New chairperson of the DFS Supervisory Board

Dr Martina Hinricher replaces State Secretary Michael Odenwald

26.04.2016.- Dr Martina Hinricher (Ministerialdirektorin), Director General Central Services at the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI), has been elected as the new chairperson of the DFS Supervisory Board.

Dr Hinricher was born in Münster, Germany, in 1960. After completing an apprenticeship with a bank, she studied economics at the University of Münster (WWU), Germany. Following a PhD degree at the Transport Institute (IVM) of the University of Münster, she started her career at the Policy Division of the German Ministry of Transport in 1990. She worked at the Europe Division of the Policy Principles Directorate-General of the Federal Ministry before she moved to the Executive Staff of the Ministry as Head of Division. Later, she headed various divisions in the Directorates Aviation and Aerospace, and Shipping. Following other posts within the Ministry, Dr Hinricher assumed responsibility as Head of the Policy Issues Directorate in the Policies Issues Department in 2009 and was appointed Director General of the Central Services Directorate-General in 2012.

Mr Michael Odenwald, the former chairman of the DFS Supervisory Board and State Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, stepped down from his post as member of the Supervisory Board on 21 April 2016. On 22 April 2016, Ms Antje Geese (Ministerialdirigentin), Head of the Directorate Budget and Finance of the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, was appointed as a new member of the DFS Supervisory Board.


DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH
, the German air navigation service provider, is a State-owned company under private law with 5,650 employees as at 31 December 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.