New Realtech Managing Director
With immediate effect, Bernd Kappesser is the new Managing Director of the Walldorf-based technology company Realtech, which is thus taking a further step towards successful realignment.
Only recently, the group had renewed its brand and web presence and united its three previous consulting and software companies under the umbrella of Realtech Deutschland GmbH. Kappesser is a proven industry expert.
He comes from the IT service provider CGI, where he was Director Business Development and Industry Lead Telco. Prior to that, he held various positions in consulting and sales as a member of the management team at Devoteam Danet.
Kappesser will take on the task of successfully continuing the restructuring and returning the company to its growth path.
"Our goals are growth and the long-term success of the company. As a prerequisite for customer proximity and customer satisfaction, we need an efficient and lean organization and a range of services that is clearly tailored to customer needs"
The company had already begun to reform its business model last year. For example, the solution and product portfolio was consolidated. With the merger of the consulting and software companies to form Realtech Deutschland GmbH in April, the company aims above all to bundle know-how.
Since then, software and consulting have been merged into the four areas of IT Strategy, IT Design, IT Transition and IT Operations. Bernd Kappesser:
"By merging software and consulting, we can develop both in a more customer-oriented way. We will invest the additional innovative power in topics such as Industry 4.0, cloud and in-memory."
Capgemini appoints chief sales officer
Sabine Schaar has taken over as Vice President Chief Sales Officer for Capgemini's Application Services business unit in Germany. She succeeds Markus Schwind, who has left the company.
Together with her team, Schaar is responsible for implementing Capgemini's strategic sales goals and thus its growth ambitions in the German market. She will also support the further expansion of the client portfolio and the transformation of the service offering in the context of the digital transformation.
In addition to broad-based management and leadership experience, Schaar has extensive experience in the development and implementation of innovative market and corporate strategies on a national and international level.
Before joining Capgemini, she was Vice President in the Tourism & Services division at Lufthansa Systems. Sabine Schaar had already worked for the Lufthansa Group in various functions since 2006, including as Vice President Sales and member of the Executive Board at Lufthansa Systems Infratec.
Prior to that, the graduate in administration held various management positions in sales at British Telecom and T-Systems. She began her career at Deutsche Telekom. With more than 145,000 employees in over 40 countries, Capgemini is one of the world's leading providers of management and IT consulting, technology services and outsourcing services.
In 2014, the Group's revenue amounted to €10.573 billion. Capgemini uses the IT Trends Study to examine the current status and developments in IT every year.
Fistec: With new managing director to Düsseldorf
Fistec Solutions got a new managing director with Frank Strüver at the beginning of May. At the same time, the company moved from Saarbrücken to the location of the parent company Energy Consulting in Düsseldorf.
Frank Strüver brings with him experience as a management consultant at the management and strategy consultancy Krups Consultants, for which he continues to work as an associate partner. Having started as a consultant at an international management consultancy, Strüver subsequently worked for many years as a manager and member of the executive board at listed groups in the IT services sector.
In addition to managing the company, he is responsible for the Expert business unit at Fistec, which focuses on the management, procurement and placement of consultants and specialists from IT and business. Fistec offers customers in the SAP environment solutions for automation in the context of Industry 4.0.
Rebecca Steinhage appointed Chief Human Resources Officer at Arvato
On August 1, 2015, Rebecca Steinhage joins the Arvato Executive Board and takes over as head of the central HR department of the internationally active technology services provider. She succeeds Christine Scheffler, who has decided to leave Arvato and hand over the design of global HR to new hands after two years.
Steinhage brings extensive experience from various relevant fields of HR work to her new role. After completing a dual degree in business administration at Bertelsmann, she began her professional career in 2001 in Arvato's HR department.
In 2008, she moved to Bertelsmann's headquarters. There, as Director Corporate Management Development, she was involved in the recruitment of top executives and supported the development and implementation of a Group-wide talent placement policy.
SAP Supervisory Board: Mehdorn goes, design researcher comes
Hartmut Mehdorn, former CEO of Deutsche Bahn, has resigned from the SAP Supervisory Board. SAP founder and Supervisory Board Chairman Hasso Plattner has proposed design researcher Prof. Gesche Joost as his successor.
For reasons of stock corporation law, however, her election to the Supervisory Board will not be possible until the 2016 Annual General Meeting at the earliest. Joost is Professor of Design Research at the Berlin University of the Arts and heads the Design Research Labs at Deutsche Telekom Laboratories in Berlin.
In 2014, the German Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, Sigmar Gabriel, appointed her Digital Champion for Germany as part of the European Commission's initiative of the same name, i.e., Ambassador of the Digital Transformation. She is Chair of the German Society for Design Theory and Research and a member of the Board of the Technology Foundation Berlin.
From ITML to Sybit: Robert Geppert is CCO
Robert Geppert is the new Chief Customer Officer (CCO) at the IT consulting company and SAP partner Sybit. In this role, the business administration graduate will be responsible for the Markets division in the management team.
Geppert can draw on several years of management experience of sales and marketing organizations in the SAP environment. Geppert comes from ITML, where he was most recently Head of Sales and Marketing. He was responsible for CRM, BI, e-commerce and ERP for many years.
"In the past, Sybit has constantly expanded its portfolio and adapted it to market needs. A major focus in the future will be the topic of Customer Engagement and Commerce with SAP, and I am looking forward to this challenge."
Splunk, a provider of real-time operational intelligence, has appointed Snehal Antani as its new chief technology officer. In this role, he will report to Godfrey Sullivan, chairman and CEO of Splunk. Antani previously served as CIO for GE Capital. Prior to that role, he held numerous strategic IT and technology positions at IBM.
Suse Austria strengthens its team with Gerald M. Nitsche as new Senior Account Executive. Previously, Nitsche spent ten years at the IT consulting firm ACP, which offers software license management services, among other things. Computer Associate, Software AG and Novell were further stations in his career.
Dropbox appointed SAP Sales Manager Oliver Blüher as the new Country Manager for Germany, Austria and Switzerland. In this position, he is responsible for the company's growth in the DACH region and he manages day-to-day operations, sales and marketing, and the expansion of partnerships.
Atos Switzerland is strengthening itself in the areas of Big Data & Security and has created the position of Head of Big Data. Gerardo Pelosi will take over the position. He brings over 25 years of experience in the IT sector at well-known companies - such as IBM, Swisscom and T-Systems - to the new position.
The SAP Supervisory Board has elected Margret Klein-Magar as the new Vice Chair of the Supervisory Board. Klein-Magar is Vice President of Human Resources Management at SAP and has been a member of the Supervisory Board since 2012. The capital side of the Supervisory Board otherwise remains unchanged.
The Allgeier Group is strengthening the expansion and internationalization of its IT solutions expertise with Jens Stief. He has held management positions in the IT industry since 1999 and has led CompuGroup Medical's dynamic expansion in Asia and Africa from its Kuala Lumpur location over the past five years.