Executive Board Members

Carl-Mikael Bergendahl
Bergendahls Food AB
Sweden Profil
Dr. Helmut Fluhrer
Founder and Chief Executive Officer brainmate GmbH
Germany Profil
George Gerardos
President, Plaisio Computers
Greece Profil
Gabriel Masfurroll
President Europe’s 500
President Wings 4 Business
Spain Profil
Prof. Juan Roure
Founding member Europe’s 500, Professor for Entrepreneurship at IESE Business School
Spain Profil
Eva Schoeller
Germany Profil
Martin A. Schoeller
Managing Director Schoeller Holding, Chairman Schoeller Industries
Germany Profil

Carl-Mikael Bergendahl
Bergendahls Food AB
Sweden


Carl-Mikael Bergendahl
Bergendahls Food AB
Sweden

Sir Helmut Fluhrer

Founder and Chief Executive Officer
brainmate GmbH

Sir Helmut Fluhrer is founder and CEO of brainmate GmbH, a leading company for analyzing and evaluating Intellectual Property worldwide and giving strategic advice for inventors, companies, financial institutions and government about the value and potential of IP.

Sir Helmut Fluhrer is a serial entrepreneur and business professional with over 30 years of experience in building mid to big sized companies from scratch in the media world, creating technology leaders in satellite television, digital editing/ printing and as a pioneer in the Internet business. Later he also founded companies in environmental sector. Fluhrer spent many years in Asia, USA, Australia, United Arab Emirates,- West and East European Countries. He also co-managed an European wide network of leading business papers.

Sir Helmut Fluhrer dedicated a lot of time to create and support institutions for entrepreneurship. As a member in the World Economic Forum, Senator of the Junior Chamber International, a long term member of “Europe’s 500” -the Association of Europe’s fastest growing companies-, Inventor of the prize “Bavaria’s Best 50” and of Russian and East-European business institutions he participated in many events for entrepreneurship, innovation and leadership.

He is also a co-founder of the MAN@EARTH Foundation and the initiative “Talents without Borders”.

Fluhrer studied law, economics and politics at Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich and received a Doctorate in Economic Politics for his research about privatisation “Less State- More Private”. He also holds an MBA of GSBA, Zürich.

He lives in Munich and has two children.


Dr. Helmut Fluhrer
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
brainmate GmbH

Jordi Galles (1972)
General Manager and member of the board
EUROPASTRY
Spain

Studies:
Bachelor of Business Administration and MBA in ESADE (Barcelona). CEMS degree in HEC (Paris)

Professional Experience:
After a short experience in Mercer Management Consulting (Paris), during the last 10 years I’ve developed my professional career inside the family business that my father founded (EUROPASTRY). Before becoming General Manager in the year 2004, I’ve held several positions inside different areas of the company (Sales & Marketing, Operations and Finance).
EUROPASTRY’s aim is to transform the bread industry by extending the use of new frozen technologies. Frozen dough offers better product quality at a lower cost; it may be the unique option in view of the lack of professional bakers.
Our products are non-perishable and easy to use. This makes it easy to the baker to organise its production and to focus on selling rather than producing.

Product families:

BREAD

  • Baguettes
  • Wholemeal
  • Panes Rústicos
  • Ciabatta
  • Functional Breads
  • Restaurant breads
  • Minute bread

PASTRY Frozen raw

  • Croissants
  • Pain au chocolat
  • Danish pastries
  • Puff pastries
  • Muffins
  • Ensaimada
  • Savoury products
  • Seasonal products

Pre-proofed pastries

  • Croissants
  • Pain au choclat
  • Danish pastries
  • Ensaimadas
  • Thaw-and-sell pastries
  • Doughnut
  • Mini Doughnut
  • Berliners
  • Muffins

Innovation as a growth motor

  • EUROPASTRY is the frozen dough company with the biggest degree of innovation
  • Products launched in 2005 represent a 5% of the total net sales(10,5 millon €)
  • New products are key to adapt the portafolio to new consumer trends:
  • Bread: Sensibility for tradition.
  • Pastries: Easy to use products, no artificial flavours,savoury products.
  • Generally: Healthy, lighter and safer products

Jordi Galles (1972)
General Manager and member of the board
EUROPASTRY
Spain

Gabriel Masfurroll
President Europe’s 500
President Wings 4 Business
Spain

Gabriel Masfurroll is an entrepreneur with ideas, multi-faceted in many areas, who began a new professional stage on 2010 with the creation of Wings 4 Business (www.wings4b.com), after more than eleven years in charge of USP Hospitales (www.usphospitales.com). Wings 4 Business is the company founded by a group of executives who accompanied him also on the creation of USP Hospitales. It is the vehicle used in a variety of business projects faced in the immediate future. Among these projects, we can find the incorporation as a Senior Advisor of the multifamily office MdF Achievers (www.achievers.es), a Consultant Advisor of the property services group Aguirre Newman (www.aguirrenewman.es), the communications agency Kreab Gavin Anderson (www.kreabgavinanderson.com), MEBarcelona (www.mundoentrenador.com) a company that provides customized labs to perfect sports organizations, or the IT business Opinat (www.opinat.com). Ultimately, Wings 4 Business aids professionals by helping facilitate the development of various new business initiatives, taking advantage of the expertise and know-how of its management.

Graduate in economics and with extensive experience in healthcare, he has successfully led a unique project: to create a network of private hospitals in Spain and Europe. He was Chairman and CEO of USP Hospitales from 1998 to 2010 and the owner, among others, of USP Institut Universitari Dexeus.

He began his professional career as an economist at the Sant Pau Hospital in Barcelona. After taking a Masters in Hospital Management at Esade, he spent time at various Spanish hospitals such as the Fundació Puigvert and Fundación Jiménez Díaz. He has also worked for multinationals in the sector such as American Medical International, Sanitas (BUPA Group) and Hospital Corporation of America, until in 1998 he teamed up with the American company United Surgical Partners to create USP Hospitales. He has also served on committees of experts in Spanish healthcare since 1991 until nowadays. The business culture that he has always instilled is founded on “A hospital is so much more than a company” and “A hospital’s service is an emotion”.

As a strong ex-swimmer used to high level competition, he knows that success is not achieved alone. Perseverance and knowing how to delegate to a trustworthy team have been the keys to his career. His reputation initially comes from his directorship and subsequent Vice-Chairmanship of Barcelona FC. Since last July, he is vice-chairman of Barcelona FC Foundation. He went on to become the Chairman of the Advisory Board of the NFL in Spain. In 2002 he founded Agency Sports & Entertainment, a sports management company that he chaired in collaboration with partners such as Landwell-PriceWaterHouseCoopers.

Gabriel Masfurroll is also a member of Barcelona Global Association, and Director of the APD (Association for Progress in Management). Furthermore, he is a member of the American Hospital Association, of the International Hospital Federation, and Círculo de Economía (Economic Forum). In 2007 he was named Honorary Member of El Foro del Mediterráneo and member of the Advisory Board of Foment del Treball.

In 2008 he was appointed as a Messenger for the Olympic Games Bid Madrid 2016 and Cavaliere della Republica Italiana. That same year he was awarded with the Creu de Sant Jordi of the Generalitat of Catalonia (the most prestigious recognition of Catalan society) as President of USP Instituto Universitario Dexeus.

Projects for the protection of childhood and physical or mental disability are one of his foremost concerns, to which he dedicates time and effort. He participated in the creation of the Fundació Catalana de la Síndrome de Down (Catalan Down’s Syndrome Foundation). Besides, he is the Founder and currently Chairman of Fundación Alex (www.fundacionalex.org), a charity established in 2006, which is dedicated to social projects related to unprotected and disabled children, placing high priority on integration through sport. It was born thanks to the sensitivity and effort of Gabriel Masfurroll, based on his social and selfless commitment to the most needy population (children) offering the most precious asset (health). In February 2012, after being a member of the Board of Trustees since 2006, he was appointed Chairman of Fundación Laureus España (for which he lectures on various topics such as childhood obesity, sports and disability).

In 2005, Planeta (www.planeta.es) published his book “Aprender a los Mejores” (Learning from the Best), in which he talks about success in business and in sport and in which he has collaborated with businesspeople and top sportspeople who share with him the keys to success. Masfurroll has donated all royalties from the book to three charitable foundations: Johan Cruyff Welfare Foundation, Fundación Aura and Special Olympics. The second edition was published by Unidad Editorial and the royalties where donated to Fundación Alex. In 2009 he published his second book, “Cartas a Álex a través de una vida” (Letters to Alex through a life) with Editorial Plataforma (www.plataformaeditorial.com), an essay supported on articles that he has been writing and publishing in different media over the past thirty years. And, in 2011, he published with Ediciones B (www.edicionesb.es) his third book “Aprender a ser abuelo” (Learning to be a grandfather) after his first grandson was born.

Gabriel Masfurroll has published and lectured more than 200 Papers and Communications both in Spain and abroad (US, France, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Argentina, Chile and Brazil). In addition, several prestigious newspapers and magazines currently publish his opinions as an opinion’s columnist.

Teaching also holds a part of his life. He participates on postgraduate and master's degrees in Universities and Business Schools such as IE, IESE, ESADE and Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.


Gabriel Masfurroll
President Europe’s 500
President Wings 4 Business
Spain

www.gabrielmasfurroll.com

George Gerardos
President and Managing Director
Plaisio Computers
Greece

At the age of 23, as a student of the National Technological University, he established Plaisio as a one man operation. 42 Years later Plaisio is a listed company which employs 1.200 people and for 8 consecutive years has been selected as one of the Europe 500 fasted growing companies. Plaisio holds the leading position in the Greek market of computers office supplies.

Leading via example is the moto that best describs Mr. Gerardos?s philosophy. He has established open offices in Plaisio so that all the people have access to all management levels. As a result not only problems and weaknesses are detected and solved, but also Plaisio is a pioneering business with the ability to take advantage of any opportunities that arise.

To this day he is the President and CEO of Plaisio. He has a son.


George Gerardos
President and Managing Director
Plaisio Computers
Greece

www.plaisio.gr

Dominique Louis
Chairman of the Executive Board
Assystem
France

Today, Assystem is a fast growing engineering company (a gazelle, in Prof. David Birch’s definition) but its recent history is really a story of rebirth.

Ten years ago, Assystem was a French nuclear engineering firm. We knew that our nuclear business was going to fall off sharply with the end of the French nuclear investment phase. So we identified what we felt would be attractive new markets for us, with a focus on the automotive and aerospace industries. And we were right—because in 2005, aerospace accounts for 30% of our revenue and the automotive industry 20%.

In late 1998, I realized that we weren’t expanding fast enough in these new markets, even as the nuclear segment was rapidly declining. I had a very bad feeling that Assystem might go out of business.

So I chose to follow the same strategy as the African gazelle: “to stay alive as long as possible.” I began by changing the company’s top management, before extensively rebuilding the organisation from 1999 to 2001, with the replacement of 50% of middle management. This process has changed our corporate DNA. We’re now a European company, with French roots. And today, I take a Darwinian approach to business. You have to constantly change and adapt, but that’s possible only if you regularly modify the company’s genetic code.

The way to secure a company’s survival, with the least possible disruption and pain, is through continuous adaptability, led by a far-sighted vision of future developments.

That was my mistake before 1998.

It’s hard to implement this process in a company, because sometimes there are contradictions between increasing efficiency in the short term and trying to prepare the company for its probable business environment over the medium term. You have to share this Darwinian vision with as many managers as possible.

You have to convince managers that today’s difficulties were caused by a lack of foresight five years ago. It’s just as important to solve today’s problems as it is to prepare for the medium-term.

At Assystem, my job is primarily to convince people everyday that tomorrow will be better and to push through the mutations in our corporate DNA.


Dominique Louis
Chairman of the Executive Board
Assystem
France

Professor Juan Roure
Founding member Europe’s 500
IESE Business School
University of Navarra
Spain

Juan Roure is Professor at IESE Business School and Member of its International Advisory Board. He has been Visiting Professor at INSEAD since 1996 and he was Visiting Professor at the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 1989. In 1982-83 he spent a year at Harvard Business School as visiting scholar with the VIS Program.

Professor Roure holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University in the field of innovation and technological based start-ups. (Title of the dissertation «Prefunding Factors of Success of High-Tech Based Start-Ups”).

He teaches entrepreneurship, growth strategy, innovation and negotiation and has authored several publications in these fields. He serves on the Board/Advisory Board of several companies and he is a consultant to owners of mid-size companies on growth strategies and M&A transactions. He has also been involved in advising top management of large organizations such as Telefónica, Banco Santander Central Hispano, Deutch Bank and REPSOL-YPF. He is member of the European Advisory Board of The Carlyle Group.

In 1988, he was involved in the creation of the European Foundation for Entrepreneurship Research (EFER) that later on became the starting point for the foundation of the present Association of High Growth Entrepreneurs Growth Plus. He is at present Academic Adviser and Board Member of Growth Plus.

In addition he has been involved in promoting the development of new technological ventures through the European Venture Academy, IST Investment Forum, European Tech Venturing Program, all projects supported by the European Commission. He was selected in 2000 among the Annual Time Digital Europe 25: The most influential people on the European Technology scene.


Professor Juan Roure
Founding member Europe’s 500
IESE Business School
University of Navarra

Avda. Pearson 21
08034 Barcelona, Spain

fon: +34 93 253 4200
fax: +34 93 253 4343

www.iese.edu
roure@iese.edu

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

Chairman Schoeller Industries
Managing Director Schoeller Holding
Germany

Eva Schoeller
Germany

Eva holds a degree as Tourism Manager and started her career 1990 as PCO (professional conference organiser) in Vienna organizing international conferences up to 6000 participants, before she became personal assistant and project manager at a consultancy firm in Vienna.

1996 Eva changed into the telecom business and worked in the sales department from T-Mobile Austria.

2000 she changed into the new economy business and became personal assistant to the CEO from Blue C Consulting and was mainly involved in all process regarding the IPO. She also became head of corporate communication and investor relations.

2002 she founded Connexio research and business development GmbH in Vienna with two other friends and was responsible for projects referred to communication and project management.

2004 Eva moved to Germany and since then she has been working for Europe’s 500 Entrepreneurs for Growth in Germany. She is responsible for sponsoring, conference organization and communication. 

Eva is Austrian, married and has a son.


Eva Schoeller
Germany

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