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Detlef Scheele is new Chairman of the Executive Board of the Federal Employment Agency – Valerie Holsboer becomes member of the Executive Board

With effect from 1 April 2017 Detlef Scheele has taken over as Chairman of the Executive Board of the Federal Employment Agency. He succeeds Frank-Jürgen Weise who is retiring from the position after 15 years on the Executive Board. In addition Valerie Holsboer is joining the BA Executive Board.

31 Mar 2017 | Press Release No. 10

Detlef Scheele has been a member of the BA Executive Board since 15 October 2015 and since then has had responsibility for labour market strategy. He will continue to oversee this area as the future Chairman of the Executive Board.  

The 60-year-old is a renowned labour market expert. His experience includes managing job-creation companies, Secretary in the Federal Ministry for Labour and Social Affairs and recently Senator for Labour, Social, Family and Children's Affairs in Hamburg. He is married with three children.

He sees a focus of his future work in tackling long-term unemployment. Prevention and stronger cooperation with local authorities, schools and other social service providers are for him an important foundation stone of this work. "Above all we have to focus on the transition from school to work", said Scheele. Another area of focus will be working life and digital change. "As job profiles are changing quicker than before, the BA will develop itself to support people through their entire working lives", he continued. "Continuing education and training will play a key role here."

Valerie Holsboer, born in Munich in 1977, was an employer group's member on the BA's Board of Governors from 2010 until October 2016. In the future, she will head the Executive Board portfolio for Controls and Finances as well as Human Resources. Following completion of a law degree she worked as a lawyer as well as in the insurance industry. In August 2007 Holsboer became Managing Director of the German System Catering Association (BdS). In 2012 she also became Managing Director of the Food, Drink and Tobacco Employers' Association (ANG) which shares office facilities with the BdS. In addition she is also a lay judge at the Federal Labour Court in Erfurt. Ms Holsboer is married with one daughter.

Valerie Holsboer brings important experience from her previous roles to the Federal Employment Agency. As former Managing Director of the German System Catering Association she is an experienced negotiator in difficult pay talks. With the Minimum Wage Commission she had an input into the development of the minimum wage itself.

"I am looking forward to this role in the Federal Employment Agency and working together with my colleagues on the Executive Board", she said on Friday in Nuremberg. "I hope that my contribution will ensure that the BA continues to have a successful impact on the labour market even in the face of challenges arising from a changing working world."  

Frank-Jürgen Weise has been a member of the Executive Board of the Federal Employment Agency since 2002. Initially responsible for Finances and Human Resources, in 2004 he succeeded Florian Gerster as Chairman of the Executive Board. A successful entrepreneur, as part of the reform process from the Federal Employment Service to the Federal Employment Agency he introduced a new management and controls system meaning that since then the BA's actions in the labour market are better aligned to effects and cost-effectiveness. In September 2015 he also took charge of the Federal Office of Migration and Refugees, a position from which he stepped down in December 2016. As Representative for the Management of Refugee Matters he has acted as an advisor to the Federal Government since the beginning of 2017. In addition he remains Chairman of the non-profit Hertie Foundation.