Supervisory Board committees

General Committee
Prof. Dr. Ulrich Lehner (Chairman)
Josef Bednarski (as of January 1, 2016)
Johannes Geismann
Lothar Schröder

Finance Committee
Dr. Ulrich Schröder (Chairman)
Dr. Wulf H. Bernotat
Monika Brandl
Klaus-Dieter Hanas (as of January 1, 2016)
Sylvia Hauke
Karl-Heinz Streibich

Audit Committee
Dagmar P. Kollmann (Chairwoman)
Josef Bednarski (as of January 1, 2016)
Johannes Geismann
Hans-Jürgen Kallmeier
Prof. Dr. Michael Kaschke
Petra Steffi Kreusel

Staff Committee
Lothar Schröder (Chairman)
Josef Bednarski (as of January 1, 2016)
Dagmar P. Kollmann
Prof. Dr. Ulrich Lehner

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

Mediation Committe
Prof. Dr. Ulrich Lehner (Chairman)
Josef Bednarski (as of January 1, 2016)
Johannes Geismann (as of May 25, 2016, at the close of the shareholders’ meeting)
Dr. Hubertus von Grünberg (until May 25, 2016, at the close of the shareholders’ meeting)
Lothar Schröder

Technology and Innovation Committee
Lothar Schröder (Chairman as of May 25, 2016, at the close of the shareholders’ meeting, previously member)
Dr. Hubertus von Grünberg (Chairman until May 25, 2016, at the close of the shareholders’ meeting)
Sari Baldauf
Lars Hinrichs
Hans-Jürgen Kallmeier
Michael Sommer
Karl-Heinz Streibich (as of May 25, 2016, at the close of the shareholders’ meeting)

Special Committee for U. S. Business
Prof. Dr. Ulrich Lehner (Chairman)
Dr. Wulf H. Bernotat
Sylvia Hauke
Lothar Schröder
Dr. Ulrich Schröder
Sibylle Spoo (as of January 1, 2016)

The General Committee met nine times in 2016, 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. In 2016, this also included the question of expanding the Board of Management with the addition of the Technology and Innovation Board department, which was created effective January 1, 2017, and is headed by Claudia Nemat, previously responsible for the Europe & Technology Board department. The committee also dealt with the appointment of Srini Gopalan as the new member of the Board of Management responsible for the Europe Board department effective January 1, 2017. The committee also reviewed the remuneration system and the appropriateness of Board of Management remuneration as scheduled, and revised and updated the reporting obligations of the Board of Management to the Supervisory Board. In the joint meeting with the Finance Committee, the General Committee dealt in particular with the 2017 budget and the medium-term planning for 2018 to 2020.

The Finance Committee held three meetings, one of which was together with the General Committee. One meeting dealt with increasing the investment budget in connection with a spectrum auction. In another meeting, the committee dealt with general topics such as interest and foreign currency management, pension obligations, and ratings. In the joint meeting with the General Committee, the Finance Committee discussed the 2017 annual financial plan in particular.

The Audit Committee held a total of six meetings in 2016. The external auditor was present at five 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 quarterly 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 external auditor to be nominated by the 2016 shareholders’ meeting. The Audit Committee also regularly discussed the quarterly report on business development. In the 2016 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, as well as its meetings, the Audit Committee also met to discuss the topic of EU audit reform and accounting standards (IFRS 15 and IFRS 16). At the meeting on December 13, 2016, the Audit Committee revised its Rules of Procedure and adapted these to the stipulations of the Audit Reform Act.

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 2016 and mainly discussed matters relating to headcount and staffing requirement planning for the purpose of preparing Supervisory Board resolutions on the 2017 budget. The committee also dealt with topics including the future training concept, management succession planning, and early retirement for civil servants. In addition, it discussed the Group’s diversity strategy.

The Nomination Committee met once in 2016, on December 1, 2016. In this meeting it dealt 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 2016.

The Technology and Innovation Committee held two meetings in 2016 and dealt with a very broad range of topics from a variety of areas, such as artificial intelligence. 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 did not meet in 2016.