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Executive Management

Ralf Pichler has been CEO of Detecon since 1.8.2019. Ralf has many years of consulting experience in top management positions at leading global consulting companies. Most recently, he was Partner and Associate Director at the Boston Consulting Group. At the same time, Ralf brings with him outstanding expertise in the telecommunications business. He was President and CEO of Ericsson Turkey & Iran as well as VP & Head of Strategy & Portfolio, Global Services, Ericsson.

In his various roles, Ralf led numerous strategy initiatives focusing on Digital Transformation, 5G, growth initiatives, product and service launches, due diligences, post merger integration and cost reduction and efficiency improvement programs.

Ralf studied business administration at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich.

Sven Erdmann has been Chief Financial Officer at Detecon since 01/10/2017, where he is responsible for the company results from the financial perspective.

Before joining Detecon, Sven was managing director of Deutsche Telekom Services Europe Slovakia where he was in charge of strategy development and the financial and operating results. Sven previously held various management positions within the Deutsche Telekom Group, including Director Finance at Deutsche Telekom AG and Senior Vice President Enterprise Data Management at Deutsche Telekom Accounting GmbH.

Sven studied business administration at the University of Applied Sciences in Bielefeld and at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada.

Executive Management ORBIT

Andreas Baumann has been CEO of ORBIT Gesellschaft für Applikations- und Informationssysteme mbH in Bonn, a wholly-owned holding of Detecon, since January 2013. He is also a member of the Executive Board in this role. Baumann was CFO at T-Systems South Africa from 2005 to 2009; from March 2009 to December 2012, he was CFO at Detecon International in Bonn and Cologne.

Global Industry Practices (IP)

Carsten Glohr is the director of the Practice “Public & IT Service Provider.” His task in this position is the management of all consulting activities for the EU, Germany, the German states, and communities. Moreover, he is in charge of Detecon’s consulting business with IT service providers, including T-Systems and Telekom IT. After earning degrees in technical computer science and business administration, he garnered more than 20 years of professional experience at Helbling, Diebold, and Siemens and while acting as an interim CIO.

Dr. Matthias Gröbner is in charge of the consulting activities related to the sectors financial services and pharmaceuticals and health. He guides his clients during their digital transformation, from the generation of digital business models and co-innovation to the realization of concrete digitalization projects. His focal points are business-specific and IT architectures as well as the digitalization of the insurance industry.

Michael Hanke is responsible for the business sector Mobility. He was previously responsible for the business unit “Deutsche Telekom" and all subsidiaries. His professional expertise is to be found especially in supply chain management, procurement, ERP, organization and process design, and transformation management. After earning a degree in electro-technology at the Technical University of Vienna, the Austrian began his career as an R&D engineer at MAN. He later held positions as management consultant at Andersen Consulting and managing director at DCS Automotive GmbH.

Dr. Christian Kleinhans is in charge of the Industry Practice „Digital Consumer and Utilities“ and manages all of the consulting activities for the sectors energy, digital retail & consumer and media. He supports our clients (among other roles) as interim chief transformation officer (CTO) in their projects and stands for the topics of digital change & transformation, new business models, and innovations.

Dr. Peter Krüssel is the head of the Global Industry Practice Carrier/Core Telco and directs Detecon’s business with telecommunications companies. He has been working at Detecon since 2005. Prior to joining the company, he worked at EDS Business Solutions GmbH as principal for three years and at Eutelis Consult for 7 years, most recently as a partner in charge of the consulting business in the segment “Alternative Carriers.” Dr. Krüssel studied business administration at the Universities of Münster and Mannheim before earning his doctorate with a dissertation on the subject of “Decision Theory.”

Dr. Olaf Sieg is responsible for the industrial practice manufacturing and the development of the SME business. His focus is on strategy and implementation of digital business models / Iot, re-organization and the introduction of IT solutions. He holds a doctorate in mechanical engineering and is an honorary member of the Cologne Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IHK), the North Rhine-Westphalia Economic Senate and the LNI 4.0 for the promotion of German SMEs / Industry 4.0. Previously, he was Vice President for strategic programs at Deutsche Telekom / T-Systems. Before moving into the telecommunications industry, he worked internationally for a large management and technology consultancy as well as for SAP. 

Global Functional Practices (FP)

Benedikt Gäch is globally responsible for all ICT infrastructure and platform issues. To support our customers, he develops and coordinates topics such as data centers, cloud, Smart X (with Smart City, Smart Car, IOT), service platforms (e.g. OSS / BSS) and the necessary transformations. Prior to that, he worked for over 15 years as a consultant in various companies worldwide, but always with a focus on their infrastructures and platforms.

Before joining Detecon, he worked for a major international carrier. His focus was on optimizing ICT infrastructures for customers in the automotive, manufacturing, high-tech and food industries as well as financial service providers and insurance companies, among others. The graduate communications engineer frequently gives lectures at international events and works closely with standardization committees.

Björn Menden, Managing Partner, heads the Global Practice Core Functions and Optimization. He guides clients in the generation of sustainable competitive advantages and the optimization and restructuring of their business models. Björn previously played a key role in driving the development of these topics internationally while serving in executive positions, including his work in our South Africa office. Before joining Detecon, Björn worked on the international stage at other leading international consultancies in fields related to restructuring, reorganization, and transformation. He is the author of numerous publications on these topics.

Ralf Schneider is head of the Practice IT Strategy & Applications, which offers consulting services for CIO organizations relating to the challenges and opportunities of digitalization and IT agilization. His own activities focus on CIO advisory, especially on the role of the CIO as orchestrator and business value enhancer for digital business models based on new technologies such as data analytics, AI, and application ecosystems, as well as on process and governance models for the management of IT sourcing relationships and (agile) IT transformation projects.

After earning a science degree, he worked as an IT consultant in an automotive corporation and an international IT service provider before joining Detecon more than 10 years ago. Thanks to his extensive project experience, he has comprehensive industrial knowledge, especially in the fields telecommunications, energy, automotive, and logistics.

Falk Schröder is responsible for the development of consulting topics in the field of networked infrastructure, which encompasses consulting about topics ranging from technology strategy to new, agile operating models. Modern methods such as SDN/nfv featuring a high level of automation allow as well the introduction and support of genuine, digital products in the area of drones or AR/VR services, e.g., for remote maintenance. Consulting services are related to the underlying architecture and QoS standards as well as their implementation and operation. Previously, Falk Schröder was personally in charge of projects concerning 5G, low latency, and requirements of the automotive sector.

Marc Wagner is a member of Detecon’s Management Board. He directs the Practice New Work, Ecosystems & Company Re-Building and guides companies during their digital transformation in the areas of digital ecosystems, innovation, and future-proof work organizations. He previously held various management positions related to the broad fields of restructuring, financial management, CHRO advisory, and people management; he began his professional career as the founder of an IT startup. Marc Wagner is the editor of various studies and publications regarding New Work and innovation culture as well as a co-author of the book “New Work – auf dem Weg zur neuen Arbeitswelt.”

Innovation & Special Assets

Steffen Kuhn is Managing Partner and founder of the Digital Engineering Centers. An acknowledged specialist for innovation and digitalization subjects, he is in charge of the Engineering Center for Co-Innovation, Cyber Security, and Analytical Intelligence. After earning his degree in communications technology, he began his professional career in strategy consulting and worked in a number of different management positions.While Director Innovation and New Business Development at T-Systems, he was in charge of growth topics on the enterprise market. At Deutsche Telekom, he directed the group-wide innovation strategy. In 2012, he became a member of the Executive Board at Telekom Innovation Laboratories (T-Labs), where he was most recently in charge of the Digital Transformation and Re-Engineering program; in his role as founder of the “Digital Co-Innovation Labs”, he laid the optimal foundation for today’s Digital Engineering Centers.

Andreas Schultze is responsible for the global business development of NetWorks, Detecon's own software system for network planning and optimization. Prior to that, he held various international management positions (including CEO Detecon Asia-Pacific Ltd., Head of Europe, Head of International Business) and has been a member of the Executive Board since 2005. Andreas studied business administration at the University of Würzburg, majoring in business informatics, logistics and marketing, and started his professional career at CSC in Bonn before joining Detecon as a consultant.

Uwe Weber is head of the Detecon Digital Engineering Center for Industrial IoT. As Managing Partner in the unit Manufacturing, he also advises our manufacturing company clients, focusing on smart engineering and production. He is Detecon’s representative in the association ProSTEP, where he and his team support current association projects. Uwe is an ambassador of the Cross Business Architecture Lab, an association of large international user companies focusing on the subjects of digitalization and enterprise architecture. Uwe studied industrial engineering at the University of Karlsruhe and has been at Detecon since 2001. He previously held various positions at international IT producers and consultancies.


Waiel Al-Qaimi is the CEO for the MEA & Turkey region since April 2019.  He joined Detecon International GmbH in 2006 with the mandate to rebuild Detecon’s presence in the Middle East and then later to expand across industries.  Throughout this period he has been responsible for the performance of the MENA unit. Before joining Detecon, Waiel was the head of IBM Communication industry (that included Telecoms, Media and Entertainment sectors) for the MENA region.  He took up that role after serving leaderships roles for IBM covering Canada while based in Toronto as well as being part of the Americas leadership team for big deals in the Comms sector.  He grew in consulting by first joining Coopers & Lybrand that later merged to become PwC Consulting.  He held various management positions while based in Toronto and was tasked with building first the Y2K practice and later the Canadian Comms sector while working closely with the US offices in New York and San Jose. Waiel is a graduate from the University of London, U.K. holding an MSc in Advanced Computer Methods and a BSc in Computer Science.

Christian Dietze is Partner and Member of the Board of Directors of Detecon Consulting FZ-LLC in the MEA region and Turkey. Christian is working in MEA since 2012 where he has been overseeing major transformation projects. In addition, he has the global role of leading the consulting area “Business Process Management and Applications”. As active contributor to TM Forum collaboration programs, Christian Dietze is heading the development of leading standards for the telecommunications industry - focusing on processes and digital transformation. In this context, he is editor of various publications and co-author of the book “Reference Architecture for the Telecommunications Industry”. Christian began his career in the Inhouse Consulting and Center for Strategic Projects (CSP) of Deutsche Telekom.

Dr. Ralf Helbig is CEO of Detecon (Schweiz) AG. Previously, he was responsible for the Public & Industries division in Switzerland as Managing Partner after having acted as interim CIO of the Telecommunication Company Iran since the beginning of 2017. Since 2007 he has been responsible at Detecon for IT Strategy and Enterprise Architecture Management as well as the Travel Transport & Logistics division. From 2002 onwards, he worked as a consultant in Switzerland and, above all, accompanied a global pharmaceutical company in the globalisation of IT management. Before entering the consulting industry, he had completed his habilitation in business management and process management at the University of Bonn, where he still works today as a private lecturer for business management and business process management.

Thomas Wehr has been CEO of Detecon Asia-Pacific Ltd. and a member of the Detecon International Executive Board since January 2011. Thomas holds a master’s degree in political science/business administration from the University of Chemnitz and a master’s degree in economic management and policy from the University of Strathclyde. He began his professional career at the Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie (BDI) before moving to Detecon as a corporate consultant in 2004. He is a specialist for corporate strategy, marketing, controlling, regulatory aspects, and infrastructure topics in the telco field. Working in these fields of expertise, he prepares clients in Asia to meet the many diverse challenges of digitalization.

Dr. Stefan Weigand has been CEO of Detecon Consulting Co. Ltd., located in Beijing, Qingdao, and Guangzhou, since 2004.
His work focuses on business strategies and digital transformation in the sectors telecommunications, high tech, and automotive.

Stefan Wilhelm is a CEO and Managing Partner at Detecon Inc. in San Francisco and Member of the Management Board at Detecon since 2011. Stefan held international management positions within the Deutsche Telekom Group, most recently as Vice President Group Strategy and served at the board of a Chinese startup. He is an acknowledged expert for digitalization strategies, organizational renewal and next generation connectivity with extensive on the ground experience with some of the largest internet and infrastructure players in the Silicon Valley and around the world. Stefan obtained a master’s degree from RWTH Aachen and completed executive education at Stanford Business School, the Chicago Business School, and IE Business School.

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