In a Nutshell

Evelyne Freitag is an international Manager, Non Executive Director and Board Advisor with experience in a wide range of industries - from healthcare and automotive to consumer goods, infrastructure and energy, pension funds and banks.

As an experienced NED (chairwoman or member), she drives - in addition to the traditional monitoring function - topics such as business model development, governance and efficiency of committee work, risk strategy and sustainable and measurable ESG implementation.
As a Board advisor, the French-German advises companies and their executive managers on their deployment strategies - especially on both sides of the Rhine - and supports them on site in their organizational development and expansion implementation.

For more than 30 years she has - as a managing director and CFO - controlled billions of sales and was responsible for thousands of employees in companies such as Daimler, Pfizer, Kraft, Pentland, Goodyear Dunlop and Sanofi.

The all-rounder is an experienced change agent and is considered a pioneer in digital transformation.
She is a sought-after speaker and author.

The Strategist

Every revolution starts 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: established the European Smart dealer network and developed mobility concepts, M&A activities for debis in Europe, introduced the direct-to-pharmacy distribution strategy for Pfizer, developed a powerful multi-brand organization at Pentland, business transformation and digital business models at Goodyear and Sanofi, investments in digital health & life sciences as a public-private partnership with the state of Hesse at Future Capital AG and developing sustainability goals and measurement at the Hoechst pension fund and most recently for the pioneer in solar and hydrogen technology HPS Home Power Solutions and the KfW IPEX-Bank.

The Financial expert

Whether pharmaceuticals, automotive, IT and critical infrastructure, consumer goods or banking and insurance - Evelyne Freitag is globally active in various industries. For more than 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 is taking on mandates in various supervisory and advisory boards - from digital SMEs or start-ups to one of Germany’s largest pension funds as well as for key players in the sustainability transformation - and as a chairwoman, she 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 will survive in a digitally networked world? Do sustainability goals and ESG topics only bring additional reporting requirements or do they also hide opportunities for companies? How do we lead companies into a globally unpredictable and uncertain future?

As a pioneer in digital transformation and an experienced change agent, Evelyne Freitag has implemented comprehensive reorganizations, company integrations and fundamental change processes, convincing and inspiring those affected in the process and 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 French-German woman has worked for English, German, American or French groups in Germany, Austria, France and Switzerland. She confidently commutes between the most diverse stakeholders, whether owner or investor, customer or supplier, employee or authorities. Evelyne Freitag also repeatedly demonstrates social commitment, as an advisor to the public and private sectors in her role as French 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 regional board member of the “Financial Experts Association” on supervisory board matters.

The Speaker

Evelyne Freitag publishes articles and guest commentaries in business newspapers and books and gives lectures and keynotes at financial and business conferences. Her focus is on topics such as digitalization, leadership, innovation, sustainable business and financing models as well as the development of governance and compliance in organizations:
How do we ensure sustainability and performance in all areas? How do we implement ESG topics concretely? What does that mean for our society? How much diversity, what new skills 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?

Non Executive Director & Board Advisor

SUPERVISORY & ADVISORY BOARDS

  • KfW IPEX-Bank GmbH since 03/2022
    Member of the Supervisory Board

  • HPS Home Power Solutions AG since 04/2022
    Member of the Supervirsory Board

  • 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

OTHER ACTIVITIES

  • French Foreign Trade Advisor since 2019
    Member of the German Board
    Founder & Head of the French German “Health Expert Group”.

  • Financial Expert Association (FEA): Member since 2015
    Regional Board Director Rhine-Main (up 2019)

  • German-French Business Club, Member since 2017

  • HypoVereinsbank: Women’s Advisory Board 2015-2019

MANAGERIAL EXPERIENCE

  • Sanofi 2017 – 2022
    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 Group 1991 – 1998
    Project Manager Smart Car & mobility (Switzerland),

    European M&A debis Systemhaus,
    Daimler Group Planning & Strategy,

    Controlling Mercedes plant Sindelfingen

  • Kraft Jacobs Suchard, France 1989 – 1991
    Controller Confectionery Division


A Selection of Publications see all articles

A Selection of Lectures, Keynotes & Panel Discussions see all events

How much financial competence is needed in the strategic management boards?

Lecture Handelsblatt CFO Summit 2022

European Healthcare Sovereignty

Panel French Embassy Berlin 2022

Diversity for good Corporate Governance

Presentation & Panel discussion, Frankfurt School Conference "Fokus Aufsichtsrat - Focus Management Boards" 2021

"Thoughtful Risk Taking“ as core strategy for an unpredictable future

Lecture RISC Kongress, Frankfurt School of Finance & Management 2021

Innovative financing options for the world of tomorrow

Presentation, CFO Forum, Stegersbach (Austria) 2017

The robots are coming! Chance or challenge for the CFO

Conference CFO Digital Suite, Berlin 2020

Chief Creative Officer: Chief Financial Officers as Innovation Drivers

Lecture, SZ-Fachkonferenz CFO Agenda, Cologne 2016

Strong US Mothers need creative Daughters

Lecture, Handelsblatt CFO Congress, Düsseldorf 2015

Contact

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