Digital Hub FrankfurtRhineMain Appoints New Leadership

Frank Zachmann Named New Chairman / Peter Kania and Frank Orlowski Return to the Association’s Executive Board

Frankfurt/Germany, June 23, 2015 – At its annual shareholders’ meeting, the Digital Hub FrankfurtRhineMain elected a new executive team. The new chairman is Frank Zachmann from data center provider Interxion, who has been serving as a member of the Executive Board for several years. The other two seats on the Executive Board will now be filled by Peter Kania, the previous head of Frankfurt’s economic development agency, and Frank Orlowski from DE-CIX, the Frankfurt-based Internet exchange. Both of these men were founders of the association.

The new election was called after the resignation of the previous chairman, Bernhard Pussel, to allow him to focus more fully on additional responsibilities at his full-time position at Colt. The former head of the Frankfurt economic development agency, Anja Obermann, had to vacate her Executive Board seat as she migrated to a new position at the Rhine Hessen Chamber of Crafts.

“I’m excited about the cooperation with Peter Kania and Frank Orlowski,” states Frank Zachmann. “Peter Kania has at his disposal outstanding contacts to the decision makers in the city and the region in order to represent our issues well. Frank Orlowski and DE-CIX very clearly support the Digital Hub in Frankfurt, and through the successful internationalization of his organization, he can easily identify our local strengths and deficits.”

“At the same time, I’d like to thank Bernhard Pussel and Anja Obermann, who have placed the topic of digital infrastructure on the agenda through many background discussions. As an example of their good work, they have helped to shorten the approval time for construction projects in the city.”

Last fall, Mayor Peter Feldmann named Frank Zachmann the international ambassador for the Frankfurt Economic Region. Frank Zachmann and his Executive Board colleagues will work to  ensure that the Rhine-Main region and its capitol of Frankfurt remain one of the most important locations in the world for digital infrastructure.