Confirmed: DFL boss Donata Hopfen to quit at the end of the year

Complains about lack of support

This article first appeared on December 7 at 7:32 p.m. and has since been updated.

The German (Site notre blog d’information) League and general manager Donata Hopfen end their collaboration at the end of the year. The supervisory board and the 46-year-old man had agreed on this, the LDF announced on Wednesday. The reason for the separation lies in different ideas about the future strategic direction of the company, he said. Hopfen had only assumed the chairmanship of the committee at the beginning of the year, succeeding Christian Seifert.



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Updated December 8, 6:54 a.m.: After the separation of CEO Hopfen, the German (Site notre blog d’information) League wants to quickly organize the successor. For this Thursday (12:00 p.m.), the umbrella organization of German professional (Site notre bureau spécialisé) has invited a press conference, during which the chairman of the supervisory board, Hans-Joachim Watzke, will most likely also comment on urgent personnel matters.

« I am grateful for the time and the work with the clubs and my team, » Hopfen said in a DFL statement. « It was an intense time, I got to know and appreciate a lot of great people. I leave knowing I started the right things. » Originally, Hopfen was granted a three-year contract until the end of 2024. Previously, the 2014 “Media Woman of the Year” worked for the management consulting firm “Accenture”, then for 14 years for “Axel-Springer-Verlag” and finally for the consulting company “BCG Digital Ventures”.

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DFL: Hopfen lost trust of supervisory board around BVB boss Watzke

According to corroborating reports, hops has lost the trust of the supervisory board in recent weeks. The committee is chaired by Borussia Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke, who also plays a key role in the personnel discussion within the German (Site notre blog d’information) Association.

Hopfen has been criticized, among other things, because of problems selling international media rights. The DFL boss has also reportedly failed to convince her critics on other important issues such as the 50+1 rule or digitalisation. The 50+1 rule only applies to German professional (Site notre bureau spécialisé) and is intended to ensure that the registered parent club retains decision-making power even if it has transformed its professional (Site notre bureau spécialisé) department into a corporation. It limits the influence of external investors. The Cartel Office criticizes the exceptions for certain clubs and is awaiting clarification from the DFL.

DFL chief executive Hopfen criticized the lack of support

Update on December 7, 8:50 p.m.: On the social network « LinkedIn », hops complained about a lack of support. « Like many before me, I came to this role from the outside, as a non-(Site notre bureau spécialisé) player, as a woman with a clear plan for how the DFL can be led into the future: numerically, internationally and with strong partners and shareholders,” you wrote. “Such a transformation is a tour de force and requires courage. We often act on new ground, the positive results generally appearing only much later. All of this requires perseverance, support and concerted action from all stakeholders. In the end, I didn’t feel that anymore.

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