Empolis is the leading provider of Smart Information Management software. Many notable national and international companies and public sector institutions rely on Empolis solutions, based on more than 25 years of industry and process experience.
Dr. Stefan Wess
CEO & Managing Partner
Dr. Stefan Wess is a computer scientist and is a highly recognized technology industry expert with many years of international experience in the area of company management. Stefan is an acclaimed author, keynote speaker, has published numerous books and articles on the topic of “Artificial Intelligence” and holds a PhD in this field. His professional career includes roles as the technical manager of the U.S. AI-provider Inference Corp. (acquired by eGain Inc.). He was CEO of a Bertelsmann arvato AG subsidiary in Gütersloh, Germany, as well as CEO of arvato Middle East in Dubai. He later became a member of the Attensity Group management board, based in Palo Alto, out of which Empolis Information Management GmbH was spun off as an independent company in 2012. Stefan is a member of the DFKI (German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence) Board of Directors and Member of the Board of the Science and Innovation Alliance Kaiserslautern. In his free time, he is a passionate motorcyclist and still remains a computer nerd at heart.
Dr. Christian Schulmeyer
CSO & Managing Partner
Dr. Christian Schulmeyer´s responsibilities not only include the further development of the company’s successful business model, but also in opening up new markets and expanding strategic cooperation with other leading companies. Schulmeyer, an industrial engineer, came to Empolis from Telekom Deutschland GmbH, where he served as external project manager for Telekom’s Internet shop and its help and support portal. He gained further experience in the areas of service and customer care management through international projects for T-Online International AG (which has since been reintegrated into Deutsche Telekom AG) and Bosch Telecom GmbH, among others. In addition, Dr. Christian Schulmeyer and his company, Schulmeyer & Coll, have been active for many years in the fields of software and the Internet, consulting on issues of management, technology and strategy.
CTO & Managing Director
Andreas Klüter, who graduated in computer science, has been focusing on the development of innovative systems for intelligent information processing for over 20 years. Involved with the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI GmbH) from 1994 onwards, he made a significant contribution to the realization of the worldwide first research prototype “Verbmobil” for fully automated speech-to-speech translation. He also works on multimedia analyses, new methods of artificial intelligence, as well as technical communication. In addition, he has a rich fund of knowledge in the area of healthcare IT from his time as Head of Development of the hospital information system ORBIS, the leading system of its kind in the German-speaking region. As CTO, Andreas is a fervent promoter of agile methods – for software, but with the “lean start-up” method also in the systematic development of sustainable new disruptive business models. Eager to challenge even tried and tested concepts afresh, he plays a vital role in advancing the development of our innovative software products and cloud applications. In his private life, he puts his combination of boundless curiosity and risk awareness to good use in flying gliders and riding motorbikes.
Chief Product Officer & Member of the Executive Board
Eric Brabänder holds a diploma in Business Engineering and has been a manager in the areas of product management and marketing of B2B software for about 20 years. His professional career path includes companies, such as Porsche AG, IDS Scheer AG, Software AG and FNT GmbH. As product manager at IDS Scheer und Software AG, he was responsible for the positioning, go-to-market and further development of the market-leading software for process modeling “ARIS”.
In the role of Chief Product Officer, he is a member of the Empolis management board and responsible for market- and customer-oriented strategy and development of Empolis cloud solutions. His focus is always on developing innovative market areas, interesting products and seizing new market opportunities. As Chief Evangelist, he represents Empolis Cloud products in public, especially to prospects, customers, market analysts, strategic partners or other stakeholders. He shares his passion for product management through lectures on the topic at universities and he was an active university lecturer at the University of Aalen on product management for software until 2018. He devotes his free time mainly to his family but also to his hobby for classic and converted motorcycles.
Vice President Sales & Member of the Executive Board
Patrice Geiger, graduate economist, has been active in B2B software sales for over 10 years. He obtained his diploma in economics at the University of Hohenheim. He gained his first experience in the sales of product lifecycle management software at Solid System Team GmbH, a premium partner of SIEMENS PLM, then at Oracle Deutschland B.V. & Co. KG for solution sales. Via Salesforce.com Germany GmbH and a subsequent management position at his first company, Solid System Team GmbH, he finally found his way to Empolis as VP Sales & Member of the Management Board.
In this role, Patrice is responsible for building Empolis’ cloud business. The focus of his work is to ensure the success of our customers, the personal development of his employees and the alignment of Empolis’ sales force to future challenges. Patrice stands for a goal-oriented, structured & team-oriented sales organization that focuses on continuous learning.
He devotes his free time mainly to his wife and two children and actively participates in CrossFit Boxing.
COO, Senior Vice President Delivery & Operations & Member of the Executive Board
Heino Däkena completed a degree in Business Administration at Osnabrück University, focusing on economic informatics and business law. He started his professional career with stints at the international IT consulting and service provision company CSC Ploenzke AG (today CSC Deutschland GmbH) in Hamburg and Vereinigte Verlagsauslieferung, a subsidiary of Bertelsmann AG. In 1997, he then joined a predecessor company of today’s Empolis Information Management GmbH and has been looking after a great variety of Empolis customers in numerous roles ever since. These roles have ranged from Project Management and Business Development to Key Account Management and finally to his current role managing the Professional Services for our commercial and industrial clients. Heino Däkena’s main sporting interests are football and motorsport. When time permits, he loves riding his “moped” or going angling with friends. Another thing taking up a great deal of his time are the stables and paddocks of the horses that his wife and daughter like to ride.
CFO, Executive Vice President Controlling, Accounting, HR & Member of the Executive Board
Silke Marby studied business administration in Bielefeld. She began her career in 1999 in the corporate Controlling department of itelligence AG in Bielefeld. In July 2009, Marby moved to Empolis GmbH to build up controlling there following the separation from the Bertelsmann Group. Initially, she held the position of Senior Manager Controlling, and one year later, she was appointed Director Controlling. Since July 2016, Marby has held the position of Chief Financial Officer, reporting to the CEO. She controls and optimizes all essential business processes of Empolis GmbH. Marby speaks English and German.
Chief Marketing Officer (CMO), Senior Vice President Marketing & Member of the Executive Board
In her role as Senior Vice President, Martina Tomaschowski manages Marketing at Empolis; she has over eighteen years of professional marketing and sales experience with smart information management systems in the areas of knowledge and content management. Earlier in her career and after completing a degree in Business Administration, Ms. Tomaschowski held a number of specialist and management positions in the capital goods and automotive supply industry, as well as at Bertelsmann AG. As a management board member, Ms. Tomaschowski contributes significantly to Empolis’ positioning as a cloud solution provider through countless activities with associations, the press and successful award-winning efforts.