Supervisory Board pays respect to Klaus-Dieter Scheurle, who is stepping down as CEO at DFS

Klaus-Dieter Scheurle, long-standing CEO at DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH, will be taking retirement at the end of the year.

16.12.2020.- Chairperson of the DFS Supervisory Board, Dr Tamara Zieschang, praised Scheurle’s hard work and commitment to the air navigation services during today’s Supervisory Board meeting: “I would like to thank Professor Scheurle for his extraordinary commitment and his accomplishments at the top of the DFS Group. He made a key contribution to establishing DFS among the most powerful and renowned air navigation service providers in Europe. DFS is one of the safest of its kind in the world. Its expertise is in demand not just nationally, but also internationally. The company is both innovative and ready to face the challenges of the future. Professor Scheurle transitioned the State-owned enterprise into the regulated Single European Sky (SES) and was responsible for successfully expediting the introduction of the standard air traffic control system iCAS in the DFS control centres. Through foundation of a British subsidiary to assume air navigation services at the London-Gatwick and Edinburgh airports, as well as participation in joint ventures such as Frequentis DFS Aerosense GmbH in the field of remote tower control or Droniq GmbH for integration of drones into air traffic, he played a key part in further developing and marketing both products and services related to air navigation services. I would also like to thank Professor Scheurle for his cooperation and wish him all the very best for the future.”

Markus Siebers, who has held the position of Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board for many years, added: “During his time with us, Professor Scheurle has really achieved a great deal for the air navigation services. As could perhaps be expected in light of his role, discussions between management and employee representatives were not always plain sailing. However, Professor Scheurle remained a consistently reliable negotiating partner and always kept to his word.”

After assuming the position of CEO on 1 January 2013, Klaus-Dieter Scheurle spent eight years as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of DFS. He is to be succeeded by Arndt Schoenemann, who will be joining DFS from the manufacturer of aircraft equipment Liebherr-Aerospace Lindenberg GmbH.

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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 June 2020. 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.