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Dr. Bernd Schröder and FC Schalke 04 Part Ways

FC Schalke 04 e.V. supervisory board made an important decision on July 30, 2023. They mutually agreed with Dr. Bernd Schröder to terminate his CEO contract, which will be effective starting from July 31, 2023.


Schröder's commitment to the club is commendable. He has graciously offered his availability in an advisory role until the end of the year, ensuring a smooth transition. This demonstrates his dedication to maintaining a seamless handover process and leaving no room for disruptions.




Axel Hefer, chairman of the supervisory board stated: “The supervisory board and Bernd Schröder have been in intensive consultation over recent weeks regarding the future of the cooperation. As a result, the decision has been taken to make a personnel change at the top of the executive board. On behalf of the entire club, I would like to thank Bernd for his great commitment and for the work he has carried out. I wish him all the best for the future, both professionally and privately.”


Dr. Schröder joined the Schalke 04 team as the new chairman of the board on January 1st, 2022. In addition to his role as chairman, he also took charge of various key departments including strategy, sales, marketing, IT/Digital and communication. With Dr. Schröder's expertise and leadership, we were confident in driving growth and success for Schalke 04 in these critical areas.


“I’ll always have fond memories of my time at Schalke. It was intense, emotional and challenging: fitting of the current climate at the club. During this time, we were able to lead the club with levelled heads, develop new strategies and introduce important measures which will be important for the medium- and long-term development of the club. The club’s best asset remains its 175,000 members and millions of fans. Thank you all for supporting Schalke 04 day in, day out. It’s something I’ll never forget,” said Schröder as he says goodbye to the club that has held such significance for him throughout his time here, it is evident how deeply it has impacted him.


Christina Rühl-Hamers, who holds the position of chairwoman of finance, staffing, and law, along with Peter Knäbel, chairman of sport, will temporarily take on the responsibilities on the supervisory board. This arrangement ensures seamless operations until further notice.

Christina Rühl-Hamers and Peter Knäbel have the full support of the board, and they will lead the team together as a duo until further notice Axel Hefer

Axel Hefer concluded with a powerful statement that left the audience impressed and inspired. His words resonated deeply, emphasizing the importance of resilience, innovation, and collaboration in navigating today's complex business landscape.


It was evident that his expertise and wisdom will continue to guide organizations towards success in an ever-changing world: “Christina Rühl-Hamers and Peter Knäbel have the full support of the board, and they will lead the team together as a duo until further notice. They’ve already been working together very successfully since 2021 despite extremely challenging conditions, and so we’re convinced they’ll do a good job once again. This stability will allow us sufficient time to search for a new chairman of the board and will ensure that we are able to make the decision that is in the best interests of Schalke 04.”

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