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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 Business Development Manager Data Center at CBRE, Anna Klaft is responsible for business development in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, specializing in holistic solutions for data centers.


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.


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.



Jens Peter Müller - his focus is on finance and all rights and responsibilities of data centers. As General Manager Commercial Germany at Keppel Data Centers, he also has all the skills needed to provide GDA members with help and advice on daily operations and the exchange of know-how.


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.


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.