The 56-year-old executive was appointed today by a resolution of the Presidium and Supervisory Board of Hertha BSC e.V. This was preceded by a structured selection process organized by the personnel consultancy group Egon Zehnder.
In addition to his overarching responsibilities as managing director, Carsten Schmidt will be directly responsible for the areas of Marketing, Sales, Strategy, Corporate Communication and Internationalization.
The long-standing and successful managing directors Michael Preetz and Ingo Schiller continue to hold their positions as managing directors in the core areas of sport and finance respectively and look forward to working with their new colleague.
From December 1, 2020, Michael Preetz, Ingo Schiller and Carsten Schmidt will make up the management team at Hertha BSC.
Carsten Schmidt: "I am going to keep this short: I'm really looking forward to my new position as CEO in Berlin, my new colleagues and the entire Hertha BSC football family!"
Werner Gegenbauer, President: “Our goal was to meet the growing demands of a Bundesliga club as a commercial enterprise over the past few years and to expand the management team.
In addition to the core areas of sport and finance, which are very well managed by Michael Preetz and Ingo Schiller, we wanted to have a specialist in the management team responsible for areas that are steadily growing. I would say having Carsten Schmidt on board is a huge success for us and we are looking forward to working alongside him in the future"
Dr. Torsten-Jörn Klein, Chairman of the Supervisory Board: “I am very pleased that the Supervisory Board has unanimously approved this appointment. With Carsten Schmidt, we were able to win exactly the manager for Hertha BSC who fit our requirements perfectly. Carsten Schmidt is an experienced, decisive and team-oriented manager who has excellent expertise in the business areas that he will be responsible for. He also has a strong network and deep insights into the football business, which is supported by his current appointment to the DFL Task Force “Future of Professional Football”. Many thanks to Sky for terminating the contract with Carsten Schmidt ahead of schedule. "