Infrastructure is teamwork

Developing creative and innovative solutions for modern port management together - that is our mission. Management and management board combine years of experience and detailed background knowledge. The common goal: To prepare the port of Hamburg for the challenges of the future.

Here you can see the current organization plan of the Hamburg Port Authority: The HPA Organization Chart

employees at the HPA
harbours worldwide are connected through the Port of Hamburg
m² of warehouse and office space
thousand directly and indirectly linked jobs in the metropolitan region Hamburg

Our management directors and the management board introduce themselves

With a strong team in the future: The responsible members of the HPA management directors and the management board introduce themselves in the portraits.

Our Managing Directors

""Anyone who stands still for too long has already lost" - it's impossible to accurately predict the future. My aim is to shape this - together with our colleagues - so that at least we're well prepared for it, in order to remain successful in the decades ahead."

Jens Meier

Jens Meier

Chief Executive Officer

After studying computer science with the minor of economics he started his career at the Software Design & Management AG (Ernst & Young Group). Since 1997 he was a member of the management board which made him responsible for the establishments in Hamburg and Hannover.

In 2000, he became Divisional Head at the Systematics AG (later EDS).

Since July 2002, Jens Meier was the manager of the tts Holding GmbH & Co. KG. After selling the tts-Gruppe to the Fiege-Gruppe he was appointed to the board of management at the Fiege Holding Stiftung & CO. KG, Greven.

Since April 1st 2008 Jens Meier is the CEO of the HPA.

"Executives in our business need "concrete and harbour silt" on our patent leather shoes."

Matthias Grabe

Chief Technical Of­fi­cer,
Member of the Man­age­ment Board

Matthias Grabe studied civil engineering at the Technical University of Braunschweig, specializing his studies at the ETH Zurich.
For his major subjects he chose constructive engineering, hydraulic engineering, environmental technology, as well as geotechnics and tunneling in Switzerland.

Since the end of the 80s, he has been "on the job", always focusing on complex infrastructure projects. At the beginning, he passed the "classical" engineering practice at HOCHTIEF and Ludwig Freytag through the departments: technical office, work preparation, calculation, purchasing and construction management.

Mr. Grabe then took over increasing responsibility for the company's budget and personnel responsibilities, as well as the project management of major projects, both on the contractors' side, as well as for developers, project developers and investors.

In the past 10 years Matthias Grabe has been Managing Director of DB Netze and the Wiebe Group. At the Deutsche Bahn he directed among other things several years the DB Bridges Advisory Board.

Matthias Grabe has been Managing Director of the HPA since 1st October 2017.

Our Management Board

"The economic power of the port of Hamburg never fails to impress me. It's both an honour and a fascinating task for me to be able to actively help develop and strengthen the port of Hamburg."

Tino Klemm

Chief Fi­nance Of­fi­cer,
Member of the Man­age­ment Board

Since the 1st October 2005 Tino Klemm works at the Hamburg Port Authority. He accompanied the AöR’s construction and composition. The financial system, accountancy and controlling have especially been formed by him.

Since the 1st November 2008 Timo Klemm is the head of the sectors accounting, controlling and property management. In 2011, he has additionally been assigned to the responsibility in the maritime commercial management sector. In November 2016, he took over the management of the branch human resources management and thereby takes on the function of a employer.

Before joining the Hamburger Hafenmanagementgesellschaft, he worked in leading positions at the Flughafen Hamburg GmbH (FHG) for more than ten years. Lastly being the director of the CSP Commercial Services Partner GmbH (fully owned subsidiary of the FHG).

Since November 2008 Mr. Klemm is a member of the management board of the HPA.

"The technical infrastructure challenges in the port and its increasing digitalisation are fascinating. As an engineer and manager, it's my job to further expand our technical expertise and thereby make the infrastructure sustainable."

Karl­heinz Pröp­ping

Head of En­gi­nee­ring & Con­struc­tion,
Member of the Ma­nage­ment Board

After he successfully completed his civil engineer studies, Karl Heinz Pröpping joined the HPA in 1989 as a trainee in construction. Henceforth, he managed various in-house engineering offices.

Being the division manager of „Zentrale Dienste“ (central services) (2002-2009) he actively contributed to the transition of the company into today´s business form.

Since 2008 Karl Heinz Pröpping is a member of the management board and since 2009 he manages development projects. Thus he is responsible for major projects such as the new railway bridge Kattwyk, transport connection Burchardkai, west expansion, fairway adjustment of Unter- and Außenelbe, new building of the Rethebrücke, adjustment of the entrance of the Vorhafen (CTT).

"My team and I ensure that the ships in Hamburg always have the necessary six inches of water under their keel. We keep the water in the port at a preset depth - with a sense of responsibility towards our customers and the Elbe."

Clau­dia Fle­cken

Head of Wa­ter­si­de In­fra­struc­tu­re,
Member of the Ma­nage­ment Board

Already since 1992, the trained civil engineer has been active in various functions - from planning to execution as well as in cross sections - for the HPA.
Claudia Flecken, head of the field Infrastructure Water, is a member of the Management Board since 2008. She is responsible for the strategic issues of securing accessibility to the sea as well as operational water depths maintenance. Besides she supports those topics in national and international committees.

"Problems cannot be solved in the past"

Lutz Birke

Head of Port Es­ta­te & Ma­ri­ti­me Af­fairs,
Member of the Ma­nage­ment Board

Lutz M. Birke successfully completed his business studies focussing on controlling and marketing at the University of the Federal Armed Forces Hamburg. During his career in the services he was appointed as company commander as well as youth relations officer.
His civilian career began 2005 at the Hamburgische Bürgerschaft. Being the head of advisory departments he was responsible for the fields of construction, traffic, urban development and environment. After he first switched to the authority for urban development and environment in 2007, Mr. Birke became the head of the presidential department of the authority for economy and work in 2008.

On the 1st September 2010, he started working for the Hamburg Port Authority. Initially he was the head of the unit for corporate and port strategy which made him responsible for the strategic development of the company HPA as well as the port as such. Then on the 1st May 2015 Lutz M. Birke was included in the Management Board and managed the corporate division `Corporate Management and Public Affairs` from the 1st May 2015 to the 31st March 2017. Since April 1st 2017 he is responsible for the branch `Port Estate & Maritime Affairs ‘.

"You must have a dream if you want to shape the future"
Vic­tor Hugo

Dr. Se­bas­ti­an Saxe

Chief Di­gi­tal Of­fi­cer,
Member of the Ma­nage­ment Board

Since 1992 the mathematician with a doctorate took on varying functions in Hamburg’s administration. Being the head of the state office for information technology he kept a significant stake in preparing the fusion of IT-services of Schleswig-Holstein and Hamburg. From 2004 to December 2008 he was a board member of the technology department of the resultant information and communication provider Dataport AöR. Since January 2009 Dr. Saxe is part of the management board of the HPA which made him the head of the service department, the CDO and CIO. Therefore he is responsible for the units central purchasing, IT, internal services and legal department. Furthermore, he holds supporting staff functions in the innovation, security and process management departments.

Being the CIO, he supports the expansion and development of the IT landscape of the HPA. He ensures a correct perception of the authority ‘s role as a provider for the port industry. As the CDO Dr. Saxe also manages and forwards the digital transformation of the HPA.

„Diversity makes us strong.“

Jens-Erik Weg­ner

Head of Main­ten­an­ce & Ope­ra­ti­ons,
Member of the Ma­nage­ment Board

Since the 1st January 2014 Jens-Erik Wegner takes responsibility for operation and maintenance for the on-shore port infrastructure. After studying power and process engineering he worked on national and international plant engineering. Before Mr. Wegner became the managing director of several subsidiary companies of an international industrial services provider he was the project manager for major projects.
2001 Jens-Erik Wegner switched to the operating side. In the department for supply, disposal and environmental services he initially started working as a commercial director only to become the technical managing director.

Mr. Wegner’s whole carrier was and still is characterized by construction management as well as maintenance of technological demanding systems. Furthermore, he must master complex change processes in the public and private sector as well as in the structural change of the large-scale plant construction.

"Adam Smith (1723 to 1790): "The railway consists of 95 percent people and 5 percent iron."

As well as its hinterland connections and needs-based infrastructure provision, the effective use of these, in particular, is another of Hamburg's key locational advantages."

Ha­rald Kreft

Head of Rail­way In­fra­struc­tu­re & Rail­car Ser­vices,
Member of the Ma­nage­ment Board

Since 2008 Harald Kreft is responsible for the infrastructure of the port railway. The skilled worker for railway construction technology started his career in the mid-1980’s at the German Reichsbahn. After studying railway and road construction he worked in consulting for many years.

In 2000 Mr. Kreft became the head of department of the building industry for `Eisenbahnen and Verkehrsbetriebe Elbe- Weser GmbH`.

By joining the port railway, he followed the nomination to being a member of the management board of the HPA.

"You see things and ask "Why?", but I dream of things and say "Why not?""

Iris Scheel

Head of Cor­po­ra­te Func­tions,
Member of the Ma­nage­ment Board

Iris Scheel studied engineering at the Hamburg University of Technology, Germany. Besides she holds a Master´s degree in Business Administration. While being part of the international port network she benefits of her many years of experience within the maritime economy. For instance, e.g. when there are pending design and realization measures for port infrastructure projects. Not only did she gain experience within project management but also in market strategy and analysis. With Hamburg’s development towards being the biggest cruise location in Northern Europe Iris Scheel’s main work emphasis shifts to the cruise department.

Recently she designed the reorganisation of the cruise management in Hamburg. In addition, Mrs. Scheel also planned and realized the city´s newest and biggest cruise terminal.

The Supervisory Board of the Hamburg Port Authority

Here you find the current Supervisory Board of the Hamburg Port Authority .

Chairman, Prä­ses of the authority for economy, transport and innovation of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg


Han­sa Treu­hand Schiffs­be­tei­li­gung GmbH & Co. KG

Council of state , finance authority

State councilor of the culture authority

Head of the Department of Transport, Port, Shipping, Chamber of Commerce Ham­burg




Former member of the executive board of the Ver­eins- und West­bank AG, Ham­burg

Employees representative of the Ham­burg Port Aut­ho­ri­ty

Employees representative of the Ham­burg Port Aut­ho­ri­ty

Employees representative of the Ham­burg Port Aut­ho­ri­ty