On 15 June 2011, Professor Johan-Dietrich Wörner was appointed Chairman of the Executive Board for the next five years by the Senate of the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR).
"For me personally, the decision made by the DLR Senate is a demonstration of confidence and a confirmation of the effective work carried out by the DLR Executive Board under my leadership in recent years. It is also a recognition of the success that DLR has achieved in all its research areas," said Professor Wörner. "In my second term, I will work towards consolidating DLR's role as a unique interdisciplinary research institute and space agency. The common goal of all my colleagues must now be to strengthen DLR's position, with its excellent skills and prospects, both nationally and internationally," Wörner added.
After a twelve-year term as President of the Technical University of Darmstadt, Johann-Dietrich Wörner took up his position as Chairman of the DLR Executive Board on 1 March 2007. During his first term, he brought about significant decisions in the aerospace industry at the national and international level, thus strengthening and expanding Germany's position as a valued partner in advanced technology. In addition to his activities at DLR, Professor Wörner is a member of other scientific organisations and academies, has led the mediation process for the expansion of Frankfurt airport since 2000 and, in 2011, prepared the dialogue forum on 'Stuttgart 21'.
Johann-Dietrich Wörner is married, has three children and lives in Darmstadt.