01/07/2020 – Board elects Stephanie Silber — auf Deutsch lesen

Bremen Cotton Exchange: First female president

The election to the Executive Committee was held on 18 June 2020 on the occasion of the 146th Annual General Assembly of the Bremen Cotton Exchange.


With Stephanie Silber, the Board of Directors has elected a female president for the first time. © Bremer Baumwollbörse


The Board of Directors has elected the Managing Director Stephanie Silber of Otto Stadtlander GmbH, an internationally networked Bremen cotton trading company with a long tradition and 100 years of history.

The previous President, Jens D. Lukaczik, Managing Partner of the globally operating service company Cargo Control Germany GmbH & Co. KG, remains on the Executive Committee as Vice President. Also Ernst Grimmelt, Managing Director of the Europe-wide spinning and weaving mill with a focus on innovation and sustainability, Velener Textil GmbH in Velen, Westphalia was re-elected as Vice President. The same applies to Fritz A. Grobien, who has many years of experience in the cotton trade and is Managing Partner of Albrecht, Müller-Pearse & Co. Trade (GmbH & Co.) KG.

The newly elected President Stephanie Silber:

“Like the whole world, the cotton industry is struggling with the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, the extent of which is yet to be seen. It is all the more important to promote cooperation and the exchange of information, but above all understanding between cotton producers, cotton traders and cotton processors. The Bremen Cotton Exchange is closely connected to all of these segments and through its importance in the textile chain can provide support during this difficult situation. I'm looking forward to helping shape this challenge as President of the Bremen Cotton Exchange.”

Due to the current contact restrictions, the General Assembly could not take place as usual in Bremen this year. The necessary votes of the ordinary members of the Bremen Cotton Exchange were carried out in advance by means of a written vote. The old and new Board met in the form of a web meeting.

Roland Stelzer new to the Board

New elections to the Board of Directors were also held during the General Assembly. Roland Stelzer, Managing Director of Gebr. Elmer & Zweifel GmbH & Co. KG, Bempflingen, was newly elected to the now enlarged board.

Other members of the Board are:

Hannes Drolle, Getzner Textil AG, Bludenz, Austria

Jean-Paul Haessig, RCMA Asia PTE LTD, Singapore

Henning Hammer, Otto Stadtlander GmbH, Bremen, Germany

Jan Kettelhack, Hch. Kettelhack GmbH + Co.KG, Rheine, Germany

Konrad Schröer, Setex-Textil GmbH, Hamminkeln-Dingden, Germany

Peter Spoerry, Spoerry 1886 AG, Flums, Germany

Axel Trede, Cotton Service International GmbH, Bremen, Germany

Manfred Kern sits on the board as an advisory member from the Austrian textile industry.

A special feature of the Bremen Cotton Exchange: The members of the Executive Board and the Executive Committee largely belong to companies from various areas of the cotton supply chain, such as trade, processing and services. This gives the association access to an extensive network and worldwide information resources within the global cotton textile sector.