Hans-Joachim Popp

Hans-Joachim Popp





DLR is the national aeronautics and space research centre of the Federal Republic of Germany. Its extensive research and development work in aeronautics, space, energy, transport and security is integrated into national and international cooperative ventures. In addition to its own research, as Germany’s space agency, DLR has been given responsibility by the federal government for the planning and implementation of the German space programme.

Hans-Joachim Popp has been working in IT since 1988. After qualifying as an electrical engineer, he completed a PhD in human factors and software engineering, before beginning his career as a product manager in medical informatics. He later became International CIO at TÜV Product Service, then IT Operations Manager at the TÜV Süddeutschland Group. Concurrent to this, he held a position as professor for software technology at the Academy of Media Arts, Cologne, from 2000 to 2006.

Popp has been the head of IT at the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt, DLR) since 2005. He is particularly interested in the psychological aspects of IT management especially regarding application development and Data Center Services. As an academic, he is also dedicated to exploring the issue of user satisfaction, and the relationship (both contractual and in terms of organisational psychology) between industry and sourcing partners in IT outsourcing projects.

In recent years, his team has received numerous awards from the magazines Computerwoche and CIO Magazin, Handelsblatt and the German Federal Ministry of Finance.

Career summary of Hans-Joachim Popp

  • 2005 – Present: CIO of German Aerospace Research Centre (DLR)
  • 1999 - 2004: Manager IT-Operations TÜV South
  • 1993 - 1999: Product Manager of Draeger Medical
  • 1982 - 1988: Electrical Engineering at University of Hannover, RWTH Aachen and Boston University
  • 2008 place 3 as CIO of the Year
  • 2010 DLR and T-Systems became price for innovation in Public Private Partnership
  • 2006 Operator Award Computerwoche