Dr. Donatus Kaufmann

Technology, Innovation & Sustainability, Legal & Compliance

dr donatus kaufmann

Born 1962, studied Law, History, Political Science and Business Administration at the Universities of Göttingen, Bonn, Paris-Sorbonne/France and Hagen; 1st and 2nd State Law Degree in Düsseldorf and Hamburg; Licence d’Histoire of the University of Paris-Sorbonne/France; Doctorate in International Commercial Law; Admission to the German Bar. Graduate of the INSEAD International Executive Program.

Corporate Functions

  • Technology, Innovation & Sustainability
  • Compliance
  • Legal

Responsible for the regions North America and Western Europe


From 1996 until 1999 Dr. Donatus Kaufmann was Legal Counsel and Regulatory Advisor at the telecom companies VEBACOM GmbH / o.tel.o communications GmbH & Co.

From 1999 until 2002 he was Director Legal, Regulatory Affairs and Contract Management and General Counsel Germany at Esprit Telecom/Global Telesystems. In addition he was member of the Executive Committee Germany.

In June 2002 Dr. Donatus Kaufmann started working for the pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim GmbH until the beginning of 2011 in different leadership roles with global responsibilities, amongst others as Head of Corporate Division Law, Trademarks, Insurance, Real Estate and Group General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer. He also was head of Family Office of the group’s owner family.

Since February 2011 he worked for Metro AG as Group General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer and since November 2012 as Head of Corporate Special Projects and Executive Advisor to the corporate board.

Since February 2014 Dr. Donatus Kaufmann is member of the Executive Board of thyssenkrupp and responsible for legal, compliance and technology, innovation & sustainability. Furthermore, he has the responsibility for the regions North America and Western Europe.