Dirk Müller is Head of IT from Franz Haniel & Cie. GmbH, a German family-equity company which has been headquartered in Duisburg-Ruhrort since it was founded 1756. The 100 per cent family-owned Holding Company manages its diversified portfolio from there and pursues a long-term investment strategy as a value developer.
Before joining Franz Haniel & Cie. GmbH he started his career in the controlling department of Cemex Germany (formerly Readymix) where he implemented a complex Management Information System and acted as requirement engineer for the business.
From there he moved on working as a Senior Architect for Business Intelligence at IBM Business Consulting Services where he had the chance to work as a Team Lead in several national and international projects.
In 2004 he joined Franz Haniel & Cie. GmbH and worked in senior IT management positions before he was appointed as Head of IT end of 2011. Together with his team he launched the initiative “Challenge IT 2014” in order to reposition the IT department alongside with the new Role Model of the Holding. Based on a newly developed IT Strategy several projects where launched with the focus of reshaping the IT service portfolio, reducing costs and increasing flexibility and agility.
In general he always tries to balance his management approach between compliance alignment and pragmatic and agile service delivery. Within the actual situation of portfolio reorganization at Haniel he has the challenge to position the IT as a value driver reflecting the decentralized Enterprise Governance Model.
Dirk Müller holds a Master Degree in Computer Science from the University of Dortmund.