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SIXT consistently drives digital change and strengthens Tech Management team: Dr. Michael Gürtner named new Chief Technology Officer, Dr. Klaus Kolitz to head global software development

  • SIXT creates new IT positions: Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Head of Engineering
  • Michael Gürtner, IT expert with many years of experience in the field of digital business models, to become CTO on 1 July 2019
  • E-Commerce expert Dr. Klaus Kolitz will be responsible for the entire global software development process as Head of Engineering

Pullach, 14 May 2019 – With the appointment of Dr. Michael Gürtner as CTO and Dr. Klaus Kolitz as Head of Software Engineering, SIXT SE is underscoring the company’s increasing tech focus. With the launch of the new SIXT App, including the world’s first integrated mobility platform SIXT ONE at the end of February 2019, the company has demonstrated the increasing importance of IT for the further development of its business model. Since 2010, SIXT has almost quadrupled the number of tech employees from 150 to more than 550.

As of 1 July, Dr. Michael Gürtner (44) will be responsible for technology strategy and initiatives at SIXT in the newly created position of CTO. Dr. Gürtner previously worked as CTO at the Bosch start-up SAST (Security and Safety Things) GmbH for three years, where he was responsible for the development of an IoT ecosystem for the security industry. Dr. Gürtner has many years of experience in agile software development, cloud technologies and artificial intelligence. He studied electrical engineering at the Technical University of Munich where he completed his doctorate there in the context of the Internet of Things.

The proven e-commerce expert Dr. Klaus Kolitz (45) has been Head of Engineering at SIXT since 1 May and, with more than 20 years of expertise in the field of software development, will lead global software development at the five development centres in Pullach, Rostock, Berlin, Kiev and Bangalore. He previously worked as Head of Hotel Search Engineering at Trivago for eight years where he led a team of around 150 employees. With his department, Dr. Kolitz successfully managed and scaled the website of the hotel portal and scaled it many times over. He received his doctorate in the area of electronic markets from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).

Alexander Sixt, SIXT SE Board Member for Organization and Strategy: “With their many years of experience, Dr. Gürtner and Dr. Kolitz are expanding and deepening SIXT’s growing IT expertise. We are thus strengthening our tech team with two experienced managers whose teams will help us to push forward into the growth markets of our industry as an increasingly digital mobility service provider.”

About SIXT
Headquartered in Pullach, near Munich, Germany, SIXT SE is a leading international provider of high-quality mobility services. With its products SIXT rent, SIXT share and SIXT ride, the company offers a unique, integrated range of mobility services in the areas of car rental, car sharing and ride services. These products can be booked via a single app that also integrates the services of mobility partners. SIXT is present in approximately 110 countries worldwide. The company’s strengths lie in its consistent customer focus, its culture of innovation with a strong technological expertise, its high share of premium cars in the fleet and an attractive price-performance ratio. The SIXT Group generated revenues of EUR 2.93 billion (2018) and is one of the most profitable mobility service providers worldwide. SIXT SE, the Group’s parent company, has been listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange since 1986 (WKN common shares: 723132, WKN preferred shares: 723133).

Julia Hoffstaedter
SIXT Central Press Office
Phone: +49 (0) 89 / 7 44 44 – 6700