Supervisory Board

Frank Köhler - Chairman of the Supervisory Board

Frank Köhler was born in Pforzheim, Germany, in 1964. Mr. Köhler graduated from the University in Stuttgart in 1996 with a degree in technical economics (techn. Dipl.- Kfm.). After his studies, he worked in different management positions in merchandising such as Loriot Design GmbH. In 2000, he joined Aroma Company, a distributor of high-end beauty and perfume products. In 2005, he became co-owner and Director of the company, renamed Aroma Company Köhler, Frank und Weckesser, Frank GbR. Mr. Köhler expanded this business and founded Aroma Beauty and co-founded Aroma Company GmbH in the following years. Both companies are developers of perfume brands and distributors of high-end beauty and perfume products to leading perfumeries and life-style shops throughout Europe. Mr. Köhler is an expert for branding and marketing in the luxury sector. He is member of the Supervisory Board since the establishment of Shop Apotheke Europe N.V. in 2016. After the election to the Supervisory Board by the 2017 Annual General Meeting, he was appointed as Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Vita 34 AG.

Gerrit Witschaß - Vice-chairman of the Supervisory Board

Gerrit Witschaß was born in 1962 in Gräfenhainichen, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. After graduating from high school with distinction in 1980, she studied physics and mathematics education in Halle/Saale.

In the early nineties, she assumed various managerial and executive positions at employers’ associations, their foundations and partner institutions at the federal level. Her work focused on human resources and organizational development at educational institutions. She worked directly and actively as director and authorized signatory for various educational institutions.

Ms. Witschaß has diverse experience and extensive expertise in HR management and the conception and design of complex systems and processes. She is particularly adept at the sustainable, consistent and result-oriented implementation of conceptual project development at all levels.

As co-founder and partner of abacus Buchhaltungsmanagement und Unternehmensdienstleistungen GbR, she primarily supports individual companies and partnerships in the start-up and growth phase, advising on organizational development. Her activities focus on coaching and individual consulting of executives. Ms. Witschaß has been a member of the Supervisory Board of Vita 34 AG since 2015.

Dr. med. Mariola Söhngen - Member of the Supervisory Board

Dr. med. Mariola Söhngen was born in Gleiwitz, Poland, in 1961. Following her medical degree in 1987, Dr Söhngen obtained both a PhD in Medicine (1988), a Diploma in Pharmaceutical Medicine (DGPharMed, 1996) and Master of Business Communication (1999). Dr Mariola Söhngen has acquired a wealth of experience in the biotechnological and pharmaceutical industry. Since November 2018 she is managing director of Söhngen- Consult, a consultancy for the healthcare industry and CEO of Convert Pharmaceuticals, a pharmaceutical drug development company with a focus in oncology. From November 2015 to August 2018 she was the CEO and from August to October 2018 Member of the Executive Management Board of MOLOGEN AG. Since 2016 she is member of supervisory board of Vita 34 AG. She is co-founder of both PAION AG and PAION Deutschland GmbH and served as a Managing Director since the foundation. In addition, from 2004 to 2015 she held the position of Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of PAION AG. In this function she was responsible for clinical drug development Phase I-IV, Regulatory, Drug Safety, Quality Assurance and other areas. Until the foundation of PAION she worked for globally operating pharmaceutical companies Grünenthal GmbH and Ferrer Internacional S.A. (its subsidiary Trommsdorf GmbH & Co. KG Arzneimittel). There she was responsible for Project Coordination, Licencing, Strategic Project Evaluation and Interfacing with Marketing. In 1998 she founded her own company, Bootcamp, which prepared entrants in the job market for professions in the healthcare industry.

Steffen Richtscheid - Member of the Supervisory Board

Mr. Steffen Richtscheid was born in Wolfen, Germany, in 1970. He has worked as an attorney in Leipzig since 1996 and is a partner at the Weidinger Richtscheid law office. The office specialises in the counselling and representation of companies in all areas of commercial law. Mr. Richtscheid is responsible for banking, capital markets and labour law. His clients in these fields include well-known companies. Mr. Richtscheid has been a member of the Supervisory Board of Vita 34 AG since 28/06/2017.

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