DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung to expand its Board of Managing Directors

• DFS is reorganising its management structure – new position of
   Managing Director Technology as of 1 March 2020
• Mr Friedrich-Wilhelm Menge will take on new position
• Robert Schickling, Managing Director Operations, will leave DFS

03.01.2020.- DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung (DFS), the German air navigation service provider, is reorganising its management team by expanding its Board of Managing Directors. On 23 December 2019, the Supervisory Board decided to appoint a fourth managing director as of 1 March 2020. Mr Friedrich-Wilhelm Menge will become Managing Director Technology with effect from this date. In view of the growing importance of digital business processes, the position of Managing Director Technology has been created at DFS in order to strengthen innovation management at the company and drive forward the digital transformation of the DFS Group.

Friedrich-Wilhelm Menge (51), who has a degree in computer science, is moving from his position as Chief Information Officer at BVG, the public transportation company for Berlin. He began his professional career in 1993 in the mobile communications division of the Mannesmann Group and has a total of 25 years of operational and administrative experience in different tasks and fields of activity at various companies in the areas of IT services, telecommunications and mobility services, including 20 years in management positions. His previous employers include Vodafone, T-Systems and o.tel.o. In his last position, he was Chief Information Officer at BVG where he was responsible for the entire information technology of the company.

The current Managing Director Operations at DFS, Robert Schickling, is leaving the company at his own request as part of the reallocation of responsibilities. The Supervisory Board granted this request. Mr Schickling will remain active in the company until 31 January 2020 when he will leave the DFS Board of Managing Directors. The Supervisory Board will shortly hold a special meeting to discuss the appointment of a new Managing Director Operations. The responsibilities of Klaus-Dieter Scheurle, CEO, and Dr Michael Hann, Managing Director Human Resources, remain unchanged.

Dr Martina Hinricher, Chairperson of the Supervisory Board of DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung, said: “For over 28 years, Mr Schickling has been highly successful in many different functions at DFS. The Supervisory Board of DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung therefore received Mr Robert Schickling's decision with great regret, as the company is losing a very experienced and successful managing director. Nevertheless, the Supervisory Board respects Mr Schickling's decision and expressly thanks him for his many years of great commitment and excellent work and for the many achievements of his almost three decades of service for DFS. On behalf of the Shareholder, the Board of Managing Directors and the staff, the Supervisory Board wishes him all the best for the future, both professionally and personally.

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Photo: Friedrich-Wilhelm Menge

DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH, the German air navigation service provider, is a State-owned company under private law with 5,600 employees as at 30 December 2019. DFS ensures the safe and punctual flow of air traffic over Germany. Around 2,200 air traffic controllers guide up to 10,000 flights in German airspace every day, more than 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 control towers at the 16 designated international airports in Germany. The subsidiary DFS Aviation Services GmbH markets and sells products and services related to air navigation services, and provides air traffic control at nine regional airports in Germany and at London Gatwick Airport and Edinburgh Airport in the UK. DFS has been working on the integration of drones into air traffic since 2016 and has set up a joint venture, Droniq GmbH, with Deutsche Telekom. www.dfs.de