President Olaf Lindner has held significant positions across a span of decades, demonstrating his commitment to law enforcement and public safety.
President Lindner’s journey commenced with roles as a Team Leader and Platoon Leader in the German Army from 1985 to 1987. This early experience laid the foundation for his future leadership roles.
Between 1991 and 1994, he served as Deputy Unit Leader within the esteemed Combat Unit GSG 9. This was followed by a promotion to the role of Unit Leader, which he held from 1994 to 1996.
In 1998, President Lindner assumed the position of Head of the Federal Border Police Subdivision Zinnwald, where he oversaw operations along the German/Czech Republic border. This role demonstrated his ability to manage complex security challenges.
From March 2000 to October 2005, President Lindner held the position of Deputy Commander of GSG 9, showcasing his capacity to manage tactical operations effectively. Additionally, from March 2004 to October 2004, he led the German Police Project Office for the Rebuilding of the Police in Afghanistan, where he also served as an Advisor to the Minister of Public Security in Afghanistan.
From October 2005 to July 2014, President Lindner held the notable role of Commander of GSG 9. His responsibilities included directing the operations and strategic initiatives of the unit.
President Lindner’s involvement extended to international collaborations as well. He served as the Head of the Naval Working Group of the EU – ATLAS Cooperation from 2006 to 2012. Additionally, he contributed to the reorganization of the Federal Police within the Federal Ministry of the Interior from December 2006 to March 2007.
From October 2012 to October 2014, he held the position of President of the EU – ATLAS Cooperation. During this period, President Lindner also served as Director of Special Operational Forces Federal Police, overseeing both the GSG 9 and the Protection Service Abroad from March 2013 to July 2014.
His responsibilities encompassed diverse roles, including Director of the Division for the Protection of Dignitaries within the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) from August 2014 to November 2016. From December 2016 to July 2017, President Lindner served as Director of Division B2, focusing on command, operational matters, and maritime security of the Federal Police within the Federal Ministry of the Interior.
In February 2017 to July 2017, he played a pivotal role in establishing the Federal Police Special Operations Command 11 at the Federal Police Headquarters. Since August 2017, President Lindner has assumed his current role as Head of the Federal Police Special Operations Command 11.
Lindner’s educational journey mirrors his career progression, with a focus on training in various disciplines. His academic pursuits include Police Training, a Graduate and Diploma in Public Administration, core courses, combat training, and specialized courses in crisis management, security policy, and leadership.