DTCP's senior advisors complement our team's sector knowledge with their diverse expertise and leadership experience. Meet the people who help us move ideas forward.
Tim Höttges is the Chief Executive Officer of Deutsche Telekom AG. Previously, he was a member of the Group Board of Management responsible for Finance and Controlling.
Mr. Höttges has spent his career specializing in finance and strategic corporate planning.
After completing his Business degree in Cologne, Mr. Höttges kicked off his career as a consultant at the VIAG Group in Munich. While at the VIAG Group, he held various divisional and project management positions, in addition to his membership on the Extended Management Board responsible for controlling, corporate planning, and mergers and acquisitions.
Under his leadership, Mr. Höttges has enjoyed great industry success, having played a central role in the merger of VIAG AG and VEBA AG to form E.on AG, as well as having overseen T-Home become a market leader in terms of new DSL customers after joining Deutsche Telekom.
Thorsten Langheim joined the Board of Management of Deutsche Telekom in 2019 where he is responsible for the “USA and Group Development" Board department. Thorsten is also responsible for Deutsche Telekom’s U.S. business as well as Corporate Development, Portfolio Strategy, and Group M&A activities. This includes overseeing Deutsche Telekom’s 12 % stake in BT as well as the management of the Deutsche Telekom subsidiaries T-Mobile Netherlands and Deutsche Funkturm. Moreover, Mr. Langheim is Chairman and Co-founder of DTCP. Thorsten Langheim had already been responsible for the majority of the functions of his Board department in his previous role as Executive Vice President Group Development at Deutsche Telekom.
Prior to his position at Deutsche Telekom, Mr. Langheim was Managing Director at the Private Equity Group of The Blackstone Group, an asset management and financial services company primarily focusing on private equity investments in Germany. Before that, Mr. Langheim was Investment Banker and Vice President European M&A at J.P. Morgan in London and Assistant Director at WestLB in Düsseldorf.
Mr. Langheim serves as a member of the Board of Directors at T-Mobile US and is a member of the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Sporthilfe as well as Chairman of T-Mobile Netherlands and Deutsche Funkturm.
Lars Hinrichs is a successful tech entrepreneur and investor, passionate about all things digital and best-known for his work in founding XING. He is a current member of the Supervisory Board at Deutsche Telekom and is the founder and CEO of Cinco Capital.
Mr. Hinrichs launched politik-digital.de, an award-winning platform for politics and new media, at age 22. He experienced a range of initial entrepreneurial success leading up to the founding of XING. In 2006, he oversaw its IPO, making XING the world's first Web 2.0 company to go public.
Mr. Hinrichs is currently active in investing in a wide range of tech startups and is a leader in driving growth in Germany’s tech ecosystem. He advises at the Global Leaders of World Economic Forum, the Young Global Leaders, and the Young Presidents’ Organization.
Dr. Rainer Hillebrand is an expert in Corporate Strategy, E-Commerce and Business Intelligence. Dr. Hillebrand currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Executive Board Otto Group, Corporate Strategy, E-Commerce, Business Intelligence, Knowledge Management and Group IT.
Following his doctoral studies, Dr. Hillebrand began his career at his alma mater, the Army University Hamburg, at the Marketing Institute, and thereafter joined Otto as Head of Strategic Development. Dr. Hillebrand has been an Executive Board Member of the Otto Group since 1999 and has been Vice Chairman of the Otto Group for over a decade.
Marco Börries is a German entrepreneur with a passion for making ideas work. enfore AG is his fourth start-up and was founded in 2009 as NumberFour AG.
Mr. Börries has founded multiple successful companies; the first, Star Division, he founded at the age of 16 and sold to Sun Microsystems. His second company, StarFinanz, a joint-venture with the Deutsche Sparkassen Organisation, aimed to re-invent online banking with StarMoney – which became the leading product in Germany. He founded Verdisoft, his third company, in 2001, which was later sold to Yahoo.
In 2009, Mr. Börries founded NumberFour in Berlin to re-imagine the way small businesses are run. Together with his team he is working to fulfill NumberFour’s Mission: “Helping 200 Million+ Run Their Business”.
Trevor Healy is one of the most seasoned technology executives in the industry, having founded, managed, and advised countless successful tech ventures. He is the current Co-founder and Managing Partner of Sansa Advisors, which helps founders to “unlock their strategic value at the right time.”
His previous executive and management roles are numerous: Executive Chairman of Nexmo, President of Sansa Security, CEO of Amobee Inc. and Jajah, and as Chief Innovation Officer and a Board Director at Telefonica Europe PLC. He has also advised Onavo (acquired by Facebook), Cotendo (acquired by Akamai), and Kontera (acquired by Singtel), in addition to holding GM positions at PayPal and VeriSign Payment Services. Mr. Healy co-founded CelNX (acquired by VeriSign), started the US subsidiary of Trintech Inc., and held senior positions at Kindle Banking Systems.
Taking a good business and turning it into insanely great long-lasting enterprise is his passion.
Michael Sommer is a German trade unionist leader, telecom industry veteran, and was a member of the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Telekom AG from 2000 to 2018.
After completing his studies in Berlin, Mr. Sommer spent over 10 years in numerous Trade Union Secretary roles at the Deutsche Postgewerkschaft, for which he would later become an active member of the Executive Committee and, ultimately, Deputy Chairman. He also served as Deputy Chairman of the United Services Union.
Mr. Sommer further served as Chairman of the German Confederation of Trade Unions for 12 years, after which he became President of the International Trade Union Confederation until 2014.
Michael Kaschke is President and CEO of the ZEISS Group and oversees Strategic Development, Brand Communications, Legal & Compliance, Human Resources and Digital Innovation. He is also responsible for the Asia Pacific region. Michael Kaschke became Member of the Executive Board of the ZEISS Group in 2000, and was appointed as President and CEO in 2011.
In addition to his offices as Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Carl Zeiss Meditec AG, a company listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (MDax), and of other ZEISS companies, he is a Member of the Supervisory Boards of Henkel AG & Co. KGaA, Deutsche Telekom AG and Robert Bosch GmbH. In 2014 Michael Kaschke was appointed to the German Council of Science and Humanities, one of the country’s most important scientific-political advisory boards.
In 2009 Kaschke became honorary professor of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. Michael Kaschke is Chairman of the Aalen University Council. In 1983, he graduated with a degree in physics from Friedrich Schiller University in Jena.
He obtained two doctorates, the first in 1986 (Dr. rer. nat.) and the second in 1988 (Dr. sc. nat.). As part of his scientific work, he conducted research into the generation and application of ultra-short laser pulses.
Karl Lamprecht became Member of the Executive Board of the ZEISS Group in 2018 and is responsible for the Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology segment. In addition, he oversees the ZEISS Venture Board, Patents division and the Shared Production Unit. He is also President and CEO of Carl Zeiss Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology GmbH.
Karl Lamprecht was born on 19 November 1964 in Zell am See, Austria. He studied physics at the University of Innsbruck and graduated in 1990 (Mag. rer. nat.). In 1993 he obtained his doctorate (Dr. rer. nat.) in physics from the University of Innsbruck. In 1995 he also completed an MBA at the Graduate School of Business at the University of Chicago.
Dragos Stefanescu is the Founder and President of Sitka Global Advisory Services, which specializes in global equity research, capital raising referrals, and advisory services related to strategy and capital markets decisions.
Previously, Mr. Stefanescu was the Global Head for Technology, Telecom and Industrial team for public markets at Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan. In this role, he built a world class investment team and participated in large cross asset class transactions along private equity, fixed income and infrastructure teams. At OTPP, Mr. Stefanescu was part of the Global Active
Equities Investment Committee which managed a $6.0 bn global concentrated equity portfolio. During his tenure with Teachers’, Mr. Stefanescu was also involved in numerous governance and ESG initiatives undertaken by the fund.
Mr Stefancescu is a Chartered Financial Analyst, has an MBA from The University of British Columbia, and has completed the Institute for Corporate Directors Course at the Rotman School of Management at University of Toronto.
Helena Svancar is currently the Head of M&A at Ericsson and responsible for the company’s M&A strategy, integration/separation activities as well as the corporate ventures business.
Helena Svancar has advised on and executed transactions across a variety of industries throughout her career. Prior to joining Ericsson in early 2018, she spent 18 years in investment banking in positions at Deutsche Bank in London, where she was Head of Corporate Finance, Nordic Region, Rothschild and SEB Enskilda.
Helena Svancar holds an MSc in Business and Economics with a Major in Finance from the Stockholm School of Economics and a CEMS Master in International Management from the University of St Gallen.
Jay Eum is a successful venture capitalist with 20 years of extensive investment experience across both institutional and corporate investment firms. Jay co-founded TransLink Capital, a Palo Alto-based early stage venture capital firm supporting entrepreneurs with the development of customer connections and partnerships in Asia.
While at TransLink Capital, Jay led investments in artificial intelligence, fintech/blockchain, and consumer technology. Noteworthy investments include Carbonite (NASDAQ: CARB), Coin (acquired by Fitbit), Enterprise DB (acquired by Peak Equity), Forte (blockchain for gaming), Provenance (blockchain for financial services), SoundHound (voice AI company, valued at $1.2B), and YuMe (NYSE: YUME). Prior to TransLink, Jay was Managing Director of Samsung Ventures where he established and led the US venture capital operations for Samsung. Jay started his venture capital career at Vertex Management, the Singapore-based venture capital arm of investment firm Temasek Holdings.
Jay received an MBA from Stanford University and M.S/B.S. in Chemistry from Seoul National University. Jay serves as Chairman and Board Director of the Asia America MultiTechnology Association (AAMA) and as Board Director of the Association of Asian American Investment Managers (AAAIM). Jay is also an active angel investor and advisor to several start-ups including Coupang, KiwiCo, Korbit, Merit, Noom, SoFi and Tapas.