The management of smac | partners together with its advisory board have known each other for decades and is one of the best teams in this segment: We have a track record based on successful long-term operational responsibilities within Dell, Debis, Deutsche Telekom, Mercedes-Benz, O2, Siemens, on board level or directly reporting to the management and supervisory boards. Our business experience embraces leading more than 50.000 people, small to very large international projects and setting up new entities. Our track record also includes M&A responsibility with several trade sales in this industry. We can build on an exceptional network in Europe, Israel, USA, Asia consisting of key people from the relevant communities. smac | partners has close high-level relationships to Telekom Operators, to the IT- and Automotive-Industry, their suppliers, to relevant M&A advisors and investment banks as well as to many industry veterans worldwide.
Dr. Dietrich Ulmer
Managing Partner and Co-Founder
Dietrich brings in many years of management experience from international high tech companies and an extensive background in establishing companies and managing complex projects. As CEO and President of Siemens Acceleration in Communications, he significantly contributed to the company’s success as a worldwide leading investor in its segment. Prior to Siemens, Dietrich was Chief Strategist at O2 Germany, where he served as Director of Strategic Projects – Corporate Strategy. He was responsible for numerous fixed network, Internet and mobile radio (M&A) projects with a volume of triple-digit million US$. In addition, he was responsible for acquiring the USD 10 bn UMTS license. During his time with O2 the company grew from 500 employees to 5,000. Previous to that, Dietrich managed the ‘Business Development’ and ‘Balance Sheets and Controlling’ sectors at debis Telecommunications and Media of debis AG. From 1985 to 1996 he worked for Mercedes Benz AG in Berlin and Stuttgart, where he led strategic projects in the Automobile Sector Department and was responsible for major international projects. Dietrich Ulmer gained his doctorate in sociology at Konstanz University. He holds degrees in mechanical engineering and economics from the Technical University (RWTH) of Aachen.
Member of the Advisory board
Lothar brings in worldwide top level management experience in the ICT Industry. He joined the Siemens Telecommunications Unit in 1986 and took over several responsibilities in Fibre Optics Submarine Cable unit, in Printed Manufacturing plants in Munich and Bruchsal, in the Joint Ventures of Siemens Telecom Unit in Prague/Warsaw before he became the CFO of Siemens Telecom in Indonesia. Until 1996 he served as CFO of Siemens Mobile Networks – responsible together with the CEO for 500 Mio DM business volumes. Until 2000 he acted as CEO of Siemens Mobile Networks – Growing the business from EUR 250 Mio sales to EUR 5 bn and turned the business from -25% Ebit Margin to + 10% Ebit Margin with a positive EVA. Until 2004 he was member of the Managing Board of Siemens Mobile Group with a total sales volume of EUR 9 bn. Until 2005 Lothar was CEO of Siemens Communications with a sales volume of EUR 17 bn; total of 55.000 people; integrating three different cultures (Fixed, Mobile and Enterprise Network). In 2005 he joined Deutsche Telekom as Executive Board member and CEO of T-Systems. He was assigned with further responsibilities in Network, IT, Procurement. Since 2007 Lothar is managing his own Management Consulting Company with the Business Mission to offer his international network and experience in the areas of Telecommunication and IT. This resulted in several mandates for advising M&A transactions, board seats at midsized Companies and acting as Sounding Board for executives in major corporations.
Member of the Advisory board
Günter Hauptmann studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Applied Sciences at Giessen-Friedberg. In 1981, he joined Canon Business Solutions as a Component/Design Engineer in the Printer Division. From 1984 until 1994 he worked for the Digital Equipment Corporation, where he assumed the position of General Manager for the Subsystems and Server Business. In 1992 he obtained a General Management Program at the INSEAD Institute in Fontainebleau, France and 1995 his PhD as a Distance Learning Degree by the California Coast University in Santa Ana, USA. In 1994, Günter Hauptmann joined the Rheinmetall AG as Director with full power of attorney until 1999 – responsible for Automotive Electronics and as CEO for Company Preh, Germany. From 1999 until 2006 he was Member of the Executive Board at Mannesmann VDO AG/Siemens VDO AG and responsible for Interior and Infotainment & Electronics in a 10 B €+ Automotive Supplier Company. He was and is member of different boards, like Norma Group AG, Deutsche BP AG, Autotxt Ltd. – London, SAS Paris, ERTICO Brussels. Further he is member of different Siemens and Mannesmann internal Boards and has regional roles. Since the end of 2006 he manages his own consulting business with focus on Automotive and Industry Electronics.
Dr. Rolf Habbel
Member of the Advisory Board
Rolf has more than 26 years of international top level consulting experience. He has a proven track record in large-scale company transformation & Change Management as well as leading post merger integration (PMI) activities. His key areas of expertise include: Strategic Planning, Business System Development and Performance Management and Restructuring. Rolf held various top leadership positions in the consulting industry: He was member of the Booz’ Global Leadership Team and the Booz’ Supervisory Board. He also served as a member of the Booz’ Italy Board and retired as Senior Partner from Booz & Company and Booz’ Managing Partner Europe. Rolf acts now as CEO of the private investment and consulting firm Value Catalysts AG and holds several international supervisory board positions. He is the author of multiple publications, for example the book The Human Factor, which was named Best Business Book of the Year by the Financial Times Deutschland in 2002. Rolf studied political science and business administration and gained a Ph.D. in Economic Theory from the University of Munich.