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Ownership Structure

The German Press Agency dpa is a private limited liability company under German law (GmbH) with about 170 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 2021, dpa's core company turnover (i.e. excluding subsidiaries and shares) amounted to 101 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. David Brandstätter (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, Berlin
        SECRETARY

          Herbert Dachs

          Managing Director, Medienholding Süd GmbH, Stuttgart

            Thomas Düffert

            Chairman of the Management Board, MADSACK Mediengruppe, Hannover

              Julia Jäkel

              Hamburg
                Joachim Knuth

                Joachim Knuth

                Intendant, NDR, Hamburg
                  Dr. Stephan Kolschen

                  Dr. Stephan Kolschen

                  Managing Partner, Ernst Brune GmbH & Co Kommanditgesellschaft, Wilhelmshaven

                    Frank Mahlberg

                    Spokesman of the Management Board, Axel Springer Auto Verlag GmbH, Hamburg
                      Holger Martens

                      Holger Martens

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

                        Bettina Schausten

                        Editor-in-Chief and Head of Main Editorial Office News, ZDF, Mainz
                          Daniel Schöningh

                          Daniel Schöningh

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

                            Sven Thölen

                            Managing Director, RADIO NRW GmbH, Oberhausen
                              Achim Twardy

                              Achim Twardy

                              Hamburg

                                Birgit Wentzien

                                Editor-in-Chief, Deutschlandfunk, Köln

                                  Johannes Werle

                                  Chairman of the Management Board, Rheinische Post Mediengruppe GmbH, 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 (Austria), has been Chairman of the dpa Executive Board since 2017. The business journalist previously worked for the Austrian news agency APA for 20 years - initially in product management and marketing and from 2006 onwards in senior management. From 2009 to 2016, Peter Kropsch was CEO of APA. From 2012 to 2014 and from 2018 to 2021, he was President of the European Alliance of News Agencies (EANA).

                                        Senior Vice Presidents

                                        Matthias Mahn

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

                                          Matthias Mahn, born in Hamburg in 1961, is the Managing Director responsible for Human Resources and Legal Affairs. He became a lawyer in Hamburg in 1989. Matthias Mahn worked for almost ten years in the Axel Springer Group in various positions and then for several years for an international group in the metal industry. In January 2002, he moved to dpa. He was appointed managing director of dpa at the end of 2010.

                                          Andreas Schmidt

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

                                            Andreas Schmidt, born in Hamburg in 1961, is Managing Director of dpa and responsible for Finance, Logistics and IT. The qualified industrial engineer is a trained electronic communications technician and has been with dpa since 1993. In addition to setting up group-wide corporate controlling and central purchasing systems, his areas of activity also included various Managing Director positions at dpa subsidiaries. In 2003, Schmidt was appointed to the Executive Board as Commercial Director and authorised signatory and was appointed Managing Director at the end of 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

                                              Sven Gösmann, born in 1966 in Münden, Lower Saxony, has been editor-in-chief of dpa since 2014. He began his career at the “Braunschweiger Zeitung”. After studying political science in Berlin, he worked, among others, for the “Berliner Morgenpost”, the “Welt”, as correspondent for the “Braunschweiger Zeitung” and the “Weser-Kurier” in Hanover, as head of politics for the “Welt am Sonntag” and as deputy editor-in-chief for politics and economics at the “Bild” newspaper. In 2005, he moved to the “Rheinische Post”, published in Düsseldorf, as editor-in-chief. On 1 January 2014, Sven Gösmann became editor-in-chief of the German Press Agency.

                                              Deputy Editor-in-Chief

                                              Antje Homburger

                                              Deputy Editor-in-Chief
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                                                Antje Homburger

                                                Antje Homburger, born in 1963 in Bassum, Lower Saxony, worked as a freelancer for AP, vwd, "Weser Kurier" and "Welt" after studying Applied Business Languages in Bremen. From 1998 to 2010 she worked for the news agency AP in Frankfurt; for eleven of these twelve years as head of the economics desk. In May 2010, she came to dpa in the same function. She has been deputy Editor-in-Chief of dpa since January 2016. As head of news, she is primarily responsible for the daily management, quality control and further development of the agency services.

                                                Silke Brüggemeier

                                                Deputy Editor-in-Chief
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                                                  Silke Brüggemeier

                                                  Silke Brüggemeier has been deputy Editor-in-Chief and head of visuals at dpa since 2021. She was born in Paderborn in 1974, graduated from high school in 1993 and then studied history and German studies in Bielefeld. From 2000 to 2002, Silke Brüggemeier did a traineeship at dpa before working as photo editor at Bunte/InStyle from 2002 to 2005. She then moved to Axel Springer Verlag, first as photo editor at BILD, and from 2008 as head of photography there. Since January 2022, she has also been Managing Director of the dpa subsidiary Rufa Rundfunk-Agenturdienste GmbH.

                                                   

                                                  Jutta Steinhoff

                                                  Deputy Editor-in-Chief
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                                                    Jutta Steinhoff

                                                    Jutta Steinhoff, born in 1967 in Helmarshausen, Hesse, studied German, Journalism and Romance Studies in Göttingen and worked for the "Braunschweiger Zeitung" and "Göttinger Tageblatt". After a dpa traineeship, she became dpa district editor in Fulda. She then headed the Münster/Osnabrück office and was head of service for Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland. After being appointed regional bureau chief in Munich in 2005, she also became a lecturer at the German School of Journalism. Jutta Steinhoff gained experience abroad, including at the dpa bureau in Geneva. From 2012 onwards, she headed the dpa regional office Berlin/Eastern Germany. In 2016, Jutta Steinhoff became deputy Editor-in-Chief and, as Head of Network, is responsible for the organisation and personnel development of dpa's domestic and foreign services.