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Guido Happe

Guido Happe is Founder and Managing Director of Board Partners and Founder of the Board Academy.

His current advisory board mandates include: member of the advisory board of the Haniel subsidiary elgHaniel, with 1.8 billion euros turnover and 53 locations in 20 countries a leading global recycler and trader of raw materials for the steel, superalloy, carbon and titanium industries; Advisory board member of the Strategic African Women in Leadership Association SAWIL in Johannesburg, an organization founded to promote, train, challenge and bridge female leaders with the industry; Chairman of the Advisory Board of Dachdeckermarkt24, Central Europes’ Online Platform for Roofer and Craftsmen Supply; Rotonda Business Club in Cologne, a nationwide business club with > 1,200 members; Co-Owner of the GIN manufacturer ‘Dein GIN Punkt’ with a B2C and B2B approach to order fully customised GINs and a current annual capacity of 124.000 bottles; Chairman of the Advisory Board of the management consultancy ‘concimus’ with focus on SCM / purchasing and logistics; Member of the Board of Trustees of the MUCA Museum of Urban and Contempory Art in Munich; Co-Owner of Eflatun Farming, a organic Goat Farm in Turkey nearby Ankara with clear ecological attitudes with a steadily significant growing Herd of Goats to produce Milk for goat milk consumption, cheese production and cosmetic products; Co-Owner of Yo Digga, a leisure- and loungewear fashion label.

Previously – as the largest single shareholder – he was Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Steinbach&Partner Executive Consultants and from 2009 to 2013 Chairman of the Executive Board of Steinbach&Partner Executive Consultants. During this time S&P International had >120 employees. Prior to that, he worked for Kienbaum Executive Consultants GmbH from 2000 to 2009 – from 2006 as an equity partner – he was responsible for national and international executive search projects as well as for venture capital and the establishment of the ‘Advisory Board line-up’ department. Before he joined Kienbaum he was a consultant and project manager in a management consultancy specializing in technology and IT, as well as a project manager in change management at Mannesmann Rexroth (now BoschRexroth), after starting his career as a Sales & Marketing Trainee at the non-profit organization ‘Junior Achievement’ in San Francisco/USA. Guido Happe studied social sciences, sociology, psychology and economics at the Gerhard-Mercator-University Duisburg and the University of Groningen in the Netherlands.

During his active athlete years he e.g. was participant of the Swiss Olympic Gigathlon, Marathon Runner (e.g. Berlin, New York, London, Stockholm, Mallorca, Munich, Phoenix/ Arizona, Vienna) and also has clear respect while boating and likes the need for being consequent and precise driving a boat. Guido speaks fluent German and English and can express himself well in Spanish. He is author and editor at Springer Gabler Sales;he has published various books, such as ‘Vertriebscontrolling/ Sales Controlling (2003 – Gabler-Springer Publisher); ‘Innovatives Vertriebsmanagement/ Innovative Sales Management (2004 – Gabler-Springer Publisher)’; ‘Demografischer Wandel in der unternehmerischen Praxis I/ Demographic Change within industrial practices I (2007 – Gabler–Springer Publisher)’; Demografischer Wandel in der unternehmerischen Praxis II/ Demographic Change within industrial practices II (2010 – Gabler–Springer Publisher); ‘Innovationsfähigkeit sichern/ How to ensure Innovation Management (2011 – Gabler–Springer Publisher)’; ‘Der Phönix Effekt – Marketingstrategien in Zeiten der Krise/ The Phoenix Effect – Marketing Strategies in periods of an industrial crisis (German version in 2011 and the English version in 2012).Next to Target Mentoring he has also founded BoardCom, an agency that offers tailored communication services for managers and companies.