ista Management


The ista international board has long and broad international expertise within the industry.

From left to right: Jochen Schein (COO), Thomas Zinnöcker (CEO), Christian Leu (CFO)

Thomas Zinnöcker

Chief Executive Officer

Thomas Zinnöcker, born 1961, has assumed the role of CEO at ista on March 1, 2016. He has significant experience in the German real estate industry, having held a variety of management positions across different firms. As the Deputy CEO of Germany's largest housing company, Vonovia SE, he was last responsible in particular for the successful integration of the GAGFAH Group, where he had previously been the CEO since April 2013. Prior to that, he had headed GSW Immobilien AG for eight years. At ista, Thomas Zinnöcker is responsible for the ista Group including our regional businesses, the corporate functions of Communications and Public Affairs, Human Resources as well as Marketing and Business Development.

Christian Leu

Chief Financial Officer

Christian Leu, born in 1965, has been the CFO of ista International since May 2006. In 1989, he began his career as an analyst at Compaq Switzerland. After holding several positions at Compaq Switzerland and Compaq Germany, he worked for seven years as the CFO of the holding company of Leico Geosystems prior to joining ista.

Jochen Schein

Chief Operating Officer

Jochen Schein, born in 1972, was appointed COO of ista International in 2010. He began his career in Munich in 1998, working in an international management consultancy firm. In 2003, he moved to Essen taking up the position of project manager in Corporate Development at ista. In 2007, Jochen Schein was appointed Chief Operating Officer (COO) of ista Germany.