Simon-Kucher appoints 18 new partners in 7 European countries

22 February 2022 4 min. read

Global management consulting firm Simon-Kucher & Partners has appointed 24 new partners across 11 different countries, 18 of which are based in Europe.

The partner promotions follow a record year for the strategic sales & marketing consultancy, with revenues last year up 22% to €442 million.

“In 2021, demand for our services soared as clients pivoted from dealing with the pandemic to focusing on achieving long-term profitable growth,” said Mark Billige, co-CEO of Simon-Kucher. “With the upsurge in demand, our focus has been investing in new capabilities and bolstering our leadership to help clients unlock untapped potential.”

Simon-Kucher appoints 18 new partners in 7 European countries


Carsten Mangels

Carsten joined Simon-Kucher straight from graduation and has been with the consulting firm ever since. He is part of the Insurance practice and supports clients in sales excellence and digital transformation
Office: Munich

Julian Weidle
Julian Weidle has been with Simon-Kucher for over 10 years and is a member of the firm’s Technology & Industrials practice. He works with large and mid-sized companies.
Office: Frankfurt

Kaan-Fabian Kekec
Kaan-Fabian joined the firm’s Life Sciences division in 2012. He focuses on the healthcare B2B industry and commercial excellence programs for healthtech companies.
Office: Frankfurt

Markus Mayer
Markus joined Simon-Kucher over eleven years ago and is a member of the Chemicals & Construction practice. He specialises in sales excellence and growth topics and advises wholesale and distribution clients.
Office: Munich

Michael Keller
Michael is a member of the Life Sciences and Healthtech team, with a focus on diagnostics clients. His consulting work spans commercial excellence topics, portfolio & innovation projects as well as transformation & implementation programs.
Office: Cologne

Michael Kaesser
Michael is a partner in the Telco and Energy practice and specialises in shaping the future energy retail business.
Office: Munich

Rainer Opgen-Rhein
Rainer is part of the Life Sciences division. His projects generally focus on pricing, advanced analytics and digitalisation.
Office: Munich

Steffen Bretzger
Steffen is an expert in commercial excellence and pricing with a focus on clients in the wholesale and mobility infrastructure sectors.
Office: Munich

Steffen Ulitzka
Steffen’s project work focuses on optimising product, prices, and (digital) sales strategies in the retail and business banking segments.
Office: Cologne

Christoph Stegmeier
Christoph is a partner in the Banking practice. He specialises in digital transformation, strategy, sales and risk management in the retail banking sector.
Office: Munich

Tobias Hartz
Tobias is partner in the Berlin office and leads the Transaction Services and Private Equity teams in Central, Northern, and Eastern Europe.
Office: Berlin


Clara Soppo Priso

Clara has spent the past eight years growing the firm’s Consumer Goods & Retail business in the French market. Her project work mainly focuses on food retail.
Office: Paris

Sébastien Verrot
Sebastien started his career on the operational efficiency side of consulting, mainly in the aerospace and oil/gas industries. He is a member of the Technology & Industrials practice.
Office: Paris

Other European countries

Peter Speltincx

Peter joined Simon-Kucher in 2019 and heads the Consumer Goods & Retail practice for the Brussels office, with a focus on fast-moving consumer goods companies.
Office: Brussels

Philipp Kaupke
Philipp is a member of the Financial Services practice in Switzerland, advising banking and insurance clients on sales, price and product development.
Office: Zurich

Ruben de Lange
Ruben joined Simon-Kucher six years ago and is a partner in the Software, Internet and Media industry practice. He is an expert in software monetisation.
Office: Amsterdam

Xi Bing Ang
Xi Bing has been with Simon-Kucher since 2014, starting out in the New York office and then moving to the London team. He specialises in pricing and growth topics for B2B software, data and technology companies.
Office: London

Stefan Söderström
Stefan is a partner in Helsinki. He leads the Helsinki office and is a member of the Nordic leadership team.
Office: Helsinki

With the addition of these new partners in Germany, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Finland, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, Simon-Kucher & Partners now has 160 partners worldwide. The partnership leads a team of 1,700 professionals working from 42 offices worldwide.