Curriculum Vitae english

Prof. Dr. Utz Claassen

“Most Innovative Entrepreneur International 2016”, Innovation Award of the German Economy – THE WORLD´S FIRST INNOVATION AWARD®, Patronage of EU Commissioner Digital Economy & SocietyFounder, Majority Shareholder and Chairman of Syntellix AG, Hanover (“Innovator of the Year 2017” in Germany)

Co-Founder / Shareholder of Rulebreaker Management GmbH, Hanover

Senior Advisor, Cerberus European Investments LLC., New York/USA

Actively teaching Honorary Professor at the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz University of Hano­ver, Institute of Controlling, and Ambassador of the Leibniz University, Hanover

Previously, CEO of EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG, Sartorius AG and Solar Millennium AG as well as CFO of SEAT, S.A.

Member of various Advisory Boards (incl. Deutsche Bank and Deloitte)

Awardee of various national and international orders, distinctions and decorations

Approximately 100 publications (4 of which being books that have reached and appeared in German top 10 bestseller lists) as well as countless lectures and speeches at home and abroad

Born on May 7, 1963 in Hanover, Germany
Languages: English, Spanish
Professional Career:
 1987 – 1989 McKinsey & Co. Inc., Duesseldorf, Germany
Management consultant (Associate/Senior Associate in project manager role)
1989 – 1992 Ford of Europe, Brentwood/Essex, U.K., and Cologne, Germany
Various management positions
1992 – 1994 Volkswagen AG, Wolfsburg, Germany
Last position, Executive Director, Controlling Product Lines, and Deputy of the Executive Vice President, Controlling and Accounting, Volkswagen brand
1994 – 1997 SEAT, S.A., Barcelona, Spain
Executive Vice President Finance and Permanent Substitute 
of the President
1996 – 1997 Member of the Board of the German Chamber of Commerce for Spain
1997 – 2003 Sartorius AG, Goettingen, Germany
Chairman of the Executive Board and Group CEO
2001 – 2003 Chairman of the Association of the German Precision Mechanics and Optical Industries (F+O) in Cologne, Germany (restructured and renamed in May 2002 to SPECTARIS, the German Industrial Association for Optical, Medical and Mechatronic Technologies)
2003 – 2007 EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG, Karlsruhe, Germany
CEO/Chairman of the Board of Management
2006 – 2007 Member of the Comex (Comité Exécutif, i.e. Executive Committee) of EDF (Electricité de France, S.A.), Paris, France
2008 – 2009 Cerberus Deutschland Beteiligungsberatung GmbH, Frankfurt, Germany Principal Senior Advisor
2008 – 2009 Valiance Capital/Valiance Infrastructure S.A., Luxemburg/Milan 
Senior Partner
2009 – 2010 Valiance Capital/Valiance Infrastructure S.A., Luxemburg/Milan 
Senior Advisor
01–03/2010 Solar Millennium AG, Erlangen, Germany
CEO / Chairman of the Executive Board
Since 2008, until today Founder, Majority Shareholder and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Syntellix AG, Hanover
2010 – 2016 CEO (“Consejero Delegado”) of R.C.D. Mallorca S.A.D., Palma/Spain, from Jan. 2015 to Jan. 2016 / Member of the Board (“Consejo de Admi­nistra­­ción“) of R.C.D. Mallorca S.A.D., Palma/Spain, from Dec. 2010 to Dec. 2016
December 2014 – June 2016 President of R.C.D. Mallorca S.A.D., Palma/Spain
Since 2013 until today Senior Advisor, Cerberus European Investments LLC., New York/USA (Appointment in January 2013)
Since 2015 until today Co-Founder & Shareholder of RULEBREAKER Management GmbH, Hanover


Important Note
No responsibility is taken for the correctness of the English version/translation of this CV. The CV is also available in German. In case of doubt, the German version shall prevail.

October 2017