Items 4.13 and 4.20: We recommend opposing the discharge of Supervisory Board members Maria-Elisabeth Schaeffler-Thumann and Prof. KR Ing. Siegfried Wolf due to their insufficient attendance at Supervisory Board and committee meetings in financial year 2017.
Item 5: KPMG, Hanover, is proposed as auditor for the current financial year. We have no concerns over the ratio of non-audit/audit fees. However, we note that KPMG or its predecessor have audited the Company since at least the financial year 1975 (no earlier data available) which significantly exceeds our maximum acceptable term of office. We therefore recommend opposing the re-election of KPMG as auditor.