9 November 2020

Prof. Dr. Christian Bär New DATEV Executive Board Member

DATEV’s supervisory board appointed Prof. Dr. Christian Bär to the cooperative’s executive board as of 1 July 2021.

Christian Bär (45) will take over the position of chief technology officer (CTO). Prof. Dr. Peter Krug (61), so far CTO, will become chief markets officer (CMO) at the same time, present officeholder Eckhard Schwarzer (64) will retire on 30 June 2021. Krug will also be appointed DATEV’s deputy CEO on 1 July 2021.

Christian Bär, member of the board of management since 2014, had been head of sales department until 2016. He then promoted DATEV’s digital transformation as chief digital officer. Since October 2019 he has been product owner of tax consulting products thus responsible for the creation of value. Due to his experience in various areas he unites both customers’ perspective and digital transformation and software development.

Peter Krug has been member of the executive board since 2014 and as chief technology officer (CTO) in charge of the software development section and the print and computer center. As of 1 July 2021 he will take over all service, sales, marketing, and foreign business functions.

Eckhard Schwarzer has been member of the executive board since 2008 and for the past six years deputy CEO. As of 30 June 2021 he will retire after three and a half decades activity for the cooperative.

Furthermore, the supervisory board extends its contract with chief operating officer (COO) Julia Bangerth until 30 June 2026. Julia Bangerth has been member of the executive board since July 2018 and responsible for human resources as well as the management of product und solution portfolio, product and partner strategy, enterprise architecture, product design, quality management, and workstream enablement.

Headed by CEO Dr. Robert Mayr (54) Diana Windmeißer, member of the board since 2016, completes the board as chief finance officer (CFO), responsible for finance, sustainability, corporate sourcing, law as well as facility management and internal services.

“The supervisory board is delighted with these future-oriented decisions concerning the composition of the executive board. We consider DATEV to be well prepared for the future with this clearly rejuvenated board team. The internal change process is not finished yet. The new board guarantees that these developments will set the course for efficiency increases in the interest of our customers, without losing our cooperative’s culture and identity,” says chairman of the supervisory board, Nicolas Hofmann.