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Who we are

We are a leading management consultancy company with a start-up mentality and a passion for business innovation and digital transformation. We have a dual mission: to deliver excellent and consistent solutions to complex client challenges and to encourage the development of exceptional individuals in an inspiring environment.

The company

As a leading management consultancy service provider we specialise in strategy, innovation and transformation. We help our clients to develop new markets, establish innovative multi-sector business models and drive technological and organisational change.

Our multidisciplinary teams are the link between the executive floor and the operational level – and the bridge between business and IT. We unite a start-up mentality with first-rate advice. The standards we set for ourselves are high, and we are passionately committed to our clients.

The mentality

Our clients are encountering new challenges on a regular basis: climate change, artificial intelligence, and biotechnology, to mention just a few. We help them to overcome those challenges by prioritising a successful outcome for the client over our company’s own interests.

Even when something initially seems impossible, our teams make it possible. They are intelligent and focused people with a powerful work ethic and the motivation to succeed. And if something really isn’t possible, we let the client know. Sometimes, when we’re looking for the best idea, we get into some pretty heated team discussions. That’s because they benefit the project. And it’s our mentality.

The project teams

We unite competent individuals who are committed to success and set high standards for themselves. We build high-performing teams with the ideal mix of generalists, experts and executives for each new project. As individuals we have our own specific areas of competence. As a team we work towards the collective goal of achieving the best outcome for the client. That’s why the team as a whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

The people

Exceptional people in an exceptional team. That’s ritzenhoefer & company.

Join the team

As part of our team you can fast-track your personal and professional development. We are looking for interesting people with diverse educational and professional backgrounds – students, graduates and professionals with various experience.

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Andreas Pape

Andreas Pape studied computer science in Bremen and Henley, UK. His focal areas of study were relational databases and object-oriented expert systems, which were both brand new technologies at the time.

After joining EDS and training as ITIL service manager, Andreas moved to an international pharmaceuticals company where he headed the entire IT service organisation spanning 40 sites and eight European countries. He discovered his penchant for large-scale projects during his time at telecommunications company MATÁV, where he became one of the youngest programme managers ever to successfully close out a turnaround management project. In the ten years since that experience he has been involved in numerous major international projects in the banking, insurance, telecommunication, automotive, manufacturing and retail sectors, and lived in Hungary, the United Kingdom and Germany. The highlights of his post-EDS career include the management of a core bank transformation programme for one of the big banks, a series of renewal projects at a transaction bank and the relocation of production operations into the cloud for an international e-business enterprise with 1,000 employees.

Andreas lives in Krefeld with his wife Ulrike and his three children. In 2005 he was German vice-champion in fencing. Today he competes in triathlons and other endurance sports, and can often be found at role-play conventions.

PD Dr Christian Autermann

Dr Christian Autermann has a degree in physics and a doctoral degree from RWTH Aachen University. He wrote his thesis on the subject of Data Analysis of the DZero High Energy Physics Experiment at Fermilab (Chicago). After sojourns at the Fermilab and as visiting professor at the University of Hamburg, Christian became a physics professor at RWTH Aachen  University. His main areas of research were the search for super symmetry and the unanswered questions in modern physics, such as the nature of dark matter. Within the international CMS collaboration he successfully led various data analysis teams.

Christian lives in Aachen and takes advantage of being so close to the Eifel region for extended cycling and motorbike tours. In his spare time he likes to tinker around with various software and electronics projects.

Christian Hammes

Christian Hammes studied engineering at Darmstadt Technical University and at the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology. He then completed a specialised course of studies in finance at London School of Economics and Political Sciences.

After gaining initial experience in various roles at DAX-listed companies in the financial and automotive sectors, Christian worked as an analyst at a venture capital fund with an IT and technology-oriented portfolio. Since then Christian has contributed his experience in numerous ritzenhoefer & company transformation projects, such as a project to evaluate strategic applications for artificial intelligence at a major insurance company.

Christian lives in Frankfurt. He is particularly interested in start-ups and innovative business models and has entrepreneurial experience as founder of his own start-up. He is currently deepening his knowledge in a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) diploma programme.

Daniel Eisenhut

Daniel Eisenhut completed bachelor’s and master’s degree programmes in industrial engineering with a mechanical engineering specialisation at Paderborn University. He received an “mb-cn” supplement on his master’s degree documenting the experience he gained during an eight-month study trip to the People’s Republic of China.

During his career Daniel has gained an extensive knowledge of IT strategy and turnaround management in the banking and insurance sectors. He has also gained insights into strategic project management for international vehicle manufacturers and suppliers and been involved in international university research projects into cloud-based business models.

Daniel lives in Stuttgart and enjoys visiting family and friends throughout Germany at the weekends.

PD Dr Daniel Wicke

Dr Daniel Wicke studied physics at the University of Wuppertal. After gaining a doctoral degree in particle physics he spent several years conducting research in various large-scale experiments at well-known international research institutes in Switzerland and the USA. He gained a post-doctoral lecturing qualification in experimental physics, writing a thesis on the properties of the heaviest elementary particle, and spent three years as a visiting professor at universities in Mainz and Wuppertal.

Aspects of IT in international collaborations always formed an important part of Daniel’s research activities. He designed a concept for and managed the development of an object-oriented data mining system at CERN. He coordinated the development and integration of international analysis centres and managed the design and integration of a global grid system for a large-scale experiment at Fermilab. In various large-scale financial sector projects he managed key elements of the IT and specialist architecture, and assumed interim project management roles.

Daniel lives with his wife Petra and their two daughters in Wuppertal. When he isn’t spending time with his family he enjoys cycling, Tai Chi and Tuishou to keep fit, as well as tinkering with his computer systems.

Derek Zeiler

After graduating from university in Berlin with a degree in theoretical astrophysics Derek Zeiler spent eleven years at a global IT and management consultancy organisation, followed by three and a half years at strategic consulting company A. T. Kearney.

He took on project and programme management roles in major implementation projects across various industries and assisted several DAX-listed companies in major IT transformation projects. He enjoys developing concepts for complex transformation projects that even major corporations only implement every ten or twenty years, and supporting clients on an end-to-end implementation basis.

Derek lives in Berlin. Whenever he has any spare time he heads off to play golf, both locally and further afield. He is also a wine and gourmet food expert with a surprising repertoire of tips and advice.

Dr habil. Detlev Ruland

Born in Düren/Rhineland, Detlev Ruland studied mathematics and IT at RWTH Aachen University. He then gained his doctorate and post-doctoral teaching qualification at the University of Würzburg. Further career stations include the IBM Almaden Research Center in San Jose, California, and Kiel University.

In 1990 Detlev joined the in-house management consultancy team at Siemens AG in Munich, before moving to the German Artificial Intelligence Research Centre in Kaiserslautern and Saarbrücken as CEO.

From 1997 to 2006 he worked at McKinsey & Company in Frankfurt and Düsseldorf, ultimately as partner and shareholder. He specialised in IT consulting and catered to clients in diverse sectors of industry. Detlev moved on from McKinsey to RWE AG as Group CIO with global responsibility, and from 2009 onwards he took charge of the establishment and development of consumer power and gas operations in Germany.

Between 2011 and 2018 he was CIO and CTO of the Post – eCommerce – Parcel division at Deutsche Post AG. He was also a member of the supervisory board at Postbank Filialvertrieb AG and DHL Home Delivery GmbH.  Detlev Ruland is a member of the Schmitz CargoBull AG supervisory board.

Dr Dion Braukmann

Dr Dion Braukmann studied physics at the Technical University of Dortmund. During his doctoral degree programme in experimental solid state physics, which he completed in close cooperation with the Ioffe Institute in St. Petersburg, he conducted research into defect centres in diamond.

After university he moved into the management consulting sector, where he was involved in AI and sustainable IT strategy design projects for insurance and financial clients.

Dion lives in Essen. In his spare time he practices traditional field archery. He spends his holidays at role-play conventions or travelling the world to learn about foreign cultures.

Dorian Dawidowicz

Dorian Dawidowicz gained a master’s degree in international marketing and media management from the Rheinische Fachhochschule Köln University of Applied Sciences in Cologne and the Dublin Business School.

He spent the early days of his career working in the field of innovation management at a German big bank, where he built his experience in new business development. At a German-Dutch big bank, where he was responsible for HR strategy in change management scenarios, he discovered his enthusiasm for the financial sector. At ritzenhoefer & company he manages change, strategy and M&A projects.

Dorian lives in Cologne. He is interested in politics, and enjoys exploring foreign countries and cultures in his spare time. Dorian also plays tennis and regularly works out at the gym.

Fabian Gindner

Fabian Gindner studied international business at HdWM University of Applied Management Studies and at Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China. He gained his first project experience in the field of innovation management at SAP Labs India and as project manager for German and English speaking industrial clients at a business park in China. He later founded a precious metal trading and storage company in Canada. At ritzenhoefer & company Fabian has broadened his experience base to include strategy consulting for banks and insurance companies.

Fabian lives with his fiancé in Karlsruhe. Outside work he likes to dabble in investments, politics and languages.

Fabian Günther

Fabian Günther studied industrial engineering, with mechanical engineering as his major subject, at Paderborn University and the Technical University of Linköping, Sweden. During his time at university Fabian expanded his programme and project management knowledge through internships at major machinery and equipment manufacturing companies, and through supporting a research team investigating new development methods at Fraunhofer IEM. After gaining his master’s degree he helped to establish a logistics hub for an international aircraft manufacturer. Since 2016 he has been involved in various large-scale projects for banking and insurance clients at ritzenhoefer & company.

Born in Bielefeld and a committed supporter of the local football club Arminia Bielefeld, Fabian now lives with his wife and son in Cologne. He enjoys a variety of sporting activities in his spare time. In addition to playing football, he is currently training for his first triathlon.

Dr Felix Bischof

Felix studied physics at ETH Zurich. He went on to gain a doctoral degree in theoretical physics at the Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf, and has written publications on quantum information theory. At ritzenhoefer & company he makes a valuable contribution to the management of IT transformation projects for leading insurance companies. He is also an experienced operations and IT management consultant.

Felix lives in Düsseldorf and loves exploring the city. His leisure time interests include science, society and nutrition.

Florian Friedrich

Florian Friedrich studied business management and international business at the Martin Luther University in Halle and the Cologne Business School. During his master’s programme he specialised in strategic management and consulting. He gained experience in the communications and technology sectors during his time at university through projects, internships and collaborations with start-ups.

Parallel to his degree programme Florian spent many years working in a student management consultancy organisation. One of the projects he was responsible for during that time was the development of a marketing strategy for a professional German ice-hockey club. At ritzenhoefer & company Florian has added to his experience in strategic IT consulting and strategic project management for an international insurance client.

Florian lives in Cologne. He likes to play golf and work out at the gym as often as he can, and his favourite hobbies include cooking and travelling.

Heike Bleckmann

Heike Bleckmann trained as a tax accountant assistant after graduating from high school and has several years of professional experience in financial accounting and payroll, as well as the preparation of annual financial statements and tax returns. After a parenting break and several forays into other sectors Heike has been with ritzenhoefer & company since the early days. As part of the back office team she enjoys applying her organisational skills as management assistant, event, fleet and travel manager.

Heike lives near Düsseldorf. She is married and has one son. Outside work she plays an active role in her local community. She also loves spending relaxed evenings with her family, holidays in Denmark and being creative with acrylic paints.

Hermann Angerer

Hermann Angerer studied economics at St. Gallen University. After six years at an international strategy consultancy company he became co-founder and partner of a management consulting boutique in Zurich. When it was sold to PricewaterhouseCoopers he also moved to PwC as director with responsibility for cost management programmes at European banks. After that he headed the German office of a small international consulting firm before moving to ritzenhoefer & company in 2013.

Hermann has been advising banks and insurance companies for more than 20 years. He specialises in business model development (and optimisation), strategy implementation, the interface between business and IT, value chain design and large-scale change programmes.

Hermann is married and lives in Munich.

Dr Jan Heurich

Jan has degrees in physics and mathematics from universities in Germany and the USA. After gaining his doctoral degree he moved into a new field, joining McKinsey & Company as a strategic consultant in the Business Technology Office. Over a ten-year period he supported large-scale transformations as both technical and IT consultant. During that time he gained comprehensive insights into what makes transformations across various industries and geographical locations successful.

His desire to create a platform for transformation consulting that supports clients in complex transformation challenges brought him to ritzenhoefer & company.

Jan is married with two children and lives in Stuttgart. He loves spending time with his family in the mountains – both in summer and winter. Born in Germany’s Palatinate wine-growing region, he also enjoys a good glass of wine in the evening.

Jasmine Lee

Jasmine gained her Master of Finance and an excellent knowledge of banking and financial modelling at the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management.

In her role as consultant Jasmine mainly advises leading banks and insurance companies on M&A and IT outsourcing strategy planning and implementation.

She also contributes international experience and cultural diversity after spending many years in Taiwan and New Zealand. Today she lives in Frankfurt. Jasmine loves singing and dancing. She spent four years as singer in an amateur rock band and is a professional break dancer.

Jonas Dortmund

During his finance-oriented business management degree programme at Kaiserslautern University Jonas focused on corporate finance and new payment technology.

Jonas has several years of professional experience in the German and international management consulting industry. He has built up a comprehensive knowledge in the areas of banking and transformation project management during that time, and he also headed up a project to roll out a product governance process at a global asset management company. During a several-year project in Switzerland he played an instrumental role in the implementation of a mobile payment wallet and enjoyed the opportunity to work in what had been one of his special interest fields as a student.

Jonas lives in Mainz and enjoys sports in his free time. He is always trying to improve his marathon best time and finds it easy to switch off while hiking with friends. Jonas is also an amateur photographer who enjoys discovering new perspectives.

Dr Karl Bicker

Dr Karl Bicker studied physics at the Technical University of Munich, after which he joined the CERN Doctoral Student Programme and gained experience in data analysis and modelling, software development and the introduction of quality assurance measures. He also programmed apps for Android.

Karl advises international financial services providers on complex digital transformations, mergers and large-scale IT projects.

He lives with his wife and daughters in Essen. When he isn’t working Karl enjoys spending time with his family and he is also a fan of aviation and flight simulators.

Marc Dereschewitz

Marc Dereschewitz is a communication electronics technician and system specialist. After joining the Federal Armed Forces he spent many years as telecommunications trainer. He then assumed roles of responsibility in diverse information and communication technology projects – some pan-European – as trainer, manager and consultant. At ritzenhoefer & company Marc is IT manager with responsibility for all aspects of IT.

Marc lives in Wuppertal with his wife and two children. He occasionally relives his passion as a youth for football, volleyball, badminton and squash. Otherwise he enjoys working with his son on the home automation and light control system for the children’s basement party room.

Marcus Willnath

Marcus Willnath studied industrial engineering (mechanical engineering) at the RWTH Aachen University, gained a Master of Science from Tsinghua University in Beijing and a Master of Business Administration from Collège des Ingénieurs in Paris, France.

He started out his career as a member of the in-house management consultancy team for Audi AG and Siemens AG’s Audiology. As project manager he was responsible for the development of flexible and modular purchasing processes and the development of a KPI-based control model with integrated business and budget planning. After his post-graduate MBA programme at Collège des Ingénieurs in Paris he took up an M&A position at the NIBC investment bank in Frankfurt. He gained international experience in corporate finance and management consulting across diverse industries during his time there.

In his spare time Marcus enjoys sports. His interests also include innovative start-up concepts and the Asian culture.

Michael Wagner

Michael Wagner studied logistics at TU Dortmund University. His choice of production and logistics IT as his specialist subjects and his work at the Fraunhofer IML led to his focus on the smart factory and social networked industry.

Michael grew up in Bavaria and lives in Nuremberg. He enjoys outdoor pursuits such as mountain biking, climbing and skiing in his spare time.

Philipp Dingenotto

Philipp Dingenotto studied economics at Paderborn University and at the Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf. He focused on financial services theory and competition policy, writing his thesis on the subject of economically efficient financial market regulation. During his time at university Philipp worked in a student management consultancy organisation, ultimately as a member of the board.

Parallel to his degree programme Philipp has also been involved in various ritzenhoefer & company projects in the areas of provider management, IT strategy and due diligence, as well as implementation projects at banks, insurance companies and energy service providers, since 2017.

Philipp lives in Düsseldorf. In his spare time he does a lot of cycling and tennis. He also enjoys travelling to as many unfamiliar lands as possible on holiday.

Samuel Schilling

Samuel Schilling studied international management at Dublin City University, Ireland, and at the ESB Business School in Reutlingen, Germany. He then completed an M.Sc. in strategic management in Dublin with special emphasis on entrepreneurship.

One of the places where he gained practical experience in entrepreneurship and business development was The Wolfington Companies in Miami, USA, where he mainly worked on designing an e-commerce website for an automotive start-up. Samuel also built up his business development knowledge base through his work securing corporate donations for the Medair humanitarian aid organisation.

Projects Samuel has been involved in at ritzenhoefer & company include a transformation project for an insurance company and a migration project for a big bank.

Samuel lives near Tübingen. In his spare time he likes reading, sports and getting involved in the local parish community. He is particularly interested in theology, philosophy and current affairs, and he loves to travel.

Dr Silvan Berg

Dr Silvan Berg studied international business at the University of Brighton, and agriculture and food economics at Bonn University. In his subsequent doctoral degree programme he developed analysis methods to forecast in-company technology trends on the basis of patent data.

Silvan gained his first professional experience as part of the in-house management consultancy team at an international banking group and at a consultancy firm specialising in purchasing and strategy processes. During his doctoral degree programme he established a start-up for the analysis and evaluation of patent language. Beside his interest in the development of learning systems he is an agile methods expert with scrum master and product owner certification.

Silvan and his wife live in Bonn. He enjoys spending time with family and friends outside work.

Dr Srivats Rajasekaran

After studying applied physics at the Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi Dr Srivats Rajasekaran was awarded a graduate scholarship from Stanford University (USA) and wrote a thesis on energy storage in nanomaterials. He later joined the Max Planck Institute in Hamburg, where he conducted research into new superconducting materials.

To expand his professional experience Srivats completed an internship at Deutsche Telekom Capital Partners (venture capital/private equity). During that time he became interested in the interrelationships between the economy, market and technology sectors such as blockchain, IoT, 5G connectivity and e-mobility. The practical applications for new technologies in emerging markets motivated him to embark on a career in management consulting.

Srivats lives with his family in Hamburg. He enjoys sports (especially team sports) and cooking with ingredients from all over the world.

Dr Stefan Bleck

Dr Stefan Bleck studied electrical engineering and business administration at RWTH Aachen University and the University of California in Berkeley, USA. Even before his doctoral degree and his thesis on the development of the Information Management Department at the Research Institute for Rationalisation, he had been interested in the delicate balance between business and IT.

He spent several years at high-tech company OC Oerlikon, where he headed global IT and operations programmes, before moving to McKinsey & Company. As associate principal at McKinsey & Company he was responsible for the strategic supervision of pre- and post-merger transformations in the banking and insurance sectors.

He is married with two sons and a daughter and lives in Düsseldorf. Outside the workplace Stefan enjoys spending time with his family and doing sport.

Dr habil. Stephan Güsken

Dr Stephan Güsken studied physics at RWTH Aachen University. After gaining a doctoral degree at the University of Wuppertal he spent several years as researcher and lecturer, gaining his university teaching qualification in theoretical physics with a specialisation in computer simulations of complex systems and high-performance computing.

He embarked on a career in the IT industry at Collogia Unternehmensberatung, where he supplemented his academic IT knowledge with practical experience in IT architecture. After moving to Postbank AG in the role of head of architecture he orchestrated the Postbank’s multi-channel transformation, and as head of the Service and Interface Centre and head of architecture for the international Banking Industry Architecture Network, he established a sustainable architecture management organisation. After several years as consultant specialising in service-oriented high-performance architectures Stephan now focuses on large-scale IT transformations in the financial sector.

He has two daughters and a son and lives in Wuppertal. His main hobby is his family, followed by jazz music – and he is an active jazz musician.

Thilo Kipping

Thilo Kipping studied economics at Bonn University. He focused on the theoretical analysis of the banking and financial sector during his studies, and he was particularly fascinated by the impacts of regulatory measures on banks’ capacity to act. He gained his first work experience as transaction consultant and management consultant at an international logistics group. Thilo also received a scholarship from the Konrad Adenauer Foundation.

His avid interest in politics and game theory models prompted him to found a strategic political consultancy firm while still at university. He supported political parties and office holders, from local level to the Bundestag, in achieving their strategic objectives.

Thilo lives in Bonn. He is a passionate drummer who plays with various bands and orchestras in his spare time.

Tobias Kosiek

Tobias Kosiek has an M.Sc. in international business with the specialisations of strategy and innovation from Maastricht University.

During his university studies he also gained experience in strategy consulting, lobbying and banking. Tobias has been a consultant for more than five years now, during which he has successfully closed out numerous large-scale strategy projects at well-known companies.

In his spare time Tobias likes athletic pursuits (e.g. cross fit, marathon etc.) and he has an avid interest in innovative start-up concepts and business models.

Tobias Koßmann

Tobias Koßmann studied business administration at HBRS near Bonn. His major subjects were accounting, management accounting and enterprise valuation.

After more than three years working in the banking industry and two years at an auditing firm, Tobias chose a career in management consulting. He has been expanding his knowledge base in various IT strategy and transformation projects, primarily in the banking and insurance sectors, since 2018. In addition to supporting several M&A projects he has focused on the strategic evaluation of IT project portfolios and systems.

Tobias is a sports enthusiast who lives in Cologne and enjoys spending time with his family and friends.

Dr Udityasinh Gohil

Dr Udityasinh Gohil studied construction technology and construction management at CEPT University in India and at Loughborough University in the United Kingdom. An interest in collaboration, as well as business and technical project management, prompted him to embark on a doctorate in engineering (EngD) programme at Loughborough University.

After graduating he moved to Germany to head the Textile Construction Research Team at the RWTH Aachen University’s Institute for Textile Technology (ITA). Udit is an enterprising individual who founded an innovative start-up in India to manufacture textile-reinforced concrete elements and introduce state-of-the-art German technology into the Indian market.

Udit’s professional projects took him to Asia (India, South Korea, Turkey) and Europe (United Kingdom, Germany, Poland, Portugal). He has supervised several M&A, due diligence, core/mainframe transformation and structural/organisational transformation projects at major European banking and insurance institutes.

Udit lives with his wife and two daughters in Aachen. He has a penchant for gourmet foods and loves trying out foreign cuisine and experimental cooking. His hobbies are travelling, playing cricket and listening to music.

Dr Ulf Kleinau

Dr Ulf Kleinau is a mathematician who studied in Magdeburg and Greifswald before writing his doctoral thesis on the mathematical aspects of operations research. After a brief intermezzo as SAP developer he turned to strategic and management consultancy more than 20 years ago. During a seven-year stint at McKinsey & Company he was involved in projects such as the development of a consultancy unit for IT executives, as well as several large-scale transformations. After that he held operational roles at software companies and outsourcing services companies and various management consultancy firms, as a result of which he gained a broad knowledge of IT transformations and the various roles and interests of the stakeholders. In terms of project content, he has focused on issues such as modern bank management and IT management structures.

Ulf lives in the wonderful region surrounding Berlin, where he enjoys the best of both worlds: the big city cultural scene and spending time with his family in the countryside. He feels most at home on the Baltic Sea beaches in Mecklenburg, which is where he was born.

Ulrike Palm

Ulrike Palm is a very experienced management accountant. At ritzenhoefer & company she is accountable for the communication, organisation, finance and legal departments.

Ulrike lives near Düsseldorf. She is married and has four grown-up sons.

Vanessa Poerschke

Vanessa Poerschke studied international management in Germany and the United Kingdom, during which time she was also involved in business development for a FinTec start-up. She graduated with an MBA from St. Gallen University as the top student in her year.

Vanessa relocated to Southeast Asia and the Middle East for one year, where she embarked on her career and gained project management experience in the establishment of international quality standards at local enterprises. Since joining ritzenhoefer & company in 2014 she has been involved in transformation projects and fundamental change processes at large-scale enterprises. She is particularly interested in business innovation, new business models and digital strategy.

In her spare time Vanessa enjoys yoga, health food and vegan living. Her love of travelling and discovering the world have already taken her to four continents and inspired a fascination for foreign languages.