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Ownership Structure

The German Press Agency dpa is a private limited liability company under German law (GmbH) with 177 German shareholders (newspaper and magazine publication houses, publishers, broadcasting cooperations and media groups).

No shareholder may hold up more than 1.5 per cent of its total capital, with a maximum of 25 % of share capital being held by broadcasters. This ensures that no single shareholder can exert a dominating influence on the company.

In 2019, dpa's core company turnover (i.e. excluding subsidiaries and shares) amounted to 92,9 million Euros. The operating principles of the company are defined by the shareholders at their general meetings.


 
 

Supervisory Board

dpa is the news agency of German media

The Supervisory Board at dpa represents a cross-section of shareholders from the regional publishing houses, ranging from newspaper associations to large broadcasting companies. Its role is to supervise the management, business operations and editorial staff.

The Supervisory Board currently consists of 17 members. Each member, who is elected at a shareholders' meeting, serves for three years. DavidBrandstätter (Main-Post, Wuerzburg) has been the Chairman of the Board since 2014.

Members of the Supervisory Board

David Brandstätter

David Brandstätter

Managing Director, Main-Post GmbH & Co. KG, Würzburg
CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD
    Dr. Laurent Fischer

    Dr. Laurent Fischer

    Managing Publisher, Nordbayerischer Kurier, Bayreuth
    DEPUTY CHAIRMAN
      Valdo Lehari jr.

      Valdo Lehari jr.

      Publisher & Managing Director, Reutlinger General-Anzeiger Verlags-GmbH & Co. KG, Reutlingen
      DEPUTY CHAIRMAN

        Gerda Meuer

        Managing Director of Programming, Deutsche Welle, Bonn and Berlin

          Herbert Dachs

          Managing Director, Medienholding Süd GmbH, Stuttgart

            Thomas Düffert

            Chairman of the Management Board, MADSACK Mediengruppe, Hannover
              Dr. Peter Frey

              Dr. Peter Frey

              Editor-in-Chief, ZDF, Mainz
                Hans-Dieter Hillmoth

                Hans-Dieter Hillmoth

                Personally Liable Partner, Radio/Tele FFH GmbH & Co. Betriebs-KG, Bad Vilbel

                  Julia Jäkel

                  Hamburg
                    Joachim Knuth

                    Joachim Knuth

                    Radio Program Director, NDR, Hamburg
                      Dr. Stephan Kolschen

                      Dr. Stephan Kolschen

                      Publishing Director, Brune-Mettcker Druck- und Verlags-GmbH, Wilhelmshaven
                        Holger Martens

                        Holger Martens

                        Managing Director, Rheinpfalz Verlag und Druckerei GmbH & Co. KG, Ludwigshafen

                          Christian Nienhaus

                          Managing Director, News Media Print, Axel Springer SE, Berlin
                            Hans Georg Schnücker

                            Hans Georg Schnücker

                            Publisher, Verlagsgruppe Rhein Main GmbH & Co. KG, Mainz
                              Daniel Schöningh

                              Daniel Schöningh

                              Managing Director, Münchener Zeitungs-Verlag GmbH & Co. KG, München
                                Achim Twardy

                                Achim Twardy

                                Hamburg

                                  Birgit Wentzien

                                  Editor-in-Chief, Deutschlandfunk, Köln

                                    Johannes Werle

                                    Chairman of the Management Board, Rheinisch-Bergische Verlagsgesellschaft mbH, Düsseldorf

                                      Honorary Chairman

                                      Karlheinz Röthemeier

                                      Karlheinz Röthemeier


                                         
                                         

                                        Executive Board

                                        The Executive Board and Editorial Management steer the company with the goals of providing customers with high-quality journalism products and ensuring journalistic independence through financial success.

                                        Executive Board members and the Editor-in-Chief all directly respond to the Supervisory Board.

                                        The Executive Board consists of President Chief Executive Officer Peter Kropsch and Deputy Managing Directors Matthias Mahn and Andreas Schmidt. Matthias Mahn is in charge of the Human Resources and Legal Affairs, while Andreas Schmidt is responsible for Finance, Logistics and IT.

                                        Power of attorney is held by Thorsten Matthies, Head of Marketing and Sales. 

                                        Norbert Schmidt-Banasch is Chief Technology Officer (CTO).

                                         

                                        President & CEO

                                        Peter Kropsch

                                        President & CEO
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                                          Peter Kropsch

                                          Peter Kropsch, born in 1965 in Wels (Upper Austria), is Chairman of dpa`s executive board. The economics journalist worked for 20 years for the Austrian news agency APA, becoming a member of the agency's Executive Board in 2006, and then CEO in 2009. From 2012 to 2014 he was president of the European Alliance of News Agencies (EANA), one year later he was named "media manager of the year" by the Austrian journal "Der österreichische Journalist". Kropsch was appointed in June 2015 to succeed Michael Segbers in January 2017. In 2018, Peter Kropsch was re-elected president of the EANA.

                                           

                                           

                                           

                                          Senior Vice Presidents

                                          Matthias Mahn

                                          Matthias Mahn

                                          Senior Vice President, Head of Human Resources and Legal
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                                            Matthias Mahn

                                            Born in Hamburg in 1961, Matthias Mahn is Senior Vice President and head of the Human Resources and Legal Department. In 1989 he was accredited as a lawyer in Hamburg. He worked for nearly 10 years in Axel-Springer Enterprise in various positions and then for several years in an international enterprise of the metal industry. In 2002, he joined dpa. As director of the Human Resources and Law department, he was integrated into the business team. From 2002 to 2004 he was solely responsible for dpa's Broadcasting Agency Services. At the end of 2010, he was appointed to Senior Vice President of dpa.

                                            Andreas Schmidt

                                            Andreas Schmidt

                                            Senior Vice President, Head of Finance, Logistics and IT
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                                              Andreas Schmidt

                                              Andreas Schmidt was born in 1961 in Hamburg and is Senior Vice President of dpa. He serves as Head of the Finance Department and Logistics. Originally trained as an industrial engineer, he is very familiar with electronics installation. He has been with dpa since 1993. In addition to building a network-wide control center and a central purchasing department, he served in various management roles in dpa’s subsidiaries. In 2003 Schmidt was appointed commercial head of dpa and to Senior Vice President in 2010.


                                               
                                               

                                              Editorial Management

                                              The quality of dpa's news coverage is measured by its ability to fulfill three key criteria: independence, reliability and promptness.

                                              The German Press Agency's Editorial Management represents dpa as Germany's largest news agency and as one of the leading editorial departments worldwide. Its members are responsible for some 1,000 salaried journalistic staff stationed around the world and they ensure that standards of editorial excellence are maintained.

                                              Editor-in-Chief

                                              Sven Gösmann

                                              Editor-in-Chief
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                                                Sven Gösmann

                                                Born in 1966 in the Germany city Munden, Sven Gösmann, has been chief editor at dpa since 2014. He began his career at the Braunschweiger Zeitung. After completing his studies in Political Science in Berlin, he worked for several different news agencies: the Berliner Morgenpost, die Welt, as a national correspondent for the Braunschweiger Zeitung, the Weser-Kurier in Hannover and as head of politics for Welt am Sonntag. He then served as Politics and Economic deputy editor for Bild Zeitung. In 2005 he became chief editor at Rheinischen Post in Dusseldorf. He joined the German Press Agency in 2014.

                                                Deputy Editor-in-Chief

                                                Antje Homburger

                                                Deputy Editor-in-Chief
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                                                  Antje Homburger

                                                  Born in 1963 in Bassum, Lower Saxony, Antje Homburger began her career working as a freelancer in Bremen for the Associated Press, the vwd group, Weser Kurier and Welt, after completing her studies in applied business languages. From 1998 until 2010, she worked for the Associated Press in Frankfurt. She spent 11 of these 12 years as head of the economics division. In 2010 she started the same position with dpa. She was also recently a member of the dpa next lab in Berlin Beta House. Since 2016, she has worked as deputy editor. In her current role, she is responsible for daily management, quality control and further development of the agency.

                                                  Silke Brüggemeier

                                                  Deputy Editor-in-Chief
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                                                    Silke Brüggemeier

                                                    Silke Brüggemeier has been deputy editor-in-chief and head of visual at dpa since 2021. She was born in Paderborn in 1974, graduated from high school in 1993 and then studied history and German in Bielefeld. From 2000 to 2002, Silke Brüggemeier did a traineeship at dpa before working as photo editor at Bunte/InStyle magazine from 2002 to 2005. She then moved to the Axel Springer publishing company, first as photo editor at BILD newspaper, and from 2008 as head of photography at the paper/at BILD.

                                                     

                                                    Niddal Salah-Eldin

                                                    Deputy Editor-in-Chief
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                                                      Niddal Salah-Eldin

                                                      Born in 1985 in Sudan, Niddal Salah-Eldin studied politics and publishing in Mainz and Washington and is a trained social media manager. After holding positions at Medienanstalt Berlin-Brandenburg and Ketchum Pleon, she became a social media editor at the „Welt“ publishing group before being promoted as head of social media and then digital innovation director. Niddal was named to the “Top 30 Under 30” list of Germany’s„medium magazin“ in 2015, and she was selected by editors at trade magazine „kress pro“ as one of the 25 media makers under 35 who are shaping the media landscape in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Starting May 1, 2019, Niddal will serve as deputy editor-in-chief and head of innovation and product at dpa in Berlin to advance the agency’s digital transformation.

                                                      Jutta Steinhoff

                                                      Deputy Editor-in-Chief
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                                                        Jutta Steinhoff

                                                        Born in 1967 in Helmarshausen, Hessen, Jutta Steinhoff studied German, journalism and romance studies in Göttingen. She first worked for the Braunschweiger Zeitung and the Göttinger Tageblatt. Following an internship with dpa, she was appointed district editor in Fulda. She then left to work in Münster and Osnabrück and was service chief for Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland in Mainz. Following an appointment to regional office manager in Munich in 2005, Steinhoff lectured at the German School of Journalism. She also worked abroad at the dpa office in Geneva, Switzerland. Since 2012 she has headed the dpa regional office in Berlin and Eastern Germany. In 2016, Steinhoff was named deputy editor. She is responsible for organization and personnel development of dpa's domestic and international services.