Rantum Capital Investment News


German asset manager Rantum Capital is pleased to welcome Dr. Rolf Martin Schmitz as new Industrial Partner and co-shareholder, thereby extending its expertise in the energy sector.

Dr. Rolf Martin Schmitz will be focusing primarily on the evaluation of business models in the field of renewable and conventional energies as well as energy-related services and infrastructure. Dr. Schmitz studied engineering at RWTH Aachen University, where he obtained his doctorate in 1985. Subsequently, he worked as an engineer for STEAG and held a managerial position at VEBA AG (predecessor of today’s E.ON SE). This was followed by roles as a board member at rhenag Rheinische Energie AG and Thüga Beteiligungen AG. In 2004, Dr. Schmitz assumed the position of Chairman of the Management Board at E.ON Kraftwerke GmbH in Hannover, before taking over as Chairman of the Management Board at Cologne’s RheinEnergie AG in 2006. From 2009 onwards, he held the position of COO at RWE AG in Essen; in 2012, he additionally became Deputy Chairman of the Management Board before taking over as CEO of RWE AG in 2016. Dr. Schmitz serves as a member of the supervisory boards of E.ON SE and TÜV Rheinland AG. In addition, he holds the position of Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board of KELAG in Klagenfurt. Since 2023, he has chaired the Supervisory Board of solar park operator Encavis AG.

At the same time, Dr. Alfred Tacke, former Industrial Partner for the energy sector, will be going into well-deserved retirement after more than ten years. Over the past ten years, Dr. Alfred Tacke played a pivotal role in the success of Rantum through his industry expertise and extensive network.

“The entire team and the active group of Industrial Partners at Rantum Capital would like to sincerely thank Dr. Alfred Tacke for his outstanding professional contributions and his great commitment over the course of an entire decade,” says Dr. Dirk Notheis, Founder and Managing Director of Rantum Capital.

Dr. Karl-Ludwig Kley, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Rantum Capital, adds: “We cordially welcome Dr. Rolf Martin Schmitz to our group of Industrial Partners. The German Mittelstand is home to numerous companies in the field of renewable and conventional energies and, as an industrial location, relies on efficient energy supply like few others. With his profound industry knowledge and long-term successful track record as a business leader in the energy sector, Dr. Rolf Martin Schmitz will contribute valuable industry experience to our investment process. We are looking forward to working closely together with him.”

Rantum’s 18 Industrial Partners are industry thought leaders with backgrounds in a variety of different industrial verticals and economic sectors. As partners, they own a share in Rantum’s management company, invest their own money into all funds originated by Rantum and form an integral part of Rantum’s investment strategy with the philosophy “by entrepreneurs, for entrepreneurs”.

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