Ulrich Dietz

Chairman of the Administrative Board
Former CEO & Managing Director of GFT Technologies SE

Elected until: 2021
First elected: 2015

Ulrich Dietz has headed GFT since its foundation in 1987 and is now leading the company into the future as the Deputy Chairman of the Administrative Board & CEO of GFT Tech­nologies SE. Ulrich Dietz studied Mechanical Engineering and Product Engineering, graduating in 1984 with the title “Diplom-Ing­enieur”. 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 addition to his role as head 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. Ulrich Dietz regularly gives lectures and guest talks at German universities.


Membership of statutory supervisory boards:

  • No respective memberships

Dr Paul Lerbinger

Vice Chairman of the Administrative Board

Elected until: 2021
First elected: 2010

1981 Degree in business administration at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich Degree title: “Diplom-Kaufmann”

1984 PhD in political science (doctor rerum politicarum) Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich

1984 Specialist for corporate finance/capital market finance in Finance division of BMW AG, Munich

1987 Manager as of 1 January 1988 Associate Director at JP Morgan, London

1990 Divisional Director, as of 1993 Director,

1995 Managing Director of Deutsche Bank, London and Frankfurt

2002 Managing Director / Member of the Board Citigroup Global Markets Deutschland AG, Frankfurt

2011 CEO of HSH Nordbank, Hamburg (until 2012)


Membership of statutory supervisory boards:

  • Minimax Management GmbH, Bad Oldesloe
    (Member of the Supervisory Board)

Dr-Ing Andreas Bereczky

ZDF Production Director

Elected until: 2021
First elected: 2011

1953 born in Budapest. Technical high school diploma and apprenticeship as fitter, further apprenticeships as auto electrician and airplane mechanic

1974 Move to Germany Studied mechanical engineering majoring in aerospace technology at RWTH Aachen University

1982 Degree title: “Diplom-Ingenieur”

until 1985 Doctorate at Forschungsanstalt Jülich

from 1989 debis (Daimler-Benz Interservices) Systemhaus in Aachen

2000 Managing Director of debis Systemhaus GEI

from 2001 Managing Director of T-Systems Service Line Systems Integration with sales of €2 billion p.a.

since 2004 Production Director ZDF. Striking the right balance between quality and the economic needs of programme creation, and driving the necessary realignment of ZDF production in a changing and highly competitive market, he has been able to successfully apply his industry experience.


Membership of statutory supervisory boards:

  • Software AG (Chairman of the Supervisory Board)

Maria Dietz

Former Director of Group Purchase at GFT

Elected until: 2021
First elected: 2015

Maria Dietz studied business administration with a focus on trade and industry on the Villingen-Schwenningen campus of the DHBW (Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University). From 1990 to 2015 she held a variety of management roles at GFT Technologies AG. In June 2015 she was elected a member of the Administrative Board of the company.

Maria Dietz was responsible for all commercial activities at GFT until the company went public in 1999 – an IPO in which she was also closely involved. After the stock exchange listing, she set up and expanded the marketing, legal and internal auditing departments. In 2010, she assumed responsibility for global purchasing activities throughout the GFT Group. As the company continued to expand internationally, her responsibilities extended to include company acquisitions and activities relating to due diligence, which also involved coordination of third-party consultants. Maria Dietz has a wealth of experience in managing corporate legal issues, especially in the field of corporate governance.

Maria Dietz plays an active role in fostering future generations and improving women’s career opportunities in the IT industry. She is a jury member of the Youth Start-Ups competition (Jugend gründet), a member of the extended management board of the Bitkom expert committee Women in ITC, and a member of the HVB Women’s Council. She is also a member of FinTechRat (the fintech advisory committee of the German Federal Ministry of Finance) and an honorary lay judge at Stuttgart Magistrates’ Court.


Membership of legally mandated supervisory boards:

  • No appointments

Marika Lulay

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) & Managing Director
of GFT Technologies SE

Elected until: 2021
First elected: 2015

Since June 2017 Marika Lulay is Chief Executive Officer (CEO). She was a Member of the Board at GFT Technologies AG from July 2002 to August 2015 and since August 2015 she is a Member of the Administrative Board at GFT Technologies SE. In her former role as Chief Operating Officer she assumed responsibility for the GFT core business and the key operational areas for 15 years.

Marika Lulay brings more than 25 years of experience in the IT sector to GFT. In 1996 she led the entry into the German market of the American systems integrator Cambridge Technology Partners, her last position there being Vice President for Cen­tral and Northern Europe.

Before that, Marika Lulay held a variety of management posi­tions during her seven years at Software AG, including, amongst others, Regional Head of Professional Services. Before she moved to Software AG, Marika Lulay worked for a short period as a Management Consultant at Diebold Deutschland GmbH.

After her graduation, Marika Lulay was Founder Member and Associate of BISTEC GmbH, a software developer for the building industry. There she managed the R&D Team for CAD. Later on, BISTEC GmbH merged to BAUSOFT GmbH, where she was also Head of the R&D Team.

Marika Lulay studied Computer Sciences at the University of applied sciences of Darmstadt, where she graduated with a diploma.


Membership of statutory supervisory boards:

  • Wüstenrot & Württembergische AG, Stuttgart
    (Member oft he Supervisory Board)

Dr Jochen Ruetz

Chief Financial Officer (CFO) & Managing Director
of GFT Technologies SE

Elected until: 2021
First elected: 2015

Dr Jochen Ruetz served as a board member at GFT Technologies AG from 2003 to 2015 and has been a member of the administrative board at GFT Technologies SE since August 2015. He is responsible for the corporate functions of IT-infrastructure, human resources finance, legal, audit, investor relations and mergers & acquisitions

Before joining GFT in September 2003, Dr Jochen Ruetz served for three years as managing director of STRABAG BRVZ Bau-, Rechen- und Verwaltungszentrum GmbH, which brings together all of the commercial activities of the STRABAG Group. In this position, his responsibilities included group and project management accounting, bookkeeping, information administration, finance, and mergers and acquisitions.

Before this, he was in charge of group management accounting at STRABAG AG. Dr Jochen Ruetz started his career in corporate development at Deutsche Bank AG in 1993.

Dr Jochen Ruetz completed a degree in business administration at the University of Regensburg in 1993. He went on to receive his doctorate in 1997 from Cologne University through a part-time study programme.


Membership of statutory supervisory boards:

  • Elsinghorst GmbH, Bocholt
    (Member of the Supervisory Board)

Prof Dr Andreas Wiedemann

Partner at Hennerkes, Kirchdörfer & Lorz

Elected until: 2021
First elected: 2015

Prof Dr Andreas Wiedemann, born in 1968, studied law at the University of Constance. After gaining his PhD, he joined the law firm Hennerkes, Kirchdörfer & Lorz in Stuttgart in December 1996, where he has been a partner since January 2001. For over 19 years, Dr Wiedemann has been specialising in providing conceptual advice for family-owned companies, especially with regard to questions of succession, corporate restructuring, the acquisition and sale of companies, as well as issues concerning equity and capital market laws and finance.

He has seats on various supervisory boards and advisory committees of family-owned companies and is the author/co-author of numerous specialist publications as well as an honorary professor at the Zeppelin University in Friedrichshafen.


 Membership of statutory supervisory boards:

  • equinet Bank AG, Frankfurt (Chairman of the Supervisory Board)
  • Jowat SE, Detmold (Chairman of the Supervisory Board)
  • Georg Nordmann Holding AG, Hamburg (Member of the Supervisory Board)