Chairman of the Executive Board and Chief Executive Officer of RWE AG

Dr. Rolf Martin Schmitz

  • Group Communications & Public Affairs
  • Legal
  • Corporate Business Development
  • Corporate Strategy
  • Internal Audit & Compliance
  • Human Resources
  • Corporate Transformation


since 05/2017 Labour Director, RWE AG
since 10/2016 Chairman of the Executive Board and Chief Executive Officer of RWE AG 
07/2012 - 10/2016 Deputy CEO of the Executive Board of RWE AG
10/2010 - 10/2016
Chief Operating Officer (COO)
RWE AG, Essen
05/2009 - 09/2010
Member of the Executive Board, 
Chief Operating Officer National 
RWE AG, Essen
since 07/2010
Vice President
since 06/2008
Bundesverband der Deutschen Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft (BDEW – German Association of Energy and Water Industries)

President (honorary position)

2006 - 03/2009
RheinEnergie AG, Cologne

GEW AG, Cologne

Stadtwerke Köln, Cologne
Member of the Management Board
(from January 2009 Spokesman of the Management Board)

modernes köln, Cologne
Managing Director

Wohnungsgesellschaft der Stadtwerke Köln, Cologne
Spokesman of the Management Board

2004 - 2005
E.ON Kraftwerke GmbH, Hannover
Chairman of the Management Board (until September 2005)
2000 - 2004
Thüga AG, Munich
Member of the Executive Board
2001 - 2004 Beteiligungen 
1998 - 2001
rhenag Rheinische Energie AG, Cologne
Member of the Executive Board
1988 - 1998
VEBA AG, Düsseldorf
Last post: Deputy Department Head Economic Policy
1986 - 1988
Steag AG, Essen
Planning and project engineer for mechanical engineering
1985 Doctorate in Engineering (Dr.-Ing.)
1980 - 1986 Chair of Thermal Transfer and Air Conditioning Technology at RWTH Aachen University
1976 - 1981 studied mechanical engineering studies at RWTH Aachen University Engineering degree
17 June 1957 born in Mönchengladbach

Other appointments

(content as of April, 2018)

Member of other mandatory supervisory boards

  • Amprion GmbH
  • RWE Generation SE (Chairman)
  • RWE Power AG (Chairman)
  • RWE Supply & Trading GmbH
  • TÜV Rheinland AG

Member of comparable domestic and foreign supervisory bodies of commercial enterprises

  • Kärntner Enegieholding Beteiligungs GmbH
  • KELAG-Kärntner Elektrizitäts-AG
  • Jaeger-Gruppe (Chairman)