Dr. Cornelius Boersch
„Conny“ Boersch is the founder of Mountain Partners. He is an entrepreneur since 1990 and the founder of ACG AG, a leading company in the RFID market. In 1999, ACG AG successfully went public at Frankfurt Stock Exchange. He helped to build technology firms like Smartrac, which went public 2006 and Identiv, an RFID group listed on NASDAQ since 2010. Conny Boersch is considered one of the most active business angels in Europe and was named European Business Angel of the Year in 2009. Conny Boersch studied at the European Business School in Oestrich-Winkel and earned a PhD from the University of Essen.
Daniel S. Wenzel
Daniel S. Wenzel is co-founder and delegate of the board of directors of Mountain Partners. In addition to the operational management, he is responsible for the strategic direction of the group and its expansion to a global venture builder. Before co-founding Mountain Partners, Daniel Wenzel initiated the corporate office of Smart Card Brokers and RFID manufacturer ACG AG and was in charge of strategy projects, M&A transactions and financings. At the beginning of his career, he worked at Dresdner Bank in Latin America, at BNP Paribas and at Bain & Company. Daniel studied Business Administration at WHU Koblenz – Otto Beisheim School of Management, at Helsinki School of Economics and at Universidad Adolfo Ibañez in Chile. Daniel Wenzel is Honorary Consul of the Republic of Chile in Switzerland and member of the supervisory board of several European and Asian investment companies.
Jeremy Sell has 30 years of experience in the technology, media and communications sector, focusing on emerging markets. Jeremy was CEO of Orange Sweden, Director at Virgin Management and Qwest (previously US West) and held several senior finance roles, notably CFO at VPI Group PLC, CFO at Hackett Group and Director of Finance at Cable & Wireless Communications. He spent 10 years with Ooredoo in the Middle East as Chief Strategy Officer and Head of M&A and was instrumental in their growing from 1m to 110m+ customers in 16 different countries. Before joining Mountain Partners, Jeremy advised private equity groups on selecting transactions and telecom operators on developing their digital strategy to diversify their revenues. He trained with Arthur Andersen in London and holds a Master of Arts from Cambridge University.
Jan Nyholm is a seasoned senior executive in the financial services industry. He spent the first 16 years of his career at leading, mainly American firms, building their European business. His roles have included Executive Director at Fidelity Investments, Managing Director at Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette (DLJ), Member of the European Executive Committee at Credit Suisse First Boston (CSFB) and an Executive Board position at Credit Suisse. During the last ten years Jan Nyholm has been an entrepreneur and is, among others, a partner in a Swiss Bank as well as an advisor to large European financial services firms. He holds a BA in Economics from Copenhagen Business School and an MBA from Columbia University in New York.
Ingo Drexler is well-known and respected in the venture capital world of the DACH/GSA region as a leading venture capital investor. He joined Mountain Partners as an investment manager in 2005. As head of business administration he was responsible for finance and human resources for MovingImage24 GmbH, a secure content management solution for cloud based video streaming in Europe. Prior to this position, Ingo Drexler worked as a consultant for Founders Farm GmbH, a consultancy with focus on fast growing companies. Ingo Drexler graduated as Diplom-Kaufmann in media economics at Technical University Ilmenau. Furthermore, he studied at Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Brazil.
Alexander Köhler joined Mountain Partners in 2008. He is responsible for Finance and takes on various board memberships in group companies of Mountain Partners AG. During his education as a tax expert and the subsequent study of Business Administration, Alexander advised numerous companies in the area of Accounting and Controlling and gained a wide range of know-how over the years. He holds a degree in taxation specialist, a degree in Business Administration and a Master in Corporate Finance.
Volker Rofalski is founder of TradeCross AG, which was sold to VEM Aktienbank AG in 2005. There he was the head of equity capital markets and the proxy of the bank. Before that, he led the commercial departments of the companies Internet2000 AG and ELA Medical and Porges GmbH. Volker Rofalski is a 1997 business administration graduate of the University of Augsburg. Volker is part of the investment management team.
Marco Stutz joined Mountain Partners in 2009 as the executive assistant to the management board. Today, Marco is responsible for the international investment activities of the group including the management of joint ventures, for example in India, Southeast Asia, and Latin America. Prior to Mountain Partners, Marco worked for GlaxoSmithKline and with Daimler Beijing (China). Marco holds a degree in industrial engineering with focus on international management and strategic controlling.
Marc Penkala joined Mountain Partners in 2013. He is responsible for the international deal-flow as well as the execution and the global roll-out management. Prior to his time with Mountain Partners, Marc gained more than five years of entrepreneurial experience by founding two companies. Previously, Marc worked as the assistant to the executive board of Bilfinger Berger AG and assistant to the CEO of Rollbo Transport GmbH. Marc studied business administration at Freie Universität Berlin, University of New South Wales Sydney, LSE PKU Beijing and CBL Business School Dubai with a focus on international taxation, strategic management and entrepreneurship.
Tim Brandl joined Mountain Partners in 2014 and is involved in investment management and the internationalization of the group’s activities. Previously, he gained practical experience with Ernst & Young’s Real Estate M&A team, Berenberg Bank’s Private Banking and Asset Management, as well as in Portfolio Management & Investment Controlling at R+V Versicherung (insurance). Tim completed the Master of Finance program at HULT International Business School in San Francisco with distinction. He also holds a Bachelor’s degree (General Management & Law) from the European Business School (EBS), studied at Schulich School of Business in Toronto, and volunteered in New York for one year.
Philip Behrends joined Mountain Partners as a Business Development Intern in 2013. Today, he is the assistant to the founder and chairman of the executive management, Dr. Cornelius Boersch. As such, Philip takes care of communication, organisation and project management for Dr. Boersch. In addition, he handles legal tasks, such as contract drafting and document preparation, for Mountain Partners. Philip holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Kent in Canterbury, UK.
Christine Schmitz-Riol is responsible for the administrative management and internal organization of Mountain Partners AG. Before Christine Schmitz-Riol joined Mountain Partners, she was employed with ACG AG and TellSell Consulting in Frankfurt.
Manfred Boersch was member of the Executive Board of Volksbank Hannover eG, Managing Director of Bankhaus Bensel GmbH in Mannheim, as well as the Chairman of Volksbank Hamm eG from 1979 to 1998. He was Vice President of the Chamber of Industry and Commerce Dortmund (IHK) for 8 years and is a honorary member of the assembly of the Dortmund Chamber of Industry and Commerce for 12 years. Since 2003, is the Managing Director of Upstream Consult GmbH in Hamm. Manfred Boersch is also Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the EMA European Management Academy in Dachsberg and a member of the Supervisory Board of Impera Total Return AG in Frankfurt, as well as the chairman of the Advisory Council of Labbé & Cie Aufsichtsrats- und Beratungsservices (supervisory board and consultant services) in Munich.
As qualified technical draughts- and tradesman Christoph Stirnemann worked over years for several machine tool manufacturers such as the Georg Fischer Ltd. in different functions in divisions like Product Development, Supply Chain Management, Manufacturing and Logistics in Switzerland, the USA and China. He is founder of an Event Management Agency and holds a B.A. of Business Administration of the Zurich University of Applied Sciences in Winterthur.