Roger Kohlmann has been Member of the General Executive Management Board of the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW), Berlin, since spring 2009. Kohlmann holding a diploma degree in economics is also Head of the "Energy Networks and Regulation" Division.
Kohlmann graduated from the Hamburg University of the German Federal Armed Forces where he also specialised in European policy issues. After his employment as an officer in the German Army, he switched to politics: From 1991 he was scientific assistant in the Committee on "Economy, Small and Medium-Sized Businesses and Technology" of the Land Parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia located in Düsseldorf.
Since 1996, Kohlmann has been working in the energy industry: After working with RWE Rheinbraun AG, Cologne, he switched to the East German lignite company Laubag (Senftenberg) in 1999, where he was responsible for the "Communication" and "Basic Energy Policy Issues" department. After that, he became Head of the corporate communication department of RWE Power AG, Essen. In 2004, he switched to the German Electricity Association (VDEW), Berlin, where he was Deputy General Executive Manager. From autumn 2007, he was Deputy General Executive Manager of BDEW. Kohlmann is married and has two children.