May 4, 2022
Fresenius appoints Sara Hennicken as Chief Financial Officer – Rachel Empey to leave company at own request
The Fresenius Management SE Supervisory Board has unanimously appointed Sara Hennicken (41), currently Senior Vice President Global Treasury & Corporate Finance at Fresenius, to become the company’s new Chief Financial Officer as of September 1, 2022. She will succeed Rachel Empey (45), who joined the Management Board of Fresenius as CFO on August 1, 2017 and will leave the company at her own request at the end of August.
Sara Hennicken joined Fresenius in 2019. Previously, she spent 14 years in investment banking, including nine years at Deutsche Bank, lastly as Managing Director and Senior Client Executive in Corporate Finance Coverage before moving to Fresenius. Between 2005 and 2010 she worked for Citigroup in Frankfurt and London. Sara Hennicken studied economics in Germany and in the United States.
Rachel Empey said: “The good and trusting collaboration with my colleagues in the Management Board, and with my team has been personally fulfilling. Fresenius is a great company with outstanding prospects; together we have moved the company forward. The last years have been very intense, and challenging, yet also a great and very enriching experience. So, leaving was not an easy decision for me, but now I am looking forward to the next chapter of my life. I personally brought Sara Hennicken on board in 2019, and I know my duties and tasks are in good hands with her. I’m very happy for Sara and wish her a lot of luck, success and happiness in her new position, with the additional responsibility she will be taking on.”
Wolfgang Kirsch, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Fresenius, said: “Rachel Empey further developed Fresenius’ finance department and made it ready for the future. During her time here – part of which was heavily impacted by the pandemic – she also set in motion important changes and improvements in her other areas of responsibility, such as IT. On behalf of the entire Supervisory Board, I want to thank her for all her contributions and hard work. In Sara Hennicken, we have an innovative, young and yet highly experienced financial expert from within the company who will assure continuity in this area but also bring in new ideas. She is ideally qualified for this position. Together with our CEO Stephan Sturm and her other Management Board colleagues, she will contribute to the future success of our healthcare group.”
Stephan Sturm, CEO of Fresenius, said: “I’m sorry that Rachel is leaving our company. Over these last years, we always worked well together, very collegially and with great trust, and I especially valued her as a sparring partner during our discussions about the company’s growth strategy. But, of course, I respect her decision, and wish Rachel all the very best for this new chapter of her life. At the same time, I am very much looking forward to working with Sara, who will enrich our management team with her personality, experience and ideas. We will be working together even more closely than before to create the optimal foundations for financing our healthy growth, and the sustainable success of our company.”
Sara Hennicken said: “I am very happy about the confidence and trust being placed in me, and greatly looking forward to the new tasks ahead. As a globally active healthcare company, Fresenius makes an important contribution to society with which I can very much identify. Over the past years, I’ve been able to realign my department and modernize our financing structure. The excellent group-wide collaboration with my colleagues has been especially valuable. In my new position I want to build on this, for the benefit of our company.”
This release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to various risks and uncertainties. Future results could differ materially from those described in these forward-looking statements due to certain factors, e.g. changes in business, economic and competitive conditions, regulatory reforms, results of clinical trials, foreign exchange rate fluctuations, uncertainties in litigation or investigative proceedings, the availability of financing and unforeseen impacts of international conflicts.
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