Clemens Tönnies steps down from his role at FC Schalke 04
Clemens Tönnies was the chairman of Schalke’s supervisory board for 19 years. On Tuesday 30th July, the 64-year-old businessman informed the club that he will be stepping down from his role with immediate effect and he will leave the supervisory board.
Alexander Jobst and Jochen Schneider, directors at FC Schalke 04 commented: “As a member and chairman of the supervisory board, Clemens Tönnies has played a key role in FC Schalke 04’s sporting and economic establishment in the Bundesliga over the past 26 years. His international network, his entrepreneurial acumen and the passion he put into the role have helped to form our club. Clemens Tönnies was always there to give the board valuable advice and guidance. We know how difficult this decision will have been for him, therefore it is one we have a lot respect for.”
Dr. Jens Buchta, vice chairman of the supervisory board said: “We, the supervisory board of Schalke 04, deeply regret the decision Clemens Tönnies has made. As chairman, he has helped shaped the board in the past years and decades with a mix of his down-to-earth attitude and dynamism. He was the driving force behind a number of processes. His experience and expertise in the role of chairman of the supervisory board will be hard to replace.”
Chairman since 2001
Strategic decisions such as the building of the VELTINS-Arena or the funding of the Knappenschmiede youth academy have been part of Clemens Tönnies’ work over the past 26 years. Recently, together with the board, Tönnies put into place the plans for the Berger Feld building project to help develop the club’s future.
FC Schalke 04 will reveal who will take over his role until the end of the current term at a later date.
Clemens Tönnies was born on 27th May 1956 in Rheda-Wiedenbrück. The trained meat technician and businessman built up the biggest owner-managed meat company in Europe with Tönnies Lebensmittel GmbH & Co. KG. He had been a board member at FC Schalke 04 since 24th October 1994 and had been the chairman of the supervisory board since 2001.