Dirk Wottgen was born in Freiberg, Saxony, in 1968.
He spent most of his youth in Frankfurt/Main, where he also received his degree in law from the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University of Frankfurt.
After graduating he gained professional experience in various executive positions in the human resources department at Quelle AG and Buderus AG.
He already started his career at the BMW Group in 2004. Since then he has been holding a number of leadership positions in the human resources department in Munich as well as in Steyr, Austria.
Currently, Dirk Wottgen is head of the human resources department at the BMW production plant in Leipzig.
Dirk Wottgen lives in Leipzig with his wife and two sons.
He feels a strong connection with the city and the region. Therefore, he volunteers in several positions, such as being the chairman of the supervisory board of Joblinge gAG and a member of the foundation council of the University of Leipzig’s pediatric clinic.
Dirk Wottgen’s confessions
Q. DO YOU HAVE A ROLE MODEL OR LIFE MOTTO?
A. I don’t have a role model in the classical way.
People, regardless of their age, who act consistent to their beliefs and without focusing their own personal benefit, inspire me.
Q. WHAT EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE STANDS OUT IN YOUR MEMORY?
A. A few days ago: My son gave me a feedback about my review of his sportive performance. :-)
In school times: The lessons of my German and History teacher. He was able to teach German history of the 19th and 20th century accompanied by literature. In retrospect, he notably influenced my world view.
Q. WHAT CAN YOU NOT LAUGH ABOUT?
A. Any kind of discrimination.
Q. WHAT's Something beautiful that you bought yourself recently?
A. The new novel by Simon Beckett.
Q. WHAT BOOK WOULD YOU NEVER GIVE AWAY?
A. A brief history of humankind written by Yuval Noah Harari.
Q. WHEN DO YOU FEEL MOST ALIVE?
A. When I spend an amazing time with my family and friends.
Q. WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE IN?
A. There is no coincidence.
Q. WHERE IS YOUR MOST PEACEFUL PLACE?
A. By the sea – Baltic Sea or the South Seas.
Q. WHAT DO YOU THINK WAS YOUR LAST GOOD DEED?
A. A decision I made out of conviction.
Q. WHAT HAVE YOU RECENTLY DREAMED ABOUT?
A. A trip around the world with my family.
Q. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE MUSIC?
A. Soul music and smooth jazz.
Q. WHAT IS MORE DIFFICULT for you: STARTING OR STOPPING?
A. Stopping, when it is starting to be fun.