Former Bayern Munich goalkeeper Oliver Kahn is set to replace Karl-Heinz Rummenigge as Bayern’s CEO when the latter steps down in 2021. Rummenigge has been Bayern CEO since 2002 but has announced that he will leave when his contract expires in two years. Rummenigge has two years left as chairman but has already named his intended successor. Rummenigge announced his future departure and also spoke of how Bayern Munich had the succession planning in place to ensure a smooth transition from his rein as CEO to Kahn taking over
“Yes I will stop. This is also a good time to hand over the baton to Oli Kahn,” Rummenigge was quoted by Sky Sports. “The plan is for Oli to succeed me. He should be trained by me. He has been a very important player in Bavaria, he has taken a second educational path and is already on the road is business. The board has already given the go-ahead and I trust Oli.”
Bayern legend Kahn made 632 appearances for the club, winning the Bundesliga eight times as well as winning the Champions League in 2001. Widely considered to be one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time, Kahn finished third in the voting for the Ballon d’Or in 2001 and 2002. His performances helped guide Germany to the World Cup final in 2002, where he also won the Golden Ball. Rummenigge added that Kahn will work for Bayern in the next two years and that he will shadow him before he becomes CEO. While it is too early for details, the club boss felt comfortable unveiling the plan for 2021.
“I do not think there is a contract at this stage or an established timeline, but the board of directors gave the green light. ”
Kahn currently works in television commentary in Germany for ZDF. He retired from his playing career in 2008. Rummenigge suggested that Kahn would be phased in gradually with more responsibilities but did not fill that picture in.
“It is important that you build an incredible network, that was easier in the past.”
“Now you jump into the water and have to swim immediately. The media world is very different, but I think he will swim very well in the end.”