Advisory Board DACH

Dr. h. c. Wolfgang Clement

Chairman Advisory Board Germany

Dr. h. c. Wolfgang Clement was from 1998 to 2002 Prime Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia and from 2002 to 2005 Federal Minister of Economics and Labor.

After graduating from high school, completing a newspaper traineeship, studying law and passing his first state examination in law as well as assisting at the Institute for Procedural Law at the University of Marburg, Clement became a political editor from 1968, later head of the political department and finally deputy chief editor of Westfälische Rundschau in Dortmund. From 1986 to 1989 he was chief editor of Hamburger Morgenpost.

From 1981 to 1986 Wolfgang Clement was spokesman of the federal executive board and from 1985 to 1986 also deputy federal whip of SPD. In 1989, the then North Rhine-Westphalian Prime Minister Johannes Rau nominated him as Head of the State Chancellery, from 13 July 1990 he held this office as Minister for Special Tasks, after the state elections in 1995 he became a member of the Rau Cabinet as Minister for Economic Affairs, Technology and Transport.

On July 14, 1997 he was awarded an honorary doctorate (Dr.-Ing. e.h.) by the Faculty of Electrical Engineering at the University of Hagen, and on November 12, 2004 he received an honorary doctorate (Dr. jur. h.c.) from the Faculty of Law at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum.

Wolfgang Clement is author and freelance columnist, member of various supervisory boards, boards of trustees and advisory boards of national and international companies and scientific institutions. He is a member of the Frankfurt Future Council as Deputy Chairman.


Mag. Uwe W. Klenk

Member of the Advisory Board Austria

Uwe W. Klenk is active in the field of trade and FMCG for 32 years. He is the founder of UK & Partners Group, a global trade and FMCG restructuring company. He held various board positions such as CEO, CRO, CMO, COO and various supervisory board mandates.

For many years he was CMO for the world’s largest company Walmart Inc. international/USA, where he worked in several countries, like England, Germany, Canada and Asia. He was also Managing Partner Europe for Alvarez & Marsal USA and responsible for trading and FMCG. In addition, he was CEO Zentis North America, CEO Foxtrot (largest trader in Ukraine) and Trading Director Europe EMD AG Switzerland, the largest purchasing cooperation in Europe. At Foxtrot, the company was voted Company of the Year in Ukraine three times in a row under his leadership.

By the use of his worldwide network in trade and FMCG and his know-how in the areas of general management, restructuring, start Up´s, M&A, international expansion, cost optimization and PMA, Mr. Klenk and his team are repeatedly deployed on various projects worldwide. Moreover he has a huge know-how in the areas of trading food and non-food.


Harald Lutz

Member of the Advisory Board Germany

Harald Lutz founded his company Lutz Consult in 2010 and has been managing director since then. For the previous 33 years, he was Corporate Sales Director as well as Managing Director, Vice President and Managing Director of a leading food industry company.

His career started at Nestlé Deutschland AG. He was Managing Director of the Nestlé brand Alete for seven years. In the following four years, Lutz operated as Vice President Global Sales before being appointed Managing Director of Nestlé Erzeugnisse GmbH in 2003. In the following years, Lutz was Managing Director of Nestlé Germany. In 2010 he left the company and founded the company Lutz Consult in the same year, in which he is still active as Managing Director.


Wilfried Mocken

Deputy Chairman of the Advisory Board Germany

After his retail and wholesale training, Wilfried Mocken became Sales Director at Convent Knabber-Gebäck GmbH & Co. KG, Cologne, in 1971. Since the founding of the company “sportfit”, today Valensina GmbH, in 1981 he worked in cooperation with the company Underberg AG and changed in 1982 to the company Underberg. There he was appointed in 1982 to the plenipotentiary of H. Underberg-Albrecht KG. Since 1988, Mocken has been the CEO of Semper idem Underberg AG. Following its transformation into Semper idem GmbH in 2009, he became the plenipotentiary of the holding company Underberg GmbH & Co. KG, a family-owned company.

Since 1987 Mocken has been a member of the Presidium of the Federal Association of the German Liquor-Industry and Importers. (BSI). From 1993 to 1996 he was Deputy President of the BSI

In 2009, the former Federal President Dr. Horst Köhler awarded Mocken with the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany at the suggestion of Prime Minister Dr. Jürgen Rüttgers.


Dr. Claus Josef Raidl

Member of the Advisory Board Austria

CAfter graduating with distinction in 1961, Claus Josef Raidl studied economics at the University of World Trade in Vienna. He also graduated from Duxbury High School in Massachusetts. In 1966 he graduated in business administration and in 1971 he received his doctorate in commercial sciences. During his studies he was chairman of the official representation of university students in Austria at the University of World Trade.

At the same time, he started his activity as an assistant at the Institute for Applied Social and Economic Research in 1970. After further work with banks and insurance companies, Claus Raidl became a board member of ÖIAG in 1982. He was also a member of the Management Board of VOEST-Alpine and Austrian Industries or to be precise Deputy Chairman of the Management Board. From 1991 to 2010 Raidl was CEO of Böhler-Uddeholm AG. It should also be mentioned that Claus Raidl was appointed President of the General Council of the Austrian National Bank in 2008. He was also a member of several supervisory boards, including Vienna Stock Exchange, Donau Insurance and Wienerberger.

From 2001 to 2006 he was President of the Austrian FH Council (FHR) and is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Institute of Science and Technology Austria (ISTA) as well as Vice President of the European Forum Alpach. He is married and has three sons.

He has published articles in compilations and various economics journals on issues of economic order, industrial policy, the problems of tax and budget policy and the opportunities of Austria as a business location.


Dr. Carl Albrecht Schade

Member of the Advisory Board Germany

Dr. Carl Albrecht Schade graduated in business administration in 1980 and received his doctorate in 1984 (Dr. rer. pol.) from Johann – Wolfgang – Goethe – University, Frankfurt am Main.

From 1981 to 1989, Schade worked for various banks in the sections commercial and corporate finance. From 1989 to 1996 he was commercial director in medium-sized companies (annual turnover DM 450 million). From 1996 to 1998 Schade headed the North Rhine – Westphalia branch of IKB Deutsche Industriebank AG in Dusseldorf. After that, Schade was appointed to the board of WGZ – Bank West-deutsche Genossenschafts – Zentralbank AG in Dusseldorf until 2002, where he was responsible for the entire corporate and private equity business. From 2002 to 2003 he was a partner of DIC Deutsche Investors Capital AG.

Today Schade is managing partner of Dr. Schade GmbH & Co. KG Finanzberatung, Düsseldorf, as well as CFO and shareholder of ADELTA.FINANZ AG, Düsseldorf.


Dr. Harald Sommerer

Member of the Advisory Board Austria

From 1986 to 1990, Dr. Harald Sommerer studied business administration (corporate management and controlling) at the Vienna University of Economics. From 1990 to 1994 he made his doctorate in social and economic sciences from the Vienna University of Economics.

From 1995 to 1997 he was at the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and graduated with a Master of Management in June 1997. The focus was on the areas of Finance, Accounting and Management and Strategy. For this he received both the “Outstanding Student Award for Accounting and Information Systems” and the “Top Student Award for Investment Banking”. He also made it onto the “Dean’s Honor List”.

SomSommerer’s career began with a trainee program from 1991 to 1992. From 1992 to 1995 he worked in foreign exchange trading, more precisely in corporate banking for foreign exchange and interest rate products. Further stations led him to Creditanstalt-Bankverein Vienna. From 1997 to 2010 he was a member of the Management Board of AT&S Austria Technologie & Systemtechnik AG with responsibility for Sales and Marketing, Communications, Human Resources, Trading, Strategy and Business Development and Development Circuits and Components (DCC).

From 2010 to 2013, he was CEO of the listed lighting specialist Zumtobel AG before starting to build up an investment portfolio in 2013. Dr. Sommerer is a member of a number of supervisory and advisory boards.


Prof. Dr. Helmut Thoma

Chairman Advisory Board Austria

After his apprenticeship in a dairy factory, Thoma graduated from night school in 1958 and then studied law at the University of Vienna. There he also received his doctorate in 1962.

After various internships at courts and work in various chambers, he headed the legal department of ORF “Österreichischer Rundfunk” from 1968 to 1973.

In 1973 he moved to the IPA “Information et Publicité Allemagne” in Frankfurt, the German general agency of “Radio Luxemburg”.1975 Geschäftsführer der „IPA Plus Deutschland“, Frankfurt

1975 CEO of „IPA Plus Deutschland“, Frankfurt

1982 Program director of “Radio Luxemburg

One outstanding stage in his career was the founding of the private TV channel “RTL plus” in Luxembourg in 1984.

1988 “RTL plus” moved to Germany under his chairmanship. This was connected with the renaming of the TV channel to “RTL Television”.

The television channel became market leader in Germany in 1992 and became Europe’s most successful TV station in the “Thoma era”.

Helmut Thoma is considered the “founding father” of European private television.

Besides numerous television awards, such as “Bambi”, “Golden Camera”, “German Media Prize” etc. and honors, he was awarded the renowned “Emmy Award”, the “Television Oscar”, in 1994, in recognition of his international career.

After his television career at “RTL Television”, he advised the then Prime Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia, Mr. Wolfgang Clement, as media representative.

From 2007 to 2009, he was Chairman of the Supervisory Board of “freenet AG” and is still a member of the Supervisory Board.

As media consultant for “Axel Springer Verlag’s”, he represented “Axel Springer Verlag” on the Board of Directors of “Dogan TV Group”, Istanbul from 2008 to 2013.

Today, in addition to many national and international administrative and supervisory board mandates, Prof. Dr. Helmut Thoma is active in cable, internet and television companies and is currently dedicating himself as co-owner and managing director to his new great passion, the development and conversion of Europe’s largest regional television “NRW TV”. Thoma has already successfully launched a program for young viewers (14-29) called “Nix TV”.

Helmut Thoma looks back on a media career of almost 48 years now.


Urs Traxel

Member of the Advisory Board Switzerland

Until the end of 2016, Urs Traxel held various positions in the Swiss banking industry. After basic training as a banker at the Urner cantonal bank, he moved to the Swiss Bank Corporation in 1980 and to UBS AG in 1998 in consequence of the merger of “Bankverein to UBS AG”.

From 2003 – 2005 a further education took place at the University of Applied Sciences. Lucerne. Urs Traxel acquired the title of “Executive Master of Banking” (postgraduate college in bank management). He dedicated his diploma thesis to the topic “Employees as Success Factors”. Urs Traxel was awarded the “ALUMNI Award Best Student IFZ 2005” in this training. In 2007, Urs Traxel decided to return to his basic training center and took over the responsibility of the market/ sales department at Urner Kantonalbank as a member of the management board. In 2010, he was elected Chairman of the Board by the Bank Council. In his role as CEO, he was a member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Swiss Cantonal Banks from 2010 to 2016. From then on, Urs Traxel has taken on various mandates as a board member and founded his own GmbH.

He has been a member of swissVR since 2017 and completed the intensive seminar “New Concepts for the Board of Directors”. In addition to his professional activities, Urs Traxel is a member of the Rotary Club of Altdorf.

As a long experienced leader with a high level of responsibility for results in each case, he sees himself as a “change agent” who aims a sustainable development of a company in the sense of “shared value”.

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