Kemper, CEO of EEW since 2014, said: “I am sure that with Timo Poppe we have found a very suitable successor for the role of CEO. The handover of responsibility on 1 August 2023 will be well prepared. I am looking forward to working with Timo Poppe.”

Xinhao Jiang, Executive Director of BEHL: “Found the right future CEO”
Xinhao Jiang, Executive Director and Vice Chairman of Beijing Enterprises Holdings Limited (BEHL) as well as member of the EEW Supervisory Board, added: “As the shareholder, continuity and innovation in the entrepreneurial development of EEW Energy from Waste are very important to us. We are convinced that we have found the right future CEO in Timo Poppe, and with his industrial background he has verified his expertise for the challenging task. We look forward to working with Timo Poppe and support the EEW management team in leading the company into a sustainably successful future. We would also like to thank Bernard M. Kemper for his upcoming assumption of tasks as Chairman of the Supervisory Board. We especially thank Jürgen Rauen for his excellent leadership as Chairman of the Supervisory Board for more than 10 years. Our cooperation with him to date has been extremely positive.”

Expanding the role in resource protection and opening up new business areas
With its current 17 facility sites in Germany and neighbouring countries, EEW Energy from Waste makes an important contribution to climate and resource protection. In the EEW plants, around 5 million tonnes of waste can be utilised energetically and disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner every year. With its new CEO Timo Poppe, EEW will continue to expand its role as a leading company in resource protection and sustainable energy supply for industry and households in Europe and, to this end, also develop new business areas.

EEW Energy from Waste GmbH (EEW) is one of the leading companies in Europe in the field of thermal recovery of waste and sewage sludge. EEW Energy from Waste is already making an important contribution towards protecting the climate and resources and is a key player in the circular economy. Our corporate group currently operates 17 sites that can process around 5 million tonnes of waste per year. The more than 1,400 employees at our plants ensure that the energy stored in waste is utilised, the volume of waste is reduced, the hazards caused by waste are eliminated safely and without negative impact, and that scrap metals and compound materials are recycled. Moreover, we efficiently utilise the energy contained in waste to generate process steam for industrial plants, district heating for residential areas and environmentally sustainable electricity. In line with our vision for the future, we have set a goal to be climate neutral by 2030 and climate positive by 2040. A key measure in addition to carbon reduction will be carbon capture at our facilities. The captured carbon will be partly stored underground or utilised as a valuable feedstock for chemical products in a carbon-neutral economy of the future.