In a nutshell

Evelyne Freitag is an international top manager with experience in a wide range of industries – from healthcare and automotive to consumer goods, infrastructure and pension funds. As a managing director, board member and supervisory board member, she controlled billions of sales and was responsible for thousands of employees in companies such as Daimler, Pfizer, Kraft, Pentland, Goodyear Dunlop and Sanofi. Already at a young age, she and her team developed the revolutionary “pay-per-use” model for the Smart car and its mobility offerings. The all-rounder is an experienced change agent and is considered a pioneer for digital transformation.

In Supervisory Boards, in addition to her traditional monitoring function, she is particularly involved in topics such as governance and efficiency of committee work, risk strategy and sustainable and measurable ESG implementation.

She is a sought-after speaker and author.

 

The Strategist

Every revolution begins with a vision – and is profitable in the end. That is Evelyne Freitag’s maxim, whether in Executive management Boards or in Supervisory Boards. The impressive record of her career: building up the European smart dealer network and developing mobility concepts, M&A activities for debis in Europe, introducing the direct-to-pharmacy distribution strategy for Pfizer, developing a powerful multi-brand organization at Pentland, business transformation and digital business models at Goodyear and Sanofi, investing in digital health & life sciences as a public-private partnership with the state of Hesse at Future Capital AG, and stepping up sustainability goals at Hoechst-Pensionskasse.

The financial expert

Whether pharmaceuticals, automotive, IT and critical infrastructure, consumer goods or insurance – Evelyne Freitag is globally active in various industries. For 30 years, the international top manager has held commercial responsibility as Managing Director and CFO and knows about the operational and strategic challenges of fast-growing, listed corporations and their subsidiaries. She managed thousands of employees, ensured efficiency and growth and controlled billions of sales at Daimler, Pfizer, Kraft, Pentland, Goodyear Dunlop and Sanofi. She also took on mandates in various supervisory boards – from digital SMEs or start-ups to one of Germany’s largest pension funds – and, as chairwoman, repeatedly assumed strategic and legal responsibility.

The driver of innovation

Where is the path leading? What is the impact of the Internet of Things? Which business models survive in a digitally networked world? How do we lead companies into a globalized future? As a pioneer for digital transformation and experienced change agent, Evelyne Freitag has implemented comprehensive reorganizations, company integrations as well as fundamental change processes, convincing and inspiring the affected people in the new environment. Already at a young age, she was involved in the introduction of the innovative SMART car and mobility concept and developed the revolutionary “pay-per-use” model with her team.

 

 

The Cosmopolitan

Borders are there to be crossed: Since the beginning of her career, the Frenchwoman has worked in Germany, Austria, France and Switzerland for English, German, American or French groups. She confidently moves between a wide variety of stakeholders, whether owners or investors, customers or suppliers, employees or authorities. Evelyne Freitag also repeatedly demonstrates social commitment, as an advisor to the public and private sectors in her role as France’s foreign trade advisor in Germany, as Managing Director of the Hertie Foundation on diversity subjects, on the Women’s Advisory Board of HypoVereinsbank on social issues or as a regional board member of the “Financial Experts Association” on supervisory board items.

The Speaker

Evelyne Freitag publishes articles and guest commentaries in business journals and books and gives lectures and keynotes at financial and business conferences. Her focus is on topics such as digitalization, leadership, innovation and sustainable business and financing models, as well as the development of governance and compliance in organizations: How do we ensure sustainability and performance in every domain? How do we implement ESG topics concretely? How much diversity, what new competencies and organizational forms do forward-looking companies need? And what does the digital transformation or an ESG strategy mean for our business models and our working environment?

A selection of publications > >

A selection of publications >

"Industry 4.0: CFOs as drivers of innovation"
Specialist essay, Springer Verlag, Controlling & Management Review, H5/2016 (WHU)

"Liberté, Egalité - und Europa ade? (Liberty, equality - and farewell to Europe?) "
Guest commentator at the Frankfurter Rundschau

"Nimm dir die Freiheit, deine Kreativität zu entfalten! (Allow yourself the freedom to unleash your creativity!) "
Interview in Bestseller "Der Beste Rat" (The best advice)

"Strong US moms need creative daughters"
Lecture at the Handelsblatt CFO Conference 2015

"Ein Taschenrechner ist noch keine digitale Strategie (A pocket calculator is still not a digital strategy)"
Lecture at the Horvath Symposium on Finance Excellence

"Arbeitswelt 4.0: Mit Innovation ist zu rechnen! (Workplace 4.0: Expect innovation!)"
Guest commentator at the Frankfurter Rundschau

"CFO 4.0: Innovative financial strategies in the digital world economy!"
Keynote speech, CFO Forum 2016 Business Circle, Austria

"Chief Nerd Officer"
Finance magazin

"Beyond Banking: creative financing models for Industry 4.0"
Schmalenbach Gesellschaft, Finance working group

"Chief Creative Officer: Heads of Finance as drivers of innovation"
Lecture at Süddeutsche Zeitung, CFO Conference Agenda 2016

"Digital transformation – a job for the CFO and the Finance Department"
Structured FINANCE panel discussion

"Internal Audit from a Supervisory Board and CFO perspective"
Conference "Interne Revision 2017", Frankfurt School of Finance & Management

"Innovative financing options for the world of tomorrow"
Lecture CFO Forum 2017, Stegersbach (Austria)

"CFO 4.0: Finance Heads as innovation drivers "
Lecture & Panel discussion, CFO Forum 2017, Zürich (Schweiz)

"Digital transformation: a task for finance people? "
Keynote RECON Conference 2017, Loipersdorf (Austria)

"Beyond Banking - the CFO of the Industry 4.0"
Lecture at the "Industriegipfel 2017" (Industrial Summit 2017)

< The Speaker

 

VITA

Sanofi 2017 – today
Member of the Executive Board & Chief Financial Officer,
Region Germany, Austria, Switzerland

Goodyear Dunlop 2011 – 2017
Director Business Transformation EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa),
Managing Director/Chief Financial Officer Germany, Austria, Switzerland  

Gemeinnützige Hertie Stiftung 2009 – 2011
Managing Director of berufundfamilie gGmbH

Pfizer Deutschland GmbH 2002 – 2009
Vice President Finance & Supply Chain

Pentland Deutschland GmbH 1998 – 2001
Managing Director & Chief Financial Officer

Daimler Gruppe 1991 – 1998
Project Manager Smart Car & Mobility,
European M&A debis Systemhaus,
Daimler Group Planning & Strategy,
Mercedes plant Sindelfingen

Kraft Jacobs Suchard, France 1989 – 1991
Controller Confectionery Division  

BOARD MANDATES

French Foreign Trade Advisor (CCE)  since 2018
Founder & Head of the German “Healthcare Expert Group”

Pensionskasse der Hoechst Gruppe VVaG 2017-2021
Chairwoman of the Supervisory Board

Future Capital AG 2017-2021
Member of the Supervisory Board

euromicron AG 2016 -2019
Chairwoman of the Supervisory Board

2015-2019
Women’s Advisory Board HypoVereinsbank,
CEO/CFO Roundtable French Consulate in Frankfurt,
Regional Board Rhine-Main Financial Expert Association (FEA)

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