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Board of Directors & advisory board

Valentin von Arnim, Iris von Arnim

After finishing his studies in Art History and Economics, Valentin von Arnim worked in New York at Goldman Sachs. Four years after returning to Hamburg, he took over International Marketing at Iris von Arnim and in 2009 became Managing Director.

Markus Benz, Walter Knoll

Markus Benz is CEO and partner at Walter Knoll AG. A qualified lawyer, he started his professional career in the office furniture sector. He has been guiding the fate of Walter Knoll since 1993 – and is principally responsible for product and brand development.

Dr. Andreas Kaufmann, Leica

Dr. Andreas Kaufmann is Chairman of the Supervisory Board since 2006 of Leica Camera AG, Managing Director and Partner of SOCRATES Holding GmbH and ACM Projektentwicklung GmbH, Managing Director of Leica Galerie Salzburg, Managing Director of mechanical workshops Wetzlar GmbH and member of the Advisory Board of various companies in Germany and Austria.

Prof. Dr. Klaus Schweinsberg, Centrum fot strategie and high leadership, advisory board

Professor Dr. Klaus Schweinsberg is the chairman of Centre for Strategy and Higher Leadership and founding board member of the European Center for Digital Competitiveness at ESCP Europe Business School. He was appointed by the World Economic Forum appointed as a Young Global Leader. He is chairman of the Advisory Board of the Meisterkreis.

Frank Marrenbach, Althoff Hotels

Since May 2020, Frank Marrenbach is the new CEO and Managing Partner of the family-owned company Althoff Hotels. Before he was the CEO of the Oetker Hotel Collection, Baden-Baden.

Roman Niewodniczanski, Van Volxem

Roman Niewodniczanski, great-grandson of the founder of the Bitburger brewery, finished his studies in economic geography and business administration before working at Ernst & Young and at Europäisches Tourismus Institut as well. In 1999 he acquired the Van Volxem wine estate, infusing it with new vitality. 

Clemens Pflanz, MEISTERKREIS

Clemens Pflanz is founder and Chairman of MEISTERKREIS. He has been leading his own strategic consultancy since 2007 and is Senior Advisor at Roland Berger and EQT Partners. After studying business administration at the University of Cologne he started at Mars Group and moved to LVMH, where he spent more than 10 years working for Moët Hennessy and Christian Dior and LVMH Perfumes & Cosmetics as Managing Director.