who we are

Markus Baumanns
Markus Baumanns

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
Petra Dreyer

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.

Frederik Eichelbaum
Frederik Eichelbaum
 Fred Eichelbaum has over eight years of experience as a digital entrepreneur, consultant and networker. He studied psychology and business economics in London and gained a master in future studies at Freie Universität Berlin Education.

He was founder of Foresight LAB HYPERMORGEN and has assisted numerous clients with a high level of insecurity with strategic consultation, e.g. Deutsche Telekom, European Commission, Deutsche Bundeswehr.

Fred was co-founder of the first Axel Springer top level digital leadership network hy! At company companions, he engages in introducing long-established companies to the digital world.
Jan Hoekzema
Jan Hoekzema

Jan Hoekzema supports companies with regards to their organisational design and development. He also accompanies the development and implementation of strategies and change processes. Before joining the company companions, Jan Hoekzema worked as a management consultant in various industries and as a lecturer at the University of Hamburg.

Jan Hoekzema holds a PhD in business administration. He completed his studies in Hamburg and the USA. He authored several research articles and practitioner-oriented publications. In addition, he regularly gives lectures at international conferences.

Christina Mölders
Christina Mölders

Christina Mölders has been engaged in the effects of respectful leadership and communication in business and politics for more than ten years. Her 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 holds a doctorate in psychology (thesis: “Consequences of disrespectful communication in political debates”), having studied psychology and journalism. She investigated respectful management as well as management in the digitalised world at the University of Hamburg, Università degli Studi di Trento and the Leuphana University of Lüneburg, published several specialist and practical articles, and held lectures for various target groups. For her PhD, she received funding from the University of Hamburg, the German National Academic Foundation, and the Kühne Logistics University.

Inga Schmidt
Inga Schmidt
Inga Schmidt has many years of leadership experience and accompanies change processes in organizations. As head of a prototype production in premium segment automotives and head of the development of air conditioning systems for larger passenger ships, she has learned how to create an environment in which employees develop and live together in an appreciative and productive manner. She enjoys accompanying change processes and optimizing workflows for everyone's benefit.

Inga Schmidt has an intercultural competence, build up an engineering team in China, was born in South Africa, where she also later fulfilled her dream of becoming a pilot and has seen many parts of the world.
She is interested in stretching the comfort zone, personal development in all areas of life, mindfulness, leadership mindset, conflict management, conscious communication, radical honesty and growth mindset.

She completed her master's degree in automotive engineering in Hamburg with special emphasis on engine and drive train. Inga Schmidt also has a systemic coaching education, is a certified trainer (TÜV) and qualified instructor (AEVO).
Torsten Schumacher
Torsten Schumacher

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.

Britta Tondock
Britta Tondock

For more than ten years, Britta Tondock has been committed to the question of what motivates people at the core, what they expect from work and what role companies play in our society. Before joining company companions, she worked as a marketing strategist in the consumer goods industry and as a human resources manager in one of Germany's leading advertising agencies. She is an experienced trainer for leadership, group dynamics and intercultural competence. As part of the self-organized network for collective leadership, Leadership hoch drei, she has been dealing with the opportunities, risks and myths of self-organized companies for six years. She lives out her artistic streak with us through skillful visualizations for the internal communication of change processes. 

After training as a bank clerk, Britta Tondock studied business psychology in Lüneburg and London and wrote her master's thesis on "Authentic Leadership" with distinction. In various management positions at the international student organization AIESEC, she was responsible for the development and implementation of executive development programs for young professionals.

Michelle Worthmann
Michelle Worthmann
Michelle Worthmann supports the company companions as a team assistant since September 2020.

In addition to her education as an office management assistant, she has a high school degree from the USA and has already gained experience in the hotel industry in Egypt.

Michael Zeisig
Michael Zeisig
Michael Zeisig spent 14 years in the international aviation industry at Lufthansa Technik AG as a senior executive in various management positions in aircraft maintenance. As Business Unit Manager for the conversion of aircraft cabins, he was most recently responsible for sales and earnings at the Hamburg location with an annual sales volume of several hundred million €. He led approximately 150 highly specialized employees in all functions along the entire value chain.

As integrator between management, employees and executives, he is accustomed to developing and coordinating market strategies, innovations and change concepts in line with the corporate objectives, and to effectively implementing change programs derived from them in an operational and sustainable manner.

Michael Zeisig holds a doctorate in mechanical engineering. He focussed on process and quality management, production planning and control, logistics and factory planning. He studied mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Braunschweig, with a specialization in production and systems technology.

His clients include international corporations and medium-sized family-owned companies from all sectors.