At today's meeting of the Supervisory Board of STIHL AG, Dr. Michael Prochaska was appointed Executive Board Member, Human Resources and Legal Affairs, as of January 1, 2012. Prochaska is a business psychologist and comes from Franz Haniel & Cie. GmbH in Duisburg, where he has been responsible for group-wide personnel management and has been managing director of the Haniel Academy since 2007. Previously, he occupied an executive position in human resources with the Linde Group in Munich and Wiesbaden for several years. Before that he worked as head of personnel and manager development at Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart.