Heinz-Gerhard Wente, born in 1951, completed a commercial apprenticeship at Continental AG and studied economics in Hanover and Göttingen.
His entire professional career was spent in the service of the Continental Group. Mr. Wente joined Continental in 1978 when he launched his career in Industrial Engineering and later assumed various tasks in the Marketing and Controlling areas. In 1993 he was appointed general manager of ContiTech Antriebssysteme GmbH and Chairman of the Management Board in 1998. In 2000, Mr. Wente joined ContiTech Vibration Control where he took up a Board position. From 2001 to 2008, Heinz-Gerhard Wente was in charge of ContiTech Fluid Technology.
Mr. Wente was appointed to the Executive Board of Continental AG in 2007. Here, he initially assumed the position of Chief Personnel Officer and Labor Relations Director. As from October 2008, he also assumed the role of Chairman of the Management Board of ContiTech AG and headed this division of the Continental Group. Having relinquished his remit as Chief Personnel Officer, in 2011 Wente took over as head of the ContiTech Division, along with responsibility for central procurement of the group. Upon expiry of his contract, he retired from the Executive Board of Continental AG at the end of April 2015. Over the period from 2010 through February 2016, Wente was active as Vice President of Hanover’s Chamber of Industry and Commerce, and from 2007 until 2011 Vice President of the Federal Employers' Association of the Chemical Industry (BAVC).
Heinz-Gerhard Wente has been a member of Salzgitter AG’s Supervisory Board since September 2015 and has held the position of Chairman of the Supervisory Board since April 2016.