who we are
Markus Baumanns has been engaged with the management, development and direction of non-profit organisations since beginning his professional career. He worked as advisor for the Press and Information Office of the Federal Government and as diplomat in South America for five years, set up an international elite university in Hamburg as managing director with Bucerius Law School and served as a board director of one of the largest private foundations in Germany for three years, the ZEIT Ebelin and Gerd Bucerius Foundation.
He devised, established and supported scientific institutions and non-profit projects in Europe, USA, China and South America, advised companies, universities and charities in aspects of management, conducted leadership workshops, and has regularly published work and held lectures on these topics.
Markus Baumanns holds a doctorate in history, having studied and graduated in Cologne, Oxford and Vienna. He is a member of the advisory board for three medium-sized companies with global presence (in trade, mechanical engineering and financial services) and a member of the management board and presidium of three foundations that promote young management talent and which initiate and support business initiatives.
Markus Baumanns is a best-selling author, a regular columnist in the ‘Handelsblatt’ and the ‘Hamburger Abendblatt’, and a sought-after speaker on the topics of digital transformation, change processes and business management.
Petra Dreyer has been supporting company companions in her role as office manager since September 2013. In addition to her training as an industrial clerk, her qualifications in business administration and business management (Industry of Chamber and Commerce), she is distinguished by extensive management and professional experience. In recent years, she has been intensively engaged with supporting change processes.
Christian Ellenberger served as an officer in the Bundeswehr. In this capacity, he was entrusted with devising and managing the operations of up to 100 members of staff. He was able to acquire substantial experience in planning and managing major procurement projects and had deep insights into personnel management in the Bundeswehr, particularly internal complaints management.
After 12 years of service, he entered business consulting and assisted various international companies nationally and abroad in their strategic and operational challenges while working as a consultant at McKinsey & Company for more than two years. Areas of focus included developing new business segments for existing technologies in rapidly changing company environments for clients in the automotive industry and the pharmaceutical sector, as well as launching and controlling operational excellence programmes.
Christian Ellenberger studied business engineering at the Helmut-Schmidt University / Bundeswehr University of Hamburg, specialising in product development, and was able to graduate with a distinction as a Master of Science. Moreover, he successfully completed a compact course to become a VDI sales engineer.
Birte Eriksson has been supporting company companions as an assistant to executive management since the start of 2013 and assists in the preparation and follow-up of ongoing project activities.
Following training as a management assistant and her graduation with a bachelor’s degree in international business management from UWIC in Cardiff, she spent several years working with clients from the health sector in Wales. In Hamburg, she worked as a customer advisor for international medical technology firms for over six years.
Christina Mölders has spent more than ten years examining the effect of respectful management and communication in business and politics. Her technical specialties lie in supporting change processes, particularly in the management and corporate culture of medium-sized companies. Previously, she headed the interdisciplinary research group RespectResearchGroup for four years; the group was distinguished as a ‘place in the land of ideas’. In addition, she worked as a freelancer in consulting projects concerning management culture and diversity, and as a psychological consultant.
Christina Mölders studied psychology and journalism in Hamburg and is currently finishing her doctorate on the consequences of disrespectful communication in political altercations. She was granted doctoral scholarships by the University of Hamburg, the German National Academic Foundation and the Kühne Logistics University in this connection. She researched respectful management as well as management in the digitalised world at Università degli Studi di Trento and the Leuphana University of Lüneburg, published several specialist and practical articles, and held lectures for various target groups.
Philippa Pauen has gained experience in leading and developing companies as a founder of various startups. While encountering a lot of success, she is also well aware of the downsides of the startup life and has therefore chosen to make it her mission to support entrepreneurs in avoiding mistakes and finding solutions for the challenges of digitalization.
After her studies in Maastricht, Hong Kong and Duesseldorf, Philippa Pauen moved to Berlin in 2009 to become part of the entrepreneurship scene. After assignments with Palomar5 e.V. and yetu AG, she founded her own startup called “Wummelkiste”, together with the company builder team Europe, offering an edutainment-subscription for children. In mid-2014 she became COO at Home eat Home, a Coca-Cola funded startup, before she joined Bierbaum-Proenen GmbH & Co.KG, a medium-sized enterprise, as the Head of e-commerce in April 2016.
Philippa Pauen regularly conducts talks on topics such as digital transformation, e-commerce and around her founding experience. Furthermore, she supports young entrepreneurs as a mentor on a voluntary basis, also within her co-founded initiative Startup Teens e.V..
Torsten Schumacher has 20 years of management consulting experience and has worked for three international consulting firms. Moreover, he was partner and managing director of Accenture, the largest consultancy in the world, for seven years and managed strategic consulting there in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Since the beginning of his career, his specialties have encompassed the field of company and employee management as well as supporting cultural changes. His clients include international companies and medium-sized family enterprises.
Torsten Schumacher graduated with a doctorate in business and successfully completed an MBA at ESADE Barcelona. Since embarking on his professional career, he has been engaged with the matter of positive and effective management. His books on management ‘Wenn Du viel erreichen willst, tue wenig – Einfache Führung mit Klarheit, Freiheit und Konsequenz’ (2005, 3rd edition 2009) and ‘Leinen los – Aufbruch in ein neues Zeitalter der Mitarbeiterführung’ (2009) have received multiple awards.
Since 1996, Torsten Schumacher has conducted numerous talks on core topics concerning positive and effective company and employee management, and has been engaged with managers in corresponding seminars for 20 years.
Since beginning her professional career, Britta Tondock has been committed to the question of what management and organisational culture need for a company to be successful in an increasingly complex world. Before joining company companions, she worked as a marketing strategist in the consumer goods industry and as a HR expert in one of Germany’s leading advertising agencies. She is an experienced coach for management, group dynamics and intercultural competence.
Being a bank clerk was never enough for her; she therefore studied business psychology at the Leuphana University of Lüneburg and gained her master’s degree specialising in organisational development from the University of Westminster in London. The publication of her master’s thesis on ‘Management & Compassion’ was nominated for the Association for Business Psychology Workforce Experience Award in Great Britain.
Britta Tondock has experience with new management models such as holacracy and collective management. She engages with her artistic streak here by preparing compelling visualisations for the internal communication of change processes.
With the beginning of her professional live, Catharina Vogt was engaged with questions of leadership, conflict management, and service interactions. She was working from 2008 to 2014 at the German Police University managing several projects in the fields of retail trade, health care, and intercultural communication, and conducted leadership trainings with (police) leaders as well. At her current position with company companions, she is responsible for the development of trainings and leadership evaluations. Moreover, she serves as leader of the interdiscuplinary RespectResearchGroup on a voluntary basis.
Catharina Vogt studied psychology at the Dresden University of Technologyand is now doing her PhD at Hamburg University on respectful leadership and its effects on followers. In the course of her scientific work, she published several theoretical and practical papers, gave interviews for print media and radio, and co-edited two books. She presented her research on international conferences around the world and received several scholarships from the Deutsche Akademische Austauschdienst (DAAD) as well as a PhD grant from Kühne Logistics University. In 2015, she stayed at the University of Otago, New Zealand, for a research visit.
Claudia Weiss has been supporting various companies across different sectors in extensive change processes and implementing new strategies and business models since 2001. In this context, she worked for the global consulting firm Accenture and the Hamburg-based strategy consultancy Bülow & Consorten, where she primarily assisted leading companies in the energy sector in their ongoing change between the poles of regulation and competition. She currently derives inspiration and ideas for successful transformation from her work across industries.
She studied business economics at the University of Bayreuth and ESC Nantes, specialising in areas such as organisation and management. She has since been engaged with what makes management effective, organisation agile and corporate culture vibrant, and how changes can be implemented sustainably.
As the mother of two children, she prepared and successfully implemented concepts regarding diversity and the compatibility of family and work during her professional career. She has been an active member of Working Moms e.V. for years, including serving on the association board from 2013 to 2016. Claudia Weiss regularly publishes articles in specialist journals on strategy and management in the energy sector.