Management Board

The members of the Management Board hold overall responsibility for their respective area in corporate, organizational, disciplinary and technical respects. They report to the Executive Board.

Karsten Bich

HR & Transformation

Karsten Bich

Thomas Schiemann

Strategic Partnerships & Public Affairs

Daniel Schmidt

Finance and Controlling Division

Daniel SchmidtDaniel 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.

Dr. Michael Stephan

Standardization Division

Dr. Michael Stephan was born in Mannheim. He studied production engineering at the Technical University of Berlin (TU Berlin), receiving his doctorate in 1995 from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Transport Systems. After graduation, Stephan began his career at Daimler AG, where he headed several projects introducing CAD and Product Data Management (PDM) technologies in product development. In 2001 he joined Bombardier Transportation, leading several corporation-wide projects for redesigning and optimizing technical processes and introducing CAD, PDM and SAP systems. Since 2009 Dr. Stephan has held top positions managing rail vehicle projects in Germany and Switzerland. Since June 2016 Dr. Michael Stephan has been a member of DIN's Management Board, heading the Innovation and Digital Technologies Division from 2016 to 2017 and the Standardization Division since 2018.

Dr. Hartmut Strauß

Information Technology Division

Dr. rer. nat. Hartmut StraußDr. Hartmut Strauß studied mineralogy in Hamburg and received his PhD from Saarland University. He rounded out his education with an executive MBA (EMBA) in accounting and controlling from the University of Münster.
Dr. Strauß began his professional career in 1985 at Beiersdorf AG, where he was responsible for several large-scale IT projects. In 1992 he then joined boco GmbH & Co as CIO. Upon the integration of the company into the Haniel-Group, Dr. Strauß took on responsibility for IT at HTS International GmbH in Duisburg in 2001.
Dr. Strauß has headed DIN’s IT division since 2008. As of 2013 he is a member of DIN’s Management Board.

Astrid Wirges

Astrid WirgesAstrid Wirges was born in Munich. From 1979 to 1989 she studied law at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München and is a licensed lawyer. After completing her studies, Wirges worked from 1989 to 1994 in various positions in human resources at Digital Equipment GmbH in Munich. In 1994 she became Head of Human Resources, Legal Affairs and General Administration at Wohnbau GmbH in Bonn.
She joined DIN in 1997 as Head of Human Resources and Legal Affairs for the DIN Group. In 2003 Wirges became Division Head of Human Resources and Legal Affairs and member of the extended board of management, and as of 2013, member of DIN’s Management Board.