Dr. Christoph Achenbach

Tel. +49 (0)69 36 50 50-160

Fax +49 (0)69 36 50 50-499


Dr. Christoph Achenbach is founder and Managing Director of Bfun GmbH in Cologne. With his firm, he advises medium-sized companies in Germany, Austria and Switzerland regarding all issues of succession and Corporate Governance matters and provides assistance with the recruitment of Supervisory Board, Advisory Board and Foundation Board positions.

In the context of these recruitment projects, he works in co-operative partnership with Hofmann Consultants.

Dr. Achenbach is a member of various Advisory and Supervisory Boards of renowned German companies and is co-editor of the reputable trade journal “Der Aufsichtsrat” for many years.

Wolfgang Gebauer

Tel. +49 (0)69 36 50 50-150
Fax +49 (0)69 36 50 50-499

Wolfgang Gebauer’s consulting focus is on branded, distance selling and fast moving consumer goods.

With a degree in public administration and actuarial sciences, Wolfgang Gebauer started his career as a consultant with Dr. Heubeck, a consulting firm providing actuarial services and advice in the area of private pension schemes.

In 1989 he entered the Human Resources Business. Since then he was responsible for the national and international HR Management at Reemtsma Tobacco and later on at Vorwerk Household Appliances, one of the leading companies in direct sales.

Frank W. Heun

Tel. +49 (0)69 36 50 50-170
Fax +49 (0)69 36 50 50-499

Frank W. Heun is managing partner at Hofmann Consultants GmbH.

His consulting focus is on branded goods (FMCG, SMCG, luxury goods), retail (online/offline) and the consulting service industry.

After obtaining a degree in mathematics and business studies his career path has led him from the consumer goods industry (Unilever) to international management consulting companies, where he successfully completed projects focusing on strategy, business development, marketing and sales (GTP, Gemini Consulting, Marketing Partner, The Consulting Company). During the time at the executive search firm Deininger Consulting he was responsible for the competence practice consumer products & retail.

Dr. Christof Hirsch

Tel. +49 (0)69 36 50 50-181
Fax +49 (0)69 36 50 50-499

Christof Hirsch is Consultant at Hofmann Consultants GmbH.

His professional focus is on Retail and Consumer Goods. Following his graduation in economics and social sciences, he received a Ph.D. from the University of Dortmund. Christof Hirsch has filled management and specialist positions for many years, thus acquiring in-depth knowledge of organizational structures and establishing an extensive network of candidates and decision-makers. Prior to joining Hofmann Consultants, he worked at the executive search firm Deininger Consulting and was responsible for management positions in the consumer goods and the industrial sector.

In addition, Christof Hirsch is a certified business coach and advises managers in decision-making situations as well as on issues of job related conflicts, leadership and motivation.

Dieter Hofmann

Tel. +49 (0)69 36 50 50-110
Fax +49 (0)69 36 50 50-499

Dieter Hofmann is founder and managing partner at Hofmann Consultants GmbH.

His consulting focus is on retail.

Subsequent to a commercial apprenticeship and a degree in business studies Dieter Hofmann worked for the Handelszentrale Deutscher Kaufhäuser and Rewe-Leibrand. In 1978 he entered into executive search, founding Hofmann Herbold and Partner in 1985 and Hofmann Managemenberatung, today Hofmann Consultants GmbH, in 2001.

Simon Benjamin Jaenicke

Tel. +49 (0)69 36 50 50-180
Fax +49 (0)69 36 50 50-499

Simon Jaenicke is a Consultant at Hofmann Consultants GmbH with an industry focus on Retail & Consumer Goods. After graduating at the economics department of Heidelberg University he joined an international consulting company in Zurich. Having acquired several years of experience, Simon moved to a global Executive Search firm where he successfully advised both large and mid caps in filling managerial and specialist roles.

Nicole Kremer

Tel. +49 (0)69 36 50 50-140
Fax +49 (0)69 36 50 50-499

Nicole Kremer is Managing Partner at Hofmann Consultants GmbH.

Her consulting focus is on branded goods (FMCG, SMCG, luxury goods, cosmetics, fashion & lifestyle) and retail. Nicole Kremer´s special expertise lies in the recruitment of executives in the fields of Marketing, Procurement, Business Development and HR.

Nicole Kremer studied Business Administration at the universities of Münster and Cologne majoring in Marketing & Procurement as well as Organization Theory. At the start of her career, Nicole Kremer filled international Marketing positions for Wella and Henkel. Subsequently, she was Managing Director at Estée Lauder companies developing and expanding various brands for ten years.

Most recently, she worked as systemic business coach and organization consultant for the executive search company P4 Career. She is a sparring partner for top executives and for all topics relating to career development, outplacement, on-boarding as well as leadership and motivation.

Jan Loewen

Tel. +49 (0)69 36 50 50 130
Fax +49 (0)69 36 50 50 499


Jan Loewen is Managing Partner at Hofmann Consultants GmbH. His consulting focus is on emotionally charged branded goods (FMCG, SMCG, in particular fashion, beauty, lifestyle & luxury) and the corresponding retail.

Jan studied business administration at the Universität des Saarlandes majoring in marketing, organization theory (HR) and retail. Following various national and international assignments in marketing and sales at Wella and Procter & Gamble, he moved from the beauty to the fashion side in 2006. As Senior Vice President at Hugo Boss, he led the complex re-positioning of a high fashion brand before he took over global responsibility for all Hugo Boss licenses.

Jan Loewen has worked in Germany and Switzerland and entertains a huge network including top talents in general management, marketing, sales and (e-) retail.


Nicola Oetker-Hilker

Tel. +49 (0)69 36 50 50 190
Fax +49 (0)69 36 50 50 499


Nicola Oetker-Hilker ist Partnerin bei Hofmann Consultants. Ihre Beratungsschwerpunkte liegen im Bereich der Beirats- und Aufsichtsratsbesetzung.

Nach dem Studium der Betriebswirtschaftslehre arbeitete sie viele Jahre in verschiedenen Führungspositionen im Handel als Geschäftsführerin und als Personal-Direktorin. Als selbstständige Unternehmerin war sie in den letzten Jahren erfolgreich im Markenauf- und -ausbau exklusiver Modemarken in Europa tätig. Nicola Oetker-Hilker besitzt Erfahrung als Beirat in Familienunternehmen sowie in kirchlichen Organisationen.

Jörn Rebholz

Tel. +49 (0)69 36 50 50-142
Fax +49 (0)69 36 50 50-499

Jörn Rebholz is consultant at Hofmann Consultants GmbH.

He deals with the retail, e-commerce and services.

Following a technical apprenticeship and a university degree in Social Anthropology, Jörn Rebholz has worked with leading executive search consultancies. He has assisted multinational companies and medium-sized companies with the recruitment of executives and other high-level professionals.

Peter Sothmann

Tel. +49 (0)69 36 50 50-120
Fax +49 (0)69 36 50 50-499

Peter Sothmann is Managing Director at Hofmann Consultants GmbH.

His consulting focus is on consumer goods, media and professional services. Peter Sothmann’s special expertise lies in the recruitment of sales, marketing and corporate communications executives.

Peter Sothmann studied Business Administration at the universities of Lüneburg (Germany) and Gothenburg (Sweden). He started his career as consultant, head of business development and marketing director of an international consulting firm. Subsequently, he was Founder and Managing Partner of a communication and Marketing consultancy and managed projects for a wide range of renowned companies.

Peter Sothmann was head of the competence centre »Corporate Affairs« in Germany, Switzerland and Austria of a US American executive search firm and was member of the global technology practice.

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