Change in VdTÜV Management: Joachim Bühler is the new Managing Director

On 16 October 2017, the Doctor of Political Science succeeds Klaus Brüggemann (66), who is retiring after almost 13 years at the association's top management. In his new position, Joachim Bühler (39) also becomes a member of the VdTÜV Executive Board.
Dr. Bühler Foto
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“We are very pleased to have Joachim Bühler aboard. He is an experienced expert in digital economy,” said VdTÜV Chairman Axel Stepken. Bühler comes from Germany’s digital association Bitkom, where he was last in senior management running the business units Politics, Economy and Technology since 2013.

“VdTÜV will play a serious role as a main point of contact for technology acceptance and risk minimisation in the digital world,” stressed Stepken. “With Joachim Bühler, we now have an experienced expert in association work and activities, as well as public positioning. He also possesses the high level of technology expertise needed to represent the digital competence of the TÜV organisations with respect to politicians and the public,” said Stepken.

Before his employment at Bitkom, Bühler worked as a personal assistant to a member of the Deutscher Bundestag (Parliament of the Federal Republic of Germany). He lives with his wife and two children in Berlin.

“I am very much looking forward to my role of positioning the association as an innovative expert in digital transformation in politics and the general public,” said Bühler, who was involved in the network “Plattform Industrie 4.0” and established the digital transformation division at Bitkom. "The strength of VdTÜV lies in the fact that it has both know-how in the field of digitalisation and is at home in almost all industries that are affected by it,” says Bühler. “TÜV stands for quality, trustworthiness, safety and security among consumers as well as in the industry. It is thus a key driver for the success of Germany as an industrial location. Now it is time to draw on the experiences made in the course of this over 150-year-old success story and to apply them to digitalisation.”

TÜV services are currently more in demand than ever, especially in industrial inspection and testing as well as in mobility and transportation services. “I feel particularly drawn to the position of the VdTÜV Managing Director because of the strength of the TÜV organisations in the areas of industry and mobility - These are central pillars of the German economy,” emphasises Bühler.