Ulrich Johannwille to be the new CFO of Deutsche Hospitality

Matthias Heck retires after 15 years in the role

Dr. Ulrich Johannwille will become the Chief Financial Officer and Director of Human Resources of Steigenberger Hotels AG when he takes over from Matthias Heck on 1 November 2020. Steigenberger Hotels AG brings together five separate hotel brands under the umbrella name of Deutsche Hospitality, and Matthias Heck has been part of the company’s executive management team since 2005. He has been closely involved in shaping corporate strategy for the past 15 years, a period during which revenues and results have continuously improved. Mr. Heck has also been instrumental in driving forward international alignment over the last decade. Significant developments in this regard have included Deutsche Hospitality’s entry to the Middle Eastern and Scandinavian markets. Most recently, he has worked in conjunction with his fellow Management Board member Thomas Willms to guide Deutsche Hospitality through the process of transferring shareholder ownership to the Huazhu Hotels Group. The task of achieving integration and transformation has now been successfully launched. In the meantime, Matthias Heck and his team have led Deutsche Hospitality through the current corona pandemic and reopened the group’s hotels. As Director of Human Resources, Mr. Heck took early action to instigate a programme to revolutionise the company’s culture. This extended over several years and incorporated every single employee, the works councils and representatives of all social interest groups. The concept of the DHfamily is now an integral part of daily working life at Deutsche Hospitality. Matthias Heck has now announced that his retirement will take effect on 1 November 2020.


“Matthias Heck has played an absolutely crucial role in the Deutsche Hospitality success story over the last 15 years,” stated André Witschi, Chair of the Supervisory Board of Steigenberger Hotels AG. “I have the greatest respect for his remarkable achievements during an era which has seen a traditional German company turn into a brand of international renown. At the same time, we are very much looking forward to welcoming Dr. Ulrich Johannwille as Deutsche Hospitality’s new CFO and Director of Human Resources in November. Mr. Johannwille can look back on many years of experience as CFO at Condor. He will offer just the kind of expertise and leadership qualities we are seeking as we embark on the next stages of Deutsche Hospitality’s expansion, positioning and further development.”


Dr. Ulrich Johannwille will formally take up his appointment to the position of CFO and Director of Human Resources on 1 November 2020. Since 2006, Mr. Johannwille has held a number of senior membership roles at Condor Flugdienst GmbH. He has spent more than ten years as Chief Financial Officer and also acted as the airline’s Head of Controlling from 2006 to 2009. He assumed an additional responsibility between 2013 and 2019, when he took charge of the finance divisions of the four international Thomas Cook Group Airlines. Prior to working for Condor, Ulrich Johannwille completed six years as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company, where he ultimately rose to the status of Associate Principal. He obtained a doctorate in Business Administration (Dr. rer. pol) from the University of Münster in the year 2000.

About Deutsche Hospitality

Deutsche Hospitality brings together five separate hotel brands under a single umbrella. Steigenberger Hotels & Resorts has 60 hotels housed in historic traditional buildings and lively city residences and also offers health and beauty oases set at the very heart of nature. MAXX by Steigenberger is a new and charismatic concept which places the focus on the essential in accordance with its motto “MAXXimize your stay”. Jaz in the City branded hotels reflect metropolitan lifestyle and draw upon the local music and cultural scene. IntercityHotel offers more than 40 upper mid-range urban hotels, all of which are located within easy walking distance of railway stations or airports. And Zleep Hotels – a well-known and successful hotel brand in Scandinavia which offer service and design at a great rate for the many. The portfolio of Deutsche Hospitality currently includes almost 150 hotels on three continents 30 of which are in the pipeline.