Supervisory Board committees

General Committee
Prof. Dr. Ulrich Lehner (Chairman)
Josef Bednarski
Johannes Geismann
Lothar Schröder

Finance Committee
Dr. Ulrich Schröder (Chairman)
Dr. Wulf H. Bernotat (until August 27, 2017)
Monika Brandl
Klaus-Dieter Hanas
Sylvia Hauke (until June 30, 2017)
Dagmar P. Kollmann (since October 11, 2017)
Michael Sommer (since September 13, 2017)
Karl-Heinz Streibich

Audit Committee
Dagmar P. Kollmann (Chairwoman)
Josef Bednarski
Johannes Geismann
Hans-Jürgen Kallmeier
Prof. Dr. Michael Kaschke
Petra Steffi Kreusel

Staff Committee
Lothar Schröder (Chairman)
Josef Bednarski
Dagmar P. Kollmann (until October 11, 2017)
Prof. Dr. Ulrich Lehner
Margret Suckale (since October 11, 2017)

Nomination Committee
Prof. Dr. Ulrich Lehner (Chairman)
Johannes Geismann
Dagmar P. Kollmann

Mediation Committee
Prof. Dr. Ulrich Lehner (Chairman)
Josef Bednarski
Johannes Geismann
Lothar Schröder

Technology and Innovation Committee
Lothar Schröder (Chairman)
Sari Baldauf
Lars Hinrichs
Hans-Jürgen Kallmeier
Michael Sommer
Karl-Heinz Streibich

Special Committee for U.S. Business
Prof. Dr. Ulrich Lehner (Chairman)
Dr. Wulf H. Bernotat (until August 27, 2017)
Johannes Geismann (since October 11, 2017)
Sylvia Hauke (until June 30, 2017)
Lothar Schröder
Dr. Ulrich Schröder
Michael Sommer (since September 13, 2017)
Sibylle Spoo

The General Committee met eight times in 2017, one meeting of which was held jointly with the Finance Committee. The committee focused mainly on preparing the recommendations for decision for the plenary meetings in regard to all of the decisions on Board of Management and Supervisory Board matters. Among other things, the committee reviewed the remuneration system and the appropriateness of Board of Management remuneration as scheduled. Succession planning for the Board of Management was also discussed in the meeting. In the joint meeting with the Finance Committee, the General Committee dealt in particular with the 2018 budget and the medium-term planning for 2018 to 2021.

The Finance Committee met three times, of which one meeting was together with the General Committee. Investment planning and focuses were the subject of one meeting. The committee also dealt with general topics such as interest and foreign currency management, and a spectrum review. In the joint meeting with the General Committee, the Finance Committee discussed the 2017 annual financing plan and the topic of pension obligations in particular.

The Audit Committee met five times in 2017. The external auditor was present at all of these meetings. The Audit Committee’s area of responsibility is defined by German legislation and the German Corporate Governance Code. It includes, in particular, the monitoring of accounting, the effectiveness of the internal control system, risk management and the internal auditing system, compliance, and data privacy. The Audit Committee also handled matters relating to the audit of the Company’s financial statements, in particular selecting and ensuring the independence of the external auditor, and monitored the additional services provided by the external auditor, the commissioning of the external auditor, the stipulation of the main focuses of the audit, and the agreement on fees. After thorough discussion, the Audit Committee issued a recommendation to us about our suggestion of the external auditor to be nominated by the 2017 shareholders’ meeting. The Audit Committee also regularly discussed the quarterly report on business development. In the 2017 financial year, the Audit Committee again held one meeting on fundamental issues affecting the Group. At this meeting, the committee dealt in particular with the effectiveness of the reporting system and the development of the report structure, the effectiveness of the internal control system and the compliance management system, and new legal requirements affecting the Audit Committee as well as current legal developments at German and European level. In addition, the Audit Committee dealt with the results of the efficiency audit of the committee and with the topic of data privacy and security. In its meeting in June, the committee discussed information on new requirements and developments in German and EU law, accounting standards, and fraud prevention measures. In its November meeting, the committee discussed among other things the implementation of the CSR Implementation Act to strengthen non-financial reporting.

Dagmar P. Kollmann, Chairwoman of the Audit Committee, has expert knowledge of accounting and auditing. She is also particularly knowledgeable and experienced in the application of accounting standards and internal control procedures. She is independent, and is not a former member of the Board of Management of Deutsche Telekom AG. Like the members of the full Supervisory Board, the members of the Audit Committee overall are very familiar with the sector in which Deutsche Telekom AG is active.

The Staff Committee held two meetings in 2017 and mainly discussed matters relating to headcount and staffing requirement planning for the purpose of preparing Supervisory Board resolutions on the 2018 budget. In addition, the committee dealt with topics including skill and succession management, the women’s quota, the company pension scheme, global job architecture, and received information on the results of the 2017 employee survey.

The Nomination Committee met three times in 2017, and dealt in its meetings with succession planning for the Supervisory Board.

The Mediation Committee to be formed in accordance with § 27 (3) of the Codetermination Act did not meet in 2017.

The Technology and Innovation Committee held four meetings in 2017 and dealt with a very broad range of topics from a variety of areas. For example, the committee discussed innovation benchmarking, the innovation process and the innovation strategy, in addition to the topic of cyber security and the development of IT. The committee supports and promotes innovation and technological developments at infrastructure and product level and supports the Board of Management with advice on how to tap new growth areas.

The Special committee for U.S. Business held one meeting in 2017 and discussed strategic issues affecting T-Mobile US.