Managing Board

Dr. Bernd Schröder

Chairman of the Board

Date of Birth: 08.04.1966
Place of Birth: Münster
Joined Schalke 04: 2022

Professional experience:
1995-1996 Assistant to board member – Allianz
1996-1998 Assistant to CFO – Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA
1998-2000 Regional Sales Director – Der Club Bertelsmann
2000-2002 Head Of Business Development Germany – Lycos Europe
2002-2005 CEO – Lagardère Travel Retail
2005-2009 SVP Sales, Cooperations and New Member Marketing – Der Club Bertelsmann
2009-2013 CEO – Bertelsmann DirectGroup D/A/CH
2013-2017 CEO – Christ Juweliere und Uhrmacher seit 1863 GmbH
since 2018 Founder and CEO – whyit GmbH
2019-2021 Director Marketing & Sales – Bayer 04 Leverkusen


Peter Knäbel

Member of the Board

Date of Birth: 02.10.1966
Place of Birth: Witten
Joined Schalke 04: 2018

Professional experience:
1984-2003 Professional footballer (VfL Bochum, FC St. Pauli, 1. FC Saarbrücken, TSV 1860 München, FC St. Gallen, 1. FC Nürnberg, FC Winterthur)
2003-2009 Technical director, FC Basel
2009-2014 Technical director, Swiss Football Association
2014-2016 Director of professional football, Hamburger SV
2018-2021 Technical director for youth and development, FC Schalke 04


Christina Rühl-Hamers

Member of the Board

Date of birth: 23.07.1976
Place of birth: Haltern
Joined Schalke 04: 2010

Professional experience:
2003-2007 Associate at RSM Hemmelrath, Düsseldorf
2007-2009 Manager at Mazars GmbH (merger with RSM Hemmelrath), Düsseldorf
2009-2010 Manager at Warth & Klein GmbH, Düsseldorf
since 2007 Tax advisor
since 2010 Auditor (not currently active)
since 2019 Member of the DFL’s finance commission