Ulrich Dietz has been Chairman of the Administrative Board of GFT Technologies SE (GFT) since June 2017.
He led the company for 30 years, most recently as CEO and Managing Director and Deputy Chairman of the Administrative Board. In 2011, he initiated the global innovation platform CODE_n and developed it from an international start-up competition into an ecosystem of digital masterminds.
Ulrich Dietz studied Mechanical Engineering and Product Engineering, graduating in 1984 with the title “Diplom-Ing- enieur”. The passionate entrepreneur is also co-founder of Transferzentrum für Informationstechnologie (TZI; Transfer Centre for Information Technology) of Steinbeis Stiftung für Wirtschaftsförderung (Steinbeis Foundation for Economic Development), the initiator of the global innovation platform CODE_n and was named Entrepreneur of the Year in 2011 by EY. In 2018 he was awarded the Order of Merit of the State of Baden-Württemberg in recognition of his services to the information economy, telecommunications and new media.
In addition to his role as Chairman of the Administrative Board of GFT, Ulrich Dietz serves on various national committees. In 2013, he was appointed Vice- President of the Digital Association of Germany (Bitkom). In this role, he actively promotes the development and expansion of international relations in Germany’s ICT industry.
Furthermore, Ulrich Dietz is a member of the working group “Digital Economy in Germany” of the German government’s National IT Summit. His activities focus on strengthening innovation in Germany and promoting entrepreneurship in the ICT sector.
In addition, he advises the state government on digital issues. Ulrich Dietz regularly gives lectures and guest talks at German universities.