Below the Board of Management level, important decisions are taken in so-called executive committees, which also prepare decisions to be made by the Board of Management as a whole. The executive committees are responsible for strategy, acquisitions and major board department investments, amongst other things.
The MAIL Steering Committee is responsible for the MAIL division, and the cross-divisional DHL Executive Committee is in charge of the EXPRESS, GLOBAL FORWARDING, FREIGHT and SUPPLY CHAIN divisions. The CEO, the CFO and the respective board members are represented on the committees. In addition, the Board Member for Personnel is a member of the MAIL Steering Committee. Along with the relevant members of the Board of Management, the executive committees also include second-tier executives, in some cases on a permanent basis – for example those responsible for the operating business – and in some cases to assist with special topics. Procurement and Controlling are called in to consult on capital expenditure, for instance, and Finance, Corporate Development and Legal Services in the case of acquisitions.
The DHL Executive Committee generally meets twice per month and the MAIL Steering Committee once.
Furthermore, business review meetings take place once per quarter. These meetings are part of the strategic performance dialogue between the divisions, the CEO and the CFO. They comprise discussions on strategic measures, operating topics and the budget situation of the operating board departments.
The Supervisory Board has formed five committees to ensure efficient discharge of its duties. The Report of the Supervisory Board gives details on the composition and working methods of the committees.
The Supervisory Board committees prepare the resolutions of the plenary meetings of the Supervisory Board. Decisions on certain topics are delegated by the Supervisory Board to the individual committees for final decision.