Our team is made up of proven experts in the fields of structured communications and software development
All our trainers have at least ten years of professional experience behind them at a renowned strategy consulting firm and are now professors and/or advise large companies on diverse complex issues.
Already while working with Accenture Wolfgang Hackenberg developed and ran numerous training courses at the Corporate University in St. Charles. Since then he has been regularly leading workshops with a two-digit number of participants. With steercom he now leads up to 50 workshops a year throughout the world. He also lectures at the University of Passau and the Hertie School of Governance. As a Big Deal coach he also coordinates proposal teams in the creation of successful product and services presentations.
Carsten Leminsky completed his training as a Certified Global Trainer with Price Waterhouse in 1998. Since then he has regularly led workshops with a two-digit number of participants. With steercom he now leads up to 50 workshops a year throughout the world. He also lectures at the Graduate School of Management, the Hertie School of Governance, and the University of St. Gallen. As a Big Deal coach he also coordinates proposal teams in the creation of successful product- and services presentations.
Thomas Falk is for more than 20 years involved in communications to and from managers: As Wirtschaftsingenieur he functioned in plant and system engineering, before working as management consultant for similar solutions. After 10 more years as Managing Director for Sales and Marketing in an industrial enterprise he is now acting as freelancing coach and trainer.
Prof. Dr. Bernd Hümmer
Prof. Dr. Bernd Hümmer teaches sustainable management and general business management at the Georg-Simon-Ohm University in Nuremberg. He supports steercom as a senior adviser. Before he started his academic career, Prof. Dr. Hümmer enjoyed a successful career for many years as a senior manager at Roland Berger, where his focus was on international management and marketing strategies. Prior to that he was responsible for commercial management and corporate development within an international business group at Philips Communications Industry AG (later Alcatel-Lucent).
Sabine Johansson has coached many teams storylining their written and oral presentations. For KPMG Switzerland, Sabine worked as a proposal advisor. She later became Head of Sales and then took the project lead for the merger 'KPMG Europe'. In Hong Kong she supported KPMG with sales trainings, in Singapore as Head of Winning Business ASPAC. Sabine build from scratch a pursuit office for Ernst & Young Germany and was later Head of Operations for Brand, Marketing and Communications. She will now implement the steercom method in Australia.
Dirk Hanßen is a „power user“ of Pyramid Thinking principles. With a track record of > 20 years in Top Management Consulting (18 years with Roland Berger, Partner) and Executive Search (2 years with Heidrick & Struggles, Partner) Dirk has experience in Strategy Development, international Post Merger Integration and Corporate Performance programs. Having orchestrated and written several hundreds of pitches and presentations himself - often with sometimes painful nightshifts - he is dedicated to Pyramid Thinking and a strong believer in clear and simple communication that is tailored to its specific audience. Today, Dirk is working as an independent consultant and senior advisor.
Claudia Dirksen has a degree in pharmacy from the Philipps University Marburg and an Executive MBA from the WHU/Kellogg School of Management. Her academic credentials are complemented by many years of experience working in international leadership positions in the pharmaceutical industry. Since 2008 she has been working as a management consultant, for, among other clients, Management Engineers. Her main areas of focus are strategy and organizational development and their implementation at leading companies in the pharmaceutical, consumer goods, and life-science industries. Her long-standing experience in managing heterogeneous groups and her high expectations in management-workshop settings further qualify her to lead steercom seminars as a trainer.
For 18 years, Silke Ehret has applied the Top-Down-Communication Model consistently and successfully. Due to her positions as principal and member of the management committee of a strategic consultant agency, managing director of the board of directors and head of group controlling for a German credit institute, she was regularly entrusted with presenting results to high ranking committees as supervisory board and management board and corporate executives, as well as external parties interested in capital market communications. Silke is an expert in the fields of strategy development, organizational reorientation/restructuring, and corporate management, which include expertise in the financial services, real estate, and the automotive industry.
Sebastian Schöne is an independent business consultant with a focus on strategy, organization, innovation, and analytics. After studying economics in Bayreuth, Dublin, and St. Gallen (lic.oec.HSG), he worked for fourteen years as a strategy consultant at Accenture. Already while at Accenture one of his core responsibilities was to work as an instructor, training his colleagues in such areas as structured problem solving and communication.
Prof. Dr. Andreas Pfeifer
Prof. Dr. Andreas Pfeifer brings to steercom as a trainer over 20 years of experience in the consulting industry, most recently as a partner at Accenture. During his time at Accenture, Andreas held responsibility in the German-speaking market for the telecommunications, electronics, and hi-tech manufacturing segments, as well as the media and entertainment industry. Prof. Dr. Pfeifer lectures on diverse topics in IT strategy and IT-driven business-value optimization at the University of Passau. He is also a member of several supervisory boards, for example as chairman of the supervisory board of Entelios AG.
Klaus Felsch is a freelance Interim Manager and Top-Management Consultant in Essen, with special focus on Strategy, Marketing, Product Design and Change/Turnaround Management. The Telecommunications Industry is his home since more than 20 years. He started his career as a Trainer for Ericsson, educating clients as well as staff, and then moved into a management position as head of System Design. Afterwards he worked nearly 14 years as an international Top-Management Consultant for Roland Berger Strategy Consultants and DiamondCluster, at last as a Partner with Oliver Wyman in Munich.
Frank Georgi has made use of Pyramid Thinking principles for his entire career. Frank has a track record of 20 years in the large corporate world: 10 years management consulting with Accenture, 9 years senior line management roles with Zurich and SwissRe. He has experience in Strategy Development, Post Merger Integration, Operations and Information Management. With hundreds of pitches and presentations he is a strong believer in clear and simple communication that is tailored to its specific audience.
Ruth Mengede has been working as a top management consultant for 20 years and has successfully applied Pyramid Thinking to problem structuring and problem solving throughout her professional life. After graduating in Mechanical Engineering she started her career with Lufthansa Technik in aircraft overhaul. She then worked with Roland Berger Strategy Consultants in Germany and Brazil for 10 years, most recently as a partner, where she managed large international projects. She is now a partner with Matrixs Consulting in Zurich/Switzerland. Her focus is on Corporate Strategy, Restructuring, Process Optimization and Organisational Development for high-tech industries, mainly the Engineering, Process and Automotive businesses.
Prof. Dr. Nikola Ziehe
Prof. Dr. Nikola Ziehe has worked as a management consultant at Simon, Kucher & Partners. In 2000 she started with METRO Group and e.g. as a CEO built up a B2B e-Commerce Portal for small and medium enterprises. After she moved to real,- hypermarkets as Head of departments corporate development and strategic category management. From 2005 to 2007 she was head of department ARCANDOR management consulting and worked for several projects regarding reorganisation/restructuring and strategic repositioning. Since 2007 she is Professor for Business Administration, Retail Marketing and Communications Management at Düsseldorf University and is working as a freelancer in consulting and training.
Dr. Sebastian Haas
Dr. Sebastian Haas provides more than 20 years of experience with Pyramid Thinking in large corporations and medium-sized businesses. For BMW in the US as well as for Siemens in Munich headquarters where he was the responsible VP for developing and leading the Global Account Management and Portfolio Management. As CEO of a medium-sized corporation for international engineering services, he was responsible for the complete restructuring and management. Today he takes care of the marketability and industrialization of international joint ventures. As a strong believer of a structured and effective communication he is also working as a Management Consultant, Trainer and Coach.
Marita Rouhof has over 20 years of experience in Marketing, Strategic Corporate Communications and Change Management. She headed communications in financial services (AXA Asia) and professional services industry (KPMG in Hong Kong and Netherlands) as well as with governmental organisations, enhancing communications strategies and personal effectiveness to drive business results and new customer acquisition.
Prof. Dr. Nico Grove
Prof. Dr. Nico Grove is heading the Institute for Infrastructure Economics and Management, Munich. In addition, he holds a junior professorship at Bauhaus-University Weimar, lectures at Regensburg University and LMU Munich, where he received his Ph.D. He was visiting professor at the CIS, Stanford Law School, Stanford University in 2011/2012. Besides he is an active serial entrepreneur and supports (new) companies in high scalable growth. Before, he was working in strategy consultancy at Accenture Strategy and A.T. Kearney and also in media production companies for TV broadcasters and appreciates the power of Pyramid Thinking.
Heiko Viereck is a qualified mathematician and computer scientist. For many years he has been putting the supplementary teacher training he received as a student to excellent use running seminars on Microsoft Office. His specialty is data visualization.
Christian Fenner learned the Pyramid-Principle as part of his consulting foundation training. As Group HR Chief Operating Officer of Credit Suisse he used the approach to problem solve at the strategic, top executive level. He early on developed a passion for training und strengthened the strategic problem solving and presentation writing capabilities as trainer and coach. As an independent consultant, he helps his clients to approach strategic challenges in a structured way and to apply Pyramid-logic when structuring and presenting their solutions and proposals.
Structured communication and an analytical view are all part of Volker Boeschen's tools. Therefore, he learned to appreciate the Pyramid Thinking approach early on and spread it in his areas of responsibility. More than 20 years ago Volker joined Accenture (Andersen Consulting). After successfully building up his own consulting firm, he joined Deloitte & Touche to further develop the business consultancy for medium-sized businesses. Moving on to Rödl & Partner, he took charge of the Business Consulting Unit. Today, he passes on his experience in seminars and coaching for steercom. He is also in worldwide demand as an independent executive coach and trainer for business development, leadership and project management.
Ruth Harris has over 20 years executive level experience in multinational corporations working in the UK, USA, Hong Kong and Singapore. Ruth’s role involved the leading and managing of multinational clients’ business across a range of industries, with clients such as IBM, MasterCard, Gillette, Estee lauder Companies and Johnson & Johnson. As a positive psychology practitioner, much of Ruth’s work has been focused around the psychological, behavioural and systems thinking to ensure long lasting benefits in organisations. She knows how to understand the addressee and how to „talk their language“ to engage sucessfully with the stakeholders. She is excellent at bringing together strategic teams to deliver critical objectives and has the ability to empower and motivate people, resulting in new thinking / approaches and a communication that resonates.
Our team includes proven experts in software development and graphic design. They developed our Visual Communication Tool (VCT) for PowerPoint and continue to update and customize it for our clients.
Andreas Vox is a qualified mathematician. At steercom he is responsible for developing and providing support for our Visual Communication Tool (VCT).
Prior to joining steercom Andreas Vox spent eight years as a research associate at the Institute for Software Engineering and Programming Languages at the University of Lübeck in Germany. He focuses on object-oriented programming and on developing solutions for common PowerPoint problems.
Heiko Viereck is a qualified mathematician and computer scientist. At steercom he is responsible for quality assurance and testing of the Visual Communication Tool (VCT).
Prior to joining steercom Heiko Viereck worked in software development for several major companies.
His main focuses are quality management and business intelligence.