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Dr. Georg Thiel

President since 2017

Dr. Georg Thiel was appointed President of the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) and Federal Returning Officer on 16 October 2017. He succeeded Dieter Sarreither, who retired.

Dr. Thiel was born in Cologne in 1957. After completing his legal studies and obtaining his doctor's degree in Cologne, he joined the Federal Civil Defence Agency in 1988 where he was promoted to Head of Section. From 1997 to 2002 he headed the Division "Organization and Information Technology" and various project groups at the Federal Ministry of the Interior. Then he was President of the Federal Agency for Technical Relief.

In 2006, Dr. Thiel returned to the Federal Ministry of the Interior, where he was Deputy Head of the Directorate-General "Administrative Modernization; Administrative Organization". There he was responsible, among other things, for geoinformation, statistics, procurement and the single government service telephone number.

From October 2015 to October 2016, Dr. Thiel was deputy head of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees. In October 2015, he was appointed Vice-President of the Federal Statistical Office and Deputy Federal Returning Officer. Since January 2017, he has also been deputy of the Commissioner for Refugee Management.

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Dr. Georg Thiel, president since 2017

Dr. Georg Thiel
President since 2017

Former Presidents

Dieter Sarreither, president since 2015

Dieter Sarreither
from 2015 to 2017

Roderich Egeler, president since 2008

Roderich Egeler
from 2008 to 2015

Walter Radermacher, President from 2006 to 2008

Walter Radermacher
from 2006 to 2008

Johann Hahlen, President from 1995 to 2006

Johann Hahlen
from 1995 to 2006

Hans Günther Merk, President from 1992 to 1995

Hans Günther Merk
from 1992 to 1995

Egon Hölder, President from 1983 to 1992

Egon Hölder
from 1983 to 1992

Franz Kroppenstedt, President from 1980 to 1983

Franz Kroppenstedt
from 1980 to 1983

Dr. Hildegard Bartels, President from 1972 to 1980

Dr. Hildegard Bartels
from 1972 to 1980

Patrick Schmidt, President from 1964 to 1972

Patrick Schmidt
from 1964 to 1972

Dr. Dr. h.c. Gerhard Fürst, President from 1948 to 1964

Dr. Dr. h.c. Gerhard Fürst
from 1948 to 1964

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