On 1st January 2016, Bernd Tönjes, Chairman of the Management Board at RAG Aktiengesellschaft in Herne/Germany, became the moderator of the Initiativkreis Ruhr in Essen for a two-year term. This honorary post was previously held by Klaus Engel, Chairman of the Board at Evonik Industries AG, Essen, whose term of office ended at the end of the two-year cycle.

On 1st January 2016, Joachim Dutschke’s role as Head of the Commercial services division at RAG was handed over to his then deputy, Dirk Ostermann.