G DATA Software AG, with its head office in Bochum, is an innovative and quickly expanding software house focusing on antivirus security solutions. As a specialist in Internet security and pioneer in the field of virus protection, the company, founded in Bochum in 1985, developed the first antivirus program more than 20 years ago and celebrated its 25th birthday in 2010. Consequently G DATA is amongst the eldest security software companies in the world.
G DATA Management
Over more than five years, no other European security software provider has won national and international tests and awards more frequently than G DATA. When it comes to quality, G DATA is a world leader, combining the world's best security technologies in its antivirus products. Examples of this are its DoubleScan technology, with two independent virus scanners, and OutbreakShield instant protection. G DATA security solutions are available worldwide in more than 90 countries.
Kai Figge is one of the co-founders who brought G DATA into being as a garage shop in 1985. He has supervised the technological transition from the start and set out a clear customer perspective for the products and service. As a board member he is today responsible for the finance, sales, personnel and internal organisation departments. In the competition for the best minds, his job is to make G DATA attractive as an employer. Lifelong learning in the in-house Academy, sports activities and events held in a culturally integrative atmosphere are among the things that distinguish the special G DATA spirit.
As co-founder of G DATA Software AG, Andreas Lüning has been influencing the orientation of the oldest IT security company around today from the very start. As head of strategic development, the IT specialist promoted and coordinated the technological focus of the company's targets. In his position as board member he is responsible for all of the companies technical resources and marketing and will be working with teams of employees to continue developing G DATA Software AG into a leading security technology company.
General Manager G DATA Service GmbH
Frank Heisler has been with G DATA since 1991. In his function as CEO of G DATA Service GmbH, he is responsible for the new business area of IT security services. His declared goals are the establishment and development of tailored B2B services and positioning them in the international market. Before Frank Heisler took over this new job in September 2014, he was head of national and international sales and was a member of the board of G DATA Software AG from 2006 to 2014.
Head of SecurityLabs
As head of G DATA Security Labs, Ralf Benzmüller and his team of experts are constantly fully up to speed with what new trends and subjects are occurring in antivirus research, in close cooperation with international IT security research institutes all over the world. His remit includes the identification, analysis and assessment of new attack scenarios plus the development of new, proactive protection concepts that effectively protect users from still unknown threats on the Internet. Ralf Benzmüller has worked for G DATA since 1999 and has also been a guest lecturer for the IT Security course at the International School of IT Security since 2008.
Michael St. Neitzel
Head of Strategic Development
Michael St. Neitzel is responsible for the areas of technology and research, malware analysis, automation technology and the core components of quality assurance. An experienced technical manager, Michael St. Neitzel has successfully planned and executed product development and release projects for renowned international companies. For him, technology is only completely successful if it is hard to distinguish from magic. To bring this intention to reality, analysis, research, development and testing are carried out on a daily basis.
Head of Application Development
Maximum security with minimum use of resources is the challenge facing Ralf Hilker and his team every day. His main tasks include planning and coordination of all development activities, the implementation of new protection technologies in products for private users, network solutions for business customers, and mobile applications. The qualified IT specialist started working for G DATA as a software developer in 2000 and has been head of application development since 2010. Before joining G DATA, Ralf Hilker was a freelance developer and programmer for various international IT companies.
Head of Quality Assurance
As technical product manager and head of quality assurance, Hendrik Flierman is responsible for all test management in the G DATA protection programme for consumers, business solutions and mobile applications. The qualified application development specialist has many years' experience in the IT security environment and has worked for G DATA Software AG since 2005.
Director Sales Operations – Managing Director G DATA Advanced Analytics GmbH
Michael Zimmer has been with G DATA as a sales executive since 1999 and has been a company officer with statutory authority since 2011. He heads up the back-office sales teams at G DATA Software AG. He also serves as a director on the board of several overseas companies for the Group and as the CEO of services subsidiary G DATA Advanced Analytics GmbH.
Global Sales Direcor
In his capacity as Global Sales Director, Helmut Reketat is responsible for operational sales globally for G DATA. His central goal is to continue developing cooperation with the channel alongside the standard retail business and to set the collaboration with retailers and system houses on a broader basis. Helmut Reketat had already been working for G DATA for 17 years before taking over responsibility for all sales activity as head of retail sales.
Sales Director DACH
Since January 2016, Jürgen Venhorst has been supporting the G DATA Software AG sales unit in his capacity as Sales Director for the German-speaking region. His responsibilities include the continuing development of all sales activities, alignment with the partner business and strategic positioning in the B2B sector. Jürgen Venhorst brings over 23 years' experience in the IT industry to G DATA. He has held national and international sales positions with companies such as Novell, Cisco Systems, Blue Coat and most recently Station Proofpoint.
Head of Service Center
Competent, fast assistance with every customer enquiry, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year is guaranteed by Kevin Paarmann and his support team. Kevin Paarmann began his career with G DATA as a student assistant in customer service in 2006. Following his studies in business information systems, he became a member of and team leader for the quality assurance department, and has been head of the G DATA Service Center since 2011.
Thorsten Urbanski, Public Relations Manager, who has an Master of Arts in communication science, heads up national and international business communication for G DATA Software AG. He is head of the TeleTrust working group "IT Security made in Germany" and is a member of the scientific advisory panel of the German trade fair initiative "CeBIT against Cybercrime".
Head of the central purchasing department since 2011, Manfred Henning is responsible for providing the company with goods and services. The objective of his work here is to promote and continually develop purchasing processes of any type within the company. Manfred Henning has been with the company since 2001. As head of customer service previously, he was substantially involved in the formation and ongoing development of the G DATA ServiceCenter.
Head of Controlling
Eric Mpongo has been head of controlling and audits for G DATA since November 2008. The qualified economist can look back on years of professional experience and is responsible for the areas of tax, investment controlling and risk management at G DATA.
Head of Finance/Authorized signatory
Christoph Budke, a qualified business economist, has been working as Head of Finance for G DATA since December 2013. In a 25-year professional career in finance and accounting, he has worked for renowned international groups in London and Oslo, as well as German companies and groups.
Besides being in charge of debitor, creditor and payroll accounting, he is responsible for generating the annual statement of accounts and controlling credit management, as well as financial and liquidity control for the company. As our recognized expert in accounting, he is in touch on behalf of G DATA with public authorities, tax and audit inspectors, lawyers, insurance companies and finance institutes alike.
Head of IT
Thorsten Kraft has been part of the G DATA team since 1992 and hence is one of the longest standing employees. His commitment has helped make G DATA a successful company. His job covers the cross-departmental IT infrastructure, strategic ongoing development of this and provision of internal technical support.
Dr. Holger Bergmann
Besides his activities as a member of the supervisory board of G DATA Software AG, this PhD economist is also an executive partner of BRCG - Dr. Bergmann Dr. Rohde & consulting group GmbH in Bochum. The business is one of the leading marketing and sales consultancies in the IT sector. Dr. Bergmann has been a member of the supervisory board at G DATA Software AG since November 2000.
This experienced lawyer specializes in employment law, and is a founder and senior partner of an eponymous lawyers' office in Bochum. Hartmut Roddewig has been deputy chairman of the supervisory board of G DATA Software AG since November 2000.
Natalya Kaspersky is one of the most important business women in the international IT security industry. The mathematics graduate is a co-founder of Kaspersky Labs and is CEO of the Infowatch Group. Natalya Kaspersky has been a member of the supervisory board of G DATA Software AG since October 2012.
The scientific journalist, moderator, and qualified physicist and sociologist founded the natural science and technology desk at Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR, West German Broadcasting) and has been heading this for 30 years. Furthermore, he created the successful WDR series "Hobbythek" and has acted as its moderator for 30 years as well. At the same time, he has developed and moderated series such as "Wissenschaftsshow" ("Science Show"), "Bilder aus der Wissenschaft" ("Images from Science"), "Dschungel, das Umweltmagazin" ("Jungle, the Environment Magazine") and many more. Jean Pütz has been a member of the supervisory board of G DATA Software AG since September 2007.