The Management Board

The BGE is represented by the Management Board consisting of Stefan Studt, Beate Kallenbach-Herbert, Steffen Kanitz, and Dr Thomas Lautsch.


Stefan Studt, Chairman of the Management Board

Stefan Studt has a degree in law with specialisations in the areas of commercial and tax law as well as administrative law. Between 2014 and 2017, Studt was Minister of the Interior and Federal Affairs of the State of Schleswig-Holstein. Before this, he held various high-ranking management positions in state authorities and ministries, including as head of the state chancellery in Kiel.

As Chair of the Management Board, Stefan Studt is responsible for the divisions: Human Resources, Corporate Organisation, Legal, Corporate Communications, Process Monitoring, Risk Management and Corporate Planning, and International.


Chairman of the Management Board
– Stefan Studt
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Beate Kallenbach-Herbert, Managing Director

Beate Kallenbach-Herbert is a graduate mechanical engineer. Until the end of 2018, she was head of the Nuclear Technology and Plant Safety Division at the Öko-Institut in Darmstadt. There she focused on the disposal of radioactive waste, the design of processes, and management structures, taking into account the participation of stakeholders and the public, safety management and culture, and environmental impact assessments. Beate Kallenbach-Herbert was also a member of the Waste Management Commission (ESK) and the Swiss Deep Geological Repositories Expert Group (ESchT) of the Federal Environment Ministry.

As a member of the Management Board, Beate Kallenbach-Herbert is responsible for the commercial divisions of the BGE.




Managing Director (MD)
- Beate Kallenbach-Herbert
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Steffen Kanitz, Managing Director and Deputy Chairman of the Management Board

Steffen Kanitz holds a degree in business administration with a focus on controlling and operational finance. Between 2013 and 2017, he was a member of the German Bundestag and was a member of the Repository Commission. Until his appointment to the Management Board of the BGE, Kanitz represented the interests of the BGZ Gesellschaft für Zwischenlagerung mbH (BGZ) as Executive Vice President.

Steffen Kanitz is responsible for the following areas: Site selection, Product Control, IT, Research and Development, and Knowledge Management.


Managing Director (MD) and Deputy Chairman of the Management Board
– Steffen Kanitz
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Dr. Thomas Lautsch, Managing Director

Dr Thomas Lautsch is a graduate engineer for mining. Before becoming Managing Director of Deutsche Gesellschaft zum Bau und Betrieb von Endlagern für Abfallstoffe mbH (DBE) in 2014, he held various management positions in both national and international mining. At the DBE, he was responsible for the technical areas of the group of companies, including the mines in Salzgitter (Konrad shaft), Morsleben, and Gorleben.

At the BGE, Dr Lautsch is responsible for the technical areas with the Konrad and Morsleben repositories and the Asse and Gorleben mines. He has also been assigned the cross-divisional area of technology.


Managing Director (MD)
- Dr. Thomas Lautsch
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