Eckhard Forst, Chairman of the Managing Board
After training as a bank clerk at Deutsche Bank AG in Düsseldorf and studying law, Eckhard Forst worked in different roles at Deutsche Bank AG in Düsseldorf from 1990, including the Legal Department and in Corporate and Key Account Management. In 2000, he joined Deutsche Bank AG in Paris as Managing Director in charge of Corporate Banking.
He became a member of the management of Deutsche Bank AG in Bielefeld in mid-2003 and was responsible for Corporate and Investment Banking in his capacity as Managing Director.
From 2007 to 2016, Eckhard Forst was a member of the Managing Board of Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale (NORD/LB) in Hannover, where he was in charge of Corporate Banking including Housing and Agricultural Banking. His responsibilities also included Structured Finance (Energy and Infrastructure), Institutional Clients as well as Commercial Real Estate Financing.
Eckhard Forst has been Chairman of the Managing Board of NRW.BANK since 2016. He is responsible for Human Resources, Legal, Internal Audit as well as Strategy/Communications/Board Office. Born in Düsseldorf, Eckhard Frost is married with two children.
Mr Forst holds various mandates including Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Portigon AG, President of the Association of German Public Sector Banks (Bundesverband Öffentlicher Banken Deutschlands e. V.), member of the Supervisory Board of HSBC Trinkaus & Burkhardt AG, member of the Supervisory Board of the French SFIL and member of Initiativkreis Ruhr. Mr Forst is also Honorary Consul of the Republic of France in Münster.
Gabriela Pantring, Member of the Managing Board
Gabriela Pantring is a member of the Managing Board of NRW.BANK, the promotional bank for North Rhine-Westphalia. In her capacity as Chief Risk Officer, she is responsible for Promotional Business Development, Risk Control, Credit Management and Business Support. She is also Board member for the Westphalia-Lippe region.
Ms Pantring holds various mandates, including Vice President of the European Association of Public Banks (EAPB) and a member of the Advisory Board of the SME Council of KfW Bankengruppe.
Gabriela Pantring started her career in the mid-1980s as loan officer at Sparkasse Osnabrück and as auditor at Sparkassen- und Giroverband Schleswig-Holstein. For several years she worked for the Group Audit Department of Westdeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale in London.
In 2002, she joined the newly founded NRW.BANK, where she assumed responsibility for the Internal Audit unit. She later headed the Corporate Steering Division and most recently the Special Promotion and Advisory Division.
In 2013, Ms Pantring became a member of the Managing Board of ILB Investitionsbank des Landes Brandenburg, where she was responsible for Economy, Equity & Start-ups, Treasury and Bank Operations before returning to NRW.BANK in 2016.
Gabriela Pantring holds a Master of Business Administration degree and a Master of Science in Strategic Focus degree from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh.
Michael Stölting, Member of the Managing Board
After studying business administration at Cologne University, Michael Stölting joined Westdeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale in 1989. The positions he held at WestLB included that of Head of Swap and Options Trading for Asia-Pacific at WestLB Tokyo and, from 1993, Head of Swap and Options Trading for Europe at WestLB in Düsseldorf.
Between 1998 and 2002, he was in charge of the Credit Derivatives Department in Düsseldorf and held the position of Co-Head of Credit Derivatives Europe in Düsseldorf and London. He later assumed the position of Managing Director and expanded the credit portfolio management of WestLB AG. In 2005, he was additionally appointed Vice Head of BU Credit Risk Management.
In July 2006, Michael Stölting joined NRW.BANK as Head of the newly created Risk Management unit, with responsibility for all risk types.
As of January 1, 2009, he was appointed Vice Member of the Managing Board in charge of the capital markets business. He has been an ordinary member of the Managing Board since July 1, 2009 and is in charge of Promotion Programme Advisory Services & Customer Service, Capital Markets as well as Corporate Finance & Infrastructure Finance. He is also Board member for the Rhineland region. Born in Cologne, Michael Stölting is married with three children.
Mr Stölting holds various mandates. He is, among other things, Chairman of the Supervisory Boards of WestSpiel and WestLotto and a member of the Board of Directors of Investitionsbank des Landes Brandenburg. In addition, Mr Stölting is a member of the board of the Center for Financial Research at the University of Cologne and a board member of the IESE Business School Alumni Chapter Germany.
Dietrich Suhlrie, Member of the Managing Board
After having studied economics and forestry, Dietrich Suhlrie worked in Africa in the context of development cooperation.
He joined KfW Bankengruppe in 1991. Appointed Director in 2000, he headed several strategic organisational units in KfW’s promotion and development business.
In 2008, he assumed responsibility for the Organisation and Internal Consulting Division. Previously he led the Information and Consulting Division and, between 2000 and 2006, the Credit Secretariat.
In the context of these functions, Dietrich Suhlrie was responsible for the integration of Deutsche Ausgleichsbank (DtA) into KfW Bankengruppe including the organisational repositioning and realignment of the product range. Between 2008 and 2010, he advised the Federal Finance Ministry on the foundation and privatisation of ÖPP Deutschland AG.
Dietrich Suhlrie has been a member of NRW.BANK’s Managing Board since June 2010. He is responsible for Finance, Promotion Programmes, IT/Organisation/Internal Services and Housing Promotion. He is also Board member for the Ruhr region.
Mr Suhlrie holds various mandates, including member of the Supervisory Board of Investitionsbank des Landes Brandenburg.