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Management board

Executive board and supervisory board of CropEnergies AG

The Executive Board of CropEnergies AG

Dr. Fritz Georg von Graevenitz, CEO

General information

Year of birth: 1977

First appointment to the Executive Board: October 2019

Departments: Strategic Business Planning​, Business Development / M&A, Public Relations / Marketing​, HR and Organisational Development​, Public Affairs​, Procurement Raw Materials​, Sales


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'Ă©tudes 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 SĂĽdzucker 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 SĂĽdzucker AG. In July 2016, he was appointed head of the central auditing department and Compliance Officer of SĂĽdzucker AG.

Since October 2019, Dr. Fritz Georg von Graevenitz has been member of the executive board of CropEnergies AG as Chief Sales Officer. As of 1 March 2024, he was appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

Jürgen Böttcher, COO

General information

Year of birth: 1961 

First appointment to the Executive Board: May 2020

Departments: Production Alcohol and Biobased Chemicals​, Process and Technology​, Health I Safety I Environment​, Sustainability​, Quality, Supply Chain Management Alcohol and BBC, CRDS​, Procurement Energy/Investments and Maintenance goods/Auxiliaries


JĂĽrgen Böttcher studied food technology with a focus on sugar and starch at the Humboldt University of Berlin from 1981 on and graduated in 1986 with a degree in engineering (Diplomingenieur).

In 1986, he began his professional career as a production engineer at the Langenbogen sugar factory. In July 1990, he moved to SĂĽdzucker AG and became a production engineer at the Wabern sugar factory. In 1998, he was made plant manager at the Warburg sugar factory. From 2004 on, JĂĽrgen Böttcher was head of investment and maintenance management at SĂĽdzucker AG's head office in Ochsenfurt.

In 2006, he moved to CropEnergies AG and became managing director of CropEnergies Bioethanol GmbH Zeitz. From 2012 on, JĂĽrgen Böttcher was Technical Director of CropEnergies AG responsible for production and technology.

Since 1 May 2020, JĂĽrgen Böttcher has been a member of the executive board of CropEnergies AG as Chief Technical Officer (CTO). As of 1 March 2024, JĂĽrgen Böttcher was appointed Chief Operating Officer (COO).

Heike Baumbach, CFO

General information

Year of birth: 1982

First appointment to the Executive Board: March 2024

Departments: Finance, Risk Management, Accounting, Controlling, Compliance, Data Protection, Corporate Governance, IT, Internal Audit, Taxes, Real Estate / Insurance and Legal


Heike Baumbach studied International Business Studies, specialising in Finance and Economics, at Bochum University of Applied Sciences, Germany, and the University of Portsmouth, England, and graduated in 2005 with a degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science (Hons.).

In 2005, she gained her first international experience as a Junior Lecturer at Shandong Agricultural University, Tai'an, China, before starting her career in 2006 at The Royal Bank of Scotland plc in Frankfurt and London in the field of Corporate Clients and Risk & Portfolio Management.

In August 2009, Heike Baumbach joined CropEnergies AG as Manager Finance. In September 2011, she took over as Head of the Investor Relations & Capital Market Compliance and Finance & Risk Management departments

As of 1 March 2024, Heike Baumbach was appointed Chief Financial Officer in the Executive Board of CropEnergies AG. 

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