CO-Improve Consultants and Back Office Employees

Meeting our customers at their level and and therefore being able to provide the best advice – this is part of our company philosophy. It requires a long-standing, successful career in industry and consulting, which is why all members of the management team at CO-Improve take on operational project responsibility.

Our Consultant Team

Dirk Meißner - Geschäftsführender Gesellschafter

Dirk Meißner

Managing Partner

has studied aerospace technology at the Bundeswehr University in Munich. Afterwards, he accumulated 7 years of experience in international project management with the Eurofighter engine and as a project manager for a vehicle manufacturer. At the same time, he finished a second degree in economics. 21 years ago, Meissner made the switch into the consulting business. In 2004, after several leading positions in three consulting firms, he became partner. Meissner founded CO-Improve Consulting in 2012.

Certifications
Certified SAFe Program Consultant (SPC), Professional Scrum Master (PSM I), Certified Scrum Master (CSM), Certified Product Owner (CSPO), Certified Agile Leader (CAL)

Contact
Phone +49 6196 96754-12
dm@co-improve.com

Marten Beier - Berater

Marten Beier

Consultant

is a junior consultant at CO-Improve. During his dual program of study in industrial engineering in Mannheim, Martin had already worked for a couple of years in different positions for General Electrics. Within project management, he was jointly responsible for the development and implementation of a site risk assessment and site office tool. He decided on a career in management consultancy upon graduation, with a focus on implementation of agile methods.

Certifications
Certified SAFe 4.5 Program Consultant (SPC), Certified Scrum Master (CSM) und Certified Product Owner (CSPO)

Contact
mb@co-improve.com

Torsten Blume - Senior Berater

Torsten Blume

Senior Consultant

supports the CO-Improve team as senior consultant with a focus on product development processes and quality management. Customers in mechanical and plant engineering, agricultural engineering, electronics, IT and automotive have all benefited from his rich knowledge. Torsten is a chartered engineer with an MBA and an apprenticeship as a measurement and control mechanic. Working as a consultant, as well as mechanic, quality manager and project manager for several medium-sized firms, Torsten has been involved in more than 50 consultancy projects across 20 companies.

Certifications
Provisional Assessor Automotive SPICE, Certified SAFe Program Consultant (SPC), Certified Scrum Master (CSM), Certified Product Owner (CSPO), Prince2 Practitioner und IATF 16949 1st/2nd Party Auditor

Contact
tb@co-improve.com

Frank Duda - Leitender Berater

Frank Duda

Principal

has more than 20 years of consulting experience, working for renowned global corporations across the automotive, aircraft, energy and craft industries. His roles have included conceiving organizational models to support classic and agile project management, overseeing the digital and agile transformation of corporate divisions, and implementing vision and strategy development. He has also been responsible for adapting processes and personnel within corporations. His current focus is on organizational and strategy development, change management, digital transformation, project and process management as well as the development of personnel and executives.

Contact
fd@co-improve.com

Gerrit Gerland - Leiternder Berater

Gerrit Gerland

Principal

After his studies in mechanical engineering, he has held various positions in the automotive industry for more than 16 years. Most recently, he was in charge of HR and organizational development in Europe for MAGNA Electronics before he decided 8 years ago to transition into consulting. He has experience in managing projects in Europe, Asia and the US. His clients include companies from the automotive supplier/manufacturer industry, electronics and mechanical engineering.

Certifications
Certified SAFe Program Consultant (SPC) and Certified Scrum Master (CSM)

Contact
gg@co-improve.com

Andreas Grohmann - Leitender Berater

Andreas Grohmann

Principal

has more than 17 years’ experience working in the automotive industry. During that time the business studies graduate held several positions including project manager (both nationally and internationally), organization and process advisor and executive for production, R&D and strategy. More recently, he has been very active within the rising e-mobility market. As an entrepreneur, he contributed significantly to a start up’s successful implementation of an e-mobility charging solution. Additionally, as an e-mobility project manager, he oversaw a large Agile hardware project for a premium manufacturer.

Certifications
Certified SAFe Agilist (SA) and certified Scrum Master (CSM).

Contact
ag@co-improve.com

Markus Meier - Senior Berater

Markus Meier

Senior Consultant

has been an indelible part of the CO-Improve team for almost four years. Following his apprenticeship, the skilled mechanical engineer and technical business economist worked for several years in various positions with medium-sized industrial companies. As Director of R&D and head of project management for Mekra Lang GmbH & Co., he managed global customer and development projects, gaining substantial experience in product strategy and product development. He became a consultant in 2011, focusing on performance increase in product development. Companies like Daimler, Osram and Benteler have benefited significantly from the knowledge of this passionate winemaker.

Contact
Certified Scrum Master (CSM) and Project Management Specialist (GPM)

Contact
mm@co-improve.com

Gunther Reibe - Leitender Berater

Gunther Reibe

Principal

has led enterprises through their transformation process for more than 15 years.

Gunther is a Professional Scrum Master (PSM I) and an expert in project management, efficiency growth, innovation and change management. An economist with practical industry experience, Gunther specializes in converting identified potential efficiencies into innovative growth. Gunther is able to apply professional knowledge in business engineering as well as his extensive expertise to change management projects, as a result of his long-standing experience as an international executive and CEO in Europe and Latin America. In the last few years, he was responsible for change processes in Chile, Colombia and Brazil, working for renowned companies like ThyssenKrupp and Sika. He speaks English, French, Spanish and Portuguese.

Certifications
Professional Scrum Master (PSM I), Certified Agile Leader (CAL)

Contact
gr@co-improve.com

Lea Rossow - Junior Beraterin

Lea Rossow

Junior Consultant

joined CO-Improve in 2019 as a junior consultant after completing her cultural studies course. During her studies, she dealt with agile product development in companies. Simultaneously, she extended her theoretical knowledge as a working student at the VW subsidiary MAN Truck and Bus, supporting agile corporate development as part of the transition team. She took part in the implementation of a transformation strategy as well as communication and change campaigns. At CO-Improve she is primarily responsible for coaching agile working methods, consulting and the development of corporate and organisational cultures.

Certifications
Certified Scrum Master (CSM)

Contact
lr@co-improve.com

Ralf Schäfer - Leitender Berater

Ralf Schäfer

Principal

an aerospace technology engineer, has accumulated 13 years of consulting experience from more than 50 consulting projects with more than 20 companies in Germany and abroad. His focus areas are strategy, organization, manufacturing, product creation and procurement. Before working as a consultant, he spent ten years in the industry, among others working for Adam Opel AG and General Motors. His clients include companies from the automotive industry, aerospace, rail vehicle construction, mechanical engineering and plant engineering.

Certifications
Certified SAFe Program Consultant (SPC) and Certified Scrum Master (CSM)

Contact
rs@co-improve.com

Herbert Schönebeck - Leitender Berater

Herbert Schönebeck

Principal

supports customers at all levels of their agile transformation – from the development of methods expertise, through to the implementation of an agile leadership culture. Herbert is a qualified engineer and experienced consultant. His customers benefit from years of practical experience gained in leading positions at companies such as Siemens AG, Hewlett Packard and LG Electronics. His expertise is in successfully structuring projects with major customers such as Daimler, MAN and NORDEX. His focus is on organizational transformation and change management.

Certifications
Certified Scrum@Scale Practitioner, Certified SAFe 4.5 Program Consultant (SPC), Certified Scrum Master (CSM), Certified Product Owner (CSPO) und Certified Agile Leader (CAL)

Contact
hs@co-improve.com

Oliver Schönfeld - Leitender Berater

Oliver Schönfeld

Principal

has 15 years’ worth of experience as a process consultant, putting his methodological expertise to impressive use across a range of industries. In that time, the electrical engineering graduate founded his own start-up, but also worked as a systems developer and project manager for large corporations. His sector management expertise spans telecommunication networks and household appliances as well as construction machinery, railways, energy and medical technology. Oliver’s work embodies the values and principles of agile project development - for startup companies or multinationals - with methods such as Scrum, SAFe and LeSS.

Certifications
Professional Scrum Master (PSM I), Professional Product Owner (PSPO I), P4 Management Consultant (P4MC) and Member of Lean Enterprise Institute

Contact
os@co-improve.com

Nicolas Vortmeyer - Leitender Berater

Dr. Nicolas Vortmeyer

Principal

has more than two decades’ worth of expertise in innovation and technology. Over the period, he gained experience as an engineer, project and development manager, chief technology officer, chief strategy officer and technical director.

At CO-Improve, Dr. Vortmeyer supports and advises organizations throughout their innovation cycles - from conception to effective implementation. He is an efficient manager of consultancy projects, having achieved solutions for start-ups as well as multinational corporations. His skillset ranges from industry and mechanical engineering, automotive engineering, plant construction and process engineering to cleantech, IoT and digitization.

Certifications
Certified SAFe 4.5 Program Consultant (SPC), an experienced Scrum Master and Scrum Coach.

Contact
nv@co-improve.com

Günter Watzlawik - Leitender Berater

Günter Watzlawik

Principal

spent more than 20 years working in the sales, purchasing and legal departments of some of the world’s largest providers of digital typeface-software, before joining the CO-Improve-Team in January 2016. She has since been responsible for business development and controlling, bringing her extensive experience in sales, controlling, purchasing and project management to bear at the company. Furthermore, she is involved in CO-Improve’s IT-Marketing.

Certifications
Certified SAFe Program Consultant (SPC)

Contact
gw@co-improve.com

Markus Weck Bonetti - Leitender Berater

Markus Weck Bonetti

Principal

over the past 25 years, Markus has supported more than 100 national and international consulting projects in the automotive, electrical, investment and consumer goods industries as well as in mechanical engineering. As an interim manager, he was (and still is) responsible for corporate restructuring and business process reengineering. Additionally, he works as an agile coach and supports companies to implement the lean philosophy thus helping them attain sustainable solutions. His focus is on production and logistics as well as on process optimization, increasing efficiency and the design of transformation processes.

Certifications
Certified Scrum Master (SCM), Certified Scrum Product Owner (SCPO) and Certified Agile Leader (CAL). In addition to German, he speaks English and French fluently.

Contact
mw@co-improve.com

Our Back Office Team

Kathrin Dorn - Veranstaltungsmanagerin

Kathrin Dorn

Event Manager

As a trained hotel professional, she has established herself in the exclusive event industry. For more than 20 years, she has been living service and customer orientation at the highest level. Dorn is committed to bringing people together, offering top-class platforms for dialogue and knowledge transfer with her events at CO-Improve. Her drive and authenticity turn events into extraordinary experiences.

Certifications
Certified Scrum Master (SCM)

Contact
Phone +49 6196 96754-13
kd@co-improve.com

Kristina Ott - Buchhaltung

Kristina Ott

Accounting

takes care of the figures in our team. A graduate of Fresenius University, our accountant brings a wealth of knowledge in controlling, management consulting, auditing and taxation. Our numbers juggler also draws on solid practical experience gained while working as a controller for a major medical technology manufacturer, and as an accountant for a timber trader with several locations across Germany.

Contact
Phone +49 6196 96754-22
ko@co-improve.com

Manja Seltmann - Geschäftsentwicklung und Controlling

Manja Seltmann

Controlling

spent more than 20 years working in the sales, purchasing and legal departments of some of the world’s largest providers of digital typeface-software, before joining the CO-Improve-Team in January 2016. She has since been responsible for business development and controlling, bringing her extensive experience in sales, controlling, purchasing and project management to bear at the company. Furthermore, she is involved in CO-Improve’s IT and Marketing.

Certifications
Professional Scrum Master (PSM I)

Contact
Phone +49 6196 96754-21
ms@co-improve.com

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