Dr. Rolf Martin Schmitz

Chairman of the Executive Board and Chief Executive Officer of RWE AG


Dr. Rolf Martin Schmitz Zoom

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  • Group Communications & Public Affairs
  • Legal
  • Corporate Business Development
  • Corporate Strategy
  • Internal Audit & Compliance
  • Human Resources
  • Corporate Transformation


17 June 1957born in Mönchengladbach
1976 – 1981studied mechanical engineering studies at RWTH Aachen University Engineering degree
1980 – 1986Chair of Thermal Transfer and Air Conditioning Technology at RWTH Aachen University
1985Doctorate in Engineering (Dr.-Ing.)
1986 – 1988Steag AG, Essen
Planning and project engineer for mechanical engineering
1988 – 1998VEBA AG, Düsseldorf
Last post: Deputy Department Head Economic Policy
1998 – 2001rhenag Rheinische Energie AG, Cologne
Member of the Executive Board
2001 – 2004Thüga Beteiligungen AG, Cologne
Board Member
2000 – 2004Thüga AG, Munich
Member of the Executive Board
2004 – 2005E.ON Kraftwerke GmbH, Hannover
Chairman of the Management Board (until September 2005)
2006 - 03/2009

RheinEnergie AG, Cologne

GEW AG, Cologne

Stadtwerke Köln, Cologne
Member of the Management Board
(from January 2009 Spokesman of the Management Board)

modernes köln, Cologne
Managing Director

Wohnungsgesellschaft der Stadtwerke Köln, Cologne
Spokesman of the Management Board

Since 06/2008


Since 07/2010

Bundesverband der Deutschen Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft (BDEW – German Association of Energy and Water Industries)

President (honorary position)

Vice President

05/2009 - 09/2010Member of the Executive Board,
Chief Operating Officer National
RWE AG, Essen
10/2010 - 10/2016Chief Operating Officer (COO)
RWE AG, Essen
07/2012 - 10/2016Deputy CEO of the Executive Board of RWE AG
Since 10/2016Chairman of the Executive Board and Chief Executive Officer of RWE AG
Since 05/2017 Labour Director, RWE AG

Other appointments

(content as of April, 2018)

Member of other mandatory supervisory boards

  • Amprion GmbH
  • RWE Generation SE (Chairman)
  • RWE Power AG (Chairman)
  • RWE Supply & Trading GmbH
  • TÜV Rheinland AG

Member of comparable domestic and foreign supervisory bodies of commercial enterprises

  • Kärntner Energieholding Beteiligungs GmbH
  • KELAG-Kärntner Elektrizitäts-AG
  • Jaeger-Gruppe (Chairman)