Bundesliga giants FC Bayern Munich have appointed former captain and Germany legend Oliver Kahn to the club’s Executive Board. Kahn has signed a five-year contract effective from January 1, 2020.
The former world-class goalkeeper is also set to replace Karl-Heinz Rummenigge as the chairman and CEO in 2022.
FC Bayern Munich Statement
At Thursday’s meeting of the FC Bayern München AG Supervisory Board, the members unanimously resolved to appoint Oliver Kahn to the FC Bayern München AG Executive Board. Oliver Kahn has signed a five-year contract, effective 1 January 2020. Initially, the former FC Bayern captain, currently a businessman and entrepreneur, will serve as a member of the board. When Karl-Heinz Rummenigge’s contract expires on 31 December 2021, Oliver Kahn will take over from him as chairman and CEO.
Supervisory Board Chairman Uli Hoeneß said: “With an eye on the future, we are convinced that Oliver Kahn is the perfect solution for the position of CEO of FC Bayern München AG. Oliver was an important player in the history of our club. He was captain of FC Bayern and the Germany national team for many years, he has won almost every title there is to win, and he has always led the way with dedication and determination. After his playing career, he earned an MBA in General Management and built up his own companies in parallel. Oliver Kahn knows football, he knows business, and he carries the DNA of FC Bayern. We are convinced that Oliver Kahn is the right man to lead FC Bayern into the future.”
Oliver Kahn said: “It is a great honour for me that I will first be entrusted with the office of FC Bayern München AG board member and later with the office of CEO and chairman of the FC Bayern München AG Executive Board. I would like to thank the Supervisory Board, headed by Uli Hoeneß, for this trust. I am deeply connected with the club and it has decisively shaped my life. Sporting and financial success, solidarity with the fans, a responsible approach towards the club’s history and values – that is what FC Bayern stands for. I would like to further develop these attributes in the future together with the staff, as well as my colleagues on the Executive Board and the Supervisory Board.”
Oliver Kahn (50) began his professional playing career at Karlsruher SC. In 1994 he joined FC Bayern, where he became one of the most successful goalkeepers of all time. Oliver Kahn won eight German championship titles and six DFB Cups. He won the Intercontinental Cup, the Champions League and the UEFA Cup. Kahn made 557 Bundesliga appearances and featured in 103 Champions League matches. He made 86 senior appearances for Germany, winning the European Championship in 1996 and finishing World Cup runner-up in 2002. He was both FC Bayern and Germany captain for many years. In addition, Kahn was named Best Player and Best Goalkeeper at the 2002 World Cup. He was named World’s Best Goalkeeper three times, European Goalkeeper of the Year four times and German Footballer of the Year twice.
Kahn completed an MBA in General Management after ending his pro career in 2008, successfully establishing his own businesses. He also worked as a studio expert for broadcaster ZDF.