Board of Directors

1. FC Köln

  • Presidium

    Dr. Werner Wolf (President)

    FC President, Dr. Werner Wolf is an experienced business leader and marketing expert. Within his professional career, football and especially 1. FC Köln were always closely linked. The Köln-based company, Intersnack was under his aegis as marketing director kit sponsor (funny frisch) from FC.

    From his time as head of the Bitburger Brewery, sponsor of the national team and lots of Bundesliga clubs, Dr. Werner Wolf brings a lot of personal contacts from the DFB, DFL and both the Bundesliga and 2. Bundesliga. Since 2016, Dr. Werner Wolf has advised start-ups and established companies in relation to digitalisation. Dr. Werner Wolf grew up in the Heinz-Flohe-Town of Euskirchen and as an FC fan. For more than 15 years, he has been a member of 1. FC Köln and was a member of the Verwaltungsrates from his time since 2003. After the sudden resignation of Wolfgang Overrath in 2011, he took over the head of the Verwaltungsrat and organised the handover of the President to Werner Spinner. Since Werner Spinner was elected as President in 2012, Dr. Werner Wolf has been a member of FC's Beirat.

    Privately, Dr. Werner Wolf was born in 1956 with his roots in the Eifel. He is a family man with four kids and three grandchildren, who are obviously FC fans.

    Eckhard Sauren (Vice President)

    With Eckhard Sauren, an experienced business leader, financial expert and experienced club president has been elected as 1. FC Köln Vice President. Eckhard Sauren stands for vigour and 27 years of successful business background. One of the keys to his success is his ability to evaluate chances and risks and make long-term decisions. He wants to bring this experience to FC.

    Eckhard Sauern has been an FC member for 11 years and a life-time member since 2015. Since 2014, he has been advising FC the advisory board in relation to finance and marketing questions. Since 2010, Eckhard Sauern has been president of Köln Horse Racing Club, and has given it new life and a return to success with innovative ideas and new partners. In this function, he has important contacts in the city. Through the annual FC Day at the Races, in April 2019 it achieved a new record attendance and is an important supporter of the FC foundation.

    Despite his roots being in Aachen, Eckhard Sauern is a Kölner at heart and has been an FC fan for 40 years. He has lived in Köln for 23 years and is the father of two children. He knowingly searched out the home for his family, so that he can travel to the stadium by bike.

    Dr. Carsten Wettich (Vice President) 

    Dr. Carsten Wettich moved up from the Member Council in December 2019 after Dr. Jürgen Sieger opted to step down. He is in the position until Autumn 2020, where there will be the usual Member Meeting. While he is part of the Presidium, his post in the Member Council will be put on hold.

    Since he could take his first steps, Carsten Wettich has been an FC fan and, during his youth football days, was part of the academy for two years. He has been a member for over 15 years and has been a life-time member since 2015.

    Carsten Wettich has been part of the Member Council since 2013, and has been the Deputy Chairman of the Joint Committee for the past five years. In this period, Carstein Wettich has taken particular care of economic, structural and legal questions. These topics are also what Carsten Wettich will actively engage in while in the Presidium. Along with that, he wants to improve the dialogue between members and fans, so that FC can remain a club led by members and does not become dependant on investors, as well as being transparent and within reach for all.

    Carsten Wettich is a founding partner of a law firm specializing in the area of corporate law and has been successfully advising companies and corporate leaders as a lawyer for more than ten years.

    Carsten Wettich was born in Köln and despite periods abroad, he has remained true to the Rhineland. He has two small children, who have been FC members since birth, and both are at his and his wife's side as they head to the stadium.

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