Date of Birth:
02/16/1993
Degree Program: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
University: WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management
Previous Internships:
Vodafone, Simon-Kucher & Partners, Bosch, Bertelsmann, Jefferies, Barclays
Interests:
Technology and Innovation, Capital Markets, Politics, Education, History, Music (Drums and Percussion), Sports (Basketball, Soccer, Swimming)

Student Challenger since: April 2015

Describe your career history. What have been your professional experiences?
Prior to and over the course of my studies at WHU I have gained practical experiences in a wide range of industries, positions and countries. These experiences include working in consulting, investment banking, automotive, chemicals, telecommunications and more. During my time at Vodafone in 2012 I performed quantitative analyses and implemented regular margin-reporting within the finance department. As associate consultant at Simon-Kucher & Partners in 2013 I was part of a market access project for a biotechnology product of a worldwide leading pharmaceutical company and a global restructuring project. After an internship at Bosch in Turkey in 2014, I headed off to New York for joining Bertelsmann’s New Business team. There I was part of the team acquiring Relias Learning from Vista Equity Partners marking Bertelsmann’s expansion into the education business. The internship helped me in getting a detailed understanding of M&A processes and allowed me to work on the future of a whole industry, education, and a whole organization, Bertelsmann. After this unique experience, I moved on strengthening my financial knowledge and M&A deal intelligence by interning at two investment banks. All these experiences helped me in enhancing my business acumen, developing my current skill set and shaping my personality.

What attracted you to Bertelsmann and your internships? What is/was your favorite aspect about your job?
The opportunity to make an impact within a large organization that undergoes a major transformation process, to shape the world of education, to work together with many smart people, to get introduced to investors and startups in the world’s leading financial hub New York and to have a steep learning curve are only a few of many reasons that attracted me to Bertelsmann and that made my stay there an unforgettable experience. Interacting with a lot of different stakeholders, taking critical decisions, challenging the status quo and coming up with new ideas were the favorite aspects of my job at Bertelsmann.

What has been your most challenging/rewarding/exciting task or project thus far?
My most exciting as well as most challenging project was the acquisition of Relias Learning from private equity investor Vista Equity Partners during my time at Bertelsmann. Given its significance, the complex acquisition process had to be managed perfectly and required a diligent work attitude. While analyzing the target company during the due diligence phase, internal stakeholders within Bertelsmann had to be convinced by the idea of acquiring Relias Learning. Being part of a buy-side project and interacting with investment bankers, consultants, lawyers, accountants, tax specialists and the management of the selling company taught me a lot about how to handle complex transactions and conducting negotiations in a clever way. Thanks to the great attitude of our team, Bertelsmann achieved the desired result and laid the foundation for future acquisitions within the education business. On top of that, I took part in management meetings at Relias Learning’s headquarters in North Carolina, got to know the management in person and worked on integration topics.

What qualities do you feel are necessary to be a successful employee at Bertelsmann?
To keep it short: open-mindedness, team-player attitude, critical thinking ability, adaptability and willingness to quickly learn as the industry and organization are in a fast paced environment that constantly changes.

What was/is a typical day during your internship like?
As challenging as Bertelsmann and as diverse as New York City were my days during the internship. I worked on constructing financial models to illustrate company values, created investment proposals and information memoranda, analyzed the education market and assessed potential further acquisition opportunities. Besides, ongoing transaction processes involved a high degree of project management tasks, i.e. taking part in meetings and deal negotiations. In total, my time at Bertelsmann was very analytical, challenging and entrepreneurial. However, there was plenty to explore in the city whenever I had some free time.

What are your professional goals? Any others?
Doing what I liked most about my internship at Bertelsmann: having a positive impact on the world by significantly shaping one or more industries and thereby working together with smart people.

If you have one word to describe Bertelsmann – what would it be?
Entrepreneurial.

 
 
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