Ownership Structure

The German Press Agency dpa is a private limited liability company under German law (GmbH) with around 190 German shareholders (newspaper and magazine publication houses, publishers, broadcasting cooporations 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 2011, dpa's core company turnover (i.e. excluding subsidiaries and shares) amounted to 94 million Euros. The operating principles of the company are defined by the shareholders at their general meetings.


 

Supervisory Board

Free and independent reporting is the cornerstone of high-quality journalism.

dpa is the news agency of the German media. Their 182 shareholders – comprised solely of media companies and publishers – are a testament to the independent nature of the company. dpa’s Supervisory Board is a cross-section of its shareholders, who span media outlets from regional newspapers to major broadcasting networks.

Members of the Supervisory Board

  • David Brandstätter

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

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

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

    Managing Director, Publishing Group Ebner Ulm GmbH & Co. KG, Ulm
    SECRETARY
  • Dr. Karl Hans Arnold

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

    Chairman of the Management Board, Verlagsgesellschaft Madsack GmbH & Co. KG,
  • Dr. Peter Frey

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

    Managing Director & Program Director, Radio/Tele FFH GmbH & Co. Betriebs-KG, Bad Vilbel
  • Hans Homrighausen

    Dreieich
  • Joachim Knuth

    Radio Program Director, NDR, Hamburg
  • Dr. Stephan Kolschen

    Publishing Director, Brune-Mettcker Druck- und Verlagsgesellschaft mbH, Wilhelmshaven
  • Dr. Torsten Rossmann

    Managing Director, WeltN24 GmbH, Berlin
  • Hans Georg Schnücker

    Management Spokesman, Verlagsgruppe Rhein Main GmbH & Co. KG, Mainz
  • Daniel Schöningh

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

    Hamburg

Honorary Chairman

  • Karlheinz Röthemeier


 

Executive Board

The business and editorial management of dpa ensure that the company fulfills its aim of supplying customers with high quality journalistic products, thereby securing dpa's financial success as an independent news provider.

Both executive board members and editor-in-chief are directly answerable to the Supervisory Board.

The executive board comprises at least two members, one of whom is the chairman. Our Chief Executive Officer is Peter Kropsch.

Additional Deputy Chiefs Executive Officer are Matthias Mahn (Head of Human Resources and Legal Department) and Andreas Schmidt (Head of Finance Department and Logistics).

Executive board members and Deputy Chiefs Executive Officer are appointed by the Supervisory Board.

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.

     

     

     

Senior Vice Presidents

  • 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

    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

  • Roland Freund

    Deputy Editor-in-Chief
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    Roland Freund

    Roland Freund was born in Erlangen, Franconia in 1968. He joined dpa in 1995 after studying Catholic theology, sociology and economics. After an internship, he worked in Munich where he was helped establish a marketing organization for clients outside the media sector in southern Germany from 1999 and 2001. The following two years he worked as manager of Globus Infografik GmbH in Hamburg. His next role was as manager and editor of the business news agency dpa-AFX. Freund then went to work in New York for three years before taking a leadership role as policy editor. He has been a member of the dpa editorial team since 2010. As deputy chief editor he is also involved in "next," dpa's modernization initiative.

  • 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.

  • Hilke Segbers

    Deputy Editor-in-Chief
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    Hilke Segbers

    Hilke Segbers, born in 1958 in Oldenburg, Lower Saxony, has been with dpa for more than 30 years. After her studies in Münster, Munich and Berkeley, California, she volunteered at the dpa regional service in Bavaria. She then went on to become the Hamburg reporter and editor on the dpa foreign desk. In the mid-90s, Segbers built the dpa's Themendienst and was appointed chief editor in 1997. In 1999 she was appointed to managing director of the dpa-subsidiary Global Media Services. In recent years, she developed the dpa-Avis and dpa-Magazine services. In 2014 she was named director of dpa's product development and deputy editor in 2016. In this role, she is responsible for the agencies customized services and the developing new services.

  • 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.

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