I Help
Organizations
Turn Technology Into Business.

 

ABOUT

Bernhard built two of Germany's Top 3 Corporate Digital Units*, and advises to organizations on how to stay relevant through innovation.

While tech-driven growth comes natural to some organizations, others struggle to keep the pace.

Bernhard spent the better part of his career exploring what companies need to do today to still be relevant tomorrow.

Bernhard built up several new digital businesses end-to-end: product, operations, service. An experienced hands-on can-do senior executive, he has a demonstrated track record of delivering digital revenue growth and transformational change through business innovation across various industries, both in international large corporates and local startups, in B2C and B2B, in product and service companies.

He is a strong believer that the most important mark of a leader is the team she brings together and the cultural frame she establishes to encourage autonomy and collaboration, meaning and passion, learning and trust.
 

Bernhard's home base is Munich, Germany. Earlier he lived in New York City, San Francisco and Hong Kong. He is an avid traveller and collected moments, not things, in 90 countries.

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founded and run
VINCI Energies Digital

Germany's #3 Digital Innovation Unit (Capital Magazin 7/2021)

founded and built
WAYRA (Telefónica O2)

Germany's #1 Digital Innovation Unit (Capital Magazin 7/2021)

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founded buchpfade.de

Germany’s largest book community

now at lovelybooks.de

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co-built and run CDTM

Germany’s most successful Entrepeneurship Center,  spun out 190+ startups with 2.2bn€ capital raised incl. Outfittery, Personio, Stylight, Freeletics, Foodora, and others

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induced disruption in car insurance market

built and launched Germany’s first commercially available Pay-how-you-drive insurance product challenging the industry's established business model

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delivered BMW Group's global innovation monitoring 

run the global innovation trend monitoring
for 3 years for BMW's global innovation marketing department

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educated at leading business and engineering schools in EU, US, APAC

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PhD in Corporate Strategy & Innovation 

with Prof. Dietmar Harhoff, Director Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition, Former Chairman of the Expert Commission on Research and Innovation of German Federal Government

Chief Digital Officer 

since 2016 serving as CDO at

EURO STOXX 50 company VINCI for

VINCI Energies in D/A/CH & East Europe 

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Managing Director

of LEONARD in D/A/CH since 2020, VINCI’s global strategic foresight practice covering the group's global footprint of 120+ countries

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Head of New Business Strategy & Planning

of Telefónica Germany (O2, FONIC, Blau) from 2011-2015

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PUBLICATIONS& MEDIA

50+ Articles

4 Books

 
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Interview: Die digitale Zukunft Deutschlands (2021)

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IoT wird Realität in Deutschland (2020)

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Per Digitalisierung zum kostenlosen ÖPNV
(2019)

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Der mühsame Weg zur Smart City
(2019)

 

SPEAKING

30+ Keynotes 

20.000+ Audience

Wie eine digitale Kultur zu digitaler Wertschöpfung führt

Cloud Expo Europe
2017

Der Weg zum digitalen Unternehmen

Sanofi Digital Campus 
2019

Infrastruktur 4.0 - Wie sich Industrie, Energie und Bau digital neu erfinden

IDG Digital Leader Award
2021

IoT als Impfstoff für Unternehmen

IDC Digital Summit D/A/CH 

2021

Mitarbeiterbeteiligung 4.0 in Zeiten der digitalen Transformation

Fachtagung Facility- und Industrieservice
2018

Anforderungen an die Industrie von morgen

Smart Industry Days
2021

Smart Construction - Der Bau der Zukunft

Digital Leader Summit 2017

Where will the digital journey take?

ACHEMA 
2021

Accelerating Innovation

Universität Passau

2014

Smart City - Eine Evolution, keine Revolution

LEONARD 

2021