Innovation and growth only thrive with the right talents in the right culture. Finding those talents and building corporate cultures that enable them to grow is precisely our unique expertise, because we evolved from the startup-scene and accompanied the key players and entrepreneurs right from the start. i-potentials is the only HR consultancy that combines digital and HR expertise with an excellent network of intrapreneurs and entrepreneurs.
We know what is of key importance when it comes to corporate cultures and HR strategies in order to find and keep those who shape the future – in startups and grownups. With our holistic solutions in consulting, placement and training, we pave your company’s way to the future. No vision should fail because it lacks the right people to turn it into a reality.
We pour our experience gained by accompanying countless digital industry players, our knowledge on modern HR and our startup DNA into bringing HR strategy and corporate cultures to a new level. Our consulting focuses on two approaches: Building HR structures for fast-growing companies and supporting cultural transformation in established companies.
Our core area of expertise is finding those who shape the future. We help finding talents for strategically relevant key positions but are also able to support companies going through phases of disruptive growth. Different circumstances require different search approaches, which is why we offer a highly developed, specialized executive search but also hypergrowth recruiting solutions.
We are experts when it comes to leadership and talent management in the digital age because we are closest to the relevant target group. On the basis of thousands of conversations with digital natives, we have developed a leadership model that helps these talents to thrive. This knowledge as well as our expertise on efficient recruiting processes has been published in our book and is the subject of our various trainings for entrepreneurs, managers and HR departments.
Founder & CEO
Constanze is Managing Director and founder of i-potentials. She started her career in 2006 as Executive Assistant to the CEO of Spreadshirt – a German E-commerce role model – and built up the HR department there from scratch. Based on her experience that fast growing digital businesses suffered from a lack of appropriate headhunting and leadership services she took the decision to close that gap and founded i-potentials in 2009
Having spent the last 10 years in the German Digital Network Constanze has accompanied the growth of the most well-known startups and digital players in Germany and thus became an acknowledged expert for recruiting & leadership topics in the Digital Age, sharing her expertise as an author, business angel, speaker and advisor for German politics.
Constanze holds a Diploma in Business Administration, is a certified personal & business coach and Reiss Profile Master. She speaks German and English.
Martina is Managing Director at i-potentials. She is an expert for recruiting and leadership in the digital industry and managing teams in growth and transformation phases. Amongst others, she gained her experience by working in several startup functions as well as by heading the HR department of a leading company builder in Berlin. She has been working as a personnel consultant within the digital industry for several years and shares her expertise as an author, business angel, mentor and business coach.
Martina studied communications science, politics and international business in Berlin, Paris and London. She is a certified systemic coach and REISS Master. Martina speaks German, English and French.
Senior Consultant & Head of Research
As Senior Consultant at i-potentials Franziska manages mostly C-Level and Board searches on a national and international level for hypergrowth startups, small and medium sized entreprises as well as Corporates & VCs while continually optimizing the internal research processes. Prior to joining i-potentials, she was responsible for mainly international C-level searches as consultant for a traditional Executive Search firm.
Today Franziska’s experience spans more than 100+ executive search projects as well as 10,000+ interviews at the top management level within the “old & new economy”. Bringing excellent language skills as well as a sound cultural awareness based on numerous stays abroad (e.g. Latin America, United States and Spain) she developed a core competence in searches with an international scope.
Franziska holds a Master’s degree in Intercultural European Studies, combines a background in humanities with a strong business mindset and is a certified MBTI trainer and REISS-Master. She speaks German, Spanish and English.
Kerstin is Senior Consultant at i-potentials and deeply specialized in the digital business models and professional profiles of the publishing & media industry. Kerstin’s experience spans more than 15 years within the publishing, automotive and entertainment industries (Axel Springer SE, Daimler AG and Warner Music).
Prior to joining the team, she was responsible for developing and monetizing new websites and digital channels as a Senior Manager at Axel Springer SE.
In addition Kerstin is a trained management coach with more than 6 years experience in coaching, training and organizational development, supporting people and organizations to identify goals, strengthen leadership qualities and develop strong and meaningful organizational- and team-cultures. She maintains her own consulting firm and also serves as the Berlin chapter host of ICF, International Coach Federation.
Kerstin holds a Master’s degree (M.A.) in Communications & Business Administration, as well as additional certificates in Coaching and Change Management and is a licensed MBTI I + II practitioner. She works in German and English.
Juliane is Senior Consultant at i-potentials, managing primarily C-Level Searches for publishing houses, small and medium sized entreprises, startups and agencies. Having worked within the media sector since the very beginning of her career Juliane brings along a deep industry expertise and a broad, reliable network both within the digital and traditional media as well as the ICT sector.
Juliane knows the business not only from a consultant’s perspective but also from her own professional experience. After finishing her law degree with a focus on media law and an accompanying training in journalism she held various management positions in publishing houses such as Gruner + Jahr and manager magazin Verlag. In 2009 she joined a media management consultancy and discovered her love for the Search Business, managing not only international digital transformation projects but also executive search assignments within the media sector.
She hence decided to fully focus on headhunting and gathered additional search experience in a boutique search firm in Hamburg before joining i-potentials. Juliane speaks German, English and Spanish.
Nadja joined i-potentials as Consultant with a focus on Digital Marketing, Technology & HR across all digital business models, applying more than 10 years of experience in headhunting, recruiting and coaching.
Prior to joining the team she spent 4 years in Boston, where she gained corporate recruiting experience at Citrix Online before joining The Boston Consulting Group, as Career Services Manager, providing career and development coaching to transitioning consultants as well as BCG alumni around the world.
For the first half of her career Nadja worked for a search firm in Munich, where she was mainly responsible for searches within the technology sector and later established and managed the internal practice for career counseling and coaching. Since 2010 she also maintains her own coaching practice.
Nadja holds a Master in Psychology as well as two coaching certificates (systemic and Co-Active Coaching) and is a certified member of the International Coach Federation, ICF (PCC).She is a trained mediator and certified to apply a variety of personality self-assessment tools (e.g. MBTI I & II). She speaks German and English.
Prior to joining i-potentials as a Consultant with a specialization in the digital functions and business models of the media- and agency industry, Britta spent over 16 years within the marketing communications industry in the UK and Germany, working in agencies such as RKCR/Y&R and DDB. During her time as Client Lead Britta had the opportunity to work on a broad range of national and international accounts. Ok sHer last stop as Client Service Director and member of the management board at DDB Tribal allowed her to further expand on her leadership skills before finally founding the consultancy THE COLLABORATION PRACTICE that provides tailor-made and practice-oriented consulting, coaching and training programmes with the aim to support its clients in delivering optimized business results.
Britta holds a M.Phil. in Biological Anthropology from the University of Cambridge and is member of the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising (IPA) as well as of the International Coach Federation (ICF). She is fluent in English and German.
Finance & Operations Manager
Jan joined i-potentials as a trainee and subsequently grew into the role of the team’s Finance & Operations Manager. As the team’s multi talent he is also responsible for the office management as well as individual projects around marketing, business intelligence and HR.
He holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration with a focus on HR and Marketing, as well as a Bachelor’s in Business and Political Administration from the University of Potsdam. Prior to his studies he applied his organizational skills in the German Navy, serving on board of a naval ship on a 2-years overseas assignment. Jan speaks English and German.
(Deutsch) Executive Assistant
Maren is the Executive Assistant at i-potentials, supporting the managing directors in all aspects of the day-to-day business. The main focus of her numerous individual projects is on Marketing and PR – perfectly combining her passion for writing with her interest in the newest trends in HR. Furthermore, she is the „go-to“ person for the Leadership- and Management-Trainings of the i-potentials Academy program and for the internal partner management.
As a former humanities student and all-rounder Maren has always enjoyed working in versatile environments that promised highly diverse tasks as well as exciting new challenges – as in her most recent job as a Research Officer at the Singapore Embassy.
Maren holds a Master of Arts in Comparative Literature from Mainz University and speaks German and English.
Lisa joined i-potentials as Senior Associate, focusing on the direct search of digital executives and specialists with a focus on Product, Technology, Finance & HR across all business models. Additionally she is responsible for driving the research department. She entered the world of executive search early 2011 for an executive search company within the “old economy” and – due to her great interest in the headhunting business – wrote her Master’s thesis on “Direct Search within the War for Talent”.
Lisa holds a Master’s degree in Educational Management from the Technical University Berlin and also studied in the U.S. and in Sweden. She speaks German and English.
Marlen started at i-potentials as a trainee and quickly became an Associate. In this function she supports the Consultant team especially in General Management and Digital Marketing Searches across all business models. Prior to joining the team she spent a year in the US completing an international relations study program at Georgetown University, Washington DC. She gathered first practical experience in a small marketing agency before discovering her passion for the recruiting business in the digital industry as a working student for i-potentials during the founding phase.
Marlen graduated with a Master’s degree in Business Administration at the Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg and speaks German and English. She is a certified REISS-Master.
Sophie is an associate and supports the consultants in their projects across all digital business models and functions. Before joining i-potentials, she started her professional career in marketing and sales in the tourism industry. Sophie discovered her passion for Human Resources while working for an HR consultancy for touristic companies and quickly decided that this was the right career path for her.
Before taking up her studies in linguistics and business in Freiburg and Berlin, Sophie followed her passion for foreign cultures and spent a year in South Africa and South America.
Caro is an Associate at i-potentials and specialized in Technology & Product in the E-Commerce industry. She gained first experience in personnel development during her studies of Cultural Sciences at the European University Viadrina, managing the section for higher education didactics as research associate, and later worked on the development of a digital school book for history as a freelancer. She eventually entered the executive search field as an intern for Mannroth, a Berlin based search firm with a focus on the IT sector. Caro speaks German and English.
(Deutsch) Research Analyst
Christina is part of the Research Team at i-potentials since May 2016 with focus on direct search of digital executives and specialists. After studying Law in Münster and Barcelona she is now pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Law & Economics at the University of Hagen. Professionally, however, she has long aspired to learn more about HR and consulting because as a true people’s person, Christina always favored people over paragraphs. Christina speaks German and English.
(Deutsch) Research Analyst
Steffen started as an intern at i-potentials early in 2016 and is dividing his time between various Recruiting, Academy and Marketing projects. At the same time he is pursuing a bachelor’s degree from Business School Berlin in business psychology with the main focus on HR and organizational psychology. He took his first steps in the digital world as a Content Manager for the website of fabulabs GmbH. Steffen speaks German, English and French.
Andreas is an Internet-Entrepreneur, Business Angel and supports i-potentials as a member of the advisory board with years of experience in the publishing and Startup industry.
Andreas worked as Managing Director for well-known German publishing houses such as Zeit Verlag and Verlagsgruppe Handelsblatt. Additionally he worked in several Management positions for Media-, TV- and Radiostations and regional newspapers. He is also the founder of Parship.de, radio.de and other Internet companies. Besides that he won several national and international titles as a German Ice Hockey League & national Ice Hockey player.
Andreas holds a business administration degree from the University of Hamburg and speaks German and English.
Christian supports i-potentials as a member of the advisory board applying more than 15 years of business experience within the IT- and venture capital environment. He is currently Partner at Paua Ventures GmbH, a Berlin-based venture capital investor focusing on early-stage and seed investments, as well as a member of various additional advisory boards, such as the Cloud Advisory Board of IBM.
Prior to his role at Paua Ventures he was Principal at Wellington Partners, identifying investment opportunities in the Internet and software space. In parallel he served as Mentor at Seedcamp, a small, London-based pre-seed and seed stage accelerator. Previous to working at Wellington, he was on the management team of CareerConcept AG as Director Business Development after 5 years as Key Account Manager at ORACLE, where he was responsible for some of ORACLE’s largest financial services clients in Germany.
Christian holds an MBA from INSEAD and an undergraduate degree in International Economics and Business from Corvinus University Budapest and York University Toronto. He speaks German and English.
Jan is Pinterest’s country manager for Germany, Austria, and Switzerland and supports i-potentials as member of the advisory board. At Pinterest he is responsible for further building and supporting the German Pinterest community of Pinners, partners, and brands across categories such as food and drink, fashion and DIY. Prior to Pinterest, he worked as COO and Publishing Director Business Media at Gruner + Jahr and as Head of Digital for the brands BÖRSE ONLINE and CAPITAL.
Jan also co-founded BUSINESS PUNK, a new business lifestyle magazine and digital brand focused on digital economy and the start up scene.
Jan has had extensive experiences in media, marketing and sales. In the past, Jan also worked for Deutsche Bank and Mandalah/CScout. He holds a business administration degree from the University of Hamburg and speaks German and English.
Stefan is an internet-entrepreneur and business angel with more than 15 years of experience within the web 2.0, publishing and mobile space and supports i-potentials as member of the advisory board.
Stefan is originally from Cologne, where he has founded several technology companies. He is the founder of the social career network squeaker.net and has worked as venture capitalist with Straub Ventures in London and co-founded the European Venture Capital Network in London as well as the mobile booking startup JustBook. Following the exit of JustBook to Secret Escapes, he is currently building their travel brand as Managing Director DACH & BeNeLux. His previous work experience also includes several years at Oliver Wyman where he worked in Munich and Dubai on various growth and turn-around cases within telecoms, retail and private-equity. Furthermore, he is a co-founder of the European Pirate Summit – an entrepreneur event in Cologne.
Stefan holds a Master’s in Business Management and International Management from the University of Cologne. He speaks English and German.
Sven is a member of i-potentials’ advisory board applying almost 20 years of experience in forming and organizing companies in the e-commerce business. He currently serves as Chief Operating Officer and member of the management board at Ecommerce Alliance AG, an investment and service company for the e-commerce and social media sector, and is the owner and Chief Executive Officer of the online-retailer of custom printer apparel Shirtinator. In addition he is the CEO of K5 GmbH, a Munich-based e-commerce network connecting e-commerce suppliers with agencies who support suppliers in their crucial growth stage. In 1999 he co-founded Zooplus AG, an online shop for pet supplies and served as the Chief Operating Officer of Zooplus until 2007. Previous experience include 2 years as Management consultant at Roland Berger as well as Co-Managing Director of BITIBA GmbH.
Sven holds a Master in Economics from the Université de Fribourg (CH) and speaks German and English.
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