Following yesterday’s appointment of Dr. Sven Schneider, further changes have been revealed to the Linde AG Supervisory Board.

The Linde Board will propose at this year’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) that Dr. Thomas Enders be elected as a member of the Board from the end of the AGM on the 10th May 2017.

At the same time, Michael Diekmann, aged 62, will resign from his position as a member and Second Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board from the end of this year’s AGM and retire from the Board on that date.

As planned, Diekmann is running for the Supervisory Board of Allianz SE on 3rd May 2017 and if elected, will be proposed as a candidate for the chairmanship of that Supervisory Board. Diekmann has been a member and Second Deputy Chairman of the Linde AG Supervisory Board since May 2003.

Dr. Enders has been a member of the Board of Directors of Airbus SE since 2003 and its CEO since 2012. Enders said, “I am looking forward to this exciting opportunity, helping to shape Linde’s international future and continuing the successful cooperation on the Supervisory Board of a high-tech company.”

Diekmann commented, “I wish Linde every success for the ongoing negotiations with Praxair about a merger of equals. The merger is a significant and important step. I would like to thank Professor Dr. Reitzle for understanding that I have to reduce the number of offices I hold and will therefore be stepping down from the Linde AG Supervisory Board.”

Professor Dr. Reitzle, Chairman of the Linde AG Supervisory Board, added, “I would like to express my thanks to Michael Diekmann for the 14 years he has spent as a committed and very constructive Second Deputy Chairman of the Linde Supervisory Board and member of its committees. His expertise has been invaluable to the company. In particular, the contributions he has made in respect of the proposed merger, which have enabled the project to make great progress. With Tom Enders, the Linde AG Supervisory Board is gaining a highly-regarded industrial manager with a great deal of international experience. We are looking forward very much to working together.”