After the resignation of President Werner Gegenbauer, Hertha BSC has reorganized itself in the management department. Ex-Ultra Kay Bernstein was elected the new club boss on Sunday.
This was the result of the extraordinary general meeting of the Berliners. Bernstein received 1670 votes when elected from 3040 voting members.
He prevailed against his fiercest rival, the CDU politician Frank Steffel (1280 yes votes), and outsider Marvin Brumme (26 yes votes). A total of 3016 ballots were cast.
Bernstein succeeds Werner Gegenbauer. The 72-year-old, who has been in office since 2008, announced his resignation one day after staying up. There had been increasing disagreements between Gegenbauer and investor Lars Windhorst.
According to Gegenbauer, the disputes should not have had any influence on his decision. Windhorst had accused Hertha’s ex-president, among other things, of “cliques” and “tinkering”.
Before the election, 41-year-old Bernstein actively campaigned for a fresh start. “We have to forgive, understand and think ahead. We need grounding. That’s what I stand for and a mentality in which only Hertha BSC will be important,” he said in an interview with “Sport Bild”.
For the 41-year-old, who has no previous experience in professional football and runs a marketing and event agency, one thing is certain: “Ego trips and maintaining power at the expense of the club must no longer exist.”