• Dr. Rolf Martin Schmitz

    BDEW Vice-President



  • Rolf Martin Schmitz (17 June 1957) was President of the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft - BDEW), Berlin from July 2008. Since July 2010, he has been Vice-President of BDEW. Schmitz is Member of the Executive Board of RWE AG, Essen.

    The mechanical engineer gained his doctorate in engineering at Aachen University in 1985 and started his professional career at STEAG AG, Essen, in 1986. In 1988, he switched to Veba AG (today: E.ON AG), Düsseldorf, where he worked in different areas, such as technology, environmental protection, corporate development in the energy sector and corporate economic policy. In 1998, Schmitz was appointed Member of the Executive Board of rhenag Rheinische Energie AG, Cologne. His career further included the following positions: CEO of Thüga Beteiligungen AG, Cologne, Member of the Executive Board of Thüga AG, Munich, and Chairman of the Management Board of E.ON Kraftwerke GmbH, Hanover. Prior to his change to RWE AG in May 2009, Rolf Schmitz was CEO of RheinEnergie AG, Cologne, and Managing Director of Stadtwerke Cologne GmbH.

    From 2006, Schmitz was Member of the Council of Directors of the German Electricity Association (Verband der Elektrizitätswirtschaft - VDEW), Berlin, and from 2007 Vice-President of VDEW. Furthermore, he was Member of the Board of Directors of the Association of German Gas and Water Industries (Bundesverband der deutschen Gas- und Wasserwirtschaft - BGW), Berlin. Since autumn 2007, Schmitz has been Vice-President of BDEW.