Ralf Pichler has been CEO of Detecon since 01/08/2019. 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.
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.
Simone Wamsteker has been CHRO at Detecon since 16/03/2021. She is responsible for global people management and is also responsible for the topics of sustainability and diversity at executive level.
Simone has over 20 years of experience in consulting and HR. As a consultant at Accenture, she carried out successful change management projects before moving to the HR side. There she worked for Accenture as Recruiting Director and HR Service Delivery Lead for the German-speaking region, among other positions. Afterwards, she was responsible for the people topics for the global product business at BCG as HR Director. Simone's passion, in addition to supporting the business through smooth HR processes, is to drive innovation and the digitalization of the people function.
Global Executive Team
Olaf Kleindienst heads the Global Chapter Services & Industries and manages all activities in the focus sectors Automotive & Manufacturing, Health, Public and Travel, Transport & Logistics. Olaf was most recently responsible for the Customer Experience business segment and numerous strategic customer initiatives at MHP, a majority-owned subsidiary of the automotive manufacturer Porsche. He started his career as a Strategy Management Consultant at FUCHS & PARTNER Unternehmensstrategien. This was followed by positions as Head of Organization at drive specialist Lenze and Executive Vice President & Head of Consulting at BEMA Consulting. Olaf is an expert in digital transformation, especially in the automotive industry, and leads projects on the digital future and operational excellence, e.g. with the help of connected devices, IoT / IIoT and analytics.
Dr. Peter Krüssel is responsible for the Global Chapter Communication Industries and leads 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 seven 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.”
Steffen Kuhn is responsible for the Global Chapter Digital Innovation, Research & Engineering Center. In 2017, he founded the Digital Engineering Centers at Detecon in Berlin. With more than 20 years of professional experience, he is a passionate and recognized expert for disruptive technologies and innovation strategies. His mission is to combine consulting and innovation with high-tech expertise in order to ensure the transfer from the innovation ecosystem to practical application. After studying communications engineering, Steffen started his professional career in strategy consulting and worked in various management positions. As Director of Innovation & New Business Development at T-Systems, he assumed responsibility for growth topics in the enterprise market. At Deutsche Telekom, he headed the group-wide innovation strategy. In 2012, he moved to the Telekom Innovation Laboratories (T-Labs) as a member of the Executive Board, where he was most recently responsible for the Digital Transformation & ReEngineering Program. As founder of the Digital Co-Innovation Labs, he created the ideal basis for his current tasks.
Steffen Roos is responsible for the Global Chapter Business Technology. His work is strongly influenced by his career start in a start-up of the New Economy. The influence on his work in the team and with the customers could not be more immediate than in a small, strongly growing organization, which had set itself the goal to "internalize" the world. After a successful IPO and several years in various management positions at the software company, Steffen has been working for Detecon for several years as a management consultant and strategic advisor at top management level in various industries and at various companies. His "can do, will do" attitude, his enthusiasm for high technology and many years of experience in the management of agile projects and programs are particularly useful to him in supporting our clients in digital transformation, from strategy to implementation.
Andrea Schmitz heads the Global Chapter Tranformation and is thus responsible for the digital transformation offerings with the focus on customers, employees, operating models, strategy, and financials.
Before Andrea joined Detecon, she worked in various positions at the international IT consultancy CGI in Munich. There, as Vice President Consulting Services, she was most recently responsible for managing several teams in the area of digital transformation. The spectrum of topics she managed ranged from transformation and change programs to project and program management in the areas of IT infrastructure, agile transformation, DevOps, cloud transformation, and automation.
Falk Schröder heads the Global Chapter Communication Industries International, a division that provides end-to-end advice to the international telecommunications industry with up-to-date services. His expertise lies in the transformation and development of telcos towards the digital ecosystem - including services around M&A, PMI and investor advisory as well as shareholder value. A key focus is on innovation and digitalization of the digital ecosystem, monetization of new telco services, performance management and optimization. This also includes various domain strategies such as business, services, network and infrastructure, to design and rollout consulting.
Dr. Ralf Helbig is responsible for the Alpine region with Detecon (Schweiz) AG and Detecon Consulting Austria GmbH as well as the Global Chapter Services & Industries in a dual function. 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.
Björn Menden leads the region Middle East and Africa (MEA) with offices in Dubai (HQ), Abu Dhabi, Riyadh, Istanbul and Johannesburg. 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.
Thomas Wehr leads Detecon Asia-Pacific Ltd. and has been a member of the Detecon Global Management Team 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.
Since 2004 Dr. Stefan Weigand leads Detecon Consulting Co. Ltd., located in Beijing, Qingdao, Guangzhou and is also a member of the Detecon Global Management Team. His work focuses on business strategies and digital transformation in the sectors telecommunications, high tech, and automotive.
Tobias Hejna has been CEO of the Detecon subsidiary ORBIT IT-Solutions together with Sebastian Rutz since April 2020. His unique sales expertise is based on, among other things, his more than eight years of experience as sales manager. In this function, he dealt intensively with sales concepts, built up the sales organization at ORBIT and is constantly developing it further. He started his career as an IT consultant in the data center environment. He worked on numerous IT projects for a wide range of customers; later he also held a responsible position as Account Manager. Since 2012, he has been a member of the management board with power of attorney and is jointly responsible for the strategy and success of ORBIT in recent years. Tobias holds an Executive Diploma in Sales Management from the University of St. Gallen.
Sebastian Rutz has been CEO of the Detecon subsidiary ORBIT IT-Solutions together with Tobias Hejna since April 2020. Prior to this, he worked for the company for over 16 years in various responsible positions. He took over as head of the consulting division in 2009 and was a member of the management board since 2014 as an authorized signatory. In recent years, Sebastian has been significantly involved in the organizational development and the establishment of the various service areas. He is very familiar with the analysis and professionalization of existing business processes. His extensive practical experience in software development and technical infrastructures will continue to benefit him in the future.