Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Shareholder Representative
Dr. Ralf Bethke is Chairman of the Supervisory Board and Shareholder Representative at KS AG since May 14 2008. Additionally he acts as Chairman of the Mediation Nomination as well as Personnel Committees and Member of the Audit Committee at the Company. He was Member of the Supervisory Board at KS AG since July 1 2007. He also occupies the position of Chairman of the Supervisory Board at Dr. Jens Ehrhardt Kapital AG. Previously he was Chairman of the Executive Board of the Company. He also serves as Vice Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Benteler International AG and Member of the Supervisory Board of Suedzucker AG and Sueddeutsche ZuckerruebenverwaltungsGenossenschaft EG. He joined BASF AG in 1972 where he held various sales and marketing positions in the fertilizer division. In 1978 he was appointed to the Board of Executive Directors of Chemag AG in Frankfurt Germany assuming responsibility for sales and marketing of chemicals finance personnel and administration. In 1984 he returned to BASF headquarters as head of the intermediate products marketing department. In May 1990 he was appointed to the Board of Executive Directors of Kali und Salz AG where his first post was that of head of the sales and marketing division. One year later on July 1 1991 Dr. Bethke became Chairman of the Executive Board of Kali und Salz AG now KS Aktiengesellschaft. In addition he was Chairman of executive management at Kali und Salz GmbH from 1993 until 2001. After studying Business Administration and Economics at the Universities of Bonn Cologne and Mannheim he subsequently obtained a Doctorate from Universitaet Mannheim in 1971.
Age: 73 Chairman Since 2008 Ph.D