Today, Dr Kerstin Böcker, Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) and Labour Director on the Executive Board of DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH (DFS), resigned from her position with immediate effect for personal reasons.
Dr Böcker took up her position at DFS on 15 August 2020 as the successor to Dr Michael Hann, who died unexpectedly in February 2020.
In the last two years, she has progressed the work of human resources at DFS and successfully helped lead the company through the COVID-19 pandemic. During this biggest crisis in the aviation sector, she managed, among other things, a company-wide strategic efficiency improvement programme and, together with the social partners, developed agreements on new, more modern forms of (remote) working.
"We would like to thank Dr Böcker most sincerely for her dedication and achievements. We respect her decision and wish her the very best for the future," said Antje Geese, Chairperson of the DFS Supervisory Board.
Arndt Schoenemann, CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board, will take over the responsibilities of the Human Resources Directorate on an interim basis.
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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 31 December 2021. DFS ensures the safe and punctual flow of air traffic over Germany. Around 2,200 air traffic controllers guide more than three million flights through German airspace in peak years, up to 10,000 every day. The company operates control centres in Bremen, Karlsruhe, Langen and Munich as well as control towers at the 15 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 is working on the integration of drones into air traffic and has set up a joint venture, Droniq GmbH, with Deutsche Telekom. Other subsidiaries include R. Eisenschmidt GmbH, which markets publications and products for general aviation, and Kaufbeuren ATM Training GmbH (KAT), which provides training for military air traffic services personnel. The joint venture FCS Flight Calibration Services GmbH offers flight inspection services.