Client Delight drives our Action
Prof. Dr. Heinrich Arnold (CEO)
Dr. Heinrich Arnold is chief executive officer of Detecon International and in this position is in charge of the leading management and technology consultancy “Made in Germany”. In his previous position as Senior Vice President Innovation & Laboratories, he steered group research and innovation activities at Deutsche Telekom and directed T-Labs and its offices in Silicon Valley, Berlin, and Israel. He is founder and supervisory board member of a number of Telekom high-tech spin-offs. His career began with an international top management consultancy, and he was co-founder of one of the first German-Chinese high-tech startup. His service on management and advisory boards of a number of companies (including Connected Living e.V., Fraunhofer FOKUS, Labs Network Industrie 4.0, Max Planck Institute for Innovation, Munich Circle, Technology Foundation Berlin) makes his expertise and experience available to the innovation community in Germany. Wirtschaftswoche counted him among the 100 Digital Leaders in Germany as early as 2012. Arnold holds a Master of Science degree in engineering from Stanford University; he studied technical physics at the TU Munich and earned his doctorate in technology management. He is Honorary Professor for Engineering of Digital Transformation at the TU Berlin.
Sven Erdmann (CFO)
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 (CEO 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
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.
Guido Horstmann is in charge of the global business of the Industry Practice “Manufacturing/Medium Enterprise” and guides the consulting activities for the sectors “High Tech”, “Manufacturing”, and “Automotive Supplier” on subjects such as industrial IoT and Industry 4.0. Before joining Detecon, the holder of a degree in electrical engineering was employed in various management positions at internationally leading consulting and industrial companies in Germany and the USA.
Dr. Christian Kleinhans
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 digital officer (CDO) in their projects and stands for the topics of digital change & transformation, new business models, and innovations.
Dr. Peter Krüssel
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
Dr.-Ing. Olaf Sieg is responsible for the business development of medium-sized customers and strategic partner management. He focuses on digital business models, increasing efficiency and introducing IT solutions, especially for the manufacturing and automotive supply industries. The mechanical engineer is a member of the Economic Senate of North Rhine-Westphalia, the Cologne Chamber of Commerce and Industry and of the LNI 4.0 for the promotion of German SMEs / Industry Platform 4.0. Prior to this, he was Vice President of the Board of Management of Deutsche Telekom's Business Customers division. Before moving into the telecommunications industry, he worked for an American strategy and technology consultancy as well as for a German software manufacturer.
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.
Robin Euler is CEO of Detecon (Schweiz) AG. In addition, he is in charge of the Detecon Competence Center Cyber Security. He had previously been a member of the Detecon Executive Board and was in this position in charge of the national and international business relationships with Deutsche Telekom. Prior to that time, he was Partner at Detecon (Schweiz) AG, where he had worldwide responsibility for the topic of financial management. During his work as a consultant, Robin gained international project experience related to the topics of strategy, restructuring, and financial management, above all in the pharmaceutical, manufacturing, and telecommunications industries. Robin Euler studied business administration at the University of Mannheim and earned an MBA at Western Illinois University in the USA.
Issa Nasser is the director of the Detecon office in Abu Dhabi. A graduate of Columbia and Stanford Universities, he began his professional career in the telecommunications industry at Booz Allen, focusing on technology, innovation, and 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
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.
Philipp Zindler has been the Managing Director of the Detecon Office in South Africa since January 2016. In his capacity as Managing Director he is responsible for Detecon’s business transactions in Central and South Africa. He has been working for the company since 2012 and started his career in in-house consulting at Deutsche Telekom AG.