Eva Kienle

Eva Kienle (born in 1967) has been with KWS since 2013. She completed her training as a bank clerk and studied business administration at the Universities of Reims (France) and Reutlingen, with a focus on financial controlling and international finance. She also earned an Executive MBA from the LSE, NYU and HEC (TRIUM) in 2014. Eva Kienle has some 25 years of experience in the areas of consumer goods, healthcare and retail.

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Employees at KWS think and act like co-entrepreneurs. We encourage them to act autonomously and sustainably.
Eva Kienle, Board member of KWS SAAT SE & Co. KGaA

Career

2013

She joins KWS as a member of the Executive Board. Eva Kienle is responsible for Global Finance & Procurement, Global Controlling, Global Transaction Center, Global Legal Services & IP, Global IT, and the KWS Digital Innovation Accelerator.

2010

She is appointed CFO at amedes Holding AG, one of the leading companies in medical diagnostic services in Germany and Belgium.

2006

As CFO, Eva Kienle assumes responsibility for the portfolio company of a PE-investor, LR Health & Beauty Systems GmbH in Ahlen/Westf.

2004

She takes over as Head of Finance at Walmart Germany in Wuppertal.

2000

She works as CEO of a shared services company in Bremen.

1992

She begins her career at the Unilever Group. She holds various executive posts at the locations in Hamburg, Bremen and Switzerland until 2000.

Digging deeper: Eva Kienle about …

...the KWS group"s strategy and further growth

“KWS has grown moderately but continuously in recent years. Net sales have increased from just under €400 million in 2002 to more than one billion euros in the past fiscal year. In addition, the workforce has more than doubled – to about 5,000 now – and has become far more international. We want to continue that trend and increase net sales by an average of five to ten percent per annum, as well as achieve an EBIT margin of at least ten percent. At the same time, we will remain true to our maxim: to grow profitably, predominantly organically and sustainably – without mergers and, now and then, with suitable acquisitions. To enable that, we will continue to invest: worldwide in the research and development of new varieties, in new sales structures, in the modernization and expansion of production facilities, and in digitizing relevant business processes.”

... KWS’ economic situation

“Against the backdrop of complex political, economic and societal challenges in Germany and the world, KWS calmly went about its work last fiscal year. The group remains in sound economic shape. We have a solid financial base, which means we are well prepared for upcoming investments, while KWS’ setup as a partnership limited by shares will expand our opportunities to raise funds and thus ensure support for further growth.”

… KWS in the age of digitalization

“Apart from breeding high-performing varieties for our customers – farmers – and consulting on all matters relating to the sustainable use of resources, Farming 4.0 is a growing focus for KWS. The choice of crop rotation is one of the most vital tasks in modern agricultural management in order to preserve soil fertility for the long term. Moreover, the balance between arable farming and biodiversity is a key and recurrent social issue. That’s where digital technologies, such as precision farming and farm management systems, come in. Site-specific farming maximizes yield potential and means the use of resources, energy and labor can be reduced – resources that are increasingly in short supply. These activities are supported by automated documentation, which saves time and results in transparent, efficient operating processes. With our broad variety portfolio and digital tools, we meet our customer’s needs now and moving ahead – with tailored solutions and worldwide.”

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