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TEAM

Our most valuable asset is not found on any balance sheet: creative, motivated and highly qualified people are the key to our success at Deutsche Beteiligungs AG.

 

With a staff of about 70, we have all the resources required to reflect the entire investment process. The Board of Management, the investment team and the corporate functions collaborate closely. As they draw on their extensive experience, they benefit from lean structures and short decision-taking lines. That enables us to be close to the market, prepare sound investment decisions and intensively monitor and support our portfolio companies’ development.

BOARD OF MANAGEMENT

The DBAG Board of Management consists of three members.


Torsten Grede, the Board’s Spokesman, and Dr Rolf Scheffels are members of the investment team. They are actively involved in the transaction business – in identifying investment opportunities and in supporting and disinvesting portfolio companies. Chief Financial Officer Susanne Zeidler heads the corporate functions. Among others, her responsibilities include Finance and Accounting, Investor Relations (stock market), Legal and Fiscal.

Torsten Grede
Torsten Grede

Spokesman

Torsten Grede
Name:
Torsten Grede
Strategy and Business Development, Corporate Communication, Compliance, ESG, Investment Business, Investor Relations (fund investors), Investment Controlling
Telephone:
+49 69 95787-151

Torsten Grede

Spokesman

Born 1964. Spokesman of the Board of Management since March 2013; member of the Board of Management since January 2001; appointed until December 2018.

Torsten Grede studied business administration in Cologne and St Gallen, following a traineeship in banking. After earning his degree, he started his career in 1990 at Deutsche Beteiligungs AG; he now has more than 25 years of experience in private equity. Torsten Grede was named Senior Vice President in 1995 and was initially appointed to the Board of Management in 2001.

Rolf Scheffels
Dr Rolf Scheffels

Member of the Board of Management

Rolf Scheffels
Name:
Dr Rolf Scheffels
Investment Business, Investment Team Development, Investor Relations (fund investors)
Telephone:
+49 69 95787-212

Dr Rolf Scheffels

Member of the Board of Management

Born 1966. Member of the Board of Management since January 2004; appointed until February 2021.

After completing a traineeship as an industrial administrator at Braun AG, Dr Rolf Scheffels studied business administration at the Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, where he received his degree. His career began in 1992 with the audit firm C&L Deutsche Revision AG, Frankfurt am Main. In 1996, Dr Rolf Scheffels earned his doctorate (Dr rer. pol.) at the Goethe University. He joined Deutsche Beteiligungs AG in 1997. Dr Rolf Scheffels was named Senior Vice President in 2000 and was initially appointed to the Board of Management in 2004.

Susanne Zeidler
Susanne Zeidler

Chief Financial Officer

Susanne Zeidler
Name:
Susanne Zeidler
Finance and Accounting, Investor Relations (stock market), Legal, Fiscal, Internal Audit, Human Resources, IT and Organisation
Telephone:
+49 69 95787-111

Susanne Zeidler

Chief Financial Officer

Born 1961. Member of the Board of Management since November 2012; appointed until October 2020.

Susanne Zeidler studied business administration at the University of Münster. She began her professional career in 1987 with an audit part­nership that specialised in mid­sized companies. She moved into the area of corporate finance at KPMG in 1990, where she was responsible, until 1999, for valuations of mid­sized and listed companies operating in various sectors. After becoming a partner in 2000, Susanne Zeidler headed the internal audit review and other back office activities at the audit firm's branch office in Frankfurt am Main. Beginning in 2005, she built the firm's activities with foundations and other non­profit organisations. In 2011, she joined the worldwide fundraising organisation Kirche in Not, where she served as director at its international headquarters.

INVESTMENT TEAM

Performance in the private equity business is closely linked to the people involved in it. With more than 20 professionals directly engaged in ongoing operations, DBAG’s investment team is the largest in Germany. Its members have a broad skill set and more than 200 years of combined private equity experience in Germany’s Mittelstand. They can draw on their multifaceted knowledge – for even very complex private equity transactions.

The team member’s expertise in DBAG’s business is also founded on their longstanding service – 16 years, on average. Members of the investment team invest their own money in the portfolio companies alongside the DBAG funds and DBAG. That creates an identity of interest. A project team of two to four individuals is generally responsible for each transaction and is always supported by Torsten Grede or Dr Rolf Scheffels.

Tom Alzin
Tom Alzin

Managing Director

Tom Alzin
Name:
Tom Alzin
Investment focus:
Management buyouts
Telephone:
+49 69 95787-219
E-Mail:

Tom Alzin

Managing Director

Tom Alzin joined Deutsche Beteiligungs AG in 2004 and became a Managing Director in 2011.

He studied Business Administration at HEC Lausanne and at the London School of Economics.

Tom Alzin has more than twelve years of experience in private equity. During that time, he gained a wealth of knowledge, particularly in the mechanical and plant engineering and in the services sector. Tom Alzin was involved in numerous acquisitions and realisations and also in the IPO of Homag. The realisations of Homag and Spheros, subsequent to their very successful development, are two of his most successful transactions. Tom Alzin also led the investment process in FDG, Pfaudler, Schülerhilfe, Telio, Polytech and duagon and sits on the advisory councils of the companies, which are still part of the DBAG portfolio.

Current portfolio companies

Duagon AG Telio Management GmbH Polytech Health & Aesthetics GmbH Pfaudler International S.à r.l.

Former portfolio companies

Jochen Baumann
Jochen Baumann

Managing Director

Jochen Baumann
Name:
Jochen Baumann
Investment focus:
Management buyouts
Telephone:
+49 69 95787-235
E-Mail:

Jochen Baumann

Managing Director

Jochen Baumann joined Deutsche Beteiligungs AG in 1997 and became a Managing Director in 2005.

Following a bank apprenticeship, he studied Business Administration at the University of Passau and at Lund University.

Jochen Baumann has more than 20 years of experience in private equity. He is also a member of the advisory councils at the portfolio companies in which DBAG invested under his management. His focus includes the implementation of buy-and-build concepts, such as those installed at ProXES, Romaco and Unser Heimatbäcker. He has in-depth knowledge of the packaging industry and special expertise in the food sector as well as in mechanical and plant engineering.

Current portfolio companies

Unser Heimatbäcker GmbH Infiana Group GmbH Heytex Bramsche GmbH

Former portfolio companies

Volker Bonsels
Volker Bonsels

Managing Director

Volker Bonsels
Name:
Volker Bonsels
Investment focus:
Management buyouts
Telephone:
+49 69 95787-152
E-Mail:

Volker Bonsels

Managing Director

Volker Bonsels joined Deutsche Beteiligungs AG in 1995 and became a Managing Director in 2001.

He started his career at Deutsche Bank after receiving a degree in Engineering Management from the University of Kaiserslautern.

Volker Bonsels has more than 20 years of experience in private equity. He was, and is, a member of the advisory councils at those portfolio companies in which DBAG invested under his lead capacity. He has extensive expertise in a variety of sectors, including building components, industrial services and mechanical and plant engineering. Among the most successful transactions he led are Coperion, Lewa and Otto Sauer Achsenfabrik.

Current portfolio companies

Dieter Braun GmbH Cleanpart Group GmbH

Former portfolio companies

Julia Brunswicker
Julia Brunswicker

Senior Investment Manager

Julia Brunswicker
Name:
Julia Brunswicker
Investment focus:
Management buyouts and expansion capital investments
Telephone:
+49 69 95787-218
E-Mail:

Julia Brunswicker

Senior Investment Manager

Julia Brunswicker joined Deutsche Beteiligungs AG in 2015.

Previously she worked for a private equity company in Munich, where she was charged with the execution and monitoring of mid-market investments as well as the divestment of portfolio companies. She began her career at Deloitte in Transaction Services, where she primarily advised private equity investors in transactions.

Julia Brunswicker studied Mathematics at the University of Technology in Darmstadt and passed an LL.M. at the University of Münster.

Gustav Egger
Gustav Egger

Managing Director

Gustav Egger
Name:
Gustav Egger
Investment focus:
Expansion capital investment
Telephone:
+49 69 95787-300
E-Mail:

Gustav Egger

Managing Director

Gustav Egger joined Deutsche Beteiligungs AG in 1989 and has been a Managing Director since 1992.

After receiving his degree in Engineering Management with a major in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Berlin, he spent six years at Deutsche Bank focusing on the financing of large-scale international projects in infrastructure and the commodity sector as well as US-based cogeneration power plants.

His career at DBAG started in 1989 as an Investment Manager for 14 portfolio companies in a variety of sectors and he invested in the first privatisations after Germany's reunification. From 1992, as head of Central Investment Controlling, he organised and installed the risk monitoring processes for more than 120 portfolio companies spread over ten DBAG branch offices. In this position, he was also a member of the DBAG Investment Committee. From 1995, in his role as CFO, he additionally took on responsibility for Finance and Accounting. Along with DBAG's independence from Deutsche Bank which commenced in 1997, he negotiated the entry of new handpicked anchor shareholders and investors. Linked to that was the establishment of capital market communications and the first corporate actions. To accelerate DBAG's independence, he organised the placement of DBAG's first closed-end buyout fund for international investors. Subsequent to the successful fund-raising for DBAG Fund V and DBAG Expansion Capital Fund, he retired from his role as CFO and has since focused on the development of the expansion capital business. In that capacity, he is currently monitoring and supporting the portfolio companies in the telecommunications, information technology and media sectors.

Current portfolio companies

DNS:NET Internet Service GmbH Inexio KGaA Plant Systems & Services PSS GmbH

Former portfolio companies

Christoph Gebhardt
Christoph Gebhardt

Associate

Christoph Gebhardt
Name:
Christoph Gebhardt
Investment focus:
Management buyouts and expansion capital investments
Telephone:
+49 69 95787-373
E-Mail:

Christoph Gebhardt

Associate

Christoph Gebhardt joined Deutsche Beteiligungs AG in 2017.

He began his career at DekaBank, working in the area of strategy and investments.

After completing his training as an investment fund professional, he received a degree in business administration from the Frankfurt School of Finance and the Universidad Viña del Mar.

Ragnar Geerdts
Ragnar Geerdts

Managing Director

Ragnar Geerdts
Name:
Ragnar Geerdts
Investment focus:
Expansion capital investments
Telephone:
+49 69 95787-172
E-Mail:

Ragnar Geerdts

Managing Director

Ragnar Geerdts joined Deutsche Beteiligungs AG in 2012 and became a Managing Director in 2017.

He has over ten years of experience in private equity and mergers and acquisitions. Ragnar Geerdts has extensive knowledge of the automotive supplier and telecommunications industries and in mechanical and plant engineering. He was involved in numerous investments and disinvestments, including DNS:NET, Frimo, Formel D, inexio, mageba, Oechsler and Unser Heimatbäcker. Before joining Deutsche Beteiligungs AG he worked in the area of M&A at Bayer AG and at Deutsche Post AG.

Ragnar Geerdts studied business administration at the University of Berlin and Chinese at the Beijing Foreign Studies University.

Current portfolio companies

vitronet Projekte GmbH

Former portfolio companies

Maximilian Hegel
Maximilian Hegel

Investment Manager

Maximilian Hegel
Name:
Maximilian Hegel
Investment focus:
Management buyouts and expansion capital investments
Telephone:
+49 69 95787-232
E-Mail:

Maximilian Hegel

Investment Manager

Maximilian Hegel joined Deutsche Beteiligungs AG in 2014.

He studied business administration at the WHU Otto-Beisheim-School of Management and at the University of Mannheim.

Lucas Herbert
Lucas Herbert

Managing Director

Lucas Herbert
Name:
Lucas Herbert
Investment focus:
Management buyouts
Telephone:
+49 69 95787-208
E-Mail:

Lucas Herbert

Managing Director

Lucas Herbert joined Deutsche Beteiligungs AG in 2007 and became a Managing Director in 2015.

He studied International Business at Maastricht University and holds an MScBA from the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University.

Lucas Herbert has ten years of experience in private equity practice. During that time he gained extensive knowledge, particularly in the sectors of industrial components, mechanical and plant engineering and the automotive supplier industry. He has been involved in numerous acquisitions and realisations including Romaco, Spheros, Gienanth and Silbitz.

Current portfolio companies

Gienanth GmbH

Former portfolio companies

Malte Hinz
Malte Hinz

Senior Investment Manager

Malte Hinz
Name:
Malte Hinz
Investment focus:
Management buyouts and expansion capital investments
Telephone:
+49 69 95787-174
E-Mail:

Malte Hinz

Senior Investment Manager

Malte Hinz joined Deutsche Beteiligungs AG in 2013.

He studied business administration at the University of Mannheim.

Linda Hoegener
Linda Hoegener

Senior Investment Manager

Linda Hoegener
Name:
Linda Hoegener
Investment focus:
Management buyouts and expansion capital investments
Telephone:
+49 69 95787-188
E-Mail:

Linda Hoegener

Senior Investment Manager

Linda Hoegener joined Deutsche Beteiligungs AG in 2014.

Prior to that, she worked for car-sharing provider Citeecar, a portfolio company of Mangrove Capital Partners. Linda Hoegener was responsible for conceptualising and defining internal processes and reporting systems. She also supported the fund-raising process. She began her career in France at ArcelorMittal, focusing on business development.

Linda Hoegener studied engineering at the University of Technology in Munich and at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. She earned her MBA degree at the Collège des Ingénieurs Paris.

Jannick Hunecke
Jannick Hunecke

Managing Director

Jannick Hunecke
Name:
Jannick Hunecke
Investment focus:
Management buyouts
Telephone:
+49 69 95787-131
E-Mail:

Jannick Hunecke

Managing Director

Jannick Hunecke joined Deutsche Beteiligungs AG in 2001 and became a Managing Director in 2008.

He earned a degree in Economics from the University of Münster and took an assignment there as a research assistant before coming to Deutsche Beteiligungs AG.

Jannick Hunecke has more than 16 years of experience in the private-equity sector and on the advisory boards of the portfolio companies he supports. He has a wealth of knowledge in the sectors of industrial services, industrial components and mechanical and plant engineering. The most successful transactions DBAG entered into that he led are HT Engineering and MCE. He was also responsible for the development of Broetje-Automation.

Current portfolio companies

Silbitz Group GmbH Gienanth GmbH Frimo Group GmbH

Former portfolio companies

Xueli Jin
Xueli Jin

Senior Investment Manager

Xueli Jin
Name:
Xueli Jin
Investment focus:
Management buyouts and expansion capital investments
Telephone:
+49 69 95787-223
E-Mail:

Xueli Jin

Senior Investment Manager

Xueli Jin joined Deutsche Beteiligungs AG in 2014.

Prior to that, Xueli Jin worked for the private equity firm Riverside, where she was involved in executing acquisitions and divestments of mid-market investments and in supporting portfolio companies. Xueli Jin started her career at Morgan Stanley working in M&A.

Xueli Jin studied business administration at the University of Mannheim and economics at the University of Essex.

Patricia Rothacker
Patricia Rothacker

Senior Investment Manager

Patricia Rothacker
Name:
Patricia Rothacker
Investment focus:
Management buyouts and expansion capital investments
Telephone:
+49 69 95787-171
E-Mail:

Patricia Rothacker

Senior Investment Manager

Patricia Rothacker joined Deutsche Beteiligungs AG in 2012.

Patricia Rothacker studied engineering at the University College London and finance at the London School of Economics.

Jarno Schäfermann
Jarno Schäfermann

Managing Director

Jarno Schäfermann
Name:
Jarno Schäfermann
Investment focus:
Expansion capital investments
Telephone:
+49 69 95787-260
E-Mail:

Jarno Schäfermann

Managing Director

Jarno Schäfermann joined the Deutsche Beteiligungs AG team in 2012 as a Managing Director.

After finishing his professional training in the publishing industry, he earned his degree in Business Administration from Freie Universität Berlin, with the support of a scholarship from Axel Springer AG. He began his career at the auditing firm KPMG in 2001in the corporate finance area, where he advised financial and strategic investors on corporate transactions and financial issues and also worked for one year as the assistant to the business unit director.

Jarno Schäfermann has more than 12 years of experience in private equity. Before joining DBAG, he worked for a Hamburg-based private equity firm, where he spent many years as a member of the investment team, supporting numerous ‘Mittelstand’ buyouts. In 2011 he then moved to the management board of a portfolio company and played a leading role facilitating its divestment.

Current portfolio companies

JCK Holding GmbH Textil KG Novopress KG Rheinhold & Mahla GmbH

Former portfolio companies

Markus Schalber
Markus Schalber

Analyst

Markus Schalber
Name:
Markus Schalber
Investment focus:
Management buyouts and expansion capital investments
Telephone:
+49 69 95787-240
E-Mail:

Markus Schalber

Analyst

Markus Schalber joined Deutsche Beteiligungs AG in 2017.

He received a degree in business administration from the University of Bayreuth and the Marmara Üniversitesi Istanbul. In addition Markus Schalber passed a master of science in finance at the University of St. Andrews.

Bernd Sexauer
Bernd Sexauer

Managing Director

Bernd Sexauer
Name:
Bernd Sexauer
Investment focus:
Expansion capital investments
Telephone:
+49 69 95787-236
E-Mail:

Bernd Sexauer

Managing Director

Bernd Sexauer was initially with Deutsche Beteiligungs AG from 1991 to 2006 and became a Managing Director in 1998. Since his return in 2012, he has been strengthening the team at Deutsche Beteiligungs AG once more.

Prior to entering private equity practice, he earned a degree in Business Administration from Goethe University Frankfurt am Main. From 2006 to 2012 he was Managing Director at DZ Equity Partner and at Prolimity Capital Partners, and CEO of publicly listed Heliad Equity Partners.

Bernd Sexauer has more than 25 years of experience in the investment business and in corporate finance. As a member of supervisory boards, advisory councils and other governance bodies he has supported 'Mittelstand' companies in numerous transactions. He has a wealth of knowledge especially of the automotive supplier sector, which he was recently able to apply for the investment in Oechsler.

Current portfolio companies

Mageba AG Oechsler AG

Former portfolio companies

Maximilian Vogl
Maximilian Vogl

Analyst

Maximilian Vogl
Name:
Maximilian Vogl
Investment focus:
Management buyouts and expansion capital investments
Telephone:
+49 69 95787-175
E-Mail:

Maximilian Vogl

Analyst

Maximilian Vogl joined DBAG in 2016.

He studied business administration at the University of St Gallen and at the Columbia University. In addition Maximilian Vogl passed a master of science in finance & private equity at the London School of Economics.

Kai Wiesenbach
Kai Wiesenbach

Managing Director

Kai Wiesenbach
Name:
Kai Wiesenbach
Investment focus:
Management buyouts
Telephone:
+49 69 95787-238
E-Mail:

Kai Wiesenbach

Managing Director

Kai Wiesenbach joined Deutsche Beteiligungs AG in 2004 and became a Managing Director in 2010.

He earned a degree in Business Administration from Goethe University Frankfurt am Main focusing on finance and accounting.

Kai Wiesenbach can look back on more than twelve years of experience in private equity. During that time, he gained extensive expertise, particularly in mechanical and plant engineering and the automotive supplier sector. He was involved in numerous acquisitions and realisations, including Coperion, Heim & Haus and Lewa. He led the investment process in Formel D and More than Meals and sits on the advisory council of More than Meals.

Current portfolio companies

More than Meals Europe S.à r.l.

Former portfolio companies

Livio Zanotelli
Livio Zanotelli

Senior Investment Manager

Livio Zanotelli
Name:
Livio Zanotelli
Investment focus:
Management buyouts and expansion capital investments
Telephone:
+49 69 95787-170
E-Mail:

Livio Zanotelli

Senior Investment Manager

Livio Zanotelli joined Deutsche Beteiligungs AG in 2012.

He previously worked for J.P. Morgan specialising in M&A for the DACH region. Prior to that he was with J.P. Morgan in London where he focused on M&A on the Diversified Industrials and Automotive Team.

Livio Zanotelli studied international business at the Vienna University of Economics and international management at the London School of Economics.

Emil Zawadzki
Emil Zawadzki

Analyst

Emil Zawadzki
Name:
Emil Zawadzki
Investment focus:
Management buyouts and expansion capital investments
Telephone:
+49 69 95787-176
E-Mail:

Emil Zawadzki

Analyst

Emil Zawadzki joined Deutsche Beteiligungs AG in 2016.

He studied Mathematics and Mathematical Finance at the Technical University Munich.

CORPORATE FUNCTIONS

The employees of the corporate functions are certified professionals covering seven areas of responsibility: Finance and Accounting, Fund Investor Relations, Public Relations and Investor Relations, Legal and Fiscal, Human Resources, IT and Organisation, Research, and Business Development. This ensures that the processes supporting the investment business are implemented effectively and meet the highest standards of quality.

Florian Döring
Florian Döring

Senior Vice President, General Counsel

Florian Döring
Name:
Florian Döring
Telephone:
+49 69 95787-370
E-Mail:

Florian Döring

Senior Vice President, General Counsel

Florian Döring joined DBAG in 2012.

Previously he was a lawyer at Linklaters LLP, specialising in private equity/M&A.

Florian Döring earned a degree in law at the Saarland University Saarbrücken and the Universities of Warwick and Lille. He completed a post-graduate judicial clerkship at the Higher Regional Court in Saarbrücken.

Jürgen Fischer
Jürgen Fischer

Senior Vice President, Head of Fund Investor Relations

Jürgen Fischer
Name:
Jürgen Fischer
Telephone:
+49 69 95787-322
E-Mail:

Jürgen Fischer

Senior Vice President, Head of Fund Investor Relations

Jürgen Fischer joined DBAG in 2011.

Prior to that, he worked at Union Investment Institutional GmbH focusing on product management and at Feri Trust as an Investment Director responsible for primary investments in private equity funds. He started his career as an analyst with a captive growth capital fund.

Jürgen Fischer studied business administration at the Philipps University Marburg and is CFA Charterholder.

Oliver Frank
Oliver Frank

Senior Vice President, Head of Finance

Oliver Frank
Name:
Oliver Frank
Telephone:
+49 69 95787-320
E-Mail:

Oliver Frank

Senior Vice President, Head of Finance

Oliver Frank joined DBAG in 2010.

Previously he was Head of Accounting at cominvest Asset Management. Prior to that Oliver Frank worked in Risk Controlling and Compliance within Asset Management at Commerzbank. He started his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Oliver Frank studied business administration at the University of Applied Sciences Frankfurt am Main, following a bank traineeship.

Thomas Franke
Thomas Franke

Senior Vice President, Head of Public Relations and Investor Relations

Thomas Franke
Name:
Thomas Franke
Telephone:
+49 69 95787-307
E-Mail:

Thomas Franke

Senior Vice President, Head of Public Relations and Investor Relations

Thomas Franke joined DBAG in 2001.

Previously he was Head of Internal Communications and Public Relations at Lurgi AG. He began his career as a business journalist at Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

Thomas Franke completed his training as a television and radio journalist and studied economics at the University of Hamburg.

Karl-Michael Maas
Karl-Michael Maas

Senior Vice President, Head of Human Resources, IT and Organisation

Karl-Michael Maas
Name:
Karl-Michael Maas
Telephone:
+49 69 95787-340
E-Mail:

Karl-Michael Maas

Senior Vice President, Head of Human Resources, IT and Organisation

Karl-Michael Maas joined DBAG in 1997.

Previously he was Head of Employee Development at BfG Bank.

Karl-Michael Maas earned a degree in law at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz before entering a trainee programme at BfG Bank.

Johanna May
Dr Johanna May

Head of Research

Johanna May
Name:
Dr Johanna May
Telephone:
+49 69 95787-214
E-Mail:

Dr Johanna May

Head of Research

Dr Johanna May joined DBAG in 2007.

Previously she worked as a business analyst in the Center for Business and in Sales & Account Management at Ernst & Young. She began her career working in Project Management/Knowledge Management at Bahlsen.

Dr Johanna May studied history and journalism at Georg August University Göttingen, where she was awarded a doctoral degree (Dr phil.).

Thomas Weber
Thomas Weber

Senior Vice President, Head of Business Development

Thomas Weber
Name:
Thomas Weber
Telephone:
+49 69 95787-270
E-Mail:

Thomas Weber

Senior Vice President, Head of Business Development

Thomas Weber joined DBAG in 2014.

Previously, Thomas Weber served at an auditing company, a major bank and a mid-market consultancy firm. In addition to business development, he focused on human resources.

Thomas Weber earned a degree in law at the Goethe University Frankfurt am Main.