Christian Hoppe new Director Corporate Communications at DFS

14.10.2015.- On 1 October 2015, Christian Hoppe (61) became the new Director of Corporate Communications at DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH. He reports directly to the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and is responsible for external and internal communications, public affairs and customer communications.

Before moving to DFS, he spent ten years working as a senior consultant for strategic public relations for medium-sized companies, large enterprises, and organisations at the communication consultants BSK Becker + Schreiner Kommunikation GmbH. Beforehand, he worked for over 15 years in the communications field as both press officer and head of corporate communications for such companies as Deutsche Bahn, Mannesmann, Vodafone, TÜV SÜD as well as for the German Federal Ministry for Post and Telecommunications.

He began his career as a journalist after completing his compulsory military service and graduating with a degree in economics from Hamburg University. He worked at various publications, including the newsweekly Der Spiegel, the business publication Manager Magazin and the daily newspaper Die Welt.

The former head of corporate communications at DFS, Michael Kraft, left the company at his own request after five years to pursue new career goals.

DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH, the German air navigation service provider, is a State-owned company under private law with 5,750 employees as at 30 June 2015. DFS ensures the safe and punctual flow of air traffic over Germany. Around 2,000 air traffic controllers guide up to 10,000 flights in German airspace every day, and about three million movements every year. This makes Germany the country with the highest traffic volume in Europe. The company operates control centres in Langen, Bremen, Karlsruhe and Munich as well as 16 control towers at international airports in Germany. In addition, DFS is represented at the EUROCONTROL Control Centre in Maastricht, the Netherlands. Additional areas of activity include consulting, provided by the Aeronautical Solutions division, and aeronautical data, grouped in the Aeronautical Information Management division.