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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
  • Dr. Laurent Fischer

    Dr. Laurent Fischer

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

    Valdo Lehari jr.

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

  • 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 Ariadne Petersen, Head of Human Resources, and 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.


  • Sven Gösmann

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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.