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Expert in eCommerce, Online Fashion, Startup, Venture Capital, Investor Relations, Startup Fundraising

Expert ID: 731961 Germany

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A cheerful personality and a drive to explore opportunities off the beaten track define me as a person. I go the extra mile exploring how to move things forward.

Professionally, I specialize in Strategy and Corporate Finance, where maximizing value creation excites me the most. I learned the tricks of the trade through advisory roles in investment banking (Sequoia, London) and strategy consulting.

Subsequently, I had first hand Finance and Operations responsibilities at rapidly growing technology scale-up Zalando (ETR: ZAL), big data start-up itembase, Inc. and globally expanding Bonial.com with a publicly listed company as majority shareholder (Axel Springer, ETR: SPR).

Currently, I am the Chief Financial and Operating Officer at Ada Health, responsible for Finance, Global Compliance & Ethics, Legal, Operations and People & Workplace.

I believe that international exposure to different working environments and cultures is a key requirement to succeed in a world that is evolving and globalizing at an unprecedented pace. I enjoy being involved with highly innovative companies that are disrupting the world as we know it today.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: berlin, germany -

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 2007 Degree: Master's Degree Subject: Finance Institution: University of Amsterdam
Year: 2006 Degree: Bachelor of Science Subject: Finance Institution: University of Amsterdam

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2013 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Chief Financial Officer Department: Responsibilities: Responsible for Investor Relations, Finance, Legal, Human Resources, and Public Relations: Investor Relations and Board Relations, Fundraising from lead generation to contractual closures, Coordination of tax and accounting, both in Germany and U.S.A., Ensuring cash flow stability, Company Strategy, Build-up of U.S. company, Human Resources, Public Relations, Motivating and leading the itembase family
Years: 2012 to 2013 Employer: Zalando Title: Head of Strategic Finance Department: Responsibilities: Head of Strategic Finance
Zalando AG
September 2012 – October 2013 (1 year 2 months)Berlin Area, Germany

Founded and expanded the Strategic Finance department (9 FTE), leading high profile Corporate Strategy and Corporate Finance projects mainly in the following areas: Profitability Management, Working Capital Management, Corporate Finance and M&A, Investor Relations, Competitive Intelligence


About Zalando:

Zalando, founded in late 2008, is an online fashion retailer (mainly shoes and apparel) active in 14 European markets. It expanded into seven of those markets during 2012

Zalando is the fastest European company ever to reach €1bn in net annual sales. Just 4 years after its foundation it more than doubled net sales from €510m to €1.15bn during 2012 and has become the 2nd largest e-commerce company in the world excluding China
Years: 2008 to 2012 Employer: McKinsey & Company Title: Strategy Consultant Department: Responsibilities: Strategy Consultant
McKinsey & Company
January 2008 – August 2012 (4 years 8 months)Europe

Strategy Consultant with a focus on Corporate Strategy and Corporate Finance. Broad experience working in international teams in various countries serving senior clients from different industries

Functional experience primarily focused around Corporate Strategy and Corporate Finance: Capital Market Diagnostics, Corporate and Business Unit Strategy, Due Diligence, Investor Relations, Mergers & Acquisitions, Pre-merger management, Pricing, Valuation

Industry experience includes: Banking and Securities, Chemicals, Consumer Goods, Insurance (non-life), Oil & Gas (refining), Pharmaceuticals, Telecom, Travel & Logistics

Typically worked in international teams from base locations including Belgium, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland and United Kingdom. He predominantly worked in English, but also conducted both internal and client meetings in Dutch, German, and Spanish

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
Dutch Fluent/Native
English Fluent
German Proficient/Fluent
Spanish/French/Portuguese Spanish-proficient, French-proficient, Portuguese-elementary level

Fields of Expertise

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