Dr. Carsten Hoff to succeed Martin Goetzeler as CEO at dSPACE group

Dr. Carsten Hoff, incoming CEO of dSPACE

On April 17, Dr. Carsten Hoff will become the new CEO of the dSPACE group succeeding Martin Goetzeler, who is leaving at his own request. To ensure a smooth handover, Martin Goetzeler will continue to be available to the next CEO in an advisory capacity after April 17.

What does Dr. Carsten Hoff bring to dSPACE in the role?

Dr. Carsten Hoff is a highly experienced manager, who is ideally suited to the tasks ahead at dSPACE. He comes from a research and development-centric background with a degree in electrical engineering and a doctorate in computer science. Dr. Carsten Hoff has international management experience and is familiar with dSPACE and the company’s products.

Dr. Carsten Hoff is currently Managing Director of CLAAS E-Systems. Prior to that, he worked in various management positions at the automotive supplier HELLA. Dr. Carsten Hoff will use his extensive experience from previous positions to provide strategic impetus for dSPACE and to continue to drive forward the new topics of software-based simulation and validation.

“I am very pleased to be joining the dSPACE company. I am very impressed by the company’s development and dSPACE’s role in the automotive industry. The values that the family-owned company dSPACE stands for convinced me,” stated Dr. Carsten Hoff.

What does the reshuffle mean for dSPACE?

Dr. Herbert Hanselmann, Founder of dSPACE

“Dr. Carsten Hoff, an internationally experienced who is very familiar with the current challenges in our target markets is taking the helm – I wish him a good start in the company and with our customers,” said Dr. Herbert Hanselmann, founder and shareholder of dSPACE.

“Under Goetzeler’s leadership, dSPACE has strengthened its market position by setting a decisive course in terms of consistent portfolio expansion, globalization, and future-oriented structures. By expanding future investments and the team, he has succeeded in continuing the great growth rate at a high level of sales in challenging years,” said Hanselmann.

“We regret but respect Goetzeler’s decision. I would like to thank him for his important contribution, his extraordinary commitment, and the close cooperation based on trust.”

What legacy does Goetzeler leave as dSPACE CEO?

“It has been an exciting five years. The excellent cooperation with the entire team, our customers and partners, and the shareholder family was the key to success and motivation at all times. I would like to thank everyone very much for this,” said Martin Goetzeler.

Martin Goetzeler, outgoing CEO of dSPACE

“After a fulfilling professional career, I would like to devote more time to my personal and family tasks and interests in the future. I wish my successor and all dSPACE employees the necessary skills, much success, and all the best for the future,” said Goetzeler.

Martin Goetzeler has led the dSPACE company as Chief Executive Officer since March 1, 2018. Portfolio expansions in virtual and real simulation and validation to cover market and customer requirements in a timely manner, especially in automated and autonomous driving and in the software-defined vehicle were important milestones during this time.

In addition to the great importance of software-in-the-loop simulation in this process, tech such as AI and cloud are now also being used in the products. At the same time, Goetzeler systematically built up structures and processes to sustainably secure the strong growth.