Wolfgang Sondermann, managing director of Keller Holding and executive director of Keller Group, has been appointed chairman of the board of the German Geotechnical Society (DGGT).
The DGGT is a technical and scientific association, internationally integrated through the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE), the International Society for Rock Mechanics (ISRM), the International Association for Engineering Geology and the Environment (IAEG) and has a German chapter of the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS). The society is concerned with all matters relating to soil and rock as a foundation and construction material.
Sondermann was elected at the DGGT members’ general assembly in Berlin. He replaces Georg Heerten.
In 1986, Sondermann joined GKN Keller, working for the central technical department. In 1990, he became branch manager of the north German branch and, from 1998, managing director of Keller Grundbau. In 2000, he was also made managing director of Keller Holding with responsibility for Keller’s businesses in continental Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. In 2003, he was appointed to the board of Keller Group.
Since 2003, Sondermann has been a lecturer at the Technical University of Darmstadt, specialising in geotechnical issues. He is active in many national and international organisations and working groups in this area and he has published and presented several papers and lectures.