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 BichKarsten Bich was born in Rahden, North Rhine-Westphalia. After a two-year commitment period with the German Air Force and subsequent legal studies and legal internship in Münster, he began his career in 1994 in the Human Resources department of Bankgesellschaft Berlin AG, where he initially worked in various personnel functions, before becoming head of Human Resources in 1997. From 2001 he was also a member of the extended management of Weberbank AG. In 2011, he took over as head of the Human Resources division at Sal. Oppenheim in Cologne. In 2014 he then moved to Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen Girozentrale in Frankfurt am Main, where he was responsible for Human Resources until the end of October 2019. Karsten Bich joined DIN in November 2019 and has been a member of the Management Board with responsibility for Human Resources and Transformation since 1 January 2020.

Sebastian Kriegsmann

Digital Infrastructure and IT-Services

Sebastian Kriegsmann was born in Berlin. After completion of his studies in Political Science and Economics at Freie Universität Berlin and the Institut d’études politiques de Paris (IEP), he worked for business consultant companies in France, Columbia and Germany, his last positions being with Ernst & Young and Capgemini Consulting. In 2014 he joined Beuth Verlag, where he initially took  charge of the Strategy Projects unit and subsequently headed the Digital Services and Processes department from 2016 onwards. In this role he was responsible for various projects relating to the introduction of central software systems, and for the development of the webshop and standards management solutions. At the beginning of 2019, Sebastian Kriegsmann took over the central Strategic Development unit at DIN and is currently (since 1.1.2021) responsible for the Digital Infrastructure and IT-Services business domain.

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.

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.