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People in March 2023

The IT industry is in a constant state of flux, and with it, company executives. Every month, we introduce you here to people who are taking on a new professional challenge.
E-3 Magazine
29 March 2023
This text has been automatically translated from German to English.

d.velop expands the board of directors

d.velop AG will be managed by an expanded executive board team. As announced by the provider of software for the digitization of document and business processes, the company's supervisory board has Stephan Held was appointed to the Executive Board of the Gescher-based group of companies as Chief Financial Officer at the turn of the year. Held has already been working for d.velop since October 2021 and has since been primarily responsible for the Accounting and Controlling division of the software manufacturer and digital platform provider.

d.velop team
At the start of the year, d.velop expanded its Executive Board and welcomed Dr. Stephan Held as Chief Financial Officer. In addition, Sebastian Evers and Rainer Hehmann were confirmed as co-CEOs and joint board spokespersons.

In addition, as planned, the Supervisory Board Sebastian Evers and Rainer Hehmann as co-CEOs and joint CEOs of the company. Both had assumed their duties on the Executive Board on an interim basis in March 2022. With the resolution of the Supervisory Board, they have now been confirmed as Co-CEOs at the beginning of the new financial year. With the appointment of Stephan Held as CFO and the appointment of Sebastian Evers and Rainer Hehmann as Co-CEOs, d.velop completes the initiated restructuring.

xSuite with Head of Product Management

When filling management positions, the specialist for document-based processes successfully draws from its own ranks. Jan Schulze has been responsible for Product Management at the xSuite Group since the beginning of this year. The business informatics graduate was previously Product Manager for the SAP portfolio of the internationally active software manufacturer; he began his career at xSuite in 2013. In his new position, Jan Schulze will be responsible for product management and technical editing.

One of the future central topics of the native of Ahrensburg will be project management for the product strategic orientation of the company. Corporate goals must be translated into the product portfolio. It is necessary to react to market requirements and to observe, filter and take into account market trends accordingly. As Head of Product Management, Jan Schulze is responsible for various teams from Product Management and controls the close cooperation with Software Development.

Their common goal is to further develop software solutions for SAP and cloud environments in a consistent and market-oriented manner. He is also responsible for the communicative connection of the xSuite subsidiaries in Europe, Asia and the USA. Under the leadership of Jan Schulze, a new offering model for companies was already developed at the beginning of 2023, in which all solutions will be available in the subscription model in the future.

Jan Schulze, XSuite

As Head of Product Management, Jan Schulze is responsible for his own product management teams and controls software development.

Rohde & Schwarz strengthens cybersecurity

As of January 1 of this year Marian Rakhov has taken over the management of Rohde & Schwarz Cybersecurity. In his new role, he will shape the further growth of the IT security specialist. The internationally experienced manager was most recently CEO of Hensoldt Cyber and Head of Hensoldt Ventures. A graduate engineer, he gained international management experience at Hensoldt as well as during his many years at Airbus in the cybersecurity, defense, and aerospace segments.

By filling the position with the cybersecurity expert, the international technology group Rohde & Schwarz underscores the special relevance of the topic of IT security for the company. 

Marian Rakhov

As an executive in various positions, Rachow has successfully implemented strategies for the development of innovative and future-oriented security solutions in growth markets.

SER with growth strategy and new CMO

Will McInnes is the new Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) at SER, a provider of intelligent content automation solutions. He wants to further expand SER's growth course. As CMO, he is pursuing the mission of further developing new customer business and sharpening SER's positioning and differentiation as a provider in the global enterprise content management market. An important lever for this is also the company's decades of experience and expertise in implementing projects in a wide range of industries.

The Brit has diverse experience in the marketing of AI and automation technologies, including his recent role at Ultimate, a customer experience and support start-up, where he was instrumental in doubling sales. Will McInnes is a proven marketing strategist and absolute B2B brand expert when it comes to increasing global brand awareness and driving international growth.

As Brandwatch's former CMO, he was responsible for the UK-based company's expansion into Europe, the US, APAC and the Middle East.

Will McInnes, SER

Will McInnes is the new chief marketing officer (CMO) at SER, a provider of intelligent content automation solutions.

New CFO at CNT

The investment banker Florian Nitsche will be the new CFO of the Austrian SAP partner CNT. Nitsche has been Chairman of the Supervisory Board at CNT since 2018 and takes over the finance department from CNT founding partner Hans Haiden, who will retire in mid-2023. Florian Nitsche previously worked in investment banking at Raiffeisen Bank International as Head of Consumer Goods and Life Sciences and Industrials. He was appointed by the CNT shareholders as the new CFO and authorized signatory as part of the long-term prepared succession planning and will replace Hans Haiden in this function as of July this year, who had been CFO since CNT's founding in 1999.

Until July, Florian Nitsche will act as Deputy CFO. He already has a good insight into the company thanks to his several years as a member of the Supervisory Board at CNT. The new CFO looks back on an eventful career. After studying at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, Florian Nitsche started in the corporate finance department of the consulting firm PwC, after which he moved to the seed and crop protection group Syngenta as Business Development Manager. Since 2008, Florian Nitsche worked at RBI, where he was responsible for investment banking in the industrial and consumer goods sector as Executive Director. From 2018 to 2022, he proved himself as Chairman of the CNT Supervisory Board.

Florian Nitsche, CNT

Florian Nitsche was Chairman of the Supervisory Board at CNT since 2018 and takes over the finance department of CNT-.
Founding partner Hans Haiden, who will retire in mid-2023.

Thomas Fetten will be the new CEO at Matrix42. He has extensive experience in leading technology and service companies, both at large corporations such as IBM, Orange and most recently Deutsche Telekom, as well as at private corporations such as Getronics and SecureLink.

Christian bean took up his position at Theobald Software back in the fall of 2022. In his new role as CFO, Bohne is responsible for reporting and planning the company's finances. Previously, Bohne held the same position at a Swiss cybersecurity company.

Christian Sahanek is the new managing director for Infor Austria. He holds a PhD from the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration and has nearly three decades of sales experience in the technology industry. The 54-year-old joined Infor in January 2019 and holds the position of Vice President Professional Services Sales EMEA.

Alison Biggan, a former SAP executive, will join Boomi as CMO. With more than 20 years of experience in enterprise software, she brings an extensive track record of implementing marketing programs. Most recently, Biggan worked in corporate marketing at SAP.

Christoph Hassler becomes the new sales manager at ELO Digital Office. The computer science graduate was previously active in various roles at Microsoft, Siemens AG and Atos as well as in the Microsoft partner environment. Thus, he knows the manufacturer perspective as well as the partner perspective.

Professor Lothar H. Wieler will become spokesperson of the Digital Health Cluster at the Hasso Plattner Institute in April 2023. With Wieler, HPI's Digital Health division gains valuable scientific expertise in the field of medicine and public health as well as practical experience with digital transformation.

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