Andrea Wächter appointed as new Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) at DFS

The Executive Board at DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH is once again complete. Andrea Wächter will assume the position of Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) and Labour Director from 1 November 2022.

Wächter has already spent many years working in a wide range of positions within the field of air navigation services. She joined the company to work in Human Resources back in 1994 and has held various management positions – both centrally at the DFS Headquarters of DFS and also locally at various branches.
From 2015 to 2021, she was Director Tower Hamburg. Following on from this, she was responsible for the work of twelve tower branches at DFS as Director Operations Tower.

Before joining DFS, Wächter studied law at Friedrich-Wilhelms University in Bonn and completed her second state examination at the end of 1993.

The Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) position opened up in June 2022 following the departure of Dr. Kerstin Böcker. A group of applicants, comprising both internal and external candidates, were considered for the role.

“In Andrea Wächter, we were able to find a highly qualified candidate that both I and my colleagues on the Executive Board know well from many years of working together,” comments Arndt Schoenemann, CEO of DFS. “Thanks to her experience, she is familiar with the air navigation services from many perspectives. This represents an ideal starting position for the kind of challenging topics that we can expect to encounter in the Executive Board,” continued Schoenemann.

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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 2022. 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.