Carsten Kengeter, CEO

Introduction



Liebe Leserinnen und Leser

This Annual is the “accelerated” version of our corporate report. Key information, and to the point: the Annual comprises an overview of Deutsche Börse Group, and of our “Accelerate” growth strategy. We are looking at the present state of the Group – but of course we will also take a look ahead to what we have planned for the near future, as well as potential innovations over a longer period. We have thus structured the report into three sections: Status, Ambition, and Innovation.

We accept responsibility in all of these areas. Not only are we determined to be the number one for our customers and investors – we also take the needs and interests of all relevant stakeholders into account. Dialogue and transparency are key aspects in this context. This is why we not only expanded our stakeholder survey in 2015, but also further developed our reporting, bringing it in line with the standards set by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI): our Annual and our financial report 2015 have both been prepared in accordance with the GRI G4 framework for the first time.

We are looking back at a successful year. Yet we have no intention of resting on our laurels. We must grow much faster in the future. We have called our strategy – designed to achieve faster growth – “Accelerate”. The purpose of this strategy is to propel Deutsche Börse Group into the global number one or number two position – in all of its business areas.

And we are making good progress. Last year, we acquired the remaining stake in index provider STOXX, and also took over the foreign-exchange trading platform 360T, an enterprise that is a blueprint for entrepreneurial courage, client proximity and innovation. You can read more about 360T and its founder Carlo Kölzer in the Innovation section.

Talking about client proximity: we want our clients to be our focus, throughout the Group and for the long term. Under the leadership of our new Global Head of Sales, Robert Jolliffe, we have established a team of Group Relationship Managers. You will find an interview with Robert in the Ambition section.

Client relationships are one part of the equation – client-focused solutions are the other: they must go hand in hand. This is why we have centralised our product development, coordinated by Ashwin Kumar, our new Global Head of Product Development. He talks about his plans in the interview in the Innovation section.

We continue to focus on Asia, and especially China – one of the world’s most important growth regions. We founded the China Europe International Exchange (CEINEX) at the end of October 2015, a European-Chinese cooperation that is truly unique worldwide, with which we are preparing for the future.

To ensure that “Accelerate” is a success, we realigned Executive Board portfolios at the beginning of 2016. The goal of all these steps is to act faster, and in a more focused and client-oriented manner.

I hope you will enjoy reading our Annual.
Yours sincerely,

Unterschrift

Carsten Kengeter