HAMBURG, GERMANY // Dörte studied Visual Communications and started her career as an Art Director before switching to copywriting.
After working in several agencies, she went to work at Jung von Matt where she became a Creative Director after only three years.
In 2000, she founded her own company MARIA.
In 2002, Dörte returned to Jung von Matt and established the agency JvM/Spree in Berlin with two partners and became a Partner.
After that, she founded the first international branch called Jung von Matt/9.
Later she founded several other Jung von Matt companies (JvM/Pulse, JvM/Fleet, JvM/Elbe) working for all big JvM clients including BMW, BVG, Mercedes-Benz, NETTO, NIVEA, Sixt, Zalando, etc.
In November 2016 she founded Jung von Matt/SAGA with Managing Partner Stephan Giest, which stands for Spengler-Ahrens-Giest-Agency.
Dörte is one of the most awarded German creatives, longterm Committee Chairwoman of the Art Director’s Club (ADC), Board Member of the ADC Festival and Congress Hamburg, Advisory Board Member of the D&AD and New York Festival, as well as a juror in all the communication industry’s most important international award juries every year. She was awarded Germany’s Agency Woman of the Year 2018.
Besides work, she loves her husband Tobias Ahrens, her son Bela and the family dog Tyson. She also loves to travel and to meet people – preferably, all at the same time.