Turn Technology Into Business.
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.
CLIENTS & EMPLOYERS
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)
Germany’s largest book community
now at lovelybooks.de
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
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
delivered BMW Group's global innovation monitoring
run the global innovation trend monitoring
for 3 years for BMW's global innovation marketing department
educated at leading business and engineering schools in EU, US, APAC
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
of LEONARD in D/A/CH since 2020, VINCI’s global strategic foresight practice covering the group's global footprint of 120+ countries
Head of New Business Strategy & Planning
of Telefónica Germany (O2, FONIC, Blau) from 2011-2015