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The executive board of CropEnergies AG

Joachim Lutz, CEO
(Born in 1956)
Production, Business Development, Public Relations, Marketing, Compliance and Human Resources
Joachim Lutz, subsequent to his banking traineeship, studied at the University of Mannheim from 1979 until 1984, specializing in banking, finance and auditing. After receiving his diploma in business administration, he worked at Deutsche Bank AG until the end of 1990 with a focus on corporate finance consulting for large stock corporations.
In January 1991, he became Head of Finance at Südzucker AG in Mannheim, being promoted to Director of Finance and Investor Relations in 1995. Besides corporate finance, this also included the debt and equity capital market activities of Südzucker Group.
In 2006, Joachim Lutz prepared the divisional segmentation of CropEnergies AG, the renewable energy-division of Südzucker Group. In May 2006, he was appointed Chief Financial Officer of CropEnergies AG. The initial public offering (IPO) of CropEnergies AG took place in September 2006. Since April 2015, Joachim Lutz has been Chief Executive Officer.
Joachim Lutz represents the interests of the industry in national and European ethanol associations: He is Vice Chairman of the BDBe and a member of the ePURE Board of Directors.

Michael Friedmann, CSO
(Born in 1955)
Procurement, Sales and Logistics
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. Fritz Georg von Graevenitz, Successor CSO
(Born in 1977)
Procurement, Sales and Logistics
Dr. Fritz Georg von Graevenitz studied economics, economic history with a focus on fiscal policy and political science at the Universities of Mannheim and Heidelberg and the Institut d'études politiques de Paris, Frankreich. In 2011, he received his doctorate for his thesis on international agricultural markets in the 20th century and their policies from the European University Institute, Florence, Italy.
In October 2011, Fritz Georg von Graevenitz joined the Südzucker Group as an expert for sugar policy and sugar markets in the central department for business economics in the sugar division. In September 2015, he became assistant to the CEO of Südzucker AG. Since July 2016, he has been head of the central auditing department and Compliance Officer of Südzucker AG.
With effect from 1 October 2019, Fritz Georg von Graevenitz has been appointed member of the executive board of CropEnergies AG. He will succeed Michael Friedmann as Chief Sales Officer.

Dr. Stephan Meeder, CFO
(Born in 1970)
Finance, Accounting, Taxes, Investor Relations, Controlling, IT, Risk management and Law
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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