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Change to the Executive Board of Ernst Russ AG

Hamburg, 21 January 2019: Robert Gärtner (63), previously a member of the Supervisory Board of Ernst Russ AG, will move to the Executive Board of the company effective 1 March 2019. To this end, Mr Gärtner has resigned today from the Supervisory Board, effective from the end of 28 February 2019.

Mr Gärtner has many years of successful management experience with a focus on the financial sector. He is currently managing partner of a Hamburg-based consulting firm. Prior to that, he led a medium-sized company from supplying the shipbuilding industry to becoming the leading provider of software and services in the maritime industry.

Alexander Stuhlmann, Chairman of the Supervisory Board: “I am very pleased that Robert Gärtner will be joining us as a member of our Executive Board. He knows our firm and will employ his energy and expertise to master the challenges we face in the market.” “I look forward to the demanding task that lies ahead,” says Robert Gärtner.

In addition, the Supervisory Board resolved today, in agreement with the two acting Executive Board members, that the speaker of the Executive Board Jens Mahnke (50) will leave the company following this year’s general meeting, and that Executive Board member Ingo Kuhlmann (46) will leave the company with effect from the end of 31 March 2019. The Supervisory Board thanks both gentlemen for their successful and dedicated work. Alexander Stuhlmann: “Jens Mahnke and Ingo Kuhlmann led our company into a safe harbour in difficult times and created a stable base for the ongoing development of the company. For this, they deserve the thanks of the Supervisory Board, employees and shareholders of Ernst Russ AG.” The board members, who will be independently self-employed, will remain closely connected to the company.

About the Ernst Russ Group: The Ernst Russ Group is a publicly listed asset and investment manager with a focus on the asset classes of shipping and real estate. Currently, the Ernst Russ Group administers a fleet of around 100 container, tanker and bulker ships as well as other vessels. They are either actively managed or are managed as fund ships by shipping partners. The Ernst Russ Group acts as an asset manager for various assets in the Real Estate, Shipping and Alternative Investments segments. Trustee services are also part of the Ernst Russ Group’s business. The companies in the Ernst Russ Group currently manage funds and investments/co‐investments with a total investment volume of around EUR 6.1 billion. The company has offices in Hamburg, Bremen, Cologne and London.

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