After the end of the financial year, Executive Board member Dirk Hasselbring announced on 1 March 2005 his intention to step down from the Executive Board as at 30 April 2005 of his own volition and in agreement with the Supervisory Board. He will leave the Company to pursue other career opportunities.

The situation in the Company has not changed either in strategic terms or at an operational level as a result. Ongoing projects are being continued.