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A truly entrepreneurial team of indendent thinking personalities.

Disagreement in a diverse and independent team is the key ingredient

In the quest for the best results, disagreement is a good thing. As a team of very diverse and independent thinking personalities, we disagree a lot. We combine the visionaries with the implementers, the finance guys with the sales and marketing people, the experience from legacy with the agility of the new kids on the block. It is always a struggle, oh boy! However, we have always managed to build the right solutions out of the debris of our disagreement. Proper delivery is the ultimate goal, if we haven’t taken a detour, though, apparently things haven’t been thought through.

 

CONSULTING FROM THE CENTRE OF GRAVITY

We realize that the degree of specificity of our clients' challenges constantly rises. Having slightly above average ideas and solutions is closer to failure than to success. Over decades, we have built the capabilities to integrate and to manage these experts in order to work as embedded part of the Stern Stewart project teams. Our consultants and partners make use of their broad experience and methodological knowledge and deliver project results that integrate specialist’s assessments into independent, critical assessed and holistic consulting solutions. As the center of gravity, we guarantee to reduce complexity for the client by identifying and selecting the right expertise out of the open universe of know-how.

But we all belong to one truly entrepreneurial team and this team has gravitiy – it is addictive. It has the power to pull people in.

Gregor Waller Media

For over a decade, Gregor Waller has been advising international media companies on the development of their digital strategy and the transformation of their business models into the digital age. His main topics are currently paid content, paid web and the development of a digital strategy as well as digital product portfolios.

Sven Beiker Automotive

Sven Beiker is a technology expert in the automotive and high-tech sectors. His special focus is on autonomous, networked, electric, shared vehicles. His core competence lies in the creation of future scenarios to derive specifications for the next generation of vehicles.

Herbert Kohler

Prof. Dr. Herbert Kohler has more than 40 years with OEMs in the automotive industry and is an expert for future mobility solutions and advanced engineering. As Head of the "Research and Advance Development" Division at Daimler he was responsible for the further development of mobility solutions and as Head of the "E-Drive and Future Mobility" unit he was responsible for the development of the electric and hydrogen battery.

Jozek Gruskovnjak

Jozek Gruskovnjak is a successful and creative multilingual technology leader with a 25-year record of global success strategically building high-performance teams and profitable growth in complex multicultural environments. A trusted advisor to some of the world’s largest companies and governments and an expert in leveraging best practice business processes and cutting edge technical solutions to deliver organisations a competitive advantage and foundation for robust growth worldwide.

Markus Fost

As an expert in e-commerce, online business models and digital transformation with broad experience in strategy, organization, corporate finance and operational restructuring, Markus Fost's project topics range from development to implementation of e-commerce strategies for brand manufacturers and retailers.

Urban Wirtz

Urban Wirtz has extensive knowledge in the planning and implementation of complex restructuring projects. His track record in performance management of banks with a diversified business model is outstanding. Urban Wirtz offers strategy consulting for integrated financial and management reporting processes and the financial management of capital market oriented companies.

Tomaz Sesek

Tomaz Sesek is an experienced manager and business consultant with a very wide spread of functional know-how and highly versatile yet detailed understanding of digital technologies. He combines a sound understanding of strategic topics with significant operational experience and strong IT system implementation background.

Michael Matoni

Prof. Dr. Micheal Matoni has decades of experience in production footprint optimization. Furthermore he managed global projects focused on productivity and efficiency improvements and he also has experience in the field of packaging. He holds a PhD in engineering as well as an MBA from degree from GSBA Zurich.

Matthias Anderer

Matthias Anderer is an expert in technology and innovation. He supports executives and managers in leading multinational companies understand the fundamentals and strategic implications of technology trends. His experience builds on closely mentoring over 50 technology startups and over 35 corporate teams within the past six years.

https://www.matthiasanderer.de/

Klaas Vegter

Klaas Vegter is Business Partner for Technology and Innovation Management. He built his career in the lighting industry. After several functions in the R&D (product development, research, R&D project leader, R&D Team Manager), Department Head, he assumed responsibility for R&D in executive roles.

Eric Darras

Eric Darras is an senior international B2B manufacturing business leader with 25+ years of experience in Automotive and Flexible Packaging. Delivering strategies enabling sustainable top and bottom line results is his strength. His passion is reengineering multi-site/multi-countries manufacturing processes, restructuring operations and building aligned, motivated teams.

Robert Waalder

Robert Waalder is a global senior executive leader, a builder and transformer with twenty years of broad cross-functional leadership experience in high tech dynamic international environments. He is a General Manager with leading roles in Procurement, Operations, Business Management and Transformation.

Wolfgang Ischinger

Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger has been Chairman of the Munich Security Conference since 2008 and is also Senior Professor for Security Policy and Diplomatic Practice at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin and Honorary Professor at the University of Tübingen. He advises governments, international organizations and companies on political and strategic issues. He is also a holder of the Federal Cross of Merit.

Munich Security Conference

The Munich Security Conference aims to promote trust and contribute to the peaceful resolution of conflicts by facilitating an ongoing, curated and informal dialogue within the international security community. Today, the MSC is the world's leading forum for debate on international security policy.

Periodical

Twice a year the Peridocal of the Stern Stewart Institute is published. This is a magazine with cutting-edge topics from business and politics. The articles are written by prominent guest authors and offer fascinating insights and completely new perspectives.

John Defterios

John Defterios is CNN Business' Emerging Markets Editor and Anchor. Based in the network's Abu Dhabi bureau since 2011, his reporting focuses on the top business stories from emerging economies, with a specialty in trade, geo-politics and energy.

https://edition.cnn.com/profiles/john-defterios#about

Summit

The Stern Stewart Institute Summit is an exclusive think tank attended by two hundred invited guests. The exclusive circle consists of CEOs, board members, entrepreneurs, economists and politicians. The Summit takes place annually in September at Schloss Elmau.

Research

Stern Stewart publishes various studies on topics that move the business world. Thanks to years of experience and deep insights into the processes, the publications offer real added value and show how to shape businesses. The topics are as varied as our clients are.

SAP

As the market leader for enterprise application software, SAP is at the center of today's business and technology revolution. SAP helps streamline processes to leverage real-time data to predict customer trends across the enterprise. SAP's mission is to help every customer become a best-run business.

www.sap.com

Technische Universität München

The Technical University of Munich is one of the best universities in Europe. It distinguishes itself through outstanding achievements in research and teaching, interdisciplinarity and talent promotion. In addition, there are strong alliances with companies and scientific institutions all over the world.

https://www.tum.de/

Burkina Institute of Technology

The Burkina Faso Institute of Technology creates a striking impact in educating entrepreneurs who are willing to create change. We aim to build future generations of young leaders and professionals in Burkina Faso.

http://bit.bf/

Cisco

Cisco enables people to create powerful connections in business, education, charity or creativity. Cisco hardware, software and service offerings are used to develop Internet solutions that provide easy access to networks anytime, anywhere. Since the company's inception, Cisco engineers have led the development of the Internet Protocol (IP) based on network technologies.

Lycée Schorge
EDX

Founded by Harvard University and MIT in 2012, edX is an online learning destination and MOOC provider, offering high-quality courses from the world’s best universities and institutions to learners everywhere. With more than 130 global partners, they are proud to count the world’s leading universities, nonprofits, and institutions as their members.

https://www.edx.org/

Team8

Team8 is a cybersecurity "foundry” focused on launching companies that solve the hardest problems in cybersecurity today. The Team8 platform accelerates success by leveraging its robust network to form business relations with customers and partners as well as leveraging its unique access to talent to help recruit the best minds for its companies.

https://www.team8.vc/

OmegaLamda

OmegaLambdaTec - Data Science Services is a Munich-based Startup that offers advanced data analysis solutions to companies, (smart) cities, organizations and institutions with lots of data but not sufficient expertise to fully exploit the potential of these data.

https://omegalambdatec.com/

5 Analytics

Industrial, highly scalable AI software solutions for manufacturing, quality control and other important business processes - that is what 5Analytics offers. The solutions integrate seamlessly with existing applications so that AI solutions can be developed and implemented within days.

https://www.5analytics.com/index.html

ProcessGold

ProcessGold is the culmination of over 10 years of software development in the field of Big Data / Business Intelligence and more than 7 years of consulting experience in Process Mining. The October 2016 merger of ProcessGold and MagnaView resulted in the most flexible and efficient Process Mining software ever, providing maximum benefits and added value.

https://processgold.com/de/

Axoom

"The one with the yellow shoes" - this is the young start-up AXOOM. Today they are not known for their footwear, but for the digital solutions they offer to machine manufacturers and manufacturing companies. As a subsidiary of TRUMPF, AXOOM combines manufacturing know-how and IT expertise.

https://www.axoom.com/de/

Roboyo

Roboyo wants to create an active part in the design and digitalization of the working world of the future. To this end, they rely on various experienced and internationally awarded software manufacturers. Roboyo works with technologies in the area of Robotic Process Automation (RPA), Personal Robot Assistants (PRA) and Artifical Intelligence (AI).

https://www.roboyo.de/

Premier Comission
ReD Associates

ReD Associates ReD is a strategy consulting company based on the human sciences. Their unique approach marries methods from the social sciences and traditional business techniques to provide clients with a clear and comprehensive direction for moving forward.

https://www.redassociates.com/

Mirow&Partner

Mirow&Partner is are a strategic consulting firm that supports clients in addressing their biggest challenges. Founded in 2012, Mirow & Co. has delivered successful projects in a wide range of industries. They have been hired by more than 90% of our clients for further projects after completing the first one.

http://www.mirow.com.br/

Port Jackson Partners

Port Jackson Partners is a boutique management consulting firm that provides advice to CEOs, boards and executives to help them set corporate direction, define business strategies and develop their organisations.

http://www.pjpl.com.au/

Qvartz

A management consulting company with global reach and Nordic heritage - Qvartz. From nine offices across Europe, the US and Asia, they serve clients all over the world. Qvartz constantly explores new opportunities to build their company and move things forward.

https://qvartz.com/de/

Vertical (Qvartz)

Embedded in a vibrant start-up culture and networked through global partnerships, Vertical Strategy delivers pragmatic and high quality solutions. The cross-functional team of consultants and experts has many years of experience in building agile growth strategies and innovative business models. Vertical Strategy is part of the QVARTZ civilization.

https://qvartz.com/de/vertical/

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Managing Partner

Markus Pertl

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Markus Pertl

Visionary and entrepreneur in both the business and the non-profit world

Markus is a trusted advisor to leaders of blue chip companies and large family-owned businesses. He has bought out the firm from the founders in 2003 and established Stern Stewart & Co. in its current form. He is acting managing partner of the Stern Stewart & Co.

He is trustee at a major offshore oil and gas service company and board member of a Silicon Valley biotech firm.

With a desire to connect leaders in business, politics and technology and to debate controversial ideas, Markus has founded the Stern Stewart Institute.

To create impact beyond the business world, he is personally involved in several projects in Sub-Sahara Africa, most recently our first university BIT - The Burkina Institute of Technology.

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Senior Partner

Gerhard Nenning

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Gerhard Nenning

Out-of-the-box strategy advisor and facilitator of organizational change

Gerhard focuses for 20 years on M&A and strategy development, typically followed by organizational transformation. His creative and rigorously independent thinking has impacted strategic decisions in growing as well as contracting businesses.

Often going against the grain, Gerhard has advised large international corporates and mid-sized companies in ambitious growth strategies outside of the client’s initial comfort zone. Conversely, he has helped prevent multi-billion investments which in hindsight would have been crippling. Gerhard is a non-executive director of an entrepreneurial and growing Canadian tech-service company.

Gerhard has co-founded The Stern Stewart Institute and shapes the Institute’s yearly agenda of dialogue with leaders in business, politics, and science.

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Senior Partner

Stefan Heppelmann

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Stefan Heppelmann

Creative disruptor and re-thinker of organizations in challenging times

Stefan is an independent thinker and senior advisor mainly in transformation/ turnaround situations. Combining deep corporate finance know-how as a CFA charterholder with two decades of consulting experience, he often has the one inspirational idea.

Discussing key themes of the executive agenda, he shows his entrepreneurial spirit with great personal involvement. Stefan’s track record includes big transformations of multinationals as well as sensitive restructurings of multi-billion private held companies.

Stefan is a true entrepreneur outside the office as well, managing his own vineyard in the South of France with heartblood. Moreover he is the chairman of Wend Puiré, the Stern Stewart Institute’s apiculture non-profit organization in Burkina Faso.

 

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Dimitri Belobokov

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Dimitri Belobokov

Deep operations expertise grounded in strong business sense

Dimitri advises clients across a range of manufacturing industries for almost 20 years. Underlying his consulting work is one common theme: Bringing together process know-how and business sense to drive operational excellence at the same time as financial performance.

Dimitri is the one to manage extremely complex, interdisciplinary operational issues within very tight time constraints. The more challenging, the better – some things could have appeared almost impossible until there was a clear way to do it and finally the effect in the client’s P&L or balance sheet.

Apart from his strong academic background, Dimitri is also an accomplished conductor of symphonic orchestras. From being the founder of a trading house in post-communist Moscow, he is a now also a non-executive director of one of the world’s premier commodities traders.

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Thomas Berner

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Thomas Berner

Challenger of legacies and digital innovator

After a management career in financial institutions, Thomas is the go-to source when it comes to digitalization and transformation of business models and support functions.

Thinking outside-the-box and rigidly challenging existing structures, he is a challenging yet rewarding discussion partner for almost 20 years to his clients.

His enthusiasm to think in alternative realities, also when it comes to more conventional areas such as re-designing organizations and optimizing front & back office processes, has paved the way for managing restructurings in leading multinationals.

 

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Ralph Hesse

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Ralph Hesse

Ralph has an impressive track record of over 10 years in our comnpany. And he is a very rare combination: a razor-sharp analytical brain with a truly creative and out-of-the-Box mind.

Being able to put complex things into boxes as well as to think and create value beyond all boxes, Ralph has developed and shaped strategic decisions: a vast range from M&A to corporate finance to operational improvements - you name it. When it comes to large-scale transformations, Ralph focuses on the real business impact, with just the right amount of pragmatism navigating the organizational maze of corporations.

Maybe it comes from his passion for photography - but Ralph truly masters the oxymoron of being focused whilst seeing the big picture!

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Will Hoon

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Will Hoon

Building bridges

Will helps clients from the western hemisphere to set foot in Asia’s diverse, challenging and highly dynamic business environment.

Will now is based in Singapore, where he advises large internationals in their attempt to enter the Asian or just Chinese market – and to define and identify M&A growth targets. Before joining Stern Stewart, Will held senior management roles for Asian Industrial Products players and was the senior partner of one of the most prominent pan-Asian Private Equity funds.

Being a practicing Buddhist, Will is ideally positioned both to challenge pre-conceived notions about Asia and the West and to exploit the potential of the local leadership team.

In doing so, Will combines an investor’s analytical rigor with deep cultural and institutional understanding of the realities on the ground.

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Milan Manduch

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Milan Manduch

Empathic pacemaker for PMOs and passionate organizational optimizer

Boldness meets rationality in Milan, who can by now look back on 15 years of experience of organizational transformation and restructuring. He is a highly valued sparring partner when disruption shakes business – and immediate hands-on support is needed.

His ambition to always find (or better to forge) the best solution proves to be invaluable when it comes to his focus of orchestrating turnarounds or in particular to find and push measures to make organizations leaner, more efficient or even more powerful.
Being a cross-linked thinker and a traveler between cultures he also understands to quickly grasp the custom corporate culture and read characters of individuals.

 

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Marcus Middelmann

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Marcus Middelmann

Trusted partner throughout business cycles

Marcus advises international clients in a broad range of industries for more than 15 years. His work is centered around developing portfolio strategies, whose implementation often involves business reengineering and transactions. As new technologies start to break down traditional value chains, he is increasingly helping clients to build new ventures.
In his client relationships, he is all about long-term commitment as a sparring partner throughout expansion and contraction and for key aspects of the CEO agenda.

Marcus is also a trusted non-executive advisor for his family business, a strategic marketing and communication group in Hamburg.

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Partner

Olaf Paltian

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Olaf Paltian

Enthusiast and driver of strategic transformation

Olaf is a passionate strategy and turnaround advisor. Primarily this means to intensively challenge his clients for more than 10 years now when it comes to the core questions of management.

Olaf has thorough experience in M&A transactions including business plan, due diligence and carve-out support. But he is also an expert in organizational transformations and performance optimization programs with sustainable cost reduction over a billion Euro savings. Amongst others, he spent over two years turning around a mid-sized manufacturer, reorganizing the company inside out - finally resulting in the first positive results in ten years’ company history.

And it is not only during his international project work (USA, China and Middle East), that he always finds or makes the time to get to know new countries and cultures –he is a passionate traveller, spending his holidays exploring the world.

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Carlo Paoloni

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Carlo Paoloni

Facilitator of M&A transactions and portfolio strategist

When it comes to deals, Carlo much benefits from his M&A track record across Europe and US. Born and raised in investment banking he is a vivid personality and experienced advisor for transactions and portfolio strategy.

Being a true global citizen of Italian origin, he thrives with excitement in the momentous times when a transaction needs to be closed. Moreover, he is also the senior advisor, when it comes to making the deal work: he is a master in managing large scale PMIs to integrate businesses and realiize synergies.

Carlo proves also to be a true entrepreneur in his private life, running a mid-sized winery in his home country.

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Sibo Sollors

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Sibo Sollors

Turnaround expert with passion for complexity

Sibo loves to embrace the client´s problems as his own – and he has successfully been the keystone in most complex projects for almost 20 years now. Sibo’s clients can be found across all industries – from the technology sector to real estate development, to automotive and mobility industry. Before joining Stern Stewart, he proved his entrepreneurial guts in developing an e-commerce start up.

His interest in next generation business models lately made him manage the modular platform strategy for multi-modal transportation that makes full use of both ground and airspace. Being fascinated by disruptive technologies, he combines visionary ideality with profound strategic methodology. With the head in the skies and the feet firmly rooted on the ground, he is the one to make quantum leaps in organizations and business models reality.

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Dr. Wulf Rendtorff

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Dr. Wulf Rendtorff

Legitimate Transformation Ace

Wulf is a real asset in all transaction and transformation challenges. Holding a PhD in Law, he combines sharp business sense with thourough legal expertise.

With 15+ years of managing key growth initiatives, developing portfolio management solutions and optimizing business models, Wulf is the one to talk to before jumping shortsighted into big transformations. He has advised on complex corporate finance solutions and deals including their organizational integration throughout all industries, making him an in-depth expert in M&A transactions and negotiation support worldwide.

As a passionate golfer, Wulf definitely knows that it is all about strategy, mindset and picking the right spot – skills that come in handy in his project work, too.

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Konstantin Wrona

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Konstantin Wrona

Visionary in NextGen Corporations

Konstantin focuses on state-of-the-art organizational operating models, lean group center structures, complexity and bureaucracy reductions, functional excellence and end-to-end process optimization. His most recent work is centered around increasing digitalization and flexibility in large-scale organizations.

He combines a genuine interest in improving businesses with a strictly goal-oriented and hands-on approach. He is a key contributor to Stern Stewart thought leadership – just look at our studies on NextGenCorp, Lead, Lean, Fighting Bureaucracy, Planning 4.0 …

Having managed our Middle East operations for several years, Konstantin has helped a number of national flagship companies through the hyper-booms and deepest depressions. Right now he is also responsible for our recruiting and for getting the best talents into our entrepreneurial boutique.

Konstantin leads our alphabetization initiative in Burkina Faso, which teaches more than 3,000 women and men every year to read, write and do math, allowing them to pursue entrepreneurial opportunities and improve their lives.

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Ashley Joffe

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Ashley Joffe

Transaction facilitator with true (ad)venturouseness

Financial expertise meets operational savvy – this is Ashley, our NY based leader with 20+ years of experience in building, restructuring and advising companies on 6 continents. He has an extensive track record of transaction and M&A projects, making him the perfect match for all acquisition, partnering and disposal situations.

Ashley started his career at Stern Stewart as CFO, building on a rock-solid financial background. Today, Ashley is the Director of Stern Stewart Capital, the investment arm of our boutique. And as if that wasn’t enough, he is also CEO of Premier Commission, one of the investment cases of Stern Stewart Capital.

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Portfolio Growth
Strategy

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Proactive
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No more
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board cuts:

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Where's
the
exit?

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