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Roland Dennert

Roland is a Managing Partner. He is located in Munich and is responsible for both new investments and portfolio management since 2005. He started his private equity career at 3i Group doing technology and mid-market buyout deals. Before 3i, Roland was a strategy consultant with Roland Berger and The Boston Consulting Group in Paris, as well as a robotics engineer with Hitachi Ltd. in Japan.

Roland holds an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management and a Master of Electrical Engineering from ETH Lausanne, Switzerland.

TitleManaging Partner

LocationMunich

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Werner Dreesbach

Werner is a Managing Partner. He is located in Munich and is responsible for both new investments and portfolio management. Prior to co-founding Cipio Partners in 2003, he was Senior Principal of Atlas Venture, a global VC firm focused on IT, Communications and Life Sciences, and member of its global management and investment committees. Before, Werner was VP Strategic Development for NASDAQ-listed Viasoft Corp., following the sale of his company, R&O Software-Technik, one of Europe’s largest system software developers. Werner founded R&O in 1984 after a career in IT strategy consulting.

Werner holds a MSc in Computer Science with a minor in Psychology from Bonn University.

TitleManaging Partner

LocationMunich

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Dr. Hans-Dieter Koch

Hans-Dieter is a Managing Partner. He serves as a Manager to our Luxembourg entities. Located in Munich, he serves on a number of boards in addition to co-leading our Luxembourg operations. Prior to co-founding Cipio Partners in 2003, he was CEO of b-business partners BV, the global growth equity investment arm of Investor AB/Wallenberg Group, Stockholm. Previously, he was CEO of GE Capital IT Solutions, Europe, responsible for 7,000 staff and US$4bn in revenue. Hans-Dieter assumed that role following the sale of his company, CompuNet AG, Europe’s largest IT service provider, to GE Capital. Prior to co-founding CompuNet, Hans-Dieter was with McKinsey, Deutsche Bank and Matuschka Group.

Hans-Dieter holds MBA and Ph.D. degrees from Frankfurt University.

TitleManaging Partner, Manager

LocationMunich, Luxembourg

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Diana Meyel

Diana is a Managing Partner and the company’s COO/CFO. She is located in Munich and leads our funds’ operations and investor relations. In addition, she also oversees transaction structuring and represents Cipio Partners on the board of selected portfolio companies. Prior to joining Cipio Partners in 2004, Diana was a Finance Manager at Wellington Partners, the pan-European venture capital firm and worked as a Senior Risk Analyst for Dresdner Bank Group nka Commerzbank in Germany and Bogotá, Colombia.

Diana holds a degree in Banking Administration from Frankfurt School of Finance & Management.

TitleManaging Partner, COO/CFO

LocationMunich

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Christoph Wedegaertner

Christoph is a Managing Partner. He is located in Munich and is responsible for both new investments and portfolio management. Before joining Cipio Partners in 2005, he managed the private equity direct and fund investments of a family office and previously, he was an investment banker at Broadview based in the UK and in the US, where he advised growth and mid-market companies across a number of industries in M&A and financing transactions.

Christoph holds an MBA from INSEAD and a Master in Management from ESCP-EAP, Paris.

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LocationMunich

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Alexander Brand

Alexander is a full-time Venture Partner. He is located in Munich and is responsible for both new investments and portfolio management. Before joining Cipio Partners in 2018, Alexander has co-founded windeln.de SE, grew the business as its CEO to more than €200 million revenues and took the company public at the Frankfurt stock exchange. Previously, he worked for Siemens AG in various management roles and, before that, was a co-founder of 12snap AG. He started his career in management consulting at A.T.Kearney.

Alexander holds a Master of Science from Stanford University and a Diploma in Industrial Engineering from TH Karlsruhe, Germany.

TitleVenture Partner

LocationMunich

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Christoph N. Kossmann

Christoph is a Manager of our Luxembourg entities. He is located in Luxembourg and co-leads our local operations since 2007. He has been a Managing Director of SGG nka IQEQ, a Luxembourg based family office and investment services provider, since 2006. Prior to this role, Christoph served as a Senior Officer at Sal. Oppenheim’s Luxembourg headquarters with responsibilities for the group’s corporate and trust activities. Before that, he was a Member of the Executive Board of Luxembourg based EXPERTA Corporate and Trust Services S.A. of Dexia Banque Internationale à Luxembourg. Earlier in his career he worked as a lawyer admitted to the Berlin courts.

Christoph holds a law school degree from Freiburg University.

TitleManager

LocationLuxembourg

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Carlo Schlesser

Carlo is a Manager of our Luxembourg entities. He is located in Luxembourg and co-leads our Luxembourg operations since 2007. Carlo has been Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of SGG nka IQEQ, a Luxembourg based family office and investment services provider. Carlo began his career as tax advisor at Kredietbank Luxembourg, an international wealth manager and also worked for Arthur Andersen in Luxembourg.

Carlo holds degrees from HEC Lausanne, Switzerland, Master in Economics and ESSF Brussels, Belgium, Diploma in upper taxation studies.

TitleManager

LocationLuxembourg

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Sophie von Eberhardt

Sophie is an Executive Assistant. She is located in Munich and is responsible for marketing and PR activities. In addition, she assists the team with general administrative and investor relations matters. Before joining Cipio Partners in 2016, Sophie worked as a personal assistant at FOCAM AG, a multi-family office, and was several years self-employed as an event manager in Berlin and Munich.

Sophie holds a Bachelor degree in Business Administration from Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University (DHBW).

TitleExecutive Assistant

LocationMunich

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Dennis Koerner

Dennis is an Associate. He is located in Munich and supports the partnership in due diligence and portfolio management topics. Furthermore, he is responsible for valuations and assists in investor relations, fund controlling and reporting. Dennis started his career in 2013 at Cipio Partners in Luxembourg where he worked for three years before moving to Munich.

Dennis holds a Bachelor of Science in International Business from Maastricht University.

TitleAssociate

LocationMunich

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Ellen Koska

Ellen is handling the fund administration and the day-to-day business of the Luxembourg entities in all legal and financial matters since 2015. She is further ensuring compliance with anti-money laundering requirements. Before joining Cipio Partners, Ellen worked as a corporate officer at SGG nka IQEQ, a Luxembourg based family office and investment services provider.

Ellen holds a Master of Science in Business Administration from the University of Trier.

TitleFund Administration

LocationLuxembourg

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David Kreppel

David is an Associate. He is located in Munich and supports the partnership in due diligence and portfolio management topics. Furthermore, he is responsible for valuations and assists in investor relations, fund controlling and reporting since 2015. David started his career as a Research and Teaching Associate at University of Trier.

David holds a Master in Mathematics and Finance from University of Trier.

TitleAssociate

LocationMunich

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Sabaheta Manetstätter

Sabaheta is an Accountant. She is located in Munich and oversees all accounting matters since 2018. Furthermore, she assists in the controlling area of Cipio Partners Germany. Prior to joining Cipio Partners, Sabaheta was with Sozialdienst Germering e.V., where she was responsible for the entire financial accounting, controlling and budgeting. Previously, she worked as an accountant at Stiftung Pfennigparade.

Sabaheta is a certified financial accountant, as well as a qualified hotel professional and a manager for office communications.

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LocationMunich

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Endric Mueller

Endric is a Financial Analyst. He is located in Luxembourg and assists the finance team with fund controlling and reporting as well as in due diligences and portfolio management topics since 2018.

Endric holds a Master in Business Administration from University of Trier.

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LocationLuxembourg

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Kerstin Planitzer-Zipf

Kerstin is the Director Finance & Legal and is located in Munich. She focusses on transaction and fund structuring and oversees all day-to-day legal, financial and administrative functions relating to our funds. Prior to joining Cipio in 2003, Kerstin was Chief of Staff and Legal Counsel at b-business partners, the growth equity affiliate of Investor AB, where she ran fund formation as well as all new-investment activities. Prior, Kerstin headed Finance and Legal at GE Capital IT Solutions Europe and handled all M&A and restructuring work.

Kerstin holds an MBA from Technical University of Berlin.

TitleDirector Finance & Legal

LocationMunich

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Sandra Schürkmann

Sandra is an Executive Assistant. She is located in Munich and is responsible for the overall office management since 2017. In addition, she supports the team on investor relations matters and is responsible for organizing the annual investors’ day. Before joining Cipio Partners, Sandra managed her own cake design retail business, held several office management roles within the Bavarian medical association and started her career as a landscape architect.

Sandra has a Postgraduate Diploma in Landscape Design and Ecology from the University of Sheffield.

TitleExecutive Assistant

LocationMunich

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Sylvia Segl

Sylvia is a Team Assistant. She is located in Munich and assists the team with administrative matters since 2015. Before working for Cipio Partners, she was a Front Desk Secretary at leading law- and consulting firms such as Reed Smith LLP in Munich as well as a business class Cabin Manager for private airlines.

Sylvia is a qualified hotel professional as well as a foreign language correspondent.

TitleTeam Assistant

LocationMunich

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Lucia Spieth

Lucia is a Legal Counsel. Located in Munich, she advises acquisitions, financing rounds and exits of portfolio companies since 2011. Lucia started her career at the international law firm Clifford and Chance in the corporate/M&A team. After leaving Clifford Chance she opened her own law office and is since then advising clients in all aspects of corporate matters.

Lucia graduated with the 2nd state exam in law from Munich University.

TitleLegal Counsel

LocationMunich

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