Commerz Real announced on Friday that Gabriele Volz, the chief executive officer of Commerz Real, will leave the company on 30 April 2021.
Gabriele Volz has submitted an offer to the supervisory board to terminate her employment relationship by mutual consent.
Commerz Real said the reason for the separation is a difference of opinions on the management and future strategic orientation of Commerz Real.
“I deeply regret that in Gabriele Volz we are losing a highly experienced manager in the fields of real estate and finances, and that she has decided to seek a new professional challenge. I wish her all the very best and every success in the future,” said Sabine Schmittroth, the chairwoman of the Supervisory Board of Commerz Real AG.
Commerz Real appoints Henning Koch as new CEO
The supervisory board of Commerz Real has appointed Henning Koch as the new chief executive officer. He will take up the position as of 1 May 2021.
At the same time Henning Koch will become the chairman of the management of Commerz Real Investmentgesellschaft mbH.
“In Henning Koch an experienced manager is assuming the position of CEO at Commerz Real, one who is thoroughly familiar with the company and its business environment. Henning Koch is a convincing choice thanks to his extensive specialist expertise and his pronounced management qualities. He thus fulfils all the prerequisites to successfully consummate the transformation of Commerz Real into a digital and sustainable asset manager,” said Sabine Schmittroth, the chairwoman of the supervisory board of Commerz Real and a member of the board of management of Commerzbank AG. “Together with his team Henning Koch will press ahead with the excellent development of Commerz Real. I very much look forward to the collaboration with him.”
Henning Koch (43) has been a member of the board of management of Commerz Real AG, with responsibility for Transactions and Asset Management, since April 2020. He has been with the company since 2017, initially responsible for all international real estate and sales activities as Global Head of Transactions. Prior to this Henning Koch worked at Credit Suisse for more than 11 years. There he was responsible for the international transactions for real estate investment products as Head of Acquisition & Sales Europe from 2103 onwards. Henning Koch embarked on his professional career at the real estate services provider Savills in Frankfurt am Main and London.
Henning Koch studied business administration at Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main. He then trained as a real estate economist at the European Business School in Oestrich-Winkel and as a real estate asset manager at the International Real Estate Business School, IREBS.