The Executive Board manages the business affairs of DIN. It is responsible for the proper conduct of DIN's business in technical, organizational and commercial respects.
Chairman of the Executive Board (CEO)
After completing his studies in computer science at the University of Karlsruhe, Christoph Winterhalter began his professional career in 1995 with his first position at ABB. He was initially involved in various engineering, development and product management functions in Norway, the USA and Germany before taking over the management of the robot automation and robot product divisions in Germany in 2006. In 2010 he joined ABB Corporate Research as Director of the German Corporate Research Center, overseeing key research activities for the ABB group in the areas of factory automation, plant automation and building automation. In 2013 he became the head of the global business for machinery controls and automation. Before Winterhalter came to DIN, he was Group Vice President, Hub Business Unit Manager, Control Technologies at ABB. In this role he headed up ABB’s controls system business in Central Europe. Since July 2016 Winterhalter is Chairman of DIN's Executive Board.
In addition to his professional engagement, he is a former member of the executive board and current member of the steering committee of the VDI/VDE GMA, and has also been involved in different capacities within ZVEI and the Industry 4.0 platform.
Executive Board Member (CFO)
Daniel Schmidt was born in Herzberg/Elster, Brandenburg. After completing his business administration studies in Chemnitz, Schmidt held various positions with PWC Deutsche Revision AG and PriceWaterhouseCoopers AG in Chemnitz and Leipzig. In 2006 he qualified as a tax accountant, and in 2010 as a German public auditor. Starting in 2006 Schmidt held various management positions, being responsible for finance and accounting at the Überlandwerk Fulda AG in Fulda. His most recent position before he joined DIN was as audit manager of various teams at KPMG Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft in Berlin.
Schmidt joined DIN in 2010 as head of the Accounting group. In January 2014 the DIN Executive Board appointed Schmidt as Member of the Management Board, Finance and Controlling Division, and as from September 2020 Schmidt has been a member of DIN's Executive Board.