Since August 2012 Prof. Dr. Fritz Vahrenholt is the sole Management Board member of the Deutsche Wildtier Stiftung.
Professor Fritz Vahrenholt was chairman of the management board at RWE Innogy GmbH in Essen until 30th June 2012.
After studying chemistry at University of Münster and earning a doctorate of science in 1974, he began working in the research department at the University of Münster and at the Max-Planck-Institute for Coal Research in Mülheim. From 1976 to 1981 he worked as head of the chemical industry division in the Federal Environment Agency in Berlin. Following this, he led the department for environmental policy, waste management and emissions prevention at the Ministry for the Environment in Hesse from 1981 to 1984.
From 1984 to 1990, he was a state advisor to the Environmental Agency of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, and from 1990 to 1991 he headed the State Chancellory in Hamburg before becoming senator and president of the Environmental Agency of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg from 1991 to 1997.
Between 1998 and 2001 he was a managing director of Deutsche Shell AG, responsible for supervising the areas of chemistry, renewable energy, public relations, environmental protection and the electricity business. He then became a member of the supervisory board at Deutsche Shell in Hamburg.
From 2001 to 2007, he served as chairman of the supervisory board at REpower Systems AG in Hamburg. In 2008 he took up chairmanship of the management board at RWE Innogy GmbH in Essen, before stepping down on 30th June 2012 to transfer to the supervisory board.
Additionally, Professor Vahrenholt has served as chairman of the supervisory board at Hamburgischen Elektrizitätswerke HEW AG in Hamburg from 1991 to 1997, a member of the German Council for Sustainable Development under chancellors Schröder and Merkel (2001 to 2007) in Berlin and, from 2005 to November 2007, a member of EDF’s Sustainable Development Panel in Paris.
He has taught at TU Harburg since 1991 and the University of Hamburg (chemistry department), earning the title of professor in 1999.
As CEO of RWE Innogy GmbH, he moved in July 2012 to the supervisory board of the company.
Furthermore, he is chairman of the supervisory board at RADAG in Laufenburg, a member of the supervisory board at Aurubis AG in Hamburg, Putz & Partner Unternehmensberatung AG in Hamburg and Novatec Solar in Karlsruhe, a member of the advisory board at Bilfinger Venture Capital, Mannheim, a member of the advisory board at the Körber Foundation in Hamburg as well as a member of the senate at the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft in Munich and a member of the Academie of Technical Science in Berlin.