Supervisory Board

Christa Fuchs - Chairwoman of the Supervisory Board
Managing shareholder of VOLPAIA Beteiligungs-GmbH, Bremen

After completing a commercial traineeship, Christa Fuchs worked in office positions at Klöckner in Hamburg and Jacobs Kaffee AG in Bremen between 1957 and 1981 (with a break between the years 1960 and 1971 due to child-rearing). In 1981, she took over a company named OHB Otto Hydraulik Bremen GmbH, assuming management responsibility and remaining a member of the company’s management until 2002. Christa Fuchs has held various honorary positions including as a judge at the social court and the administrative court in Bremen.

She is currently the managing shareholder of VOLPAIA Beteiligungs-GmbH, the Fuchs family’s asset management company. Christa Fuchs is chairwoman of the Supervisory Board of the following group companies: 

OHB-System AG, Bremen
Orbcomm Deutschland AG, Bremen
Cosmos Space Systems AG, Bremen

In addition, she has been honorary consul of the Republic of Kazakhstan in Bremen since 2014.

She has been the chairwoman of the Supervisory Board of OHB SE and the company’s legal predecessor, OHB AG, since 2002.

Robert Wethmar, LL.M. 
Attorney and partner at the Taylor Wessing law firm, Hamburg.

Born in 1961, Robert Wethmar studied law at the University of Hamburg, graduating in 1988 with the first state examination. He then completed his legal clerkship at the Berlin Appellate Court, where he completed his second state examination in 1991. Thereafter, Robert Wethmar completed a master’s degree at New York University, qualifying as an attorney at law in the State of New York in 1993. Robert Wethmar has been a lawyer in Hamburg since 1993 and a partner at the international law firm Taylor Wessing since 1997. He specializes in cross-border M&A transactions and joint ventures as well as corporate law matters for mid-size and large family companies. He advises national and international companies in the technology (e.g. aviation and space technology, information technology, medical and biotechnology) and consumer goods industries. 

Robert Wethmar, who was born in the Netherlands, has been honorary consul of the Netherlands in Hamburg since 2010.

He has been a member of the Supervisory Board of OHB SE and the company’s legal predecessor, OHB AG, since 2012.

Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Heinz Stoewer, M.Sc. 
CEO Space Associates GmbH, München

Prof. Heinz Stoewer has studied technical Physics, Business Administration and Systems Management in Germany and the USA. He worked at the Boelkow KG (today part of the Airbus Group), MDAC in the USA (today Boeing) as Project Manager, the European Space Agency ESA as Programme Manager Spacelab and Department Head and the German Space Agency DARA GmbH as Managing Director. He is emeritus professor for Space Systems Engineering at the Delft University of Technology and has authored more than 90 scientific/technical publications on space and engineering topics. He was and is member of various space related boards and committees such as the Dutch Space Research Organisation SRON, the International Academy of Astronautics, the German Aerospace Society DGLR, the International Council on Systems Engineering INCOSE and the NASA Centre JPL in Pasadena. 

Prof. Stoewer is also Founder and President of the Space Associates GmbH, an international network company working in the fields of space, systems engineering, project management and education. He lectures at renowned universities worldwide.

Prof. Heinz Stoewer is a member of the Governing Board of the OHB SE, respectively its predecessor company OHB AG, since 2005.