T-Systems’ Chief Technology Officer Maximillian Ahrens has been elected Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Gaia-X initiative. Deutsche Telekom, including its IT services unit T-Systems, was one of the project’s 22 founding members.
We as Deutsche Telekom are proud to be part of GAIA-X. In close cooperation with our partners we want to build a European data ecosystem and so ensure European data sovereignty. The new board will be significantly involved in shaping the further development of Gaia-X services and the structure of the organization. I am pleased and congratulate the other elected on their new responsibilities.
Member companies participated in an electronic vote on Monday 7th June, where a total of 26 board members were elected from a list of 64 candidates. The appointments will run for two years. Maximilian Ahrens follows Hubert Tardieu who supervised the founding process of the GAIA-X organization. The Board of Directors decides on important matters regarding the Gaia-X Association while CEO Francesco Bonfiglio and his Management Board manage the day-to-day running of the pan-European initiative.