Pascale Ehrenfreund has been Chair of the DLR Executive Board since 17 August 2015.
Klaus Hamacher, Vice Chairman of the Executive Board, is the DLR Executive Board member responsible for administrative and technical management, including personnel, finance, corporate control, corporate organisation, quality and product assurance, auditing, joint ventures, large-scale projects and career management. He is also responsible for DLR's Technology Marketing and serves as the representative for the DLR site in Berlin.
Rolf Henke joined the DLR Executive Board on 1 November 2010 and is responsible for Aeronautics research.
Hansjörg Dittus was appointed as DLR Executive Board Member for Space Research and Technology on 1 October 2011.
The DLR Senate appointed Walther Pelzer as the new Executive Board Member for the DLR Space Administration at its Senate meeting on 30 November 2017 in Berlin. The Senate is DLR's supervisory body. Dr Pelzer was elected by the 33 Members of the Senate for a five-year term. The 50-year-old succeeds Gerd Gruppe on the DLR Executive Board, who retired on 31 December 2017.
Karsten Lemmer is the DLR Executive Board Member responsible for the areas of Energy and Transport. The electrical engineer pursued a career in academia and the railway industry before joining DLR as Institute Director in 2001.