The Supervisory Board of DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga GmbH and Donata Hopfen, Chairwoman of the Management Board of DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga GmbH, have agreed to terminate the employment relationship by mutual agreement. The reason for this is different ideas about the further strategic orientation of the company. Donata Hopfen will leave the DFL at the end of the year.
“We have achieved a lot in recent months and initiated a lot. For example, we have developed a viable future strategy for German professional football, initiated major collaborations such as the one with the NFL and closed important gaps in marketing. The NFT deal of 170 million euros should certainly be mentioned here. We have also made good progress internationally, as evidenced by the agreements in Mexico and the MENA region. The relationship with the DFB is better today than ever. I am grateful for the time and work with the clubs and my team,” says Donata Hopfen.
“I would like to thank Donata Hopfen for her great commitment and the intensive months in which we worked together in a very trusting manner. With her view, coming from the outside, she has set important impulses for the Bundesliga. Even if we do not continue on this path together, I wish her all the best for the future,” says Hans-Joachim Watzke, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga GmbH.
“The Bundesliga and professional football are an important anchor for German society. I wish those responsible the necessary courage and will to change in order not only to react to the growing challenges, but also to actively shape them. And, of course, the necessary bit of luck,” says Donata Hopfen. “It was an intense time, I got to know and appreciate a lot of great people. I leave knowing that I have initiated the right things.”