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Members of the Executive Board


The Executive Board of GERMAN DATACENTER ASSOCIATION is a very good mix of specialists who guarantee that the goals are elaborated competently, consistently, success-oriented and sustainably.

Anna Klaft, Chairwoman 

She focusses on the strategic development of the GERMAN DATACENTER ASSOCIATION. Her core competencies are particularly effective in the acquisition of new members as well as in the building of a stronger market presence for GDA. As Sales Director at CBRE, Anna Klaft is responsible for the Datacenter Solutions business unit throughout Europe. She supports clients from DACH, BeNeLux, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, UK, Ireland and Eastern Europe with holistic facility management solutions for data centres.

Responsibilities in GDA 

Management, Finances, Members, Events, Sponsoring, Cooperation with Associations, Public Relations, Social Media


Peter Pohlschröder, Deputy Charmain

As Managing Director of NDC-GARBE Data Centres Europe, he focusses on the development, realisation and financing of data centre projects. In the context of data centre projects, he is available to GDA members for exchanges with his real estate expertise in issues relating to building law, real estate economics and development.

Responsibilities in GDA 

Deputy Managing Director, Finance, Members, Events, Real Estate


Bernhard Benz

Living near Zurich, he is Country Operations Manager for South Germany, Switzerland and Austria at Colt Data Centre Services. The analysis of faults in data center operations is one of his core competencies, thus he is a competent contact for GDA members concerning the optimization of processes. Bernhard Benz is also committed to leverage the synergies with Switzerland and to expand cooperative ventures.

Responsibilities in GDA

Members, Events, Interface Switzerland



Jens Peter Müller 

His focus is the German market for co-location in general and all questions regarding rights and obligations of a data center operator. As Country Manager Germany at Iron Mountain Data Centre he also has all the competences to support the members of the GDA with advice and assistance in questions of daily operations and the exchange of know how.

Responsibilities in GDA

Members, Events, Studies, EEG, Sustainability


Professor Dr. Peter Radgen

He is focussed on development / research, which he is very committed to as holder of the Chair of Energy Efficiency at the Institute of Energy Economics and Efficient Energy Use (IER) at the University of Stuttgart and Head of Graduate Efficient Energy Use. Especially his current research project on "Sustainable Data Centers" provides new ideas and approaches for efficient data center operation.
He is the man on the board of GDA who is dealing with the problems of the industry in a future-oriented and solution-oriented way.

Responsibilities in GDA

Members, Events, Studies, Research / Teaching, Sustainability, Sponsorship Award


Oliver Schiebel

His focus is on developing a strategy for the targeted promotion of young talent and supporting the industry with competent specialists: getting young people excited about an interesting working environment in a rapidly growing, international industry and attracting experienced specialists from other regions of the world to German data centers is Oliver Schiebel's goal. 
He also promotes the interests of investors and their service providers who want to enter the data center industry as operators or take a financial stake in existing operators. 
As Managing Director of Mainova WebHouse and due to his many years of experience in the industry, Oliver Schiebel has in-depth expertise in the planning, construction, operation and strategic development of data centers. GDA members have a competent contact in him for general questions on energy-efficient data center operation and the market situation in Germany. 

Responsibilities in the GDA

Members, Events, Sponsorship Award, GDA Talents, Edge


Klaus Schindling 

As mayor of the city of Hattersheim, a popular location for the digitalisation industry, Klaus Schindling is very familiar with the municipal aspects of the data centre settlement. He is happy to share his experience and knowledge of how it is possible to take into account the concerns of residents and companies alike, to use synergies and to create a long-term win-win situation for everyone.

Responsibilities in the GDA

Members, interface politics / municipalities