1. FC Köln are making steps to prepare for the future and have extended the leading team at Geißbockheim. Philipp Türoff was most recently at Birkenstock as CFO and will join FC as Commercial Managing Director on 1st January 2022. The 45-year-old will work together with Alexander Wehrle and Christian Keller to form the new Managing Director team.
FC President Werner Wolf said: “The requirements and areas of responsibility within a football club have grown enormously over the past few years, that is the case at FC as well. In order to remain competitive at the highest level, we have developed the FC Match Plan. Our strategy must be filled with life and implemented – for this reason, we have decided to expand the Management team and rely on strong and clever minds with proven management skills at the top level.”
Philipp Türoff said: “I am really looking forward to my new challenge at FC. Those responsible have shown me a perspective at the club which I believe in. Together with my colleagues and the team at Geißbockheim, I want to be part of the path which the current Board of Directors have started, and it is one which I have a very positive opinion of.”
Philipp Türoff, who has developed an excellent reputation as a finance and human resources expert at international companies such as Birkenstock, Red Bull and SAP, will be responsible for the areas of finance, sales management, human resources and IT. Alexander Wehrle will focus on the areas of corporate strategy, communication, marketing and internationalisation. In addition, he will continue to devote himself to the topic of sustainability and take on social responsibility with the FC Foundation. From April 1st 2022, Christian Keller will be responsible for sport.
“When it came to the idea of expanding the management team, I was met with open ears from the Board of Directors. We all agreed from the start that, given the number of challenges that FC and our goals bring with them, it makes sense to split the tasks over several shoulders,” said FC Managing Director Alexander Wehrle, who decided to not to renew his current contract.