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Zeppelin Group appoints new head of the Zeppelin Digit Strategic Management Center


Arife Baltaci assumes new position as Chief Digital Information Officer (CDIO)

Arife Baltaci takes over as head of the Zeppelin Digit Strategic Management Center. She has been CDIO of the Zeppelin Group since April 1, 2022. The 43-year-old can look back on many years of experience in IT at a leading international commercial vehicle manufacturer. 

Arife Baltaci’s main task in the Zeppelin Group is to modernize IT systems and standardize them across the Group, thereby significantly advancing the Group digitization strategy. Zeppelin Digit is the central team for strategic business unit-wide topics in the area of IT, digitization, and innovation in the Group.

Peter Gerstmann, Chairman of the Zeppelin Group Management Board, is delighted with the new addition: “As a project manager for a variety of IT projects and as a long-standing manager in various IT organizations, Ms. Baltaci has extensive skills and knowledge that will continue successfully driving Zeppelin Digit forward. I’m convinced that Ms. Baltaci will successfully bundle the different requirements, ideas, and performance profiles, thus contributing to the long-term business success.” Gerstmann adds that it is also very useful that Arife Baltaci has completed her previous professional career in a corporate group and has in-depth knowledge of SAP. “I would like to welcome Ms. Baltaci on behalf of the entire Zeppelin workforce.”

Arife Baltaci started her professional career as an SAP consultant. The business administration graduate has international management experience and an MBA in Leadership & Management. Since 2005, she has held various positions at MAN Truck & Bus SE, most recently as Vice President Restructuring & Transformation. Arife Baltaci succeeds Wolfgang Hahnenberg, who left the Zeppelin Group at the end of 2021.

The Zeppelin Digit Strategic Management Center is the digital competence center of the Zeppelin Group. Data architecture, business IT, and collaboration are the three key topics that are the focus of the company both currently and in the future. Arife Baltaci is excited and looking forward to her new task: “We build digital solutions for internal and external customers in cooperation with our strategic business units, thus creating the right framework conditions to suit customer requirements as well as the working environment of future employees.” 

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Photo: Arife Baltaci, © Zeppelin GmbH


Photo: Arife Baltaci, © Zeppelin GmbH


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