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. Her responsibilities include Finance and Accounting, Investor Relations (stock market), Legal and Fiscal, Portfolio Valuation, Risk Management and Internal Audit, Human Resources, Organisation and IT.

Torsten Grede
Torsten Grede

Spokesman

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

Torsten Grede

Spokesman

Born in 1964. Spokesman of the Board of Management since March 2013; member of the Board of Management since January 2001; appointed until the end of December 2023.

Torsten Grede holds a degree in Business Administration from the University of St. Gallen. Prior to his university education, he completed a bank apprenticeship. Directly after graduating, he started his career in 1990 at Deutsche Beteiligungs AG; he now has 28 years of experience in the private equity business in Germany’s mid-market sector.

Rolf Scheffels
Dr Rolf Scheffels

Member of the Board of Management

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

Dr Rolf Scheffels

Member of the Board of Management

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

Dr Rolf Scheffels began his career at the audit firm C&L Deutsche Revision AG. He joined Deutsche Beteiligungs AG in 1997 and has 22 years of experience in the private equity business in Germany’s mid-market sector.

He holds a degree in Business Administration and earned a Doctorate degree (Dr rer. pol.) in Business Administration from the Goethe University, Frankfurt. Prior to his university education, he completed an apprenticeship as industrial clerk.

Susanne Zeidler
Susanne Zeidler

Chief Financial Officer

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

Susanne Zeidler

Chief Financial Officer

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

Susanne Zeidler began her career in 1987 at an audit partnership that specialised in mid­-market companies. In 1990, she transitioned into the area of corporate finance at KPMG, where she was responsible for valuations of companies operating in various sectors until 1999. After becoming a partner in 2000, Susanne Zeidler led the internal audit review and other back office activities at KPMG`s Frankfurt office. From 2005 onwards, she built up the firm's relationships with foundations and other non­profit organisations. In early 2011, she became Director of Aid to the Church in Need,a worldwide charity organisation, and was based at its international headquarters.

Susanne Zeidler holds a degree in Business Administration from the University of Munster.

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 250 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
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 holds a degree in Business Administration from the HEC Lausanne, and also studied at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Tom Alzin has 14 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, duagon and Kraft & Bauer and sits on the advisory councils of the companies, which are still part of the DBAG portfolio.

Current portfolio companies

Kraft & Bauer Holding GmbH Duagon Holding 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
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.

He holds a degree in Business Administration from the University of Passau, and also studied at the Lund University. Prior to his university education, he completed a bank apprenticeship.

Jochen Baumann has 22 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

Infiana Group GmbH Heytex Bramsche GmbH

Former portfolio companies

Volker Bonsels
Volker Bonsels

Managing Director

Volker Bonsels
Name:
Volker Bonsels
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 holds a degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Technology, Kaiserslautern, and also studied at the University of Warwick. He started his professional career as a trainee in corporate banking at Deutsche Bank.

Volker Bonsels has 23 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

Sero GmbH Dieter Braun GmbH

Former portfolio companies

Gustav Egger
Gustav Egger

Managing Director

Gustav Egger
Name:
Gustav Egger
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 Informationstechnologie und Telekommunikation KGaA

Former portfolio companies

Christoph Gebhardt
Christoph Gebhardt

Investment Manager

Christoph Gebhardt
Name:
Christoph Gebhardt
Telephone:
+49 69 95787-373
E-Mail:

Christoph Gebhardt

Investment Manager

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 also studied at the Universidad Viña del Mar, Chile. Christoph Gebhardt is a CFA Charterholder.

Ragnar Geerdts
Ragnar Geerdts

Managing Director

Ragnar Geerdts
Name:
Ragnar Geerdts
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. Ragnar Geerdts also led the investment process in vitronet, netzkontor nord, von Poll Immobilien, BTV Multimedia and FLS and sits on the advisory councils of these companies. Before joining Deutsche Beteiligungs AG he worked in the area of M&A at Bayer AG and at Deutsche Post AG.

Ragnar Geerdts holds a degree in Business Administration from Freie Universität Berlin, and also studied at the Beijing Foreign Studies University.

Maximilian Hegel
Maximilian Hegel

Senior Investment Manager

Maximilian Hegel
Name:
Maximilian Hegel
Telephone:
+49 69 95787-232
E-Mail:

Maximilian Hegel

Senior Investment Manager

Maximilian Hegel joined Deutsche Beteiligungs AG in 2014.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the WHU Otto-Beisheim-School of Management, and a Master of Science in Management from the University of Mannheim. He also studied at the Olin Business School at Washington University, St Louis, and at Bentley University, Boston.

Lucas Herbert
Lucas Herbert

Managing Director

Lucas Herbert
Name:
Lucas Herbert
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 holds a Master of Science in Business Administration from the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, and also studied at the Maastricht University and the University of Newscastle, Australia.

Lucas Herbert has eleven 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 Group GmbH

Former portfolio companies

Malte Hinz
Malte Hinz

Senior Investment Manager

Malte Hinz
Name:
Malte Hinz
Telephone:
+49 69 95787-174
E-Mail:

Malte Hinz

Senior Investment Manager

Malte Hinz joined Deutsche Beteiligungs AG in 2013.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Mannheim, and also studied at the University of Leeds.

Jannick Hunecke
Jannick Hunecke

Managing Director

Jannick Hunecke
Name:
Jannick Hunecke
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 holds a degree in Business Administration from the University of Munster, where he also worked as a Research Assistant focusing on finance and accounting.

Jannick Hunecke has 18 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

Karl Eugen Fischer GmbH Silbitz Group GmbH Gienanth Group GmbH Frimo Group GmbH

Former portfolio companies

Alexander Jeanneaux
Alexander Jeanneaux

Analyst

Alexander Jeanneaux
Name:
Alexander Jeanneaux
Telephone:
+49 69 95787-179
E-Mail:

Alexander Jeanneaux

Analyst

Alexander Jeanneaux joined DBAG in 2019.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from the University of St. Gallen, and also studied at Columbia University, New York.

Xueli Jin
Xueli Jin

Senior Investment Manager

Xueli Jin
Name:
Xueli Jin
Telephone:
+49 69 95787-223
E-Mail:

Xueli Jin

Senior Investment Manager

Xueli Jin joined Deutsche Beteiligungs AG in 2014.

Prior to that, she 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. She started her career at Morgan Stanley working in M&A.

Xueli Jin holds a degree in Business Administration from the University of Mannheim, and a Master of Science in Financial Economics from the University of Essex.

 

 

Julian Nahm
Julian Nahm

Investment Manager

Julian Nahm
Name:
Julian Nahm
Telephone:
+49 69 95787-242
E-Mail:

Julian Nahm

Investment Manager

Julian Nahm joined Deutsche Beteiligungs AG in 2018.

Prior to joining DBAG, he worked at the British private equity company Cinven. He began his career at Goldman Sachs, working in the area of investment banking.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, and a Master of Science in Finance from the WHU Otto-Beisheim-School of Management. He also studied at the USC Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California.

Patricia Rothacker
Patricia Rothacker

Senior Investment Manager

Patricia Rothacker
Name:
Patricia Rothacker
Telephone:
+49 69 95787-171
E-Mail:

Patricia Rothacker

Senior Investment Manager

Patricia Rothacker joined Deutsche Beteiligungs AG in 2012.

She holds a Bachelor of Engineering from University College London, and also studied at the London School of Economics.

Jarno Schäfermann
Jarno Schäfermann

Managing Director

Jarno Schäfermann
Name:
Jarno Schäfermann
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
Telephone:
+49 69 95787-240
E-Mail:

Markus Schalber

Analyst

Markus Schalber joined Deutsche Beteiligungs AG in 2017.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Bayreuth, and a Master of Science in Finance and Management from the University of St. Andrews. He also studied at the Marmara Üniversitesi, Istanbul.

Bernd Sexauer
Bernd Sexauer

Managing Director

Bernd Sexauer
Name:
Bernd Sexauer
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 the Goethe University, Frankfurt. 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 able to apply for the investment in Oechsler.

Current portfolio companies

Sjølund A/S Mageba AG Oechsler AG

Former portfolio companies

Maximilian Vogl
Maximilian Vogl

Associate

Maximilian Vogl
Name:
Maximilian Vogl
Telephone:
+49 69 95787-175
E-Mail:

Maximilian Vogl

Associate

Maximilian Vogl joined DBAG in 2016.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from the University of St. Gallen, and a Master of Science in Finance & Private Equity from the London School of Economics. Maximilian Vogl also studied at Columbia University, New York.

Kai Wiesenbach
Kai Wiesenbach

Managing Director

Kai Wiesenbach
Name:
Kai Wiesenbach
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 holds a degree in Business Administration from the Goethe University, Frankfurt.

Kai Wiesenbach can look back on 14 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

Paul Würth
Paul Würth

Associate

Paul Würth
Name:
Paul Würth
Telephone:
+49 69 95787-201
E-Mail:

Paul Würth

Associate

Paul Würth joined Deutsche Beteiligungs AG in 2018.

He began his career at PwC in transaction consulting. Paul Würth holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Master of Science in Management from the University of Mannheim. He also studied at the University of Edinburgh and at the HEC Paris.

 

Livio Zanotelli
Livio Zanotelli

Senior Investment Manager

Livio Zanotelli
Name:
Livio Zanotelli
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. Livio Zanotelli holds a degree in International Business Administration from the Vienna University of Economics, and a Master of Science in International Management from the London School of Economics.

Emil Zawadzki
Emil Zawadzki

Associate

Emil Zawadzki
Name:
Emil Zawadzki
Telephone:
+49 69 95787-176
E-Mail:

Emil Zawadzki

Associate

Emil Zawadzki joined Deutsche Beteiligungs AG in 2016.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and a Master of Science in Mathematical Finance from the University of Technology, Munich. He also studied at the Korea University Business School, Seoul.

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, 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 holds a degree in Law from the Saarland University, Saarbruecken, ans also studied at the University of Warwick, and at the Université de 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 joining DBAG, he worked at Union Investment, focusing on product management, and at Feri Trust being responsible for primary investments in private equity funds. Jürgen Fischer started his career at Landesbank Berlin working as an Analyst.

He holds a degree in Business Administration from the Philipps University, Marburg. Prior to his university education, he completed a bank apprenticeship. Jürgen is a 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 at Commerzbank. He started his career at PwC.

Oliver Frank holds a degree in Business Administration from the University of Applied Sciences, Frankfurt. Prior to his university education, he completed a bank apprenticeship.

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. Thomas Franke began his career as a business journalist at Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

He holds a degree in Economics from the University of Hamburg. Prior to his university education, he completed an apprenticeship as a television and radio journalist.

Dorothee Klein
Dorothee Klein

Senior Vice President, Head of Human Resources and Organisation

Dorothee Klein
Name:
Dorothee Klein
Telephone:
+49 69 95787-350
E-Mail:

Dorothee Klein

Senior Vice President, Head of Human Resources and Organisation

Dorothee Klein joined DBAG in 2018.

Prior to joining DBAG, she worked for 14 years in Human Resources at Goldman Sachs, thereof two years in a leading position. Before that, she spent six years in Human Resources at Morgan Stanley.

Dorothee Klein holds a degree as an International Office Manager (ESA) from the Academy for Office Communication and World Trade Languages.

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 at Ernst & Young. She began her career working in Project Management/Knowledge Management at Bahlsen.

Dr Johanna May holds a Master of Arts and earned a Doctorate degree (Dr phil.) in History and Communication Sciences from the Georg August University, Goettingen. She also studied at the University of Vienna.

 

 

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 PwC, Commerzbank and Concept Consulting, a mid-market consultancy firm. In addition to business development, he focused on human resources.

Thomas Weber holds a degree in Law from the Goethe University, Frankfurt.