Management Board

Oliver Samwer
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Oliver Samwer
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Oliver Samwer is Chief Executive Officer of Rocket Internet AG. Before founding Rocket in 2007, Oliver, together with his brothers, founded several other successful companies, including Alando.de. After the sale of Alando to eBay Inc., Oliver worked as Managing Director of eBay and was responsible for Germany, Switzerland and Austria. He holds a business degree from Otto Beisheim School of Business (WHU), one of Germany’s top business schools. In 2004, Oliver was selected as one of the Young Global Leaders by the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
Peter Kimpel
Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
Peter Kimpel
Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
Peter Kimpel is Chief Financial Officer of Rocket Internet. Before joining Rocket he was partner at Goldman Sachs in Frankfurt am Main.
Alexander Kudlich
Group Managing Director
Alexander Kudlich
Group Managing Director
Alexander Kudlich is Group Managing Director of Rocket Internet AG. Before joining Rocket, he worked at Axel Springer AG for 6+ years, first as Personal Assistant to the CEO and later as Regional Managing Director for Zanox. Alexander holds a Masters Degree in Finance and Accounting from University of St. Gallen (HSG), a M.A. in Philosophy from UCL and an MBA from ESMT.

Managing Directors

Arnt Jeschke
Founder & Managing Director
Berlin
Arnt Jeschke
Founder & Managing Director
Berlin
Arnt joined Rocket Internet in 2009 as Managing Director in Berlin and is responsible for Finance and Administration. Prior to joining Rocket, Arnt worked for Jamba!/iLove as Director of Finance, at Deutsche Bank in Controlling and at KPMG as audit manager. Arnt studied at the HEC in Paris, the Bocconi in Milan and holds a Master's degree in International Management from the University of Cologne.
Dr. Eyad Alkassar
Founder & Managing Director
Middle East
Dr. Eyad Alkassar
Founder & Managing Director
Middle East
Before joining Rocket Internet as Managing Director Middle East, Eyad worked as Senior Researcher in Computer Science. During his studies he was a fellow of the German National Academic Foundation. Eyad holds a Ph.D. Summa Cum Laude in Computer Science from Saarland University.
Dr. Johannes Bruder
Managing Director
Berlin
Dr. Johannes Bruder
Managing Director
Berlin
Before joining Rocket as Managing Director in Berlin, Johannes worked for Google in Germany and founded a company in the social/mobile space. He holds a PhD in Economics, doing research into the impact of corporate diversification on innovation and risk taking. Johannes studied Economics in St. Andrews, London, Hamburg, and Berkeley, supported by the German National Academic Foundation.
Eduardo Goes
Founder & MD
LATAM
Eduardo Goes
Founder & MD
LATAM
Before joining Rocket Internet as Managing Director in Brazil, Eduardo was partner at Stratus Investimentos, a leading private equity firm, as well as Managing Director at Novo Nordisk and Senior Manager at PWC Transaction Services. Eduardo holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV), Brazil.
Heavent Malhotra
Founder & Managing Director
India
Heavent Malhotra
Founder & Managing Director
India
Heavent Malhotra joined Rocket India as its MD in 2012. Before joining Rocket, he was an Associate Principal with McKinsey and Co., where he focused on Banking, Financial institutions & Telecom industries - particularly around digital financial services. Heavent was on the institute merit list at his business school, IIM Ahmedabad and received his engineering degree in Mechanical from IIT Delhi.
Ian Marsh
Founder & Managing Director
UK
Ian Marsh
Founder & Managing Director
UK
Before joining Rocket Internet as Managing Director in the UK, Ian worked for Bain Capital and Bain & Company in London as well as for McKinsey & Company in Madrid. Ian holds a Master's degree from the HEC Paris and has studied Modern History & Economics at Balliol College, Oxford University.
Jeremy Hodara
Founder & Managing Director
Africa and France
Jeremy Hodara
Founder & Managing Director
Africa and France
Before joining Rocket Internet as Managing Director France, Jeremy Hodara worked at McKinsey in France, India and the US for 7 years where he was focusing on retail and e-commerce. Jeremy holds a master’s degree in business administration from HEC Business School, France.
Koen Thijssen
Founder & Managing Director
Benelux
Koen Thijssen
Founder & Managing Director
Benelux
Before joining Rocket Internet as Managing Director Benelux, Koen worked as Investment Banker focused on Benelux M&A for Lehman Brothers and more recently Deutsche Bank. Koen holds a master’s degree in Finance and Accounting from the London School of Economics.
Michele Ferrario
Founder & Managing Director
Italy and SEA
Michele Ferrario
Founder & Managing Director
Italy and SEA
Before joining Rocket Internet as Managing Director in Italy, Michele worked for McKinsey & Co. in the Milan and New York offices as well as for the Italian Private Equity House Synergo SGR. Michele holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Bocconi University, Milan, and an MBA from Columbia Business School, New York.
Nickyl Raithatha
Co-Founder & Managing Director
London
Nickyl Raithatha
Co-Founder & Managing Director
London
Before joining Rocket Internet Nickyl worked at Goldman Sachs, where he was a Vice President in the Principal Strategies group and Global TMT analyst at Arrowgrass Capital ($4bn hedge fund). Nickyl holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a bachelor's degree in Economics from Cambridge University.
Patrick Hurenkamp
Founder & Managing Director
Benelux
Patrick Hurenkamp
Founder & Managing Director
Benelux
Before joining Rocket Internet Benelux as Managing Director, Patrick worked for The Boston Consulting Group in the Netherlands and Australia. Patrick holds an MSc degree in Management of Innovation & Business Development from the Copenhagen Business School, and a degree in CEMS Master's in International Management from HEC Paris.
Rodrigo Sampaio
Founder & MD
LATAM
Rodrigo Sampaio
Founder & MD
LATAM
Prior to joining Rocket as founder and Co-CEO for Latin America, Rodrigo worked for McKinsey as an Engagement Manager and held positions in Finance and Strategy for DuPont and Novo Nordisk in Latin America, USA, Europe and Asia. He graduated from Harvard with a High Distinction MBA as a Baker Scholar.
Sacha Poignonnec
Founder & Managing Director
Africa and France
Sacha Poignonnec
Founder & Managing Director
Africa and France
Sacha is Managing Director of Rocket Internet France. Before joining Rocket Internet, Sacha Poignonnec worked for McKinsey in Paris and New York, focusing on Consumer Goods and Retail. He started his career with Arthur Andersen, and then participated in the creation of Accuracy, a corporate finance boutique based in Paris. Sacha holds a master’s degree in business administration from EDHEC Business School, France, where he majored in Finance.
Tito Costa
Founder & Managing Director
Italy and SEA
Tito Costa
Founder & Managing Director
Italy and SEA
Before joining Rocket Internet as Managing Director in Italy, Tito worked in management consulting at McKinsey & Company, in private equity with Synergo SGR and as a visiting researcher in computer engineering at Stanford University. Tito holds an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management and a master’s degree in computer and electrical engineering from the University of Bologna, Italy.

International Experts

Andreas Winiarski
Global Head of PR & Communications
Andreas Winiarski
Global Head of PR & Communications
Andreas is a passionate media guy. Before joining Rocket Internet as Global Head of Public Relations, he worked for the Chief Editorial Staff of BILD, Europe's largest newspaper, and coordinated the launch of star & fashion magazine STYLEBOOK.de. He was Press Spokesman at Axel Springer AG and has worked for the Global Public Relations of Bayer Schering Pharma AG. Andreas studied economics supported by Schering AG and communications, history and politics with a scholarship of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation.
Arthur Gerigk
Global Director Marketing
Arthur Gerigk
Global Director Marketing
As Global Director Marketing Arthur is responsible for all global marketing activities. Before that he held executive positions as Vice President International at Groupon, Vice President Marketing at Wimdu and as a founder and Chief Data Scientist at deltamethod. Arthur holds a master’s degree in Mathematical Finance from Technical University of Munich and a bachelor's degree in Mathematics with Computer Science from Technical University of Darmstadt.
Christian Senitz
International CFO
Christian Senitz
International CFO
Before joining Rocket Internet as International CFO in Germany, Christian worked for FREO Group in Luxembourg and EY Germany and the US in Audit and Transaction advisory. Christian holds a degree in business law from FH Nordostniedersachsen in Lueneburg, Germany, and has qualified as certified tax advisor and certified public auditor in Germany.
Christian von Hardenberg
Global CTO
Christian von Hardenberg
Global CTO
Before joining Rocket Internet as Global CTO in Berlin, Christian was CEO at Metaversum. He also developed 3D game engines in C++, researched on computer vision, did business consulting at BCG and McKinsey, and crossed the Alps on foot. Christian holds a master degree in business administration and electrical engineering from Technical University of Berlin.
Dr. Franziska Leonhardt
General Counsel
Dr. Franziska Leonhardt
General Counsel
Before joining Rocket Internet as General Counsel, Franziska worked for the international law firm Clifford Chance in Frankfurt/Main where she specialized in M&A and private equity. Franziska is admitted as a German lawyer and holds a PhD in law.
Hristo Odiseev
Director
Tech Center Portugal
Hristo Odiseev
Director
Tech Center Portugal
Hristo is passionate about building online businesses and spent 10 years as a serial Internet entrepreneur. His projects include a myriad of Rocket Internet web and mobile companies, as well as a leading expat online community and eCommerce retailer. Before joining Rocket, Hristo worked for Google, 3M, Joker.com, KPMG Consulting and supported company efforts in the digital space. He holds an MBA degree from the University of Cambridge, UK with focus on entrepreneurship and a Master's degree from the Technical University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany.
Jacob Bro
Global CPO
Jacob Bro
Global CPO
Since joining Rocket Internet in 2011, Jacob has played a key role in building up Rocket Internet Australia and is currently based in Singapore where he is leading regional product management and new product launches for our major e-commerce companies in South East Asia. Jacob is a Copenhagen Business School major, and before Rocket his endeavors include management consulting and co-founding a Danish start-up in the digital content and publishing space.
Matthias Müller
Head of Special Projects
Matthias Müller
Head of Special Projects
Before joining Rocket Internet as Head of Global Idea Scouting, Matthias worked for Holtzbrinck Digital and Holtzbrinck Ventures as Investment Analyst. Matthias holds a Master's degree from the Hochschule Reutlingen.
Patrick Fink
Global Head of Business Intelligence
Patrick Fink
Global Head of Business Intelligence
Before joining Rocket Internet as Global Head of Business Intelligence, Patrick worked for Groupon heading the Marketing Intelligence Department. Patrick holds a master's degree in business administration from IE Business School, Spain, where he majored in Strategy.
Ronny Rentner
CTO
Ronny Rentner
CTO
For more than 15 years, Ronny has been working in the area of web development and e-commerce. As a software engineer and consultant Ronny was involved in large scale CMS projects for companies like Bayer Schering Pharma and Gruner + Jahr. During the last years he has gained lots of experience with fast moving, agile processes by leading e-commerce projects based on Magento and symfony as well as taking over the CTO role for different technology startups. Overall, this is a perfect fit for his role at Rocket Internet.
Uwe Gleitz
VP Investment Management
Uwe Gleitz
VP Investment Management
Uwe is VP Investment Management of the Rocket Internet AG. He was previously Managing Director and Cofounder of DropGifts GmbH. Before that, he worked for 6 years in the investment banking advisory division of J.P. Morgan in London. He interned at L'Oréal, Bain & Company, J.P. Morgan and Helaba. Uwe holds a Master of Science in Management, Diplome Grande-Ecole and Diplomkaufmann of the ESCP European Business School.
Vera Termühlen
Head of Human Resources
Vera Termühlen
Head of Human Resources
Vera loves forward thinking people business. Before joining Rocket Internet as Head of Human Resources, she worked five years on various HR projects with KPMG WPG AG, lately as HR Business Partner. She holds a Diplom in Business Administration and a qualification as editor and business coach.