The German Primate Center is led by two directors. They manage the institute in accordance with the guidelines of the Leibniz Association and within the legal framework of public contracts and the Supervisory Board.
- The scientific director is called "director". He is representing the institute and is responsible for scientific issues. He works in close cooperation with the governing board and the scientific advisory board and is responsible for the scientific leadership of the institute. He coordinates the work of the different research units.
- The administrative director is responsible for the organization of the commercial interests as well as the legal and administrative issues.