Dr. Bernd X. Weis, MBA

I am an engineering and business executive with comprehensive experiences in international and multicultural enterprises.

Actively listening, identifying and articulating differing opinions, rethinking, reassessing and adapting positions maintaining interests, mediating coherent compromises belong to my capabilities.

With openness for unconventional ways and with shaping creativity I introduce new aspects and point out new ways off the beaten tracks. With this I open (think- and imagination-) spaces with a protecting and safeguarding sense of the viable and feasible.

My personal competence and integrity allow me to cooperatively in the team find, plan and execute new ways and strategies for improved performance and increased profitability. I focus on the topics and questions at hand, articulate the pain points, structure and summarize complex issues.

From own experience I know the options of shaping and adapting in today’s dynamic markets – be it growing, merging, acquiring, divesting or restructuring.

I hold over 40 patents and (co)authored over 40 international scientific publications. With BlackForestLightning I am winner of the Network of Automotive Excellence Innovation Award 2010.

Education

  • Electrical and Computer Engineering at Karlsruhe University (Dipl.-Ing.) and University of California Santa Barbara (Master of Science)
  • Doctorate (Dr.-Ing.) from Karlsruhe University, now Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
  • Business Administration at Henley Management College / University of West-London Brunel (MBA)
  • Scholarships from the German National Academic Foundation and German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

Experience

  • Consulting projects in national and international environments
    • Consulting project and interim management position in Krakow, Polen
      • General management of a subsidiary of a british software house specialized in Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) for talent acquisition and human resource management
      • Leading 130 emplyees
    • Consulting projects and interim management positions in Arabia
      • Regenerative energies (Kuwait)
      • Education (Saudi Arabia)
    • Consulting projects
      • Growth strategy in Health-Care
      • Strategy development and project management 
      • Book project “From Idea to Innovation” 
  • Executive and management positions in a multinational enterprise in
    • Enterprise strategy (positioning, portfolio strategy, market assessments, …)
    • Business development and marketing (global strategies for new business areas and corresponding product definitions)
    • Sales (planning, business management, introduction of new products and development of new markets)
    • Product management (market and portfolio definition, development and production planning, sales planning for the global market)
    • Research and development (SW engineering, telecommunication)
  • Research and teaching experience at Karlsruhe University

Consulting focus

  • Strategy development and implementation, strategy review
  • Strategic realignment and reorganization concepts
  • Introduction of new products into the market
  • Marketing/sales consulting
  • M&A projects
  • Interim management

Innovation focus

  • Innovation culture
  • Innovation management
  • Business models
  • Your own Balance