Change of baton initiated at electronics specialist HENSOLDT      

Change of baton initiated: Oliver Dörre (left) with outgoing HENSOLDT CEO Thomas Müller. Photo: HENSOLDT AG

Designated CEO Oliver Dörre takes up position on the Management Board

Taufkirchen/Germany, 8 January 2024 – HENSOLDT AG, a specialist in defence electronics, has initiated the upcoming change at the top of the company: The designated CEO Oliver Dörre, previously CEO of Thales Deutschland GmbH, has taken up his work on the Management Board of HENSOLDT AG and is preparing to take over management responsibility from the previous HENSOLDT CEO Thomas Müller, which is scheduled to take place on 1 April 2024.

“We are working very closely with the Management Board and the entire management team to ensure a smooth transition,” said Oliver Dörre. And Thomas Müller added: “The handover process that is now beginning and the familiarisation of Oliver Dörre are part of our long-term succession planning.”

Oliver Dörre holds a degree in computer science. He has been CEO and Chairman of the Management Board of Thales Germany since 1 January 2021, where he previously worked as VP Sales & Marketing/Key Account Executive of the sales team from the end of 2016 to 2020. Before joining Thales in 2015, he worked at Frequentis AG for around five years, where he held various management positions. As Head of the Defence business unit, he was responsible for international military sales, project and product management as well as development in the Defence sector. From 1988 to 2010, Dörre worked as a general staff officer in the German Air Force, most recently as a policy officer and deputy head of department with the rank of lieutenant colonel i.G. in the Ministry of Defence planning department.

“Oliver is the ideal candidate to optimally develop HENSOLDT’s potential in a new defence policy environment and to implement our international growth strategy,” says Thomas Müller.


HENSOLDT is a leading company in the European defence industry with global reach. Based in Taufkirchen near Munich, the company develops complete sensor solutions for defence and security applications. As a technology leader, HENSOLDT drives the development of defence electronics and optronics and is continuously expanding its portfolio based on innovative approaches to data management, robotics and cyber security. With more than 6,400 employees, HENSOLDT achieved a turnover of 1.5 billion euros in 2021. HENSOLDT is listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.