Authors

Alexandra Kurmulis

Alexandra is Manager in the Media Investments team. Prior to SevenVentures Alexandra gained practical experience in consulting and the luxury goods industry. She holds a Master´s degree in Mathematics of Finance from Columbia University and a Bachelor's degree in Business Management from the University of London.

Anna Polnischuk

Anna is a co-founder at Lalafo. Prior to that Anna served as Chief Operating Officer at a general classified Slando, operating in 4 countries. Slando was acquired by Naspers and re-branded to OLX, reaching 30M monthly users. Anna is also a mentor at weXelerate startup accelerator in Vienna and holds an MBA in International Management from Royal Holloway, University of London.

Christian Fuchs

Christian Fuchs is IT expert, #emailgeek and has a Bachelor of Science in Business Informatics. At fuchs+wald, he provides consulting and implementation services with a focus on e-mail marketing, marketing automation and customer relationships. In cooperation with a specialized network, “wald”, he provides his expertise to major retail enterprises, companies in e-commerce, travel and other industries, start-ups, solopreneurs and agencies.

Christian Paavo Spieker

Christian Paavo Spieker, born 1970, studied graphic and design. During this time he founded his company Concept Advertising in Munich. Concept Advertising is now one of the leading web design agencies. Together with Andreas Kelnberger he works as SEO specialist in Online Marketing.

Daniel Zech

Dr. Daniel Zech is Head of SevenVentures Austria. Before Daniel Zech joined SevenVentures Austria he founded and sold an online soccer community in Austria and Switzerland. Daniel holds a PHD degree from the University of Innsbruck, Beijing and Shanghai.

Dorothea Schneider

Dorothea Schneider has been responsible for PR and marketing at Seven Ventures since 2016. Previously, she worked for an international communications consulting firm as a Senior Consultant in financial communications. Dorothea began her career in equity capital markets at an investment boutique in Sydney and holds an MBA.

Dr. Hans Langthaler

Hans Langthaler is responsible for the European Ventures Team. Before joining SevenVentures he was an M&A Project Manager for an international management consulting firm. He has a MSc in Finance from London Business School.

Erik Stollberg

Erik Stollberg is a Key Account Manager in the Business Development Team. Before SevenVentures he worked in business development functions in various areas in theProSiebenSat.1 Media SE. He has many years of deep industry experience through his work with SMEs in different industry.

Florian Pauthner

Florian Pauthner is Managing Director of SevenVentures. Previous he served as an M&A advisor for one of the biggest financial institutions of Northern Europe and worked for a leading consultancy.

Florian Weber

Florian Weber is a Director Business Development. Prior to SevenVentures he worked, among others, for a leading publisher & media group as well as a leading international bank. He is a specialist for media impact analysis.

Frank Büch

For many years now, Frank Büch has held a management position in Sales and Marketing at the Berlin Public Transport Company (BVG) and is currently Head of Marketing there. He has years of experience in specifically addressing the topics customer retention and user interface and has managed a wide variety of digitalization projects. In this context, the marketing expert has launched the social media activities of the BVG. In 2016 Frank Büch took over as Head of Marketing. Since that time he is responsible for the image campaign #becauseweloveyou (#weilwirdichlieben).

Gilg Frick

Gilg Frick, founder and managing director of NPIRE (www.npire.de) - a creative agency from Hamburg, operates for 15 years in the creative industry. In 2005, he starts his academic career in communication design at HFG Schwäbisch Gmünd. During the same year he found the agency NPIRE. 12 years later, in 2017, he established a digital agency called Hyperinteractive together with a partner. Beside his agencies, Gilg is also involved in other companies and works as a consultant, mentor and speaker at events, lectures and workshops for entrepreneurship and creativity.

Gottfried Häuserer

Gottfried Häuserer is Vice President Media Insights at IMA - Internal Media Agency at the ProSiebenSat.1. Group. He was formerly Director of Media Intelligence at Blackwood Seven and Programm Manager at o2 Germany and he has over 14 years senior expertise in media insights and optimisation.

Johanna Teichmann

Johanna Teichmann studied communication and business management. Her occupational history begun in a media agency and she is currently working as Head of Advertising Research at SevenOne Media.

Jürgen Schwarz

Jürgen Schwarz is head of Capitalmind’s Retail & Consumer Business practice in Germany, and has 17+ years of experience in international M&A advisory with Corporates, Family offices and Private Equity investors. Previously, he was a co-founder and managing director of Outfitter GmbH (outfitter.com, focusing on pure online soccer & team sports retail); and Alpha Industries Europe GmbH (alphaindustries.com, focusing on manufacturing in Asia, marketing, and wholesale distribution of apparel fashion lines to leading players such as Otto Group, Karstadt, Metro Group, Peek & Cloppenburg and El Corte Inglés). Jürgen is member of the advisory board of OUTFITTER and STORCK Bicycle Group.

Katherine Diggory

Katherine Diggory is a proven expert in marketing and communications. In the past she was responsible for the political campaign for the former foreign minister Bill Rammell of the labour party. She also lead the communication and election strategy for further parliamentarians of the labour party. From 2012 - 2015 Katherine was responsible for the concept and management of the market entry strategy of Tough Mudder Germany.

Klaus-Dieter Koch

Klaus-Dieter Koch is one of the most experienced brand strategy advisers in Europe: From a very early stage, he focused on the topic of brand as a management tool and has been advising corporations and medium-sized companies on how to increase the value of the company through their brand for more than 25 years. In 2003, Klaus-Dieter Koch founded BrandTrust because he recognized the enormous untapped potential of brand management as a value-added driver for companies and institutions.

Kyle Widrick

After opening the SevenVentures New York office in 2014, Kyles focus is on growing the USA team & efforts in supporting the growth and expansion of American B2C companies to Europe. Before SevenVentures Kyle worked as the lead investment manager of a known family office based in New York City. Former positions include roles in M&A & various entrepreneurial & business activities.

Mario Fürst

Mario Fürst is founder and owner of Kloster Kitchen and is responsible for the company’s marketing and sales. On his entrepreneurial history he says that he founded start-ups before the expression start-up even existed.

Mark Appelhoff

After graduating from WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management with a degree in Business Administration, Marc worked at private equity firm Cinven as a principal and for Boston Consulting Group as a consultant. He later set up Fashion for Home together with Christoph. Following the sale to home24, Marc was appointed to the Management Board of home24 where he has been instrumental in the expansion of the platform’s growth and sustainability, focusing on Marketing, Sales and Finance.

Matthias Heid

Matthias Heid is cofounder of WUNDER, a company dedicated to improving the customer experience through credible aritificial intelligence. Previously Matthias was Senior Director for Solution & Strategy at Hybris GmbH, a subsidiary of SAP SE, and responsible for the development of a leading eccomerce solution. Throughout his career he has helped leading DAX and medium-sized organisations with digital transformation, not only in IT but also in the minds of the employees. When he's not working Matthias enjoys going to "Eisbären Berlin" ice hockey games and travelling to Asia for new inspiration.

Michelle Liao

With more than 15 years experience in PR communication, Michelle Liao joined PIABO, the leading PR agency for the European digital economy, in May 2018. As President East Asia, Michelle works closely with teams in both Germany and Asia and provides strategic communications, planning and implementation in earned, owned, paid and social communications for global clients.

Olaf Schlesiger

Olaf Schlesiger is an expert in the field of advertising impact. The Senior Research Manager Advertising Research at SevenOne Media has been overseeing baseline studies and case studies to measure advertising impact since 2001. Simultaneous to this position, he is Research Manager for TV at the genre initiative Screenforce and represents the category television in various committees.

Oliver Dietrich

Working as a creative and innovation director for ad agencies and digital agencies around the globe, Oliver joined P7S1 2013 and leads P7S1 Creative Ideation. Moreover, he steers, supervises and guides TV campaigns for SevenVentures. Oliver made his career devising storytelling campaigns for both young companies and corporate brands as Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Monster.com, Tomtom, O2, Koachwach, Filabe, Black Tears and many more. He is the proud owner of over 300 international creative, innovation and strategy awards.

Prof. Ruedi Alexander Müller-Beyeler

With a Master of Science degree from ETH, he began his professional life with a management career in the industrial sector. Then he moved to the brand and communications industry and became an entrepreneur. In addition to that he now teaches and continues to do research at the University of Applied Sciences (HTW) in Chur and at the Bern University of Applied Sciences (BFH). Prof. Ruedi Alexander Müller-Beyeler manages projects for brands, design and communication in an increasingly digitalized world – as consultant, project partner, interim manager, member of the Board and university lecturer.

Ricardo Rubio González

Ricardo leads the media research division at SevenOne Media, the ProSiebenSat.1 sales house, where he joined in 2014. He has been researching the changing media landscape and the impact of digital media for over 15 years. Before joining SevenOne Media as Head of New Media Research he was responsible for B2B-Research and Consumer-Research in Germany and the EMEA-Region for Yahoo!.

Robert Kronekker

Robert Kronekker (33), founder of Hafervoll, is a nutritionist, sports and fitness administrator and holds an additional qualification as "specialist in industrial baked goods". At his company Hafervoll he is responsible for product development, quality management and purchasing.

Sahar Nikou

Sahar Nikou has been responsible for digital communication and social media at ProSIebenSat.1 since 2016. Previously, Sahar was responsible for digital communications, in particular for new business, at the agency Burson Cohn & Wolfe (formerly Burson Marsteller), part of the WPP network. She started her career as a PR and social media freelancer in the start-up field.

Sandra Matz

Sandra Matz is working on her PhD at the University of Cambridge Psychometrics Centre in the field “Psychographic Marketing”. In cooperation with companies in Germany, Great Britain and the USA, she does research on how to use digital footprints (for example Facebook likes or Twitter tweets) to create psychological user profiles and consequently make digital marketing more customer-oriented and effective. Her findings are regularly addressed and discussed by renowned international media outlets like Die Welt, The Independent, The Washington Post, the BBC or the World Economic Forum. Sandra Matz received the Data IQ New Talent Award 2014 for her research on the topic “Psychographic Marketing” and was recognized as one of the 100 most influential people in “data-driven marketing” in both 2015 and 2016. Last year Sandra Matz joined the ranks of Pacific Standard Magazine’s ‘The 30 Top Thinkers Under 30‘, which recognizes the work of visionary young men and women in the social, political and economic sciences.

Sascha van Holt

Sascha van Holt is CEO of SevenVentures and heads the investment business since its foundation in 2011. Prior to this role he worked as an investment professional for a top tier private equity firm. Earlier assignments include corporate positions and entrepreneurial work.

SevenVentures

SevenVentures is the leading TV media investor worldwide. As the investment arm of the ProSiebenSat.1 Group, SevenVentures the ideal partner for B2C growth companies, especially in the consumer goods, retail and service sectors that have the potential to achieve sustainable success through the use of TV advertising.

Tilo Bonow

Tilo Bonow is founder and CEO of PIABO, the leading PR agency for the European digital economy headquartered in Berlin. He established PIABO to provide tech entrepreneurs with the dynamics to bring their ideas to market and subsequently grew PIABO’s core business to support entrepreneurs and businesses to actively recognize potentials, identify and achieve growth targets, and ultimately own the market. His portfolio includes European startups and international tech heavyweights such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Tinder, Evernote, Techstars, Yelp, Github, Withings and Houzz.

Tom Schwarz

Tom Schwarz, is the CEO and Head of Creation at SevenOne AdFactory since 2016. The qualified designer made his career leading the entire creative department at Ogilvy & Mather Düsseldorf. Before Tom had already been a member of the management board, as head of the creative department, at Jung von Matt/Spree, Jung von Matt/Donau and DDB Düsseldorf. Over the path of his career he has been awarded with over 400 national and international awards.

Torsten Enders

Torsten Enders is Client Service Director at the specialized B2B agency Saatchi & Saatchi pro, where he is responsible for the Telekom account. He previously managed the accounts of Telefonica/O2, Audi and other companies for the United Digital Group (UDG). He acquired his expertise in a longstanding career as freelance consultant for digital communication, strategy and concept development at agencies like C3, trommsdorff+drüner, zweimaleins, Piabo as well as for corporate enterprises.

Ursula Querette

Ursula Querette, a former investment banker, has management responsibility for the Financial Markets and Investor Relations practice within Instinctif Partners in Germany since November 2012. With more than 450 employees at 22 locations, Instinctif Partners is one of the leading international partner-managed communications consultancies for business, finance and politics. www.instinctif.de

Valentin Schütt

Valentin Schütt, born 1979 in Olpe, launched his first e-commerce business at the tender age of 16 with a sales platform for telecommunications. To date, he has developed and sold a wide variety of projects and companies in the Internet sector. He currently holds a portfolio of more than 10 companies that he either owns in full or in part. Since 2014 he bundles his Internet investments in an own organization, which currently has a total of about 50 employees as well as internal and external investments worth tens of millions.

Valeria Witsch

Valeria Witsch heads the Strategy & Insights department at the SevenOne AdFactory since 2017. She made her career at the ProSiebenSat.1 Group as part of the SevenOne AdFactory Business Development team and the Group’s B2B-Marketing department. Valeria holds a Master’s degree in Behavioral Economics from Erasmus University Rotterdam. Her work focuses on branding strategies based on the observation and analysis of consumer behavior and market developments.

Verena Argauer

Verena Argauer is Associate Director Business Development and heads the strategic relations of the SevenVentures partner companies within the ProSiebenSat.1 Group. Verena holds a Masters degree in Business Administration from Hohenheim and St. Gallen. Besides working with digital companies, she has a special focus on brand-driven brick-and-mortar companies that strive to accelerate their online growth.

Xaver Lehmann

Xaver Lehmann is Managing Director and Co-Founder of award-winning customer service chatbot enterprise e-bot7. He is also Co-Founder and Publisher of www.chatbotnewsdaily.com which keeps businesses up-to-date on developments in the industry, and Founding Member of the German Federal Association of Artificial Intelligence.