Head of BDBOS retires

BDBOS president Andreas Gegenfurtner has retired, with vice president Frank Buddrus leading the organisation until a successor is appointed.

Andreas Gegenfurtner. Photo courtesy of BDBOS/Ramazani

Gegenfurtner joined the German federal agency as vice president in 2007, when it was founded. He became president in 2016. 

He began his career in the Baden-Württemberg police force, moving to the state's Ministry of the Interior in 2006 where he project-managed the development of its public safety digital radio.

Discussing Gegenfurtner’s time at BDBOS, a spokesperson for the organisation said: “Under his leadership, public safety digital radio developed significantly over the past few years. From 2019 onwards, he also succeeded in driving forward the consolidation and further development of the Federal networks.”

Buddrus said: “Many of us had lively discussions with him, and worked together passionately to find the best solutions for our projects. He successfully led the federal and state governments to a conciliatory compromise many times and received great support internally thanks to his collegial and diplomatic manner.

“But the most important thing [is] with him at the helm, we have achieved a great deal for Germany and have made BDBOS’s central importance of internal security visible far beyond the political arena.”