Dieter Hofmann

Founder and Chairman of the Advisory Board
Consulting focal points:
Retail, family businesses in retail, corporate succession

The focus of the consulting work of Dieter Hofmann is on the retail sector. His commercial training and degree in business studies were followed by positions at the Handelszentrale Deutscher Kaufhäuser (German Retailers’ Association) and Rewe-Leibbrand. Dieter Hofmann was one of the first people in Germany to specialise in executive search for the retail sector, starting in 1978. In 1985, he founded Hofmann, Herbold und Partner, which was then considered one of the leading personnel consultancies for the consumer goods industry in the German-speaking world. He subsequently integrated this into one of the world’s leading personnel consultancies. Since 2001, Dieter Hofmann has mainly been responsible for filling top positions in retail at Hofmann Consultants, and has assisted numerous family businesses in the areas of supervisory/advisory boards and entrepreneurial succession.

Tel. +49 (0)69 36 50 50-111
Fax +49 (0)69 36 50 50-499

Frank W. Heun

Managing Partner
Consulting focal points:
Consumer goods, digital advisory, supervisory boards & corporate succession

The focus of the consulting of Frank Heun is on consumer goods/branded goods, in particular FMCG, SMCG and luxury goods. After completing his degree in mathematics and business administration, Frank Heun worked at a leading company in the consumer goods industry (Food & Drinks, Home & Personal Care) before becoming a partner at strategic consultancies with responsibility for the consumer goods & retail market sectors. Frank Heun also has many years of experience as the member of an advisory board at family businesses. He has stand-out expertise in the search for executives with digital competence and in the field of appointments to advisory boards and supervisory boards.

Tel. +49 (0)69 36 50 50-170
Fax +49 (0)69 36 50 50-499

Robert Harich

Managing Director
Consulting focal points:
Consumer goods, industrial enterprises, digital advisory, supervisory boards & corporate succession

The focus of the consulting of Robert Harich is on consumer goods (FMCG, SMCG, in particular durables and non-food), retail (multichannel / pure player) and professional services (TME, PE). Prior to joining Hofmann Consultants, he was Managing Director of a renowned Executive Search boutique. Before that, Robert Harich was with a major Media Holding where he was responsible for several group companies in his role as Managing Director. He began his career in Germany and in the US in the 80ies working for a listed brand agency and for an S&P 500 listed consumer goods producer (laundry and home care detergents). Following his return from the US, he joined a strategy consulting firm and from there, he changed to a consumer goods company of the Quandt group. Robert Harich has stand-out expertise in the search for executives and board positions with digital competence and in the field of advisory and supervisory boards.

Tel. +49 (0)69 36 50 50-130
Fax +49 (0)69 36 50 50-499

Kathrin Eliasz

Consultant
Consulting focal points:
Retail and consumer goods (marketing, corporate communication, sales, supply chain management)

Kathrin Eliasz is a consultant at Hofmann Consultants GmbH. The focus of her consulting is on retail and consumer goods. After successfully completing her training as a commercial specialist in the luxury goods sector and her degree in business administration, Kathrin Eliasz initially worked at a leading medium-sized personnel consultancy, where she assisted clients from all sectors in filling management and specialist positions. At Hofmann Consultants, she has successfully worked for both market-leading medium-sized companies and corporations in filling professional and executive positions at the domestic and international levels. Her specialist expertise is in the areas of marketing, corporate communications (including public affairs and investor relations), sales and supply chain management.

Tel. +49 (0)69 36 50 50-132
Fax +49 (0)69 36 50 50-499

Wolfgang Gebauer

Partner
Consulting focal points:
Consumer goods, mail order, branded goods

Wolfgang Gebauer is a partner at Hofmann Consultants GmbH. The focus of his consulting is on the areas of consumer goods, mail order and branded goods. After completing his education and his degree in mathematics, Wolfgang Gebauer initially worked as a consultant on company pension schemes at Dr. Heubeck AG, an expert office for insurance and business mathematics. In 1989 he switched to the corporate world, and was subsequently responsible for domestic and international human resources management at Reemtsma Cigarettenfabriken GmbH and then at the Vorwerk Group.

Tel. +49 (0)69 36 50 50-150
Fax +49 (0)69 36 50 50-499

Tran Huynh

Consultant
Consulting focal points:
Retail, consumer goods, professional services

Tran Huynh is a consultant at Hofmann Consultants GmbH. The focus of her consulting is on retail (multichannel, pure player), consumer goods (FMCG, SMCG) and professional services (strategy/management consulting). After studying for a degree in linguistics and sociology at the University of Bielefeld and training as a foreign trade clerk and foreign language correspondent, Tran initially worked in the field of international sales for a global industrial group for several years. Tran then completed a graduate diploma in International Business at the University of South Australia. She then moved across to a global executive search firm, where she successfully advised both international corporations and medium-sized companies on filling specialist and management positions. Tran has particular expertise in the areas of marketing/CRM/customer experience, corporate communication, human resources and in the appointment of managers with digital competence.

Tel. +49 (0)69 36 50 50-173
Fax +49 (0)69 36 50 50-499

Ulrich Pohland

Associate Partner
Consulting focal points:
Consumer goods, branded goods, manufacturing industries, retail

Ulrich Pohland is an Associate Partner at Hofmann Consultants. The focus of his consulting is on the areas of consumer goods companies (FMCG, in particular food, SMCG, durables and non-food). During his diploma studies in Business Administration at the University of Cologne, he started in the field of market research at a personnel consultancy. Following his graduation as a Diplom-Kaufmann (equivalent to a Master´s degree in Business Administration) majoring in Sales and Marketing, he initially worked in the food industry. He has subsequently been employed with renowned national and international Executive Search consultancies for more than thirty years now. He has profound expertise in successfully filling executive and specialist positions for international corporations and successful medium-sized companies, in particular family-run businesses. Ulrich Pohland has acquired stand-out proficiency in filling C-level Sales, Marketing and Operations functions and in the search for executives with digital competence.

Tel. +49 (0)69 36 50 50-140
Fax +49 (0)69 36 50 50-499

Jörn Rebholz

Consultant
Consulting focal points:
Retail (multichannel, pure player), consumer goods (FMCG, SMCG), professional services (strategic/management consulting)

Jörn Rebholz is a consultant at Hofmann Consultants GmbH. The focus of his consulting is on retail (multichannel, pure player), consumer goods (FMCG, SMCG) and professional services (strategy/management consulting). After his technical education and degree in cultural anthropology, Jörn Rebholz initially worked on a successful basis at leading personnel consultancies in the technology sector. At Hofmann Consultants, he has been assisting both international groups and medium-sized companies in filling specialist and management positions for several years. He has particular expertise in the field of sales, purchasing/category management and in the appointment of executives with digital expertise.

Tel. +49 (0)69 36 50 50-142
Fax +49 (0)69 36 50 50-499

Lara Reuter

Principal
Consulting focal points:
Retail (multichannel, pure player), consumer goods, professional services

Lara Reuter is a Principal at Hofmann Consultants. The focus of her consulting is on the areas of consumer goods companies (FMCG, SMCG, in particular durables and non-food), retail (multichannel / pure player) and professional services (TME, PE). After completion of a commercial training, Lara Reuter started her career with an online platform company in the field of brand management while still studying for a degree in business psychology. She subsequently worked for a leading specialist publisher focusing on electronic publishing. Lara Reuter then completed a Master´s degree in Marketing & Leadership and in her next career step at a renowned Executive Search boutique, she was responsible for mandates in the consumer goods market, retail and manufacturing industries. Based on her experience in the areas of communication and media combined with her Executive Search background, she has special expertise in filling senior positions with a digital focus in Business Development, Marketing, Sales and Central Services.

Tel. +49 (0)69 36 50 50-131
Fax +49 (0)69 36 50 50-499

Martin C. Rusterholz

Associate Partner Switzerland
Consulting focal points:
Retail (multichannel, pure player), durable goods, digital advisory, leadership review

Martin C. Rusterholz is an Associate Partner at Hofmann Consultants GmbH in Switzerland. The focus of his consulting is on retail where his long-standing experience in top management positions with leading international multi-channel retail companies is a valuable asset, both as regards sales functions and topics relating to the holistic transformation of retail companies towards digital business models (“end-to-end solutions”). Martin Rusterholz is also a member of the advisory board of a Fintech start-up and acts as a mentor for the University of Zurich. Based on his expertise, he is responsible for both the search for excellent executives within the retail and consumer goods sector and for filling advisory board positions (in particular regarding the establishment of digital advisory boards). As a result of his international education (degree in economics and post-graduate degree of an Executive MBA from Zurich and Stanford), and his distinct European track record in retail business, he is also in a position to successfully advise clients in all cross-border matters.

Tel. +41 (0)44 887 60 78

Paavo Zeebe

Associate Partner
Consulting focal points:
Retail (multichannel, pure player), fashion, sports & lifestyle as well as branded consumer goods companies (FMCG, SMCG).

Paavo Zeebe is an Associate Partner at Hofmann Consultants GmbH. The focus of his consulting is on the areas of retail (multichannel, pure player), fashion, sports & lifestyle as well as branded consumer goods companies (FMCG, SMCG). After studying for a degree in business administration, Paavo Zeebe started working as a market analyst at an American market research company in Frankfurt am Main. He started his career in personnel consulting at Egon Zehnder International in 2005. There, in the role of associate, he advised both international groups and medium-sized companies in the market sectors of financial services and consumer goods. In his next career move as a consultant at the Heads! Executive Consultancy, he focused exclusively on the consumer goods market and successfully advised clients on filling specialist and management positions for more than 10 years. He has particular expertise in filling positions in the areas of sales, marketing/CRM/customer experience, purchasing/category management and in positions within central services (finance & controlling, HR and IT).

Tel. +49 (0)69 36 50 50-120
Fax +49 (0)69 36 50 50-499

Dr. Christoph Achenbach

Partner
Consulting focal points:
Corporate governance, corporate succession

After a long career in management positions at leading retail organisations, Dr. Christoph Achenbach primarily advises family businesses. His wide-ranging and in-depth knowledge of every aspect of corporate governance, supervisory board, advisory board and foundation board appointments as well as questions of entrepreneurial succession lend him a superior perspective. Dr. Christoph Achenbach is a member of advisory and supervisory boards at well-known German companies and has been co-editor of the leading professional journal “Der Aufsichtsrat” for many years.

Tel. +49 (0)69 36 50 50-160
Fax +49 (0)69 36 50 50-499