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A truly entrepreneurial team of indendent thinking personalities.

Disagreement in a diverse and independent team is the key ingredient

In the quest for the best results, disagreement is a good thing. As a team of very diverse and independent thinking personalities, we disagree a lot. We combine the visionaries with the implementers, the finance guys with the sales and marketing people, the experience from legacy with the agility of the new kids on the block. It is always a struggle, oh boy! However, we have always managed to build the right solutions out of the debris of our disagreement. Proper delivery is the ultimate goal, if we haven’t taken a detour, though, apparently things haven’t been thought through.

 

CONSULTING FROM THE CENTRE OF GRAVITY

We realize that the degree of specificity of our clients' challenges constantly rises. Having slightly above average ideas and solutions is closer to failure than to success. Over decades, we have built the capabilities to integrate and to manage these experts in order to work as embedded part of the Stern Stewart project teams. Our consultants and partners make use of their broad experience and methodological knowledge and deliver project results that integrate specialist’s assessments into independent, critical assessed and holistic consulting solutions. As the center of gravity, we guarantee to reduce complexity for the client by identifying and selecting the right expertise out of the open universe of know-how.

But we all belong to one truly entrepreneurial team and this team has gravitiy – it is addictive. It has the power to pull people in.

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Managing Partner

Markus Pertl

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Markus Pertl

Visionary and entrepreneur in both the business and the non-profit world

Markus is a trusted advisor to leaders of blue chip companies and large family-owned businesses. He has established Stern Stewart & Co. in its current form and oversees its daily operations.

He is a trustee at a major offshore oil and gas service company and board member of a Silicon Valley biotech firm.

With a desire to connect leaders in business, politics and technology and to debate controversial ideas, Markus has founded the Stern Stewart Institute.

To create impact beyond the business world, he is personally involved in several initiatives to boost economic independence in Africa, including a literacy campaign, two schools and an agricultural center in Burkina Faso, as well as a business academy/ incubator in Ghana. Most recently, Markus has launched the Burkina Institute of Technology.

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Senior Partner

Gerhard Nenning

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Gerhard Nenning

Out-of-the-box strategy advisor and facilitator of organizational change

Gerhard focuses for 20 years on M&A and strategy development, typically followed by organizational transformation. His creative and rigorously independent thinking has impacted strategic decisions in growing as well as contracting businesses.

Often going against the grain, Gerhard has devised multi-billion and mid-sized companies in ambitious growth strategies outside of the client’s initial comfort zone. Conversely, he has helped prevent multi-billion investments which in hindsight would have been crippling. Gerhard is a non-executive director of an entrepreneurial and growing Canadian tech-service company.

Gerhard has co-founded The Stern Stewart Institute and shapes the Institute’s yearly agenda of dialogue with leaders in business, politics, and science.

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Senior Partner

Stefan Heppelmann

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Stefan Heppelmann

Creative disruptor and re-thinker of organizations in challenging times

Stefan is an independent thinker and senior advisor mainly in transformation/ turnaround situations. Combining deep corporate finance know-how as a CFA charterholder with two decades of consulting experience, he often has the one inspirational idea.

Discussing key themes of the executive agenda, he shows his entrepreneurial spirit with great personal involvement. Stefan’s track record includes big transformations of multinationals as well as sensitive restructurings of multi-billion private held companies.

Stefan is a true entrepreneur outside the office as well, managing his own vineyard in the South of France with heartblood. Moreover he is the chairman of Wend Puiré, the Stern Stewart Institute’s apiculture non-profit organization in Burkina Faso.

 

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Partner

Dimitri Belobokov

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Dimitri Belobokov

Deep operations expertise grounded in strong business sense

Dimitri advises clients across a range of manufacturing industries for almost 20 years. Underlying his consulting work is one common theme: Bringing together process know-how and business sense to drive operational excellence at the same time as financial performance.

Dimitri is the one to manage extremely complex, interdisciplinary operational issues within very tight time constraints. The more challenging, the better – some things could have appeared almost impossible until there was a clear way to do it and finally the effect in the client’s P&L or balance sheet.

Apart from his strong academic background, Dimitri is also an accomplished conductor of symphonic orchestras. From being the founder of a trading house in post-communist Moscow, he is a now also a non-executive director of one of the world’s premier commodities traders.

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Partner

Thomas Berner

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Thomas Berner

Challenger of legacies and digital innovator

After a management career in financial institutions, Thomas is the go-to source when it comes to digitalization and transformation of business models and support functions.

Thinking outside-the-box and rigidly challenging existing structures, he is a challenging yet rewarding discussion partner for almost 20 years to his clients.

His enthusiasm to think in alternative realities, also when it comes to more conventional areas such as re-designing organizations and optimizing front & back office processes, has paved the way for managing restructurings in leading multinationals.

 

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Partner

Ralph Hesse

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Ralph Hesse

Ralph has an impressive track record of over 10 years in our comnpany. And he is a very rare combination: a razor-sharp analytical brain with a truly creative and out-of-the-Box mind.

Being able to put complex things into boxes as well as to think and create value beyond all boxes, Ralph has developed and shaped strategic decisions: a vast range from M&A to corporate finance to operational improvements - you name it. When it comes to large-scale transformations, Ralph focuses on the real business impact, with just the right amount of pragmatism navigating the organizational maze of corporations.

Maybe it comes from his passion for photography - but Ralph truly masters the oxymoron of being focused whilst seeing the big picture!

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Partner

Will Hoon

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Will Hoon

Building bridges

Will helps clients from the western hemisphere to set foot in Asia’s diverse, challenging and highly dynamic business environment.

Will now is based in Singapore, where he advises large internationals in their attempt to enter the Asian or just Chinese market – and to define and identify M&A growth targets. Before joining Stern Stewart, Will held senior management roles for Asian Industrial Products players and was the senior partner of one of the most prominent pan-Asian Private Equity funds.

Being a practicing Buddhist, Will is ideally positioned both to challenge pre-conceived notions about Asia and the West and to exploit the potential of the local leadership team.

In doing so, Will combines an investor’s analytical rigor with deep cultural and institutional understanding of the realities on the ground.

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Partner

Milan Manduch

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Milan Manduch

Empathic pacemaker for PMOs and passionate organizational optimizer

Boldness meets rationality in Milan, who can by now look back on 15 years of experience of organizational transformation and restructuring. He is a highly valued sparring partner when disruption shakes business – and immediate hands-on support is needed.

His ambition to always find (or better to forge) the best solution proves to be invaluable when it comes to his focus of orchestrating turnarounds or in particular to find and push measures to make organizations leaner, more efficient or even more powerful.
Being a cross-linked thinker and a traveler between cultures he also understands to quickly grasp the custom corporate culture and read characters of individuals.

 

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Partner

Marcus Middelmann

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Marcus Middelmann

Trusted partner throughout business cycles

Marcus advises international clients in a broad range of industries for more than 15 years. His work is centered around developing portfolio strategies, whose implementation often involves business reengineering and transactions. As new technologies start to break down traditional value chains, he is increasingly helping clients to build new ventures.
In his client relationships, he is all about long-term commitment as a sparring partner throughout expansion and contraction and for key aspects of the CEO agenda.

Marcus is also a trusted non-executive advisor for his family business, a strategic marketing and communication group in Hamburg.

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Partner

Olaf Paltian

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Olaf Paltian

Enthusiast and driver of strategic transformation

Olaf is a passionate strategy and turnaround advisor. Primarily this means to intensively challenge his clients for more than 10 years now when it comes to the core questions of management.

Olaf has thorough experience in M&A transactions including business plan, due diligence and carve-out support. But he is also an expert in organizational transformations and performance optimization programs with sustainable cost reduction over a billion Euro savings. Amongst others, he spent over two years turning around a mid-sized manufacturer, reorganizing the company inside out - finally resulting in the first positive results in ten years’ company history.

And it is not only during his international project work (USA, China and Middle East), that he always finds or makes the time to get to know new countries and cultures –he is a passionate traveller, spending his holidays exploring the world.

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Partner

Carlo Paoloni

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Carlo Paoloni

Facilitator of M&A transactions and portfolio strategist

When it comes to deals, Carlo much benefits from his M&A track record across Europe and US. Born and raised in investment banking he is a vivid personality and experienced advisor for transactions and portfolio strategy.

Being a true global citizen of Italian origin, he thrives with excitement in the momentous times when a transaction needs to be closed. Moreover, he is also the senior advisor, when it comes to making the deal work: he is a master in managing large scale PMIs to integrate businesses and realiize synergies.

Carlo proves also to be a true entrepreneur in his private life, running a mid-sized winery in his home country.

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Partner

Sibo Sollors

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Sibo Sollors

Turnaround expert with passion for complexity

Sibo loves to embrace the client´s problems as his own – and he has successfully been the keystone in most complex projects for almost 20 years now. Sibo’s clients can be found across all industries – from the technology sector to real estate development, to automotive and mobility industry. Before joining Stern Stewart, he proved his entrepreneurial guts in developing an e-commerce start up.

His interest in next generation business models lately made him manage the modular platform strategy for multi-modal transportation that makes full use of both ground and airspace. Being fascinated by disruptive technologies, he combines visionary ideality with profound strategic methodology. With the head in the skies and the feet firmly rooted on the ground, he is the one to make quantum leaps in organizations and business models reality.

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Partner

Dr. Wulf Rendtorff

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Dr. Wulf Rendtorff

Legitimate Transformation Ace

Wulf is a real asset in all transaction and transformation challenges. Holding a PhD in Law, he combines sharp business sense with thourough legal expertise.

With 15+ years of managing key growth initiatives, developing portfolio management solutions and optimizing business models, Wulf is the one to talk to before jumping shortsighted into big transformations. He has advised on complex corporate finance solutions and deals including their organizational integration throughout all industries, making him an expert in corporate transactions worldwide.

As a passionate golfer, Wulf definitely knows that it is all about strategy, mindset and picking the right spot – skills that come in handy in his project work, too.

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Partner

Konstantin Wrona

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Konstantin Wrona

Visionary in NextGen Corporations

Konstantin focuses on state-of-the-art organizational operating models, lean group center structures, complexity and bureaucracy reductions, functional excellence and end-to-end process optimization. His most recent work is centered around increasing digitalization and flexibility in large-scale organizations.

He combines a genuine interest in improving businesses with a strictly goal-oriented and hands-on approach. He is a key contributor to Stern Stewart thought leadership – just look at our studies on NextGenCorp, Lead, Lean, Fighting Bureaucracy, Planning 4.0 …

Having managed our Middle East operations for several years, Konstantin has helped a number of national flagship companies through the hyper-booms and deepest depressions. Right now he is also responsible for our recruiting and for getting the best talents into our entrepreneurial boutique.

Konstantin leads our alphabetization initiative in Burkina Faso, which teaches more than 3,000 women and men every year to read, write and do math, allowing them to pursue entrepreneurial opportunities and improve their lives.

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