Team

We are bold entrepreneurs, sustainable investors, experienced experts

The CERTINA team has many years of experience in acquiring and supporting companies in special situations. There are hardly any industries that are new territory for us or situations that we cannot cope with.

The strength of our team lies in the individuality of its members. We combine specialists and generalists with different biographies and accompany complex transactions and change processes holistically. Flat hierarchies, a strong team spirit and direct communication lines enable fast, effective processes and a high level of transaction security for sellers and companies.

Our competence and reliability have already led many companies to independence and sustainable success.

Management Team

Dr. Hans Wehrmann
CEO of the CERTINA GROUP

Dr. Hans Wehrmann

Hans Wehrmann is Founder, CEO and majority shareholder of the CERTINA GROUP.

Hans Wehrmann is Founder, CEO and majority shareholder of the CERTINA GROUP.

Hans began his professional career in the restructuring unit the Boston Consulting Group. In 1998, he closed his first company acquisition, laying the foundation for the CERTINA GROUP. Since its incorporation, he has completed more than 65 successful transactions and turnarounds and built the CERTINA GROUP up into a solid and sustainable industrial holding company with an international footprint.

Hans Wehrmann holds a PhD in economics from the Université de Fribourg and an MBA from INSEAD.

Managing Partner Legal, M&A & Operations

Marcel Lampey

Marcel Lampey is Managing Partner at the CERTINA GROUP with a focus on Legal, M&A & Operations.

Marcel Lampey is Managing Partner at the CERTINA GROUP with a focus on Legal, M&A and Operations.

Mr. Lampey began his professional career in the restructuring and insolvency department of an international law firm. In 2002, he took on his first project with the CERTINA GROUP, where he carried out the reorganization of structures and processes of the previously acquired company as part of a post-merger integration. Since then he has supported more than 20 national and international transactions, either as deal captain for the transaction itself or as operational manager for the subsequent operational improvements. His industry focus is mainly on the food, IT and glass industry.

Marcel Lampey studied law at the LMU Munich and completed his legal clerkship at the OLG Munich. He is a licensed attorney and holds degrees in economics from the European Business School (EBS) and the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management.

Wolfgang Wondra
Managing Partner Packaging Solutions

Wolfgang Wondra

Wolfgang Wondra is Managing Partner at the CERTINA GROUP. He is responsible for the packaging solutions sector.

Wolfgang Wondra is Managing Partner at the CERTINA GROUP. He is responsible for the packaging solutions sector.
Wolfgang Wondra began his professional career at the BMW Group in the United States. He joined CERTINA GROUP in 2010 following further management positions in investment banking and private equity. At CERTINA he is responsible for the packaging solutions division, mainly focusing on packaging in the consumer goods sector. Furthermore, he has a proven track record in mechanical and plant engineering as well as in the paper industry.

Wolfgang Wondra holds a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Applied Sciences in Munich and holds an MBA from Wake Forest University, USA.

Holger J. Schmidt
Managing Partner Consumer Goods & Retail

Holger J. Schmidt

Holger J. Schmidt is Managing Partner at the CERTINA GROUP. He is responsible for the Goods & Services sector.

Holger J. Schmidt is Managing Partner of the CERTINA GROUP. He is responsible for the Goods & Services sector.
Holger J. Schmidt builds on more than 25 years of management and restructuring experience in the retail and fashion industry. He held executive positions at HUGO BOSS, Toni Gard, ESCADA and Michael Kors. At Michael Kors he successfully launched and built the brand in Germany. Before joining CERTINA GROUP in 2018, he was CEO of the European business of Giorgio Armani for seven years.
Giovanni Santamaria
Managing Partner IT & Italy

Giovanni Santamaria

Giovanni Santamaria is Managing Partner at the CERTINA GROUP. He is responsible for the IT sector and our investments in Italy.

Giovanni Santamaria is Managing Partner at the CERTINA GROUP and responsible for the IT sector and our investments in Italy.

After various leadership positions at PwC, GE Capital and Autoscout24, where he held the position of the CFO, Giovanni has been part of the CERTINA GROUP management team since 2004. During his professional career, he has been responsible for numerous corporate transactions in Italy, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and USA.

Giovanni Santamaria holds a degree in business and finance from the Università Cattolica Milan and holds an MBA from INSEAD.

Dr. Stefan Brungs
Managing Partner Automotive

Dr. Stefan Brungs

Dr. Stefan Brungs is Managing Partner at the CERTINA GROUP. He is responsible for the Automotive sector.

Dr. Stefan Brungs is Managing Partner at the CERTINA GROUP responsible for the Automotive sector.

Stefan contributes more than 30 years of relevant management experience to his work at the CERTINA GROUP, 23 years of which he spent in the VW Group. As a member of the board of directors at Bentley and Bugatti, he was responsible for sales and marketing successfully further building the brands global presence and sales. Before joining CERTINA, as the CEO he successfully managed a portfolio company of KKR in Switzerland. Stefan Brungs started his career at the Boston Consulting Group where he spent seven years.

Stefan Brungs studied business administration at the Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main and holds a PhD from Saarland University. Additonally he holds an MBA from the California State University, USA.

András von Kontz
Managing Partner Goods & Services

András v. Kontz

András v. Kontz is Managing Partner at the CERTINA GROUP. He is responsible for the Goods & Services sector.

András v. Kontz is Managing Partner at the CERTINA GROUP responsible for the Goods & Services sector.
András has many years of experience in the field of M&A as well as in the transformation of medium sized companies. Prior to joining CERTINA GROUP, he worked at several international privat equity investors with a focus on special situations.

András v. Kontz holds a degree in International Management from ESCP Business School and a masters degree from Cass Business School, London.

Managing Director - M&A and Corporate Development

Rainer Traub

Rainer Traub is Managing Director at the CERTINA GROUP. He is heading the M&A activities of the Group.

Rainer Traub is Managing Director at the CERTINA GROUP and leads the M&A activities of the Group. In his role he also supports the CERTINA Group companies on strategic and operational matters. He builds on more than 10 years of experience in M&A and business transformation of mid-market companies. Prior to joining the CERTINA GROUP he, among others, worked for a special situation private equity firm, where he was involved in various successful transactions in Western Europe. Rainer started his career in corporate finance advisory at EY and accompanied international buy-and sell-side transactions in diverse industries and situations such as restructuring, carve-outs, succession, and growth capital.

Rainer studied in Germany and France and holds a degree in business from ESB Business School, Reutlingen.

Industry Experts

Christian Abicht

Sustainable Plastics Packaging

Injection Moulding & Production Optimisation

Christian Klüber

Christian Klüber

Consumer Goods

Sales & Marketing

Heiko Höfer

Food Service Industry

Sustainable Processes & Production Optimisation

Heiko Hofmann

Automotive

Automatisation & Project Management

Ulrike Lemm

Sustainable Paper Packaging

Technical & Commercial Management

Stephan Meindl

Stephan Meindl

Glass Industry

Plant Engineering & Project Management

Wilfried Drehmel

Wilfried Drehmel

Oil & Gas

Metall Processing & Project Management

Peter Mirtic

Peter Mirtic

Metal Goods

Metall Processing & Production Optimisation

Christian Nowak

Christian Nowak

Luxury Goods

Sales & Marketing

Phillip Hess

E-Commerce & Social Media

Business Development

Yasin Birgül

Sustainable Paper Packaging

Sales & Marketing Sustainable Products

Ralf Nosko

Industrial Fittings

Metall Processing & Production Optimisation

Dariusz Orszyński

Dariusz Orszynski

Sustainable Plastic Packaging

Injection Moulding & Production Optimisation

Stéphane Perrollier

Prestige Market

Injection Blow Moulding