Board and Senior Management
Sole Director / CEO
Michael Haentjes is founder, principal shareholder and sole director of Edel AG. Haentjes was born in Cologne in 1956 and studied musicology in Cologne and Berlin. After only a year as a high school teacher he switched to music magazine Fachblatt, where he reported on such international rock greats as Genesis, Queen, Eagles and Bob Dylan. In 1978, together with musician Klaus Schulze (Tangerine Dream), Haentjes founded the IC label, moving two years later to WEA (now Warner Music) where he was assistant to the man who was then heading the business, Siegfried Loch. 1981 saw him rise to the position of General Manager, Warner Home Video – a post he held till 1984.
After that he assumed the direction of marketing at Teldec GmbH, before founding edel music as a mail order house for film music records in Hamburg in 1986. Haentjes appointed his first employee the following year and began reissuing soundtracks licensed from independent music companies, the majors of the music biz and Hollywood studios. Two years later Edel became a fully fledged record company, with its own sales team placing compilations and soundtracks in retail outlets.
The CD pressing factory optimal was set up in 1991 and Austrian and Swiss subsidiaries founded the same year; in 1994, edel took the first artist of its own under contract. The years that followed brought the international reach of the company and a significant expansion of the product catalogue, leading to the stock market launch of edel music AG in 1998. Now named Edel AG, the company is one of Europe’s biggest independent music businesses.
Recent years have seen book publishers acquired and developed, a strong position built up in sales of digital content and large-scale expansion in the printing and binding of books and printed matter. Vinyl manufacturing has also been intensified, attaining the leading position internationally in this market..
Michael Haentjes was named Person of the Year at the 1999 international music trade fair Midem. For many years he was a member of the international board of IFPI (International Federation of the Phonographic Industry). From 2005 until 2007 he was chairman of the associations making up the German music industry (Bundesverband der Phonographischen Wirtschaft, German National Group of IFPI, Deutsche Phono-Akademie), uniting them into a federation. Haentjes was Family Businessman of the Year in 2014. His son Dr. Jonas Haentjes entered Edel AG in March 2016 as his designated successor.
Dr. Jonas Haentjes
Director Corporate Development
Dr. Jonas Haentjes has been Director Corporate Development of Edel AG since 2016 and is the eventual successor to CEO Michael Haentjes. In the coming years he will play a decisive part in shaping the strategic stance of Edel AG together with Michael Haentjes and COO/CFO Timo Steinberg. A smooth transitional phase is envisaged for the succession to CEO Michael Haentjes. Dr. Haentjes has spent five years on behalf of corporate consultancy Roland Berger Strategy Consultants and Monitor Deloitte in advising international pharmaceutical and medical technology companies on their strategic orientation. Prior to that, he studied medicine of the human body in Hanover, Bologna and New York, attaining his doctorate in cardiology.
COO and CFO
Timo Steinberg has been COO of Edel AG since 2004 and also CFO since 2010. He began at Edel AG as Director Business Development in 2002 and oversaw the reorientation of the company and the development of new business divisions, including the book publishing operation. Before that, Steinberg had worked for corporate consultancy Roland Berger Strategy Consultants in Munich and London, principally in the fields of refocusing and growth projects in various sectors. Timo Steinberg studied economics at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Dr. Jonas Haentjes, Michael Haentjes, Timo Steinberg
Dr. Markus Conrad
Chairman of the Supervisory Board
Dr. Markus Conrad is the managing director of CERF GmbH and a member of the supervisory and advisory boards of German family enterprises. He has chaired the supervisory board of Edel AG since October 2016. From 2006 until 2016 he was chairman of the board of Tchibo GmbH, prior to that from 1990 until 2005 managing partner of Libri GmbH, Hamburg. From 1985 until 1990 Dr. Conrad worked for the Bain & Company consultancy, latterly as partner. Dr. Conrad studied business and commerce at the University of Hamburg and music at the Hamburg College of Music and Fine Arts. He gained his doctorate in economic science (University of Hamburg) and attained an MBA at INSEAD in Fontainebleau.
Member of the Supervisory Board
Christian Schantz has been a member of the supervisory board of Edel AG since May 2016. Over the course of the past 25 years he has accumulated business experience in various production companies closely associated with different branches of the media world. From 1998 until 2011 he was managing director of major printing shops at Bertelsmann subsidiary arvato AG; most recently, he was responsible for their book production division in Central and Eastern Europe. For some years now, Christian Schantz has been working independently in the property business.
Joel H. Weinstein
Vice-Chairman of the Supervisory Board
Joel H. Weinstein is a working lawyer. Before founding his own legal practice in 2008 he was a founding partner of the New York partnership Epstein, Levinsohn, Bodine, Hurwitz and Weinstein, LLP, which has specialized on the entertainment sector and is principally engaged in advising clients from the music and film business. For over 30 years, Weinstein has represented artists, record companies, music publishers, songwriters, authors and music, film and TV producers in the United States, Europe, Brazil and Japan. Weinstein graduated Bachelor and Master of Arts at New York University and received the title of Doctor from the New York Law School. He is married, has two sons and lives in Mount Kisco, NY.