Executive board

The executive board of CropEnergies AG

Joachim Lutz, CEO
(Born in 1956)
Production, Business Development, Public Relations, Marketing, Investor Relations, Compliance and Human Resources
After completing a banking traineeship, Joachim Lutz graduated with a Degree in Business Administration from the University of Mannheim, specializing in banking, finance and auditing. From 1984 until the end of 1990, he worked as an authorized representative for Deutsche Bank AG in the corporate finance sector, concentrating on large capital corporations.
In January 1991, he switched to Südzucker AG in Mannheim as manager financing. In 1995 he was promoted to Head of Finance and Investor Relations of the Südzucker Group, comprising all treasury, corporate finance and capital markets origination functions.
In 2006, Joachim Lutz prepared the initial public offering (IPO) of the CropEnergies AG and in May 2006, was appointed Chief Financial Officer of the CropEnergies AG. In April 2015 he was appointed Chief Executive Officer.

Michael Friedmann, CSO
(Born in 1955)
Procurement and Sales
After graduating with a degree in Business Administration and Economics from Hohenheim University, Michael Friedmann worked in purchasing for McDonald's Development Company from 1985 on, first in Southern Europe and later in the United Kingdom. In May 1990, he switched to Continental Dairy Queen as Director Purchasing Europe in Italy.
In October 1992, he joined Südzucker AG in Rain am Lech as deputy head of Sugar Sales of the regional sales office South. In 1997, he became Managing Director of Südzucker International GmbH, Ochsenfurt, coordinating the sugar sales of Südzucker AG in Eastern Europe. In addition, from 2000 to 2004 Michael Friedmann worked as Managing Director of the Polish Südzucker sales office Cukier Krolewski Sp.z o.o. in Krakow. In 2004, he became Head of Sugar Co-product Sales of Südzucker AG in Mannheim.
In April 2015, Michael Friedmann was appointed as Chief Sales officer and member of the Executive board of CropEnergies AG.

Dr. Stephan Meeder, CFO
(Born in 1970)
Finance, Accounting, Controlling and Risk Management
After graduating with a degree in Business Administration from the University of Mannheim and the Ecole Supérieure des Sciences Economiques et Commerciales, Cergy-Pontoise, France, Stephan Meeder worked for ABB Structured Finance GmbH from 1996 to 2000. In 1999, he earned his doctorate from the University of Mannheim at the faculty of Logistics. From 2000 to 2001, he worked for KPMG in the Corporate Finance Department and from 2001 to 2006 at Robert Bosch GmbH in Corporate Finance and M&A.
In November 2006, Stephan Meeder joined the Corporate Finance department of Südzucker AG. In May 2007, he was appointed Chief Financial Officer of the French sugar producer Saint Louis Sucre SA, Paris.
In April 2015, Stephan Meeder was appointed to the executive board of CropEnergies AG as Chief Financial Officer.

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