Management & Supervisory Board
Stefan Dürr is founder and partner as well as member of the Management Board of Ekosem-Agar AG and president of the Russian subsidiary Ekoniva.
He was born in Eberbach, Germany, in 1964. Stefan Dürr studied geoecology at the University of Bayreuth. At the age of 25 he began his career in Russia as the first Western European trainee. In 1994, accompanied by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, he initiated the German-Russian Agricultural Policy Dialogue, which he still coordinates nowadays.
In addition, he acted as advisor for agrarian committees of the federation council and the State Duma of the Russian Federation. In 1998 he began trading farm machinery and made Ekoniva Technika, which has since been outsourced, market leader in that sector. In 2002, he acquired his first agricultural company. As of 30 April 2019, the Ekosem-Agrar Group has a total area of 554,000 hectares in nine regions and is one of Russia's largest agricultural companies.
Stefan Dürr's achievements in shaping and strengthening German-Russian relations in the field of agriculture were honored with the German Federal Cross of Merit in October 2009.
Since February 2019, Stefan Dürr has also been Chairman of the Russian Association of Milk Producers ("Soyuzmoloko").
Wolfgang Bläsi is a member of the Management Board and CFO of Ekosem-Agrar AG. Prior to the change of legal form to an AG, he was already Managing Director (CFO) of Ekosem-Agrar GmbH from December 2011 to October 2016 and a member of the Advisory Board of Ekosem-Agrar GmbH from October 2016 to July 2018. Wolfgang Bläsi was born in Offenburg, Germany, in 1968. He completed an apprenticeship in financial administration, followed by a degree in Technical Business Administration (FH), which he graduated with distinction.
He began his career as trainee at Hubert Burda Media. He then joined Novasoft AG, the IPO of which he prepared and where he worked for about eight years as Head of Accounting and Communications and later as Chief Financial Officer (CFO). He then became Managing Partner of the management consultancy ProClion GmbH, which focused on project development for renewable energies.
In 2009 he was CFO of the listed company KTG Agrar AG. From February 2013 to October 2016 he was CFO of Ekotechnika AG (previously: Ekotechnika GmbH). In summer 2016 he established the finance consulting company wb finance GmbH, which, inter alia, specializes on restructuring consultancy. In this capacity, Wolfgang Bläsi also acts as liquidator or member of administrative or supervisory bodies of companies in crisis, liquidation or insolvency.
Rolf Zürn was born in Bad Mergentheim in 1968. He studied economics at the University of Mannheim, where he received his business degree, and at WHU Koblenz in connection with Kellogg Graduate School of Management in Chicago, where he received his MBA. He is owner and manager of Zürn GmbH & Co. KG, which specialises in the sales and distribution of agricultural machinery from John Deere, as well as of Zürn Harvesting GmbH & Co. KG, a manufacturer of cutting units for combine and forage harvesters.
Zürn Harvesting GmbH & Co. KG also manufactures special machinery, particularly plot combine harvesters, for the seed industry. Moreover, he is coowner of Zürn-Heber-Kröll Landtechnik GmbH & Co. KG, another John Deere distribution partner in the south of Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany.
Rolf Zürn was elected chairman of the Company's Supervisory Board on 31 July 2018.
Elena Levina was born in 1975 in the Penza region of central Russia. She studied economics, management and production organization in agriculture at the Penza State Agricultural Academy. In 1996, Ms. Levina completed an agricultural internship under the APOLLO program on an organic farm based on the Demeter biodynamic farming guidelines, and graduated as one of the best. She then became curator of the program (1997-1998). Since 1997 she has held various positions at the EkoNiva Group. Currently, Elena Levina is the first Deputy Director of OOO EkoNiva-APK Holding and OOO EkoNiva Technika-Holding. In addition, she is an authorized signatory of Ekotechnika AG.
Ms. Levina was elected to the company's Supervisory Board as of 1 February 2019 by resolution of the Annual General Meeting on 21 January 2019. She was elected Deputy Chairperson of the Supervisory Board by resolution of the Supervisory Board on 1 February 2019.
Dr. Franz-Georg von Busse
Dr. Franz-Georg von Busse was born in Solingen in 1946. After receiving a degree in law and his doctorate, he worked as an advisor for Siemens AG in Munich, as a project manager for Klöckner – Humboldt - Deutz AG in Cologne and as head of sales for MAHO AG in Pfronten. From September 1991 until August 2013, he was managing director of LEMKEN GmbH & Co. KG, a manufacturer of agricultural machinery in Alpen / Lower Rhine.
Since September 2013 he has been general representative of Pöttinger Deutschland GmbH, a manufacturer of agricultural machinery in Landsberg on Lech. From December 2016 until December 2017 he was a member of the supervisory board of Pöttinger Landtechnik GmbH in Grieskirchen (Austria).
Dr. von Busse has extensive experience as manager and longstanding sole director of a mideum-sized manufacturer of agricultural machinery (more than 1,000 employees, more than EUR 300 m turnover), with special skills and experience in agricultural plant cultivation. Prior to the change of the Company's legal form into a stock corporation he was already chairman of Ekosem-Agrar GmbH's advisory council (Beirat) to July 2018. Serving as Chairman of the Advisory Council of the predecessor company, Ekosem-Agrar GmbH, and on account of his involvement (in an executive position) in various national and international economic associations, he has gained further experience in executive committees of companies in the agricultural sector.
Dr. von Busse was elected member of the Company's Supervisory Board on 31 July 2018.
Vladislav Novoselov, was born in Orel (Russia) in 1974. He studied management at the Technical State University of Orel. He then received his doctorate from the Moscow State University. In 1997, he became one of the founders of BEFL – a consulting firm with a focus on advice and M&A in the agricultural sector – which he has headed since 2009. Vladislav Novoselov is regularly represented at industry conferences and regularly creates relevant publications on agriculture in Russia.
Mr Novoselov was elected member of the Company's Supervisory Board on 31 July 2018.
Dr. Thomas Kirchberg
Dr. Thomas Kirchberg was born in Bad Nauheim in 1960. He studied agriculture at the University of Göttingen and completed his dissertation at the institute for sugar beet reseach in Göttingen.
In 1989, Mr. Kirchberg worked in the agricultural department of Südzucker AG in Mannheim/Ochsenfurt, Germany and was eventually responsible for the raw material sector in five sugar factories. After that he became Managing Director of Südzucker International GmbH and supported the establishment and management of the Südzucker Moldova S.A. until 2003 and was spokesman of the Managing Board of Slaska Spólka Cukrowa/Südzucker Polska until 2007. Since 2007 Mr. Kirchberg is member of the Managing Board of Südzucker AG and responsible for the following resorts: agricultural policy tasks, agricultural resources, feed/side products, agricultural companies/raw material markets, reseach and development in the agricultural sector and eastern europe. Since 2015 he is additionally responsible for the production as well as research and development.
Dr. Thomas Kirchberg was elected member of the Company's Supervisory Board on 17 August 2018.
Photo: Südzucker AG / Fotograf Alexander Seeboth