Lisa Hessler finds no rest at the moment. The youngest managing director in the Bundesliga of handball players can hardly switch off from work for the owls Ludwigshafen anyway. In this extraordinary time, the 31-year-old finds it particularly difficult. For example, she can’t go to the gym with her friends as usual because it is closed due to the corona crisis. “I spend day and night thinking about it,” says the boss of the penultimate table. “I do everything I can to keep this thing going here. When I look in the mirror, I want to be able to say exactly that. «But she can’t look into the future either.
The Ludwigshafen owls have the smallest budget in the Bundesliga – and it is now up to Hessler how they will continue after this crisis. Whether it continues at all. Hessler doesn’t know. Nobody knows. Like all other Bundesliga clubs, the owls lack the enormously important income from home games and sponsorship due to the interruption of the season. She talks to partners or fans almost every day. Your cell phone hardly comes to rest.
Hessler cannot yet foresee how many recourse claims will arise. But after less than a year and a half as the boss of her club, she has to find solutions quickly for a challenge that even her more experienced colleagues have never had to master. “I have a very, very big responsibility for my employees, also towards partners and fans,” she says. »They are the basis for our future – which we hope will still exist.«
It doesn’t matter to her that she has to manage this situation at the age of just 31. After a management degree tailored to handball and a master’s with top marks, Heßler took over responsibility for the owls’ marketing in 2016. In December 2018, at the age of 29, she became the managing director of the Ludwigshafen association. Heßler now works as the boss of around 30 employees, whose professional future depends on that of the association.
»In the beginning I found her a bit too young, I have to say honestly. But now, in retrospect, she is her wife, «says Frank Bohmann. The managing director of the league association now experiences Heßler regularly in the crisis conferences of those responsible for the club. »She does her job really well. It is 100 percent reliable, confident and very cooperative. I can’t say a bad word about her. ”
Lisa Heßler has 100 percent recognized the seriousness of the situation. Still, she tries not to lose confidence. To ensure that this does not happen to her employees, she keeps in touch through conferences or individual telephone calls. Each of them has already explained in a one-on-one interview what the current situation means for the club. “Naturally, this caused the head to burst in the evening,” she says. “But I believe that every employee deserves this effort.” dpa / nd