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Volker Gerlach

Volker Gerlach has been managing complex restructuring and reorganization programs for over 25 years, combined with strategic realignment. He works as a CEO, a CRO or as a consultant in an operational function. His focus is on the financial implementation, cost reduction, reorientation of the organization, restructuring of corporate structures and on the implementation of new business models triggered by e.g. acquisitions or digitalization. Volker Gerlach has extensive experience in various industries - automotive, chemicals, high tech, engineering, software, banking, insurance.

Volker Gerlach was involved in companies of various sizes, from multinational corporations, medium-sized company groups to start-ups. Before joining Bickel & Company, he carried out restructuring mandates as an independent entrepreneur. Previously, as a member of the international leadership team at Gemini Consulting and the Capgemini Group, he was essential in building and expanding the group’s Central European business. He has been using his experience for many years as a member of supervisory and advisory boards.

Volker Gerlach holds an MBA from IMEDE / IMD, Lausanne and a diploma from the European Business School.

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Ralf Oehl

Ralf Oehl has more than 20 years of experience in restructuring and growing companies from management to top executive positions. With his wide-ranging background in auditing, turnaround management, and strategic development, he became a distinguished expert in the transformation of business models and shaping of growth programs for "Hidden Champions". Through the scaling of new technologies, as well as the implementation of growth and diversification initiatives, he achieved significant value enhancements for companies in industries such as machinery & plant engineering, automation technology, life science & chemicals, and consumer durables.

A critical factor to his success is his strong network in the global business community which he cherishes through contributions to numerous trade associations and expert groups such as the APA, LAV, Ghorfa and the World Economic Forum. Prior to collaborating with Bickel & Company, he was the Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Development at M+W Group, the Managing Director at M+W High Tech Projects GmbH, and a Managing Partner at Droege & Comp. a leading German strategy consultancy.

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Mario Schwager

For over 20 years, Mario Schwager has focused on the sustainable optimization of the entire value chain of medium-sized and internationally active industrial companies. As an Interim COO, he was responsible for the restructuring program of performance-related functions like engineering, production, supply chain, and quality management at renowned companies in the automotive industry, at one of the major German solar module manufacturers as well as at manufacturers of plastic packaging.

The basis for this is his many years of experience as a manager and a consultant for strategy and lean manufacturing at Daimler AG and Roland Berger. There he led numerous restructuring, strategy and performance improvement projects for manufacturers and suppliers in the automotive industry, but he was also active for companies in mechanical engineering and other manufacturing industries worldwide. As an expert in operations, he also participated on behalf of the investors or well-known management consultancies as a performance expert in the framework of IDW S6 or M&A projects.

His studies of mechanical engineering and business administration with a focus on production engineering, organizational theory and personnel management at the Technical University of  Braunschweig and his numerous self-conducted shop floor projects help him to assess the feasibility of technical, procedural and structurally necessary changes correctly and to implement these quickly together with the customer team at all levels of the company.

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