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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.

Global Executive Team

Dr. Ralf Helbig leads the Detecon Schweiz (AG) and is responsible for the Services & Industries Chapter. 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.

Dr. Peter Krüssel is responsible for the Global Industry Chapter Telecommunications 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 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.”

Steffen Kuhn is the founder of the Digital Engineering Centers at Detecon and simultaneously heads the Global Functional Chapter Digital Strategy & Innovation. 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.

Björn Menden is responsible for the Global Functional Chapter Digital Operations & Performance. 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.

Dr. Jürgen Padberg is responsible for the Automotive & Manufacturing Industries Chapter. He has been working as a consultant in the automotive and manufacturing industries for over 25 years and also has management experience as a line manager in the Deutsche Telekom Group. With a degree in business administration and a doctorate in business informatics, he and his team advise customers on how innovative information and communication technologies can be used to make operational processes more effective and efficient. A particular focus is on the consistent orientation towards customer centricity in order to meet the requirements of the digital age. New digital business models, enrichment of products through digital services and the use of digital technologies in development, production and sales / after sales are the focus of his consulting portfolio.

Steffen Roos is responsible for the Global Functional Chapter Business Technology. His work is strongly influenced by his career start in a start-up of the New Economy. The feedback on the own 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.

Falk Schröder is responsible for the Network Technology Chapter and 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.

Regions

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.

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.

Stefan Wilhelm leads Detecon Inc. in San Francisco and is a member of the Detecon Global Management Team. 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.

Management ORBIT IT-Solutions

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.

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