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Esin Rager joins presidential board

The journalist and businesswoman Esin Rager will fill the vacant seat on FC St. Pauli's presidential board from July 2021. Her appointment has been ratified by the club's supervisory board and she will take office on a provisional basis until the next general meeting.

Rager, 53, grew up in several cities around the world before returning to Hamburg as a young journalist. At the age of 26, she was already desk editor in charge of the Hamburg LIVE supplement at the regional daily Hamburger Abendblatt, and four years later began working as a consultant to media companies and brands. In 2002, Rager launched her own brand, samova, which trades in high-quality organic teas all over the world and is widely considered a model eco-friendly business. As the co-founder of Initiative Kreislaufverpackung, an organisation that promotes recyclable packaging, Rager campaigns for a waste-free world in line with the cradle-to-cradle philosophy. She also engages in a wide variety of social activities, serving as a longstanding jury member at the Körber Foundation and a patron of the Kultur Palast Hamburg Foundation as well as volunteering in school workshops run by the Futurepreneur association.

Esin Rager: "I go into this new and exciting assignment full of elan. FC St. Pauli approached me because of my experience in the fields of environmental protection and society. As an entrepreneur, I advocate for a more sustainable and social way of doing business. Achieving a balance in these areas at FC St. Pauli, i.e. economy, ecology and community, will be my focus, along with the expansion of our business network to companies and institutions with a similar outlook. The club already has an ambitious agenda and I'll be helping to put it into practice as quickly and as goal-driven as possible."

Club president Oke Göttlich: "I'm delighted we've been able to win Esin Rager for the presidential board. She comes with proven expertise and an extensive network in the fields of economy, ecology and community, along with a host of other qualifications, and will help us to place FC St. Pauli on a secure footing. Taking another step towards more gender parity on our boards with this appointment is an important signal in terms of a modern organisational constellation."

Supervisory board chair Sandra Schwedler: "Professionally, Esin Rager has been looking at the challenges facing society, and thus FC St. Pauli, for many years. In this respect, the supervisory board considers Esin a very promising appointment. The vacant seat on the presidential board has thus been filled, initially on a provisional basis. The supervisory board would like to wish Esin all the best in her new role."


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