Longstanding Chairman of the Supervisory Board of voestalpine AG Dr Joachim Lemppenau passed away earlier this week at the age of 81. He was a member of the Supervisory Board of voestalpine AG from 1999 to the end and it’s Chairman from July 2004 to March 2022. The internationally recognized top manager has thus played a key role in shaping the success story of the steel and technology group over the past two decades. The Supervisory Board, the Management Board and the Works Council of voestalpine AG are informed of the death of Dr Lemppenaus deeply affected. For the employees, he was a figure of identification and stability factor at the head of the supervisory board for almost 20 years.Chairman of the Supervisory Board of voestalpine Mr Wolfgang Eder said “With Joachim Lemppenau, the Group loses one of its most influential personalities of the past decades. On the Supervisory Board, he stood for global technology and quality leadership in steel as well as for the accelerated expansion of processing skills and internationalization. The future prospects of the employees were of particular concern to him. He was a mentor and supporter for generations of leaders. We are not only saying goodbye to a person who is important to the history of voestalpine, but also to a staunch friend of our Group and a great person.”Dr Joachim Lemppenau studied law in Geneva and Tübingen and has held various board positions, including at Mannesmann and in the insurance industry, most recently as CEO of the Volksfürsorge insurance group in Hamburg. As a former general manager of the steel industry and as chairman of the employers' association of insurance companies in Germany, he also had many years of experience in collective bargaining policy. From 1999 Dr Lemppenau, in addition to other supervisory board functions, member of the supervisory board of voestalpine AG. In 2004 he took over the chairmanship of the control committee, which he handed over to Mr Wolfgang Eder in March 2022 after 18 years.