The Presidential Board consists of the President, his elected successor, his immediate predecessor, 7 other representatives and the treasurer (Vice President) plus a further 15 members elected by the executive board.
Other members consist of the chair of the BDI Committee on Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises, the chair of the Association for the Promotion of Industry and the President of the German Institute for Economic Research. The Presidential Board can also co-opt as members up to 25 more outstanding personalities from industry as well as the representative it nominates for the Presidential Board of the Confederation of German Employers’ Associations. There is also a member from the Presidential Board of the Confederation of German Employers’ Associations who is proposed by that body.
At the suggestion of the President, the Presidential Board can elect the Director General for the duration of his term of office. Permanent guests in the Presidential Board are the President and Director General of the Confederation of German Employers’ Associations (BDA), the President of the German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DIHK) and the Director of the German Institute for Economic Research. The Presidential Board directs the content of the whole work of the BDI.
Dieter Kempf was born in Munich in 1953.
After studying business administration from 1973 to 1978 in Munich, he worked at Arthur & Young (now Ernst & Young) from 1978 to 1991, becoming a partner in 1989.
He then joined Datev in Nuremberg in 1991 as a Board Member, responsible for product and software development. From 1992 onwards, he served as Deputy Chairman of the Board. In 1996, he became Chairman, a position he held until March 2016. During Kempf’s time at Datev, the company grew to one of Europe’s largest IT service providers.
From 2011 to 2015, Kempf served as President of BDI’s member association Bitkom (Federal Association for Information Technology, Telecommunications and New Media). During this time, he was also Vice President of the BDI.
Dieter Kempf was unanimously elected President of BDI as of January 2017.
In addition, Kempf serves on various supervisory boards and advisory boards. He was made honorary professor of Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nürnberg in 2005.
Vice presidents (2017/2018)
Prof. Thomas Bauer
Dr. Kurt Bock
Bitkom Bundesverband Informationswirtschaft, Telekommunikation und neue Medien e.V.
Dr. Reinhold Festge
Haver & Boeker oHG
Grillo-Werke AG, BDI President 2013 - 2016
Dr. Heinrich Hiesinger
Peppermint Holding GmbH
Verband der Automobilindustrie e.V. (VDA)