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Zeppelin Group appoints two new Supervisory Board members


30.07.2021, Friedrichshafen / Garching near Munich

Long-serving members Roswita Feineis and Prof. Horst Wildemann retire from the committee  

Friedrichshafen / Garching bei München, July 30, 2021. Prof. Dr. Horst Wildemann, Shareholder Representative, and Roswita Feineis, Employee Representative, are retiring from the Supervisory Board of Zeppelin GmbH on July 30, 2021. Dr. Kristin Neumann has been appointed as successor for the employer side by the shareholders and the Board of Trustees of the Zeppelin Foundation, and Carolin Winkel has been elected as the representative of senior managers.  

The Supervisory Board and the Group Management Board of Zeppelin GmbH bade farewell to Prof. Dr. Horst Wildemann and Ms. Roswita Feineis at its meeting of July 30, 2021, thanking them for their many years of dedicated work. At the same time, Dr. Kristin Neumann and Carolin Winkel were welcomed as new members of the Supervisory Board at the meeting.

“With the departure of Professor Wildemann, the Supervisory Board of Zeppelin GmbH is saying its goodbyes to a well-connected expert in the industry, as well as an excellent engineer and business economist. For decades he has supported and advised the entire Zeppelin management team with foresight in the course of far-reaching innovation and growth initiatives. We greatly appreciate that we have been able to benefit from his in-depth knowledge as the holder of a leading academic chair of business administration, and regret that Professor Wildemann is now taking his turn to retire. We also regret that Ms. Roswita Feineis, who helped shape the work of the Supervisory Board over a decade, will be leaving the board at the end of her term. As a representative of senior management, Ms. Feineis has very constructively and with great commitment contributed her opinions and perspectives in numerous dialogs and discussions. I would like to personally thank Mr. Wildemann and Ms. Feineis on behalf of the Zeppelin Foundation and Zeppelin Group for their consistently fair and valuable collaboration on this committee,” commented Andreas Brand, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Zeppelin GmbH and Mayor of Friedrichshafen, on the departure of the two members of the Supervisory Board.

He added: “We are also pleased that with the appointment of Dr. Kirstin Neumann and the election of Ms. Carolin Winkel, we will be welcoming two highly qualified successors to the vacated Supervisory Board seats. I’m certain that with their diverse commercial and entrepreneurial knowledge and experience, they will successfully shape the future of the Zeppelin Group. I am particularly pleased that with these appointments we are continuing along our path of increasing the number of female leaders in the Zeppelin Group. I wish both of them a good start and lots of success in their new roles.”

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Horst Wildemann helped shape the work of the Supervisory Board at Zeppelin for almost three decades. In January 1995, engineering graduate Wildemann assumed a seat on the newly founded Supervisory Board of Zeppelin Baumaschinen GmbH. He continued his work there until January 2008, when the Supervisory Board was converted into a third-parity Supervisory Board. In May 2006, he was also appointed to the Supervisory Board of Zeppelin GmbH (management holding company).

Roswita Feineis, who graduated in business administration, joined Zeppelin Baumaschinen GmbH in September 1998 as an HR clerk. After a brief interruption, she was appointed Head of Human Resources for Zeppelin Baumaschinen GmbH and Zeppelin GmbH from October 2004. On January 1, 2009, she became a member of the Management Board of Zeppelin Baumaschinen GmbH, and in May 2011 was elected to represent the interests of senior managers on the Supervisory Board of Zeppelin Group.

Dr. Kristin Neumann has been working for LSG Lufthansa Service Holding AG (LSG holding company) as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) since July 2014 and has also held the position of Labor Director since October 2014. After completing her apprenticeship at Deutsche Bank and a degree in Economics at Georg August University in Göttingen, where she also pursued her doctorate in Business Administration, she held various positions at Thomas Cook between 2000 and 2014, and joined the Management Board in 2010.

Carolin Winkel has been working since July 2016 for Zeppelin Rental GmbH, where she heads the Corporate Development & CSR department. She studied business administration, holds an MBA, and since the start of her career in 2006 has gained experience in the areas of strategy, change management, leadership and digitalization for SMEs and in DAX companies. From 2011 to 2016, she worked as a consultant at Accenture.


The Zeppelin Group Supervisory Board is formed on the basis of parity in accordance with Section 7 of the German Co-Determination Act, and is composed of six Shareholder and six Employee Representatives.

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Clockwise from top left: Kristin Neumann, Carolin Winkel, Roswita Feineis, Horst Wildemann


Zeppelin GmbH

Graf-Zeppelin-Platz 1

85748 Garching bei München