We believe in working with professionals with superior sector knowledge.

  • Successful entrepreneurs & founders
  • Expertise knowledge in one of the Marondo verticals
  • Support of the team
  • Special focus on markets and business models


Medical Technologies

Marondo Dr Michael Hoffmann

  • Strategic Exit of Hemoteq to Freudenberg Medical
  • Co-Founder of Hemoteq
  • PhD in Chemistry (RWTH)

Michael became an entrepreneur out of RWTH, Germany’s leading technology university based in Aachen. He co-founded Hemoteq AG in 1999, together with Roland Horres who he had met at a seminar.​

Hemoteq is the leading independent coating company for medical devices in the domain of interventional cardiology and a full service provider to large, international medical technology companies around the globe.​

Michael scaled the business to double digit revenue over the past decade and profitability of approx. 40% of revenues sustainably and created a light-house technology leader in its field. In 2015 Hemoteq was sold to the Freudenberg Medical Group. Marko had been a member of the supervisory board at Hemoteq for 5 years representing the prior owner.

In his leisure time, Michael enjoys driving fast cars. He has also become a seasoned craftsman who can repair a kitchen sink and lay bricks.

He is Marondo’s expert in the verticals Healthcare & Medical Technologies.

Michael has founded & worked for the following companies:


Industry 4.0 Measurment Control Automation

Marondo Rudolf Franz

  • Hands-on early stage investor and COO/CFO in voxeljet AG
  • Listed voxeljet AG on NYSE
  • MD Rudolf Franz Industriebeteiligung AG
  • Deputy-MD 3i Group
  • Partner Technologieholding VC GmbH
  • Supervisory Board member Forum Media Group
  • Mentor Techfounders
  • MSc. / MBA

Rudolf (Rudi) obtained degrees in economics and industrial engineering and started his professional career as an investment manager at Technologieholding were he became partner in 1997.

Technologieholding was one of the leading venture and growth investors in Europe. After the acquisition of 3i, he became Deputy Managing Director and ran a team focusing on tech investments in the German-speaking region.

In 2003 he was the lead investor in an early stage investment in voxeljet, one of the leaders in the industrialization of additive manufacturing. Rudi has been serving first as COO and later in addition as the CFO of the company. In 2013, together with his partner, he took voxeljet public on the NYSE.

Rudi is very active in the technology community and serves as a mentor at Techfounders and also as a member of the supervisory board of Forum Media Group, an international media company.

Rudi is a family person and spends a lot of time with his wife and their two adult kids in Italy. He also is a collector of vintage cars.

Rudolf has founded & worked for the following companies:


Software It

Marondo Rolf Heiler

  • Co-founder Cinecore
  • Sold Heiler to Informatica
  • Listed Heiler on German Stock Exchange
  • CEO Heiler Software AG
  • MBA

Rolf is an entrepreneur par excellence who took over from his father in the 80s transforming the famliy business into a software company. Rolf used to program himself in the early days then gradually scaling the business to a leader in catalogue and pim software.

He took the company public in 2000 on the tech segment of the German stock exchange and finally sold it in 2012 to informatica, a US software company.

In the same year he founded Cinecore with a partner and has become a producer of image movies for public institutions and corporates.

Rolf enjoys skiing and spending time with his family in Florida. He loves to coach his three kids who are ready to become the next generation entrepreneurs.

Rolf has founded & worked for the following companies:


Industry 4.0 Measurment Control

Marondo Dr Ingo Bretthauer

  • Entrepreneurial Manager
  • Developed Joh. Heinr. Bornemann and LPKF to leading players in their industry
  • Led LPKF in the TECDax
  • Active in several Ind. Associations
  • MSc Engineering, MBA & PhD

Ingo comes from a medium-sized family of entrepreneurs.

In addition to mechanical engineering, Ingo has also successfully completed business administration studies in Germany and the USA as well as a PhD in IT.

After leading positions at AEG and Deutsche Bahn, Ingo was looking for the entrepreneurial challenge in technology-oriented medium-sized businesses.

From 2001 to 2007, Ingo succeeded in developing Joh. Heinr. Bornemann GmbH – together with 3i as an investor – into one of the world’s leading companies for two-spindle screw pumps and multiphase pumps.

After 3i and the management successfully sold their shares, Ingo joined the Board of Managing Directors of LPKF Laser & Electronics AG, a listed company. Since then, LPKF has developed into one of the technologically leading suppliers of systems for material processing with lasers. Under the leadership of Ingo, LPKF was admitted to the TecDAX and its share price increased tenfold.

Ingo is Marondo’s sector expert for Industry 4.0, Control and Automation.

Ingo is a family man and has three adult children. In his free time he enjoys exploring new destinations all over the world. Back at home he has been loved going to the cinema since he was a student.

Ingo has founded & worked for the following companies:

Prof. Achim Kampker (EXPERT)

Environmental Technologies - Prof. Achim Kampker > Environmental Technologies

Marondo Prof. Achim Kampker

  • Chair of Production Engineering of E-Mobility Components PEM at RWTH Aachen
  • Chairman of the E-Mobility Office of the RWTH Aachen
  • Co-founder and Managing Director StreetScooter GmbH
  • First Chairman “Ingenieure retten die Erde e.V.”
  • Member of AGORA Verkehrswende
  • National Platform Mobility NPM Leadership Focus Group 2
  • Member Founding Commission Agency to Promote Breakthrough Innovations (SprinD)
  • Member Expert Council E-Mobility of the State Government of North Rhine- Westphalia

Prof. Achim Kampker was a co-initiator at StreetScooter GmbH, which was created as a development project from RWTH Aachen. The company was acquired by Deutsche Post / DHL and Achim Kampker served as Managing Director of StreetScooter and E-Mobility Officer at Deutsche Post.

Achim Kampker has been a professor since 2009, initially as the Chair of Production Management at the WLZ at RWTH Aachen University. Since 2014, he has headed the newly founded Production Engineering of E-Mobility Components (PEM) department, which focuses on research into battery and fuel cell technology, among other things.

In addition to his research activities, Prof. Kampker is involved as initiator and shareholder in several start-ups and associations, including “Ingenieure retten die Erde e.V.”, Agora Transport Wende, Velocity Aachen GmbH, Ducktrain / Droiddrive GmbH and PEM Motion GmbH.

He is the author of numerous publications, i.a. “Electromobility”, “Electric Mobility” and “Think Big – Start Small”. He also holds a number of patents on logistics and battery technology.

Prof. Kampker has a doctorate in mechanical engineering and has also earned an MBA from the University of St. Gallen with a focus on technology management.

Achim Kampker spends his free time with his four children.

Prof. Kampker was a founder and employee of the following companies and institutions:

Dr. Ludger Vonnahme (EXPERT)

Marondo VC / PE Industry Experts

Dr Ludgar Vonnahme Foto

  • VC-/PE- Industry Expert
  • Managing Partner & shareholder at Capital Management Partners (CMP)
  • CFO Rodenstock, CFO Nordsee
  • PhD economist, MSc
  • Member of several Boards

Ludger has worked for nearly 30 years in leadership positions in German Blue-Chips, such as Karstadt, Thomas Cook and Deutsche Lufthansa. He also acted as Head of Finance and was a shareholder in PE- backed companies, e.g. at Rodenstock and Nordsee.

From 2007 onwards he was a Managing Partner and co-owner at Capital Management Partners (CMP) in Berlin.

CMP is one of the most successful players in special situations investments in Germany, managing ca. €500m.

After his tenure at CMP he dedicates time to small technology companies as a Board Member and investor. Dr. Vonnahme was/is Chairman of the Board in the following companies: River Opportunity Invest, Doll, D+S 360 Grad Group, UKM Group and Flemming Dental.

Ludger likes to undertake adventure trips and cultivates several sports activities spontaneously, such as skiing, yoga and jogging.

Ludger consults with the Marondo Partners on strategic topics.

Ludger has founded & worked for the following companies:

Albrecht Deissner (EXPERT)

Marondo VC / PE Industry Experts

Albrecht Deissner

  • Private Equity/Venture Capital
  • VC-/PE- Industry Expert
  • More than 20 years of experience in PE and VC
  • From 2004 to 2017 responsible for all KfW-market activities in PE and VC
  • Member of several supervisory and advisory boards

After completing a bank apprenticeship and business studies at the University of Göttingen, Albrecht started his career at KfW in corporate finance, including equity financing and innovation funding activities. Since 1993 he has held leadership positions and was responsible for the KfW equity financing program, including the engagement in High-Tech-Gründerfonds. In addition, he temporarily managed the product development within KfW-Mittelstandsbank (2009-2011).

Later Albrecht became a managing director of tbg in Bonn and managed the direct investments of KfW. In 2015 he oversaw the relaunch of the KfW equity financing program, the start of coparion and the KfW fund-in-fund activities.

From the beginning of 2017 until his retirement in 2018 Albrecht was heavily involved in the founding process of KfW Capital.

Albrecht is a family man and enjoys spending time with his wife and two adult children. Traveling and skiing are part of his leisure activities. He is especially interested in the development of the German PE- and VC-industry.
Albrecht Deissner consults with Marondo on strategic topics.

Albrecht Deißner worked for the following company:

Prof. Markus Schwarz (EXPERT)

Software It

Markus Schwarz

  • Professor at the Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences Business & Technology
  • Former Chief Customer Officer and member of the Senior Executive Team of SAP SE 
  • Senior Advisor to several companies in the software industry, including Datavard AG (former Marondo portfolio)
  • Business graduate, MBA and doctorate 

Dr. Markus Schwarz was appointed Professor of Corporate Foreign Trade at the Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences – Business and Technology in 2020. He covers the teaching areas of corporate foreign trade, competitive intelligence, business transformation and digital globalization.

Previously, he worked for SAP SE for twenty-six years and held sales management positions in Venezuela, South Korea, England, the USA, Sweden and Germany with up to 2,500 employees.

Among other things, he was responsible for global product launches and the global business units SAP S/4HANA, SAP Business byDesign and SAP Learning Hub. Most recently, as Chief Customer Officer, he was in charge of existing customers worldwide and was a member of the Senior Executive Team at SAP SE with a direct reporting line to the Group Executive Board.

Mr. Schwarz studied business administration in Mannheim and at the University of Alabama. He also completed an MBA at Western Illinois University. He received his doctorate from the University of Mannheim with an interdisciplinary thesis on the management of organizational change during the introduction of standard ERP software.

His main areas of interest are globalization strategies, sustainable management of global customer relationships, international product launches and the digital transformation of business models. He is also involved in these areas as a senior advisor for several large and medium-sized companies in the software industry. In July 2020, Mr. Schwarz was appointed to the Supervisory Board of DATAVARD AG, based in Heidelberg.

Mr. Schwarz lives with his wife and two daughters near Heidelberg and relaxes with his family by traveling, doing sports, hunting and taking care of his 3 cats.

Prof. Schwarz is/was active for the following companies and institutions:

Dr. Ralf Brunner (EXPERT)

Software It

  •  Consultant, advisory board member, IT advisor and entrepreneur
  • Experienced general manager in the development, reorganization and restructuring of corporate divisions in the IT and services environment
  • Transaction experience in M&A, corporate carve-outs, MBOs, §613a
  • Certified advisory board member and member of the association Beirat-BW e.V., Stuttgart
  • Managing partner of a real estate investment and management company

Dr. Ralf Brunner has more than 35 years of professional experience in the IT industry and is an expert on the German IT market and current IT trends, developments and innovations.

During his professional career, he has held numerous executive management positions with national and international responsibility in large international IT groups, including in the USA and Sweden. He was responsible for up to 30,000 employees and a turnover of more than 2 billion euros.

In operational roles, Dr. Brunner has gained significant experience in IT managed services, outsourcing, project management, consulting services, data center operations, near/offshoring strategies, cloud solutions and cybersecurity.

Mr. Brunner also has extensive experience in the successful management of critical business and customer situations, restructuring and realignment of business units, personnel restructuring and §613a spin-offs, as well as in M&A and corporate carve-out transactions.

In his free time, Dr. Ralf Brunner enjoys spending time with his family, doing sports, hiking and sports, hiking and skiing.

Dr. Ralf Brunner has worked for the following companies:

Lieutenant General (Retired) Ben Hodges (EXPERT)

Security Technology & KRITIS

Lieutenant General (Retired) Ben Hodges, the former Commanding General of US Army Europe (2014-2017), currently serves as NATO Senior Mentor for Logistics and is a Distinguished Fellow with GLOBSEC. He serves pro bono on several civic advocacy Boards including Renew Democracy Initiative, Atlantik Brücke, Arthur Burns Fellowship, Razom, Spirit of America, and Warsaw Security Forum.  He consults for several companies on Europe, NATO, and the European Union, and he is co-author of the book, Future War and the Defence of Europe, published by Oxford University Press.

Hodges has a regular presence on US and international media. He offers insight and analysis on NATO, US and European security, the Russian War against Ukraine, the greater Black Sea and Baltic Sea Regions, the Israel-Hamas war, the upcoming US Election and its implications for Transatlantic Security, human rights, and other related geostrategic topics.

He was most recently Senior Advisor to Human Rights First, a non-profit, nonpartisan international human rights organization based in the United States.  Prior to that, he held the Pershing Chair in Strategic Studies at the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA) in Washington D.C.

A native of Quincy, Florida, General Hodges graduated from the United States Military Academy in May 1980 and was commissioned as an Infantry Officer in the US Army.

He retired from the U.S. Army in January 2018 and lives today with his wife in Frankfurt.