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Vice-president Christiane Hollander steps down

Christiane Hollander informed the club in the year just ended of her intention to step down from the presidential board with effect from 31 January 2024. Her wish to have more time for her professional and private activities was accepted by the club boards along with her resignation.

Hollander became the first female vice-president in the history of FC St. Pauli on 23 November 2017 and has been particularly busy in matters relating to the FC St. Pauli Amateurs, the fans and their committees, the development of the membership administration, and the legal division. FC St. Pauli has increased its membership from 24,000 to close on 40,000 members during her term of office and is now one of the biggest and most diverse clubs in Hamburg.

"I'd like to thank the staff, the committed people and fans associated with FC St. Pauli, and my colleagues on the presidential board for an incredible time," Hollander said. "In my acceptance speech I promised the members that I would work hard to ensure we speak more to each other rather than about each other and encourage more participation. Both of these things take up a lot of time, patience, and energy. I told myself I no longer wanted to be working 60 hours at the age of 60, so I'm calling it quits shortly before my 61st birthday. At a time when things are getting increasingly difficult on the rental and housing market, I've decided to place the focus on my occupational activities in this area. For Esin, Hanna, Jochen and Oke, all the staff, members, and the best fans in the world I hope we can continue along the successful path we're now on and I wish you all the best for the rest of the season and in life."

President Oke Göttlich thanked Hollander for her exceptional work over more than six years: "Christiane, I'm very proud that a true St. Pauli fan became the first female vice-president of FC St. Pauli. Your tireless efforts for the district and the people here showed what a good choice this was. I hope you will remain active around our club and tell lots of people about the things that have driven us in all the work we've done together. I look forward to remaining involved with you in local projects such as Viva La Bernie and the Pudel and wish you the time, peace and quiet you deserve for activities such as these, for your job, and for your loved ones."

No decision has been made about a successor for the seat on the presidential board.

Photos: FC St. Pauli/Witters

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