Global strategy & operations consultancy Roland Berger has appointed five new partners in Germany, the firm’s home base. With the latest addition, the consultancy’s partner team rises to 220 partners, across 50 offices globally.
Sebastian Feldmann has been named a Partner in Roland Berger's Operations Strategy Competence Center, based in Munich. He joins from PwC, where he served as a partner in its consulting business. Prior to the Big 4 firm he worked for PRTM (acquired by PwC in 2011), Ricardo Strategic Consulting (RSC), A.T. Kearney and Porsche Consulting. His core competencies include strategic and operational consulting, with a focus on companies in the automotive and engineering sectors. Feldmann studied international business at WHU Koblenz in Germany, Kobe University in Japan, and the J. L. Rotman School of Management in Toronto, Canada.
Christian Gieselmann rejoins Roland Berger as a Partner in the Consumer Goods & Retail Competence Center, also based in Munich. He started his career in 2007 with his family’s own business (‘Chocolaterie Gieselmann’), after which he joined Roland Berger in 2000. Following a 10-year spell at the firm Gieselmann grew through the ranks, in his last role serving as Principal and head of the Italian Consumer Goods & Retail practice. His consulting experience spans growth and sales strategies, efficiency programs, restructuring, M&A, as well as post-merger integration. Latterly he was member of the board for German bread and bakery business Lieken, responsible for Supply Chain. He studied business administration at the University of Münster, Germany, and Paris Dauphine University, France.
Thomas Kästner is a Partner in the Civil Economics, Energy & Infrastructure Competence Center at Roland Berger in Munich. Kästner has more than 15 years of experience in the energy sector, including working for energy utility E.ON and latterly serving as Sector Leader Power & Utilities (Transactions) for a leading advisory firm. Kästner studied law at the universities of Mainz, Dijon and Konstanz and was admitted to practice as a fully qualified lawyer in Munich.
Justus Lorentz is a Partner in the Consumer Goods & Retail Competence Center in Munich. Previously he has been a Senior Advisor for the consultancy since 2005. He focuses on non-food products and retail, working with clients across all links in the value chain on topics ranging from growth programs to efficiency improvement projects to operational restructuring. Lorentz has extensive experience in M&A, post-merger integration and program management. He studied business administration at St. Gallen, Switzerland, and holds a doctorate from the University of Innsbruck, Austria.
Lastly, the US-origin Joseph (Joe) Lichtenberger has been named Partner and Global CFO for Roland Berger. He joins from online real estate platform Scout24, where he served as Chief Financial Officer. Prior to that, Lichtenberger worked for among others German telecom giant Kabel Deutschland and Telefónica. At the consulting firm, Lichtenberger will be responsible for finance, controlling and all legal and accountancy issues at the company. He holds an MBA with a major in finance from Wharton School of Business and studied business administration at Duke University, both in the US.
The five new partners follow the addition of 13 new partners in 10 countries, unveiled last November.
In Q4 last year Roland Berger’s partner team agreed an ambitious growth plan, see the article ‘New strategy of Roland Berger aims to triple size’ for more information. One of the first pillars of its new strategy was revealed late December, when the firm launched Terra Numerata, a hub that aims at becoming Europe’s main digital services hotspot.