Management

Michael Preetz

Sporting director,
responsible for sport, media and communication

Born: 1967, married, 1 daughter, 1 son

Michael Preetz has been at Hertha for over ten years, first as a player, before moving into the club management after hanging his playing boots up. From 1986 to 2003, Preetz played Bundesliga football for Fortuna Düsseldorf (38 matches/5 goals), MSV Duisburg (23/2) and Hertha BSC (196/84). He also played in the second divion for Fortuna Düsseldorf (50/15), 1. FC Saarbrücken (70/28), SG Wattenscheid 09 (60/17) and Hertha (31/9).

Preetz played Bundesliga football for Hertha between 1997 and 2003. In 1999 after scoring 23 goals he was crowned Bundesliga top scorer. He became Hertha captain and until this day is the club all-time goal scorer with their impressive record of 93 goals in 227 appearances. Whilst a player, Preetz won the League Cup twice with Hertha, and played Champions League football for them during the 1999/00 season. He played in 3 UEFA Cup competitions for the capital city club. Preetz was capped 7 times by Germany, scoring three goals for them, including what was their 1,500th goal.

From 1994 until 2003, Preetz was vice-president of the players union. He also studied sport management and won a degree in that field. He has been part of the Hertha management since 2003. In 2006 Preetz became head of the player management set-up, before becoming the Hertha manager in 2009. Preetz was given an award by te city of Berlin in 2003, for his relentless work to promote tolerance and integration in the multi-cultural capital city.

Ingo Schiller

Commercial manager,
responsible for finance, organisation and marketing.

Born 1965, married

Ingo Schiller has been in the Bundesliga for almost 20 years. The first six years were spent at fellow Bundesliga club Borussia Mönchengladbach, where Schiller was their marketing manager, and manager of the stadium-building committee. In 1998, Schiller took his place on the Hertha board as manager of the Hertha BSC KG mbH aA. Thanks to his financial prowess, Hertha is on the road to financial success. In May 2017, his contract was extended. From the club’s point of view, Ingo Schiller was essential in making Hertha BSC the first football club in Germany to issue a loan and at the beginning of 2014, started a strategic partnership with leading global investor Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P. (plus their partner company ‘KKR’). The agreement comprises of a long-term investment of over 61.2 Million Euros, which comprises of several components. Among other things, this includes a minority interest of 9.7%.

In addition to this, Ingo Schiller was elected to the DFL Supervisory Board in 2013 for three years before being re-elected again in August 2016 at the General Assembly of the League Association. In addition to representing the League Association, he is currently a member of the DFB board.

Thomas E. Herrich

Member of the senior management responsible for the organization, gaming operations, hospitality, ticketing, law and staff, fan and member support.

Born in 1964, married, two daughters.

Solicitor and syndic lawyer

Diploma in Business Economics

Thomas E. Herrich studied began studying Business economics with a focus on Marketing at the University of Applied Sciences Kempten before completing his law studies at Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich. Since 2000, Thomas E. Herrich has been working at Hertha BSC. He started as Hertha’s Sportfive marketer and was responsible for the overall marketing at Hertha BSC.

In 2005, he moved straight to Hertha BSC where he initially worked as a branch manager before being appointed as a member of the management if Hertha BSC GmbH and Co. KGaA in 2009. Thomas E. Herrich was a member of the Technical Committee for Marketing/Sponsoring of the German Football League (DFL) between 2007 and 2010 and was appointed to the newly installed Marketing/Sponsoring Committee position of the DFL in 2017. In January 2014, Thomas E. Herrich was elected president of the Marketing team at Hertha Berlin.

Paul Keuter

Member of senior management responsible for communications, branding, digital transformation and CSR

Born in 1974, married with two children (a daughter and a son).

Paul Keuter came to Hertha BSC in January 2016, after a three-year stint at Twitter Inc. where he was the Global Sports Chair, as well as the head of sports for Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. In this role he was also responsible for the social media platform’s sports strategy. Prior to that, Keuter was the director of marketing and business operations at a TV production company, as well as serving as an advisor to former Hertha captain Arne Friedrich during his time in Major League Soccer. Over that same period, he also became a member of the German American Chamber of Commerce in Chicago.

As a television producer for ITV Studios, Keuter was a representative at the 2006 World Cup opening celebration at the Brandenburg Gate, which was also the site of the world’s largest fan zone. His résumé also includes the successful development of several projects in the television industry as an editor and producer.

He is a founding member of the club Junge Helden e.V and is a member of the board of trustees for the Arne Friedrich Foundation. Keuter lives in Prenzlauer Berg in Berlin, together with his wife and children.

Hertha, 09.05.2019