Advisory Board Members

Our Advisory Board consists of leading entrepreneurs from all over Europe, gathering expertise and experience from a range of sectors and national regulatory contexts.

Johan Åhlund
CEO and Co-Founder Artificial Solutions
Sweden Profil
Giovanni Andrea Farina
Chairman and CEO, Itway
Italy Profil
Hans van der Kooij
Caesar Group
Netherlands Profil
Dr. Gilles Martin
CEO, Eurofins Scientific Group
Belgium Profil
Mag. Christian C. Pochtler
Managing Director, Pochtler Management GmbH&Co KG
Austria Profil
Dr. Ulrich Schwanengel
Managing Director, Consol
Germany Profil
Dr. Bert W.M. Twaalfhoven
Founder EFER, Founding member Europe’s 500
Netherlands Profil

Johan Åhlund
CEO and Co-Founder Artificial Solutions
Sweden

Nationality
Swedish

Residence
Barcelona, Spain

Martial Status
Divorced with two children

Professional Background
2001 – current
CEO and co-founder of Artificial Solutions
The leading international Customer Service Optimization company

June 2000
CEO and owner of Experts & Projects, Barcelona
International Community Web site aimed at “everybody working with J.D. Edwards” (a leading ERP system)

1990 – 2000
CEO and owner of RealWorld Solutions, Bruxelles and Barcelona
J.D. Edwards service partner, implementing their ERP solutions at Multinational companies mainly in Europe. International team of senior consultants.
(Clients such as ABB, R.J.Reynolds, Total, Shell, York International, Benckiser, Waste Management etc.)

1989 – 1990
Internal consultant at Flakt (ABB), London (base)

Co-responsible for the group initiative to implement J.D. Edwards at various locations worldwide. Active participation on projects in Italy, UK, USA, Australia, Mexico and Sweden.

1988-1989
Group accounting department at Flakt (ABB), Stockholm

Group reporting tasks as well as responsible for development and maintenance of the Micro Control (Hyperion) reporting system.

1986-1987
Auditor assistant at local auditing firm, Stockholm

General auditing tasks and accounting related consulting assistance to the clients.

Education
1984 – 1987
Stockholm School of Economics
Specialization: Accounting and Finance.

1983 – 1984
Stockholm University
Russian (as part of military service)

Languages
Swedish Fluent
English Fluent
Spanish Fluent
German Close to fluent
French Very good

Johan Åhlund
CEO and Co-Founder Artificial Solutions
Sweden

www.artificial-solutions.com

Giovanni Andrea Farina
Chairman and CEO
Itway
Italy

Founder, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer of Itway Group S.p.A., President of the Board of Directors of Itway France SARL, Itway Iberica SL, President of the Board of Directors of Interaxon Hellas sa, President of the Board of Directors of Business-e S.r.l., President of Itway Cube S.r.l., President of the Board of Directors of Farway S.r.l., Director of Fondazione Gesis.

G. Andrea Farina is 44 years, was born in Bagnacavallo (Ravenna). He took a diploma in Computer Science and a degree in business economics with MBA at Anderson School – Institute of Economy and Finance of the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). During his professional carreer, he filled the following managerial roles: Marketing Manager, Sales Manager, General Manager of different company working in the IT sector (SHR Gruppo Ferruzzi, Alpha Microsystems Corp., Top Software SA, ESA Software S.p.A.. For his known competence in the IT sector, he is advisor of some investment banks. He is member of European Council of Partner of the American company Sun Microsystems and he holds the same position in the European Council of Partner of the Israelian company Checkpoint. He took part in the Board of Directors of the “Commercio Elettronico Italia” governative association until December 2003 and he is member of the Commission of Juvenile Protection on Internet of CLUSIT (Italian Association for the Information Security). He is member of the Advisory Board of “Europe’s 500 Entrepreneurs for  Growth” in Bruxelles since July 2004. Starting from November 2004, he is president of the Information and Telecommunication Group and sits at the board of directors of the Industrial Association (Confindustria) of the province of Ravenna.


Giovanni Andrea Farina
Chairman and CEO
Itway
Italy

www.itway.com

Cornelius Geber
CG Beteiligungs- & Management GmbH
Germany

The corporate consultant

Businessman Cornelius Geber’s profile is a complex one: on the one hand it is defined by a special affinity for business in practice, on the other by his instinctive feel for commercially attractive prospects which he puts into practice through various projects. In many cases he and his CG Investment & Management Companies play a key role.

Today Cornelius Geber plays a central role in the redirection and acquisition of firms from various fields and there are many reasons for this. Firstly it can be attributed to his high level of competence in strategic business consultancy. Secondly, Cornelius Geber uses his extensive experience of line management in active business. And, last but not least, all the projects in which Geber becomes involved benefit from his excellent networking. The versatile businessman maintains his links with the roots of the business to this day: “I’d rather go into a firm I don’t know via the ramp in the courtyard than through the main entrance – by the time I arrive at the office I’ve already had several interesting conversations.“

Focus on logistics
Today, Cornelius Geber is considered to be an expert in the logistics market in particular and is an influential force in the sale and purchase of various companies. The work he has done in logistics firms is one of the main focuses of his career. One event that stands out in his C.V. is his time spent as a member of the Board of Directors of Kühne and Nagel International AG. During his time as a board member of this leading logistics firm, Cornelius Geber had overall responsibility for 6,500 employees of the approximately 15,000 employees worldwide.

Consulting and involvement
After he left the Kühne & Nagel Holding, where he was a Member of the Board of Directors for several successful years, Cornelius Geber built up a new and independent profile for himself as a businessman and consultant. Today, this portfolio includes not only classical strategic consulting and M+A projects but is also notable for its many top-class commitments carried out in close collaboration with selected private equity investment groups.

A good example is the successful acquisition of Celanese AG through BCP Holdings GmbH, later Celanese European Holding GmbH. One of Geber’s many activities is as Manager of Celanese European Holding GmbH, which is controlled by Blackstone Funds, New York. He is also a Member of the Supervisory Board of Celanese AG where he utilises his extensive business expertise both actively and critically, as he does in several other companies, many of which are listed on the stock exchange.

In 2000 he set up the CG Investment & Management GmbH in Hamburg and the CG Investment and Management AG in Jona, Switzerland to handle various projects. Cornelius Geber does not limit himself to the role of a consultant: he is also involved as co-investor in some of his projects.

Prospects in the realm of small and medium-sized enterprises
Another area of increasing interest for Cornelius Geber concerns small and medium-sized enterprises. “In small businesses it is essential not only to find the right concepts but also suitable partners to form the basis for a workable company in future and to avoid, for example, serious problems occurring further down the line,” explains Geber who also holds many high-level supervisory board appointments and, in this way, makes his knowledge available to the owners of firms of all sizes.

As a result, Cornelius Geber, who lives in Germany and Switzerland, keeps his own organisation slim – “which, however, requires that large, effective teams for particular tasks must be formed within a very short space of time,” emphasises Geber.


Cornelius Geber
CG Beteiligungs- & Management GmbH
Germany

www.cornelius-geber.com

Torsten Jansson
CEO
New Wave Group AB
Sweden

www.nwg.se

Hans van der Kooij
Caesar Group
Netherlands

Hans van der Kooij has a background in Information Technology and a degree in Business Management. Hans has over 25 years of ntrepreneural experience, which includes founding the Caesar Group in 1993. The basis of his success as an ntrepreneur is combining a solid future-oriented strategy with the ambition to continuously improve the company. Hans was awarded ‘Manager of the Year 1999’.

Caesar Group manages and provides tailor-made IT-solutions to selected markets. Customers continuously invest in Caesar’s IT-solutions based on their business performance improvement.

Caesar Group was founded in 1993 and employs over 350 people. Caesar’s services include consulting, projects, contract staffing, implementation and maintenance. Caesar has extensive knowledge of technology (Microsoft, Oracle, Progress and Infrastructure) as well as markets in which the company operates.

In November 2003, Caesar Group was awarded ‘Best IT Company of the Year’ by the leading Dutch magazine Management Team.

Hans van der Kooij
Caesar Group
Netherlands

www.caesar.nl

Dr. Gilles Martin
CEO
Eurofins Scientific Group
Belgium

EUROFINS SCIENTIFIC Group is a worldwide leader in providing state-of-the-art bioanalytical services. It is an international company with over 40 research and service laboratories and 2000 employees. Its core competence lies in delivering high quality bioanalytical services for the food and feed industry, in environmental, clinical and medical applications as well as in human genetics and pharmaceuticals.

Dr. Martin graduated from Ecole Centrale de Paris (France). He subsequently obtained a Master of Science from Syracuse University (New York, USA) and a PhD in Statistics and Applied Mathematics from Ecole Centrale de Paris. Founding the original Eurofins Scientific Nantes food authenticity laboratory in 1988, Gilles Martin expanded this company of 12 employees into a global bioanalytical group of more than 50 laboratories.

Dr. Gilles Martin
CEO
Eurofins Scientific Group
Belgium

www.eurofins.com

Mag. Christian C. Pochtler
Managing Director
Pochtler Management GmbH&Co KG
Austria

The beginnings of the iSi Group date back to the original company, Carl Pochtler AG, which was established in 1811. The foundation of iSi Metallwarenfabrik (today's iSi GmbH) took place in 1961. Subsequently, based upon the traditional family business, by means of pursuing a consistent global niche policy, one of Austria's most innovative groups of companies was developed. Presently, the Group's companies operate in two locations in Vienna as well as manufacturing and distribution facilities in Hungary, Germany and USA.

With the company's core competence focusing on pressurized gas containers with a volume of up to 700 ml, iSi has become the number one world-wide and has thus secured the position of a market leader for the Group's entire range of business activities. iSi's "compressed energy" is exported into more than 65 countries all over the globe.

Mag. Christian C. Pochtler
Managing Director
Pochtler Management GmbH&Co KG
Austria

www.isi-group.com

Dipl. Ing. ETH Martin A. Schoeller (1955)
President Europe's 500
Chairman Schoeller Industries
Managing Director Schoeller Holding
Germany

After obtaining a university degree in mechanical engineering and economics from the Swiss university Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (Dipl. Ing. ETH) in Zurich in 1980, Martin Schoeller, Swiss, started to work as a plant manager in Brazil.

In 1982 he entered Schoeller International, Munich and Zurich, a small, traditional family owned engineering firm for beverage packaging.
In 1985 he founded Schoeller Plast Industries and has since then together with his brother Christoph Schoeller expanded the Schoeller Group into a diversified industries and services group in four continents focused on packaging, logistics and innovative technologies.

The combined revenues of the Schoeller Group, Munich, companies and entrepreneurial participations exceed €1,6bn € in 2007 with ca. 6000 employees. The beneficial revenues of the Schoeller holdings exceed €500m in 2007. Schoeller Arca Systems, the group’s core business, is today world market leader in material handling and returnable packaging (wasteless packaging). Also IFCO Systems (Container Logistics) and Barkawi & Partners (logistics consulting), founded by Schoeller are today leaders in their fields.  Supporting the flow of goods and committed to ecologic sustainable packaging and logistics for the long-term the Schoeller Group created and build a concept of ecologistics.

Martin Schoeller is member in several supervisory boards. He is initiator and board member of the “Stiftung Initiative Mehrweg” (foundation for returnable packaging) and he is president of Europe’s 500, the Association of European Growth Companies, and supports the research for “International Trade, Ecological and Social Standards”.

He is married and has 3 children.

November 13, 2007


Martin A. Schoeller (1955)
Dipl. Ing. ETH

President Europe's 500
Chairman Schoeller Industries
Managing Director Schoeller Holding
Germany

Dr. Bert W.M. Twaalfhoven
Founder EFER, Founding member Europe’s 500
Netherlands

Dr. Twaalfhoven graduated from Fordham University in 1952 with a B.Sc. and Honorary Ph.D. He received his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1954. Dr. Twaalfhoven is former chairman of Harvard Business School Alumni and in 2001 he received the Annual Alumni Award for his activities stimulating entrepreneurship in Europe.

Twaalfhoven started 54 companies in 11 countries including Italy, France, Germany, Russia, Ukraine, Holland, Belgium, England, U.S.A. Singapore and China. Most companies were successful, 17 ventures failed.

EFER is a Foundation to stimulate growth of European Gazelles and teaching + case research of European entrepreneurship. 410 Professors from 178 European universities in 41 European countries were sponsored and attended the one-week program at Harvard Business School (2005-2008) and Maastricht University (2009, co-sponsored by the Dutch government). In 2010 (Barcelona), 2011 (Warsaw) and 2012 (Cambridge U.K.) the EU became partner.

October 2011

Steijnlaan 16
1217 JS Hilversum
The Netherlands

Fon: +31 (0)35 642 0709
Fax: +31 (0)35 642 0609

btwaalfhoven@efer.eu
www.efer.eu

Dr. Ulrich Schwanengel
Managing Director
ConSol
Germany

Dr. Ulrich Schwanengel studied mathematics, physics and computer science at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich. He completed his diploma in pure mathematics in 1975, followed by his doctorate in 1978. His professional competence in this field is documented by diverse articles as well as an offer to join the renowned jury of "Mathematical Reviews", which reviews, edits and releases worldwide entries for publication.

After four years as a system programmer and software consultant at Softlab and an additional year as software development manager in a small software house, Socom, Ulrich Schwanengel founded ConSol*. First a one-man-business, he almost immediately needed the support of a variety of freelancers. Ulrich Schwanengel soon won the confidence of important customers like Siemens, Nixdorf, Dresdner Bank, Fraunhofer Institute, Porsche, Münchner Rück and others. His order books filled steadily; his independent studies, analyses and expert reports were just as in demand in the booming software branch as his masterful 'hands-on' implementation of volatile system parts.

He soon had to increase his team of highly qualified specialists, first by subcontracting additional freelancers, and then with his first true employee in 1989. Since then, he has won a remarkable number of team members, all of whom support and appreciate his personal philosophy of building a company that maintains a human perspective in its relationships with both employees and customers.

Ulrich Schwanengel recognized the signs of the times early on and always placed the idea of service in the foreground. This thinking was rewarded handsomely: ConSol's self-developed program, CallManager*, born out of the company's own service needs and practices, was named by IBM as the most innovative software solution of 1997. This program, written in Java and now called ConSol*CM, has been systematically further developed into a Customer Communication Process Management solution and is used successfully by numerous companies.

In September 2004, Ulrich Schwanengel was an information technology winner in the "Entrepreneur of the Year" competition. In February 2005 – repeating their success of 2004 – Ulrich Schwanengel and ConSol were again ranked among the Top 50 in the "Germany's Best Employer" competition. In November 2005, for the seventh time, ConSol was on the list of honor of the most growth-strong, owner-operated European companies in the "Europe's 500" ranking. In October 2005, as in the previous two years, ConSol* was included among Deloitte & Touche Technology's 50 most successful technology companies. In 2002, ConSol* won First Prize in the European "Vitae Talent Award" under the sponsorship of the Belgian Minister for Economic Affairs. Awarded in Brussels, the prize honors companies with exceptional employee motivation and promotional programs. ConSol* was also listed in 2002 among BAYERN'S BEST 50, the 50 most successful owner-operated companies in Bavaria.

In addition to membership in professional institutions like the Gesellschaft für Informatik (since 1978) and the German UNIX User Group, Schwanengel's personal commitment extends to interdisciplinary initiatives as well. He is a member of "Europe's 500", which promotes the interests of mid-sized enterprises in Europe, and was a speaker of the IHK circle for software quality assurance based on ISO 9000ff between 1994 and 1996. He supports a number of social projects, including sponsorships in SOS-Kinderdorf villages in Nepal, India and Kenya, an emergency medical station in Nepal, social institutions like the Munich Theater for Children, women's sports activities as well as chess (German National Team, diverse regional tournaments).

Ulrich Schwanengel is married and has a nineteen-year-old daughter.

Company profile - ConSol Software GmbH

Key data

ConSol Software GmbH is a highly renowned, well established consulting and software company for high-end IT products and services with headquarters in Munich, Germany. It has a branch office in Ratingen, Germany as well as subsidiaries in the USA and Poland. Founded in 1984 by Dr. Ulrich Schwanengel, who continues to be one of the company’s four Managing Directors, the company now boasts some 130 employees. In the 2004/2005 fiscal year, ConSol achieved sales revenues of 13 million euros.

ConSol's quality and competence is documented by numerous prizes: Dr. Ulrich Schwanengel was honored as "Entrepreneur of the year 2004" in Germany's most prominent business competition. In 2005, ConSol was again included in "Europe's 500" – which lists the highest-growth mid-sized European enterprises – and won one of the uppermost places in the Top 50 list of "Germany's Best Employer 2005". ConSol was also listed among Germany’s 50 most successful technology companies (“Technology Fast 50”) in October 2005.

Key Competencies

ConSol's specialty is developing, integrating and operating complex IT systems. It provides complete, one-stop solutions in such areas as operating systems, networks, databases or web services. The company’s own products, e.g. for help desks or process optimization round out its spectrum.

IT-Consulting and Services: ConSol's services include IT strategy consulting at the managerial level, development and optimization of operating concepts, assistance in making investment decisions as well as practical implementation. This means administration and 24/7 support for servers, databases, Internet solutions, infrastructure, emergency deployment, programming and security solutions. For Sun Microsystems customers, for example, ConSol is responsible for second and third-level hotline support. The company's portfolio also comprises holding workshops as well as training and coaching.

Software Development: ConSol develops individual software in Java and other programming languages. Above all, applications critical to company processes and procedures profit from modern J2EE architecture. Consulting and coaching in the area of application servers (BEA WebLogic, IBM Websphere, iPlanet/Sun ONE), XML, CORBA or Messaging complement ConSol’s services.

Smaller Intranet applications are realized in Perl or other script languages. An extensive library of its own modules enables ConSol to rapidly integrate desired applications. Its graphic design department ensures perfect user guidance with top functionality and attractiveness.

Product development: ConSol has developed its own comprehensive Java solution for organizing all corporate processes. This quickly implemented, easy-to-use software is available in two modules for varying needs:

  • CM/Help for customer service and support (Support, Help Desk/Hotline and Reclamation management)
  • CM/Lead for lead management; supports customer acquisition and supervision of sales divisions and partners

In addition, ConSol offers a streamlined web-based software solution, CM/Express, which is perfect for Help Desks and task management in small and mid-sized enterprises.

Client

ConSol's customers include large corporations such as Sun Microsystems, BMW, Hewlett-Packard, Lufthansa Systems, Neckermann, Siemens, Osram, O2 as well as banks and insurance companies (Dresdner Bank, HypoVereinsbank, Barmenia Versicherungen etc.) and health insurance providers (e.g. AOK), public administration  (incl. the rural district administration offices of Munich and Günzburg as well as the city governments of Kempten and Erlangen), university institutes (e.g. the computer centers of the Aachen Technical University and the universities in Essen and Ulm) as well as mid-sized enterprises in a wide range of branches.

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Dr. Ulrich Schwanengel
Managing Director
ConSol
Germany

ConSol Software GmbH
Isabel Baum
Franziskanerstr. 38
D-81669 München

fon: +49 (0)89-45841-101
fax: +49 (0)89-45841-111

marketing@ConSol.de
www.ConSol.de

 

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