The GCI Management Team

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Andreas Aufschnaiter

After earning his degrees at the Universities of Innsbruck and Venice, Dr. Andreas Aufschnaiter started his career as a consultant at Arthur Andersen & Co. in Vienna. He has been active in the GCI Group since its founding. Presently, he is concentrating on his CEO position at MS Industrie AG based in Munich.


Klaus Ackermann

University of Innsbruck; Marquette University, Milwaukee USA

Professional Experience:
More than 13 years management consulting
4 years IT-consulting
3 years marketing /advertising
(Interim) management of multiple small and medium-sized companies

Industry Focus:
Retail, Startups, Luxury goods, FMCG

Consulting Focus:
E-commerce, digital business models, webdesign, online-marketing, startup-consulting, M&A, reorganisation / restructuring

Felix Bausch

LMU Munich (MSc. Economics), FU Bolzano (BSc. Economics, Political Sciences, Philosophy)

Professional experience:
Since 2014 at GCI Management

Industry Focus:
Automotive, mechanical and plant engineering, life sciences

Consulting Focus:
Strategy, corporate finance, capital markets, M&A

Andrea Borgato

Andrea Borgato studied in Verona. After several years of assistant accounting and consulting duties in Stuttgart, he began as a controller in Milan. Shortly thereafter, he assumed the management of a medium-sized automobile parts supplier in Bavaria. He then founded his own internet company and sold it. Since 2005, Dr. Borgato has worked as interim manager and consultant in controlling, due diligence, business planning and restructuring, in particular in German- and Italian-speaking Europe.

Michael Bussmann

Economics University of Hamburg, Munich

Professional Experience:
16 years GCI Management, Dr. Wieselhuber & Partner and others
5 years management of a real estate development company
various supervisory board memberships

Industry Focus:
Real estate, construction

Consulting Focus:
Project and company financing, capital markets, innovations in real estate

Christian Dreyer-Salzmann

After studying mechanical engineering at ETH Zurich, Christian Dreyer completed an MBA at INSEAD in Fontainebleau. He then spent several years as a consultant with McKinsey & Comp. in Germany and Austria before joining GCI’s associate Hansen Sicherheitstechnik AG as managing partner. After 15 years, he took Hansen public on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange under GCI’s leadership and sold all shares to a Polish group.

His focus is on private equity and investment management. He was and is a shareholder and supervisory board member in several GCI investments or GCI mandates (including MS Industrie, Beno Holding, Frener & Reifer, Wolftank Adisa, MetrioPharm, DARWIN). He is also Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the listed PE company Aurelius Equity Opportunities KGaA.

Konstantin Dreyer

While studying process engineering at Graz University of Technology, Konstantin Dreyer founded the social business Sindbad and gained his first entrepreneurial experience. After graduating, he first spent two years with the international AxFlow Group in technical sales as area manager for western Austria. He then spent two years as a management consultant at SHS Unternehmensberatung, where he learned the principles of analysis, optimization and implementation of entrepreneurial strategies. Since 2023, he has been actively looking for his own investments with GCI.

Alexander von Franckenstein

Alexander von Franckenstein studied economics and political science in Oxford and Paris.
After more than 15 years in a leading position in investment banking for two banks, he initially moved to an asset manager in Zurich as a member of the board and later as managing director of a Munich family office.
His focus is on investment management and capital market consulting for small and medium-sized companies. Alexander von Franckenstein is a member of the supervisory board of some start-ups and listed companies.

Andreas Frischherz

University of Economics and Business Administration Vienna; SDA Bocconi, Milano

Professional Experience:
25 years top-management consulting (McKinsey & Comp., Ernst & Young, Cap Gemini, Droege & Comp., GCI)
2 years head of marketing (IT services)

Industry Focus:
steel/steel processing, paper/pulp, chemicals, wood industry, food processing, machine building, engineering, logistics

Consulting Focus:
strategy, business development, business planning, management/controlling systems, process optimization, working capital management, organizational development, change management

William Gorton

Master in Management Grande Ecole (MIM), ESCP Europe Business School, Paris / Madrid / Berlin
Bachelor of Science (B.Sc. Hons) in Geology, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh 

Professional Experience:
Over 4 years of consulting experience at PricewaterhouseCoopers GmbH in the digitization team for the public sector, specializing in strategy consulting projects and M & A processes in the gambling, broadband and energy sectors.
Several years of experience in private equity (DUBAG Investment Advisory GmbH) and in the financial sector (Credit Suisse Group AG, Erste Group Bank AG).

Industry Focus:
Gambling industry, broadband sector, energy industry, financial industry

Consulting Focus:
Strategy, Business Development, Corporate Finance, M&A

Lukas von Guggenberg

University of Innsbruck and Modena, Business Administration

Professional Experience:
15 years management consulting at Deloitte Consulting, General Electric and GCI Management
Founder and managing director of a restaurant chain

Industry Focus:
Industrial / mechanical engineering, Automotive

Consulting Focus:
Growth strategies, internationalization, marketing, sales

Stefan Hasper

As a qualified mechanical and business engineer, Stefan Hasper started at KPMG Consulting in business process optimization for international conglomerates, both locally as well as internationally. At GCI, Stefan Hasper concentrates on comprehensive, thorough consulting for medium-sized companies. His main focus is on implementation-oriented restructuring, and all the way through to active interim management. His entrepreneurial accountability is made evident by his position on the Board at STEMAS Investment Capital AG and his role as Managing Director of a medium-sized manufacturing enterprise.


Paul Hirczy

Alexander Kagan

Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien (MSc Digital Economy seit 2022, BSc Internationale Betriebswirtschaft)
ESADE Ramon Llull University (Internationales Austauschprogramm)
Kompetenzzentrum für Emerging Markets & Mittel- und Osteuropa (Master Class CEE)

Seit 2020 bei GCI Management (Top-Management Beratung)
BIPA Parfümerien GmbH (Digitalisierung)
St. Anna Kinderkrebsinstitut (Employer Branding)
Stadtwerke München GmbH (Controlling)

Logistik, Stahl/Stahlverarbeitung

Digitalisierung, Prozessoptimierung, Working Capital Management, Strategieentwicklung, Business Planning, Supply Chain Management und Strategie

Josef Zacharias Köhl

Master studies Technology and management-oriented business administration (specialization: logistics and finance & accounting) at TU Munich
Industrial engineering (specialization: manufacturing) at HS Ulm/Neu-Ulm
Banking apprenticeship at HypoVereinsbank AG in Starnberg

Professional Experience:
Consulting (M&A / Finance / Portfolio management, Project management) GCI
Enterprise Development at Linde Engineering in Pullach
Project management at BMW AG in Munich
Lean Management at HeineOptotechnik GmbH&Co.KG in Herrsching
Banking at HypoVereinsbank AG subsidiary Herrsching a.A.
Since 2019 Managing Director of Wicked Cricket UG

Industry Focus:
Medical engineering, Automotive, Industrial engineering, Manufacturing industry

Consulting Focus:
Strategy, M&A, corporate finance, portfolio management, project management, process optimization, interim management, financial controlling

Walter Maderner

Theoretical Physics, University of Vienna

Professional Experience:
20 years top-management consulting (Roland Berger, AT Kearney, GCI)
12 years management in various industries

Industry Focus:
production industry with global production footprint (steel processing, machine building), transport logistics, logistics service providers

Consulting Focus:
strategy, business development, business planning, market sizing, pricing, process optimization, supply chain strategy and management, organizational development

Andrea Mandik

University of Economics and Business Administration Vienna
Queen’s University, Kingston, CA

Professional Experience:
with GCI since 2019

Industry Focus:
logistics, steel/steel processing

process optimization, organizational development, market sizing, working capital management


Miriam Martin

Wholesale & foreign trade clerk

Professional experience:
9 years in leadership position with food wholesaler;
6 years as administrative manager with plant construction company;
With GCI since 2021

Industry focus:
Food wholesaling, plant construction, electroplating industry

Consulting focus:
Office management, project & event management

Astrid Mebarki

business school
apprenticeship as an industrial clerk

Professional experience:
7 years in an industrial company incl. training: Finance and Controlling clerk (focus on scheduling and planning of finished products and auxiliary materials)
2 years in craft business: secretary
1 year Secretary of the Chairman of the Central Works Council of a large insurance company
11 years of office assistant/processing in the retail trade with 6 branch companies
10 years as Assistant Managing Director
With GCI since 2011

Industry focus:
Industry (glass fibre production and processing) – Building society – Solar system installation – Perfumery

Consulting focus:
Administration, Office Management (Office and Back Office), Secretariat, Assistant

Justus Meyer

FOM Munich & Berlin, MCI Management Center Innsbruck

Professional Experience:
5 years management consulting at GCI
2 years professional experience in a whole sale company

Industry Focus:

Consulting Focus:
Marketing, Communication

Andrea Philipps

University of Bayreuth (business adminstration, business graduate)
St. Mary’s University (Halifax, Canada, business administration)

Professional experience:
Longterm professional experience in various private equity companies as well as restructuring consultancies

Industry focus:
Automotive, retail, construction, industrial engineering

Consulting focus:
M&A, corporate valuation, business planning, capital markets, strategy, business development

Florian Renner

LMU Munich (Law)

Professional Experience:
11 years management consulting at GCI
Legal clerkship OLG Munich

Industry Focus:
Steel/Steel processing, timer industry, food industry, mechanical engineering, logistics

Consulting Focus:
Going Public, Capital Markets, Being Public

Ines Spiegler

State-certified medical assistant; Training group of the reinsurance company Swiss Re Germany AG (formerly Bayerische Rückversicherungs AG)

Professional experience:
Medical assistant (internist)
Back office in reinsurance: DACH area, HUK, property business and personnel marketing (recruiting and transfers)
Many years of experience as a personal assistant to the head of department (Aptar Pharma) and management (ROSS and LIEBSCHER GmbH & Co. KG)
With GCI since March 2015

Industry focus:
Medicine and pharmacy, reinsurance, personnel marketing and consulting

Consulting focus:
Office management, communication, primary contact for GCI Munich

Pascal Tybusseck

Business Engineering (M.Sc.) TU Munich
Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA)

Professional experience
MEAG Munich RE Ergo Asset Group – Renewable Investments
EY – Transaction Advisory Services
M&A analyst with Munich private equity firm

Industry Focus
Energy and infrastructure, automotive, financial services

Consulting Focus
M&A, corporate valuation, strategy, startups

Felix Wallner

International Business Sciences, University of Innsbruck

Professional Experience:
Internships in the media industry and at automotive suppliers
Freelance services in IT
7 years consulting experience at GCI Management
Since 2014 managing director of Hanhart 1882 GmbH

Industry Focus:
Luxury goods, automotive, financial industry

Consulting Focus:
Strategy, corporate finance

Markus Wenner

Following his legal sciences studies in Germany and the US, Markus Wenner began his career working for three and a half years as an attorney at the international law firm of Clifford Chance in the areas of M&A and corporate finance. After one year at GSM Industries as an investment manager he switched to GCI Management, specializing in M&A, investment, capital market and corporate finance projects. Markus Wenner is founder and owner of several small- and mid-sized companies. Furthermore he is member of diverse supervisory boards.

Philip Wolfsteiner

University of Economics and Business Administration Vienna; HEC, Paris

Professional Experience:
10 years top-management consulting

Industry Focus:
steel/steel processing, wood industry, food processing, machine building, logistics

Consulting Focus:
process optimization, organizational development, management-/controlling systems, business planning, strategy, working capital management