Salzgitter AG appoints new female Executive Board member

04.08.2023 | Salzgitter AG

Birgit Potrafki to succeed Burkhard Becker as CFO

Salzgitter. At a meeting on 16.06.2023, the Supervisory Board of Salzgitter AG appointed Ms. Birgit Potrafki (52) as a new member of the Executive Board. She will join the Board on 01.02.2024 and take up the position of CFO on 01.04.2024. She succeeds Burkhard Becker (63) who will leave the company by agreement on 31.03.2024 and retire. The period spent working in parallel will ensure a seamless transition.

Ms. Birgit Potrafki commands extensive experience gained in numerous management roles at the Bosch Group. Among other posts, she has held worldwide responsibility for the windscreen wiper business and was a member of the divisional board of the Electrical Drives division. Since 2021 she has held the post of Executive Vice President Finance and Administration at Robert Bosch GmbH, Division Cross-Domain Computing Solutions, and served as a member of the divisional board. Ms. Potrafki has a degree in economics, having graduated in 1997 from the Leibniz University Hanover.

Heinz-Gerhard Wente, Chairman of the Supervisory Board, commented on the new appointment:

“With Ms. Potrafki we have gained a proven leader. She joins the Salzgitter Group at a time that is characterized by our new orientation towards the circular economy and the transformation of the industry towards low-CO2 production processes. We believe that she will make a major contribution to the successful future alignment of the Salzgitter Group.”

Mr. Wente also went on to thank Burkhard Becker:

“Burkhard Becker has been with Salzgitter AG since 2010. During this time he has successfully headed significant areas of the Group and has rendered exceptional service as CFO. In the months ahead, Mr. Becker will continue to contribute his knowledge and experience without restriction in implementing our transformation.”

Salzgitter AG contacts:

Thorsten Moellmann
Head of Communication & Brand
Tel.: +49 (0)5341 21-2300

Olaf Reinecke
Press Spokesperson
Tel.: +49 (0)5341 21-5350

Salzgitter AG ranks as one of Germany’s leading steel and technology groups. As a pioneer in the circular economy, we focus on sustainable innovation and on transforming products and processes in the business units of Steel Production, Steel Processing, Trading and Technology.

With our “Salzgitter AG 2030" strategy and anchored in the principle of “Pioneering for Circular Solutions”, we are setting new benchmarks in the industry. Our aspirations are realized through strong initiatives and programs such as SALCOS® - Salzgitter Low CO2 Steelmaking. Through partnerships and in networks, we are actively driving the process of development towards a circular economy. With around 25,000 employees worldwide at 150 national and international subsidiaries and associate companies, we live up to our global aims for growth, profitability and our pioneering position. In the financial year 2022, we generated external sales of around € 12 billion, with a crude steel capacity of 7 million tons.

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