Dr. Thomas Olemotz
Born in 1962. After completing his studies in business administration, Dr Thomas Olemotz began his career as a research associate at the University of Gießen. Following his doctorate degree, he became the assistant to the board of directors of Westdeutsche Landesbank before serving as head of mergers & acquisitions at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Mittelstandsberatung, a consultancy for medium-sized companies. Dr Olemotz then joined Delton AG, where he was responsible for corporate development. He went on to became a member of the board of directors of Microlog Logistics AG, a company within the same group, where he oversaw finance and human resources. He joined Bechtle AG as CFO in March 2007, becoming Spokesman of the Executive Board in January 2009 and Chairman of the Executive Board in June 2010.
Born in 1964. After his vocational training as an engineer for office and communications electronics, Michael Guschlbauer held various technical and project management positions before working in sales. In 1994 he joined DeTeSystem (later T-Systems), where he began as a sales representative and later assumed diverse management roles. Prior to joining Bechtle, he held an executive position at T-Systems Business Services, overseeing the Large Enterprises, Sales & Service Management division. In January 2008 Mr Guschlbauer became Executive Vice President of Managed Services at Bechtle. A year later, he was appointed to the Executive Board as the member responsible for the Group’s IT System House & Managed Services segment.
Born in 1958, degree in business administration. Jürgen Schäfer is a member of the Executive Board of Bechtle AG, whose main office is located in Neckarsulm. He oversees the Group’s IT E-Commerce segment in 14 European countries. Since joining Bechtle in 1988, Mr Schäfer has held various management positions in purchasing & organisation, system houses, logistics & service and e-commerce. In 1993 he spearheaded the expansion of Bechtle direct through the foundation of the brand’s first subsidiary outside Germany, establishing Bechtle as a leading IT partner in Europe.
Klaus Winkler was born in 1958. After his vocational training as a banker at BW Bank AG, Klaus Winkler completed a business administration degree in Stuttgart. Between 1979 and 1994, he held various positions at BW Bank, eventually serving as Head of Corporate Finance. From 1987 to 1988, Klaus Winkler worked for Credit Suisse First Boston Ltd. in London. He took over the management of BWK GmbH holding company in Stuttgart in 1990. From 2003 to 2019, Klaus Winkler was Chairman of the Management Board of Heller GmbH. Due to a change in the legal form of Heller GmbH, he is Chairman of the Executive Board of Heller Management SE since 2020 and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Heller Management SE and Heller Holding SE & Co. KGaA since 2022.
Shareholder Representatives in the Supervisory Board:
Born in 1964. In the software industry since 1986, Uwe Burk began his career as a developer for CAD/CAM application software while studying Maths and Information Technology at the Technical University of Darmstadt. Following spells with SDRC Software, Unigraphics Solutions and Siemens PLM, in 2008 he came to Dassault Systèmes Deutschland GmbH, where he took on various management positions. As former Vice President, Eurocentral Sales, 3DEXPERIENCE WORKS, the 56-year-old has strong ties with the Bechtle Group’s CAD/CAM specialists. Since 2020, Uwe Burk has been responsible for the CAD/CAM business of the Bechtle Group as Executive Vice President.
Born in Hamburg in 1969, Frank Diers began his career as an IT specialist at IBM Germany after studying technical computer science. After more than 13 years in various positions there, he joined Bechtle in 2010 and took over the management of the system house in Hamburg. From 2013 to 2019, he moved to industry and became CIO at Fielmann AG. At the beginning of 2020, he was drawn back to Bechtle and became Managing Director of the Bechtle IT System House in Bielefeld. Since January 1, 2022, Frank Diers is responsible for the North/East cluster as Executive Vice President.
Born in 1960. With a degree in business administration in his pocket and a year spent in Central and South America under his belt, Mario Düll kickstarted his professional career as an account manager and sales trainer with Eastman Kodak, where he later oversaw sales at the company’s Mannheim and Nuremberg sites. He switched to Bechtle in 2001 as a Product Manager, and in 2004 became Managing Director of Bechtle direct Germany, with his role soon expanding to cover Switzerland, too. On 01 April 2020, he joined the ranks of Bechtle’s EVPs and is now in charge of IT E-Commerce in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
Born in 1971. Konstantin Ebert started his career in the IT industry in 1998 as a consultant at ITC Deutschland. The graduate in business administration gained further professional experience at Fujitsu Siemens Computers and T-Systems Business Services, as well as in various international management positions at NetApp. Before joining Bechtle in 2021, he was Executive Vice President Sales at Teamviewer. Today he’s Executive Vice President for France, Benelux, and the United Kingdom.
Born in 1957. After obtaining a degree in business administration, Axel Feldhoff began his career at IBM Germany in a number of management positions in and outside Germany. He was last responsible for IBM’s medium-sized customers in southern Germany. In 1997 Mr Feldhoff became the managing director of Haitec AG and was appointed to the board of directors after the company began publicly trading in 1999. He joined the board of directors at Magirus AG in 2001, where he oversaw sales in Europe and the Middle East. Mr Feldhoff came to Bechtle AG in October 2010 as Executive Vice President for the Group’s IT system houses in the Western Region.
Born in 1964, Oliver Hambrecht completed his vocational training in Wholesale and Foreign Trade before embarking on a dual-study program in Business Administration. He took his first steps in the IT industry in 1986, working in software sales and product management at ALF AG, before taking a position at TDS AG (now Fujitsu Services GmbH) from 1991 to 2001. In April 2001, Mr Hambrecht took over the management of Bechtle AG’s original system house in Heilbronn (later Neckarsulm). Since 2018, he has been working on the plenum and executive committee of the Heilbronn-Franken Chamber of Commerce and is also head of the Wirtschaft Digital Advisory Board. He has held the position of Executive Vice President for Southwest Germany and Austria since 01 January 2023.
Steven Handgrätinger was born in 1961 and started his career at Siemens AG. His professional career led him via the management of sales Germany for PCs and servers at Siemens Nixdorf AG to activities as managing director and shareholder of COMICS Informationssysteme GmbH / COMLINE AG. From February 2004, he was head of the Public Sector division in Europe at Bechtle AG. From 2006 to 2019, Steven Handgrätinger was honorary chairman of the board of itSMF Deutschland e.V. The itSMF stands for standardization and automation of IT landscapes. Since 01.01.2022, he has been Divisional Board Member Public Sector of the Bechtle Group.
Born in 1973 in Ireland, John Malone has been Managing Director of Bechtle direct Ireland since 2010. In 2014, he began to gradually add more and more connecting tasks to his list of responsibilities within IT e-commerce, in particular pertaining to customers who are active on a global scale. Since March 2022, he has held the position of Executive Vice President implementing the group’s IT e-commerce strategy in Ireland, Italy, Spain and Portugal, as well as in Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic. Sales activities for international accounts shared across European Bechtle Group companies, as well as international vendor coordination also fall within his remit. John Malone has a diploma in electronic engineering and a Masters in business administration. Before joining Bechtle, he had accumulated 13 years’ experience in IT, working for HP and Fujitsu, among others.
Born in 1970, Dirk Müller-Niessner completed his vocational training as a Precision Engineer before continuing his training as an Automation Technology Technician. Alongside numerous IT-related certifications, in 2010 he also completed an intensive general management course at the EBS University for Business and Law in Oestrich-Winkel. Between 2001 and 2013, he held various management positions at numerous TCC Group companies, before working on a freelance basis as an Interim Manager. Since 2018, Mr Müller-Niessner has held several positions at Bechtle in the fields of Cloud and Managed Services, taking the reins of Bechtle Hosting and Operations GmbH at the beginning of 2021, and has overseen the opening of the Bechtle Service Factory, in which Managed Cloud Services in particular are bundled. He has been responsible for Bechtle’s complete platform strategy in his role as CTO since 01 January 2023.
Born in 1961. Alfred Neidhard followed his vocational training as an assistant tax consultant with a degree in Business Administration. After an initial position in an auditing office, he went on to become a managing partner of a medium-sized system house. Mr Neidhard joined the Bechtle Group in mid-2000, first as the managing director of Bechtle Logistik & Service GmbH, then as the managing director of the IT system houses in Rottenburg, Stuttgart and Friedrichshafen. He also oversaw Bechtle’s entry into the Austrian market. Mr Neidhard was Executive Vice President for the Southern Region from 2010, adding the Central Region and the International Sales Division to his areas of remit in January 2023.
Born 1959. After completing his studies in mechanical engineering and training as a sales manager, Hanspeter Oeschger first worked for Brother Switzerland in the printing sector. He then spent three years building up the distribution of uninterruptible power solutions for the French Merlin Gerin Group in Grenoble. In 1989 he founded Steffen Informatik AG in Switzerland. In addition to managing the company, he advised medium-sized customers as an IT architect. In 1998 he was instrumental in the development of the first cloud solutions, which are now marketed under the product name “360° Cloud" . After the merger with the Bechtle Group in 2016, in addition to the management and the Regensdorf branch management, he pushed ahead with the merger of the Bechtle IT system houses in Switzerland into one organization. The enthusiastic “Schwyzerörgeler" (a Swiss version of the accordion) has been responsible for Bechtle IT System House & Managed Services in Switzerland since 2019. The motto “If you want great things, you have to do small things first" shapes his actions.
Born in 1964. Following a degree in economics, Stefan Sagowski began his career at Wollert-Elmendorff (later Deloitte & Touche) as an audit assistant and tax consultant. In 1998 he joined mb Software AG, a listed software company, as a commercial manager and authorised representative, guiding the company in its establishment of a capital market-aligned finance department. Mr Sagowski joined Bechtle AG in 1999 as the assistant to the Executive Board, helping organise Bechtle’s initial public offering and later taking over the Group’s financial leadership. Since March 2004 he has served as the Executive Vice President responsible for the Bechtle Group’s finances.
Born in 1968. Mr Schmidt began his career at HP Germany after completing his BA in economics and business administration. After holding various positions, including that of IT manager at a Flextronics subsidiary, Mr Schmidt was employed as IT manager at Philips Böblingen, only to later assume responsibility for the regions of Germany, Austria and Switzerland at their Hamburg branch. As former Member of the Executive Board of AMARAS AG, Mr Schmidt came to Bechtle through the acquisition of this company in 2014. Here, he continued to serve as Member of the Executive Board, as well as Interim Managing Director at one of Bechtle's Swiss companies. On 1 October 2016, Mr Schmidt was appointed to and now serves as Executive Vice President for Bechtle Managed Services.
Born in 1959. Following his studies in computer science and business and engineering, Andreas Staudigel co-founded the SAP consultancy that would become Itelligence AG. He served the company for seven years as a partner and member of the senior management. During this time he was responsible for developing the company’s consulting business as a medium-sized system house. Mr Staudigel then joined the senior ranks of Bertelsmann Arvato, where he headed up the Business Process Solutions segment before becoming a partner at an M&A firm, where he oversaw the acquisition, restructuring and reselling of technology companies. Originally hailing from East Westphalia, he became the Managing Director of Bechtle’s IT system house Mannheim in 2010, then assumed the role of Executive Vice President responsible for the Central Region and Business Process Solutions (BPS) in January 2014. Since January 2023, his focus is on the Bechtle Group’s application solution specialists.