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FourManagement was founded in April 2012 and can still call itself very young even in a time of rapid change.
We are a diverse team with many years of professional experience and a corresponding horizon of experience. This is based on both strategic and operational projects in different industries.

Dr. Gerrit Buß
Dr. Gerrit BußManaging Partner
I am Gerrit and founded FourManagement in 2012 together with Christoph. When I joined Management Engineers in 2001 after successfully completing my PhD in electrochemistry,… 

I am Gerrit and founded FourManagement in 2012 together with Christoph. When I started as a consultant at Management Engineers in 2001 after successfully completing my PhD in electrochemistry, I actually only wanted to stay for about 2 years. This did not work out because I really enjoy “my vocation”. The special thing about consulting for me is that I continuously get to know new and exciting people, with whom I jointly (further) develop or optimize topics in such a way that new values are created.

At 4M, I am an expert for strategy and reorganization as well as for sales and marketing.

What else is there about me?

  • Greatest strength: a positive attitude
  • Favorite city: Düsseldorf. This is where I always comae back to
  • Specialist for: Water sports destinations
  • Special characteristics: Running gear in my travel bag
  • Most important equipment: My smartphone as mobile office
  • Best anecdote or fact about me: Efficiency can become a vice
Christoph Schrader
Christoph SchraderManaging Partner
My industry is energy supply, in which I have been active in a design, operational and consulting capacity for over 25 years since graduating from RWTH Aachen University with a degree in electrical engineering.….

My industry is energy supply, in which I have been involved in design, operations and consulting for over 25 years since graduating from RWTH Aachen University with a degree in electrical engineering — initially in industry, then later in renowned consulting firms and since 2012 as managing partner of FourManagement GmbH.

“Energy supply is the heart and lifeline of the German economy, therefore of immense importance and subject to massive change in the current decade!”

At 4M, I am an expert for almost all issues that concern an energy supplier.

What else is there about me?

  • Greatest strength: Calmness and composure (comes increasingly with age)
  • Favorite city: Don’t have one because there is so much to see and experience
  • Specialist for: Soccer and karting
  • Special characteristics: 5 children, a wife, precision in statements and order-loving
  • Most important equipment: My car key
  • Best anecdote or fact about me: I thought I could drive a car until I ended up in the gravel bed

Our Managing Partner

Our
Partner

Carsten Gropp
Carsten GroppPartner
I stand for projects around business development, growth and creating the necessary organizational conditions. After my studies of business administration at the…

I stand for projects around business development, growth and creating the necessary organizational conditions. After my studies of business administration at the TU Berlin I got to know many industries and companies. For 10 years I built up, managed and finally successfully sold my company in the health care sector. In addition, I have developed energy projects around photovoltaics and biogas. In the field of energy supply, I am an expert in electricity production from renewable sources, innovative business models and the transformation to a climate-neutral future. My conviction is that with the right framework conditions, we can change our economy innovatively and creatively so that we can conserve natural resources and provide future generations with a future worth living. The transformation of the economy needs lateral thinkers and co-thinkers. We should preserve values, not business models.
At 4M, I am an expert for innovations, change processes and transformations as well as sustainable business.

What else is there about me?

  • Great wealth of intercultural experience
  • Favorite city: always where I am at the moment. But I love Munich, London, Milan, Barcelona, Edinburgh and
  • Vancouver.
  • Specialist for: Skiing and chopping wood
  • Special characteristics: many house inhabitants (family with children, dogs, cat, chickens, …), always a new business idea, jogging
  • Most important equipment: my fully charged iPhone
  • Best anecdote or fact about me: when I thought I was at my destination, it was just a waypoint on a new path
Markus Krambs
Markus KrambsPartner
I discovered my interest in the energy industry while studying to become an industrial engineer and turned it into a profession over 12 years ago. After a first exciting… 

I discovered my interest in the energy industry while studying to be an industrial engineer and turned it into a profession over 12 years ago. After an exciting first internship semester in corporate development and my diploma thesis on the (then) envisaged direct marketing of renewable energies, I had a very good start in one of the TOP energy groups. As a generalist, I was initially responsible for the introduction of process management in the distribution network and in metering point operation, and as a young employee I was already able to accompany many exciting projects. Subsequently, I was a senior consultant in an IT consultancy for three years, which enabled me to supplement my technical and process knowledge with IT skills. I have been with 4M since 2016 and am primarily responsible for consulting mandates in the network and metering point environment. Over the years, topics such as energy supply, digitalization, and sustainability have increasingly come into political and social focus. I am also increasingly motivated to make my personal contribution to the energy transition in my private and professional life. I succeed in doing this in varied projects at small municipal utilities, large energy companies, grid and metering point operators, as well as start-ups.
At 4M, I am an expert in strategy development, process consulting, digitization and innovation management for grid and metering point operators.

What else is there about me?

  • Biggest strength: Empathy and the will to change things for the better
  • Favorite city: I tend to be happy in the mountains, but Barcelona is pretty nice too
  • Specialist for: Socializing and delicious food
  • Special characteristics: Lots of main hair and tidiness
  • Most important equipment: Good shoes
  • Best anecdote or fact about me: After more than 30 years of life, I have finally arrived in a scenic region that celebrates my birthday excessively
Christian Skubinn
Christian SkubinnPrincipal
I am Christian and have been part of the FourManagement team since January 2016: initially as a Junior Consultant, from 2018 as a Senior Consultant and since June 2021 as a Principal. Already in training, studies and internships…

I am Christian and have been part of the FourManagement team since January 2016: initially as a Junior Consultant, from 2018 as a Senior Consultant and since 2021 as a Principal. I was already fascinated by strategic development processes in companies during my training, studies and internships. At 4M, I was able to build on this and add further aspects: In addition to my classic consulting work, I am now also involved in systemic consulting. I really enjoy this overall package — especially because I see how much it supports our clients in a variety of ways.

At 4M, I am an expert in strategy consulting, organizational development and systemic consulting as well as coaching.

What else is there about me?

  • Biggest strength: Humor, sense of responsibility, reliability and much more.
  • Favorite city: Bremen
  • Specialist for: Outdoor activities
  • Special characteristics: Fine thread — always on edge
  • Most important equipment: Duct Tape
  • Best anecdote or fact about me: My cousin says I’m a born house elf
Nina Weigel
Nina WeigelSenior Consultant
Whether medium-sized businesses or the corporate world, when I look back I see myself on the “other side of the table”, in various functions of operational B2B sales. Always on the lookout for more…

Whether medium-sized business or corporate world, when I look back, I see myself on the “other side of the table”, in various functions of operational B2B sales. Always on the lookout for more sales efficiency, new market development opportunities and optimized sales and marketing processes. Today, I am happy to pass on my knowledge & experience to our clients in exciting projects and to jointly develop and implement new solutions.

At 4M I am an expert in sales strategies, digital sales & market development, inbound strategies and account-based marketing & sales.

What else is there about me?

  • Greatest strength: Serenity
  • Favorite city: The Palatinate
  • Specialist for: Digital tools & Riesling spritzer
  • Special characteristics: Always treats in some pocket or other
  • Most important equipment: Asana board, running shoes and my four-legged friends
  • Best anecdote or fact about me: When I see the mountain lake, I don’t need the sea anymore!

Our
team of experts

Nadine Sandmann
Nadine SandmannSenior Consultant
Before I decided to go into consulting, I had the opportunity to literally let off steam in B2C and B2B sales areas. I was involved in business field development, sales solutions, digital market…

Before I decided to go into consulting, I had the opportunity to literally let off steam in B2C and B2B sales areas. I was involved in business field development, sales solutions, digital market development and agile transformation. And this in various functions and positions on today’s ‘client side’ — from medium-sized businesses to corporations and then to start-ups. Today, I am all the more pleased to be able to bring all the knowledge and experience I gained back then into exciting projects with our clients and to help companies move forward in line with the motto “Together we are stronger”.

At 4M, I am your expert for sales strategy, digital sales, digital business models and agile transformation.

What else is there about me?

  • Greatest strength: Empathy & Spice
  • Favorite city: The mountains and Shanghai
  • Specialist for: Motivation & goal setting
  • Special Characteristics: Basically ‘old-school’ with a pad, pen and a smile on the go
  • Most important equipment: Definitely my four-legged friends and my IPhone
Dennis Kühn
Dennis KühnSenior Consultant
Since the beginning of my studies in industrial engineering at RWTH Aachen University, I have been working in the exciting and changing field of energy management. Accordingly, this is where.…

Since the beginning of my studies in industrial engineering at RWTH Aachen University, I have been moving in the exciting and changing field of the energy industry. Accordingly, this is where my focus lies at FourManagement. Professionalism, personal responsibility and short decision-making processes at 4M offer me the optimal framework for profitable consulting of our clients — and for fun at work.

At 4M, I am an expert for strategy, process and organizational consulting in the energy industry.

What else is there about me?

  • Greatest strength: Openness for new things
  • Favorite city: New York and Milan
  • Specialist for: flying without an engine and food options in the office environment
  • Special characteristics: Paperless
  • Most important equipment: Headphones
  • Best anecdote or fact about me: Between outdoor adventurer and nerd
Laura Schantey
Laura SchanteySenior Consultant
In the 8 years of my professional life so far, I have enjoyed intensively familiarizing myself with the energy industry issues that customers from the energy supply, power generation… 

In the 8 years of my professional life so far, I have enjoyed working intensively on the energy industry topics that are burning under the nails of customers from the energy supply, power generation and industry. I have grown very fond of the energy sector and look forward to working on innovative future topics such as digitization as well as the essential issues in the areas of traditional public services for our customers and providing value-added advice. In professional cooperation, the following applies to me: “Energy can only flow through contacts! In addition to exciting topics, human interaction is very important to me.

At 4M, I am an expert for heat, power and manufacturing industry.

What else is there about me?

  • Greatest strength: Realistic optimism
  • Favorite city: Copenhagen
  • Specialist in: Power yoga, relaxing tea & 90’s hip hop lyrics.
  • Special characteristics: Rarely with collar, mostly in sneakers
  • Most important equipment: My sitting ball
  • Best anecdote or fact about me: I helped a sloth cross the street in Panama City.
Lena Brockerhoff
Lena BrockerhoffSenior Consultant
I’m Lena and I’ve been part of the FourManagement team since 2018. After completing my Master’s degree, I was most recently employed at a start-up airline in Düsseldorf, where I was able to…

I’m Lena and I’ve been part of the FourManagement team since 2018. After completing my Master’s degree, I was most recently employed at a start-up airline in Düsseldorf, where I was able to let off steam, especially in the areas of organizational development and marketing. At FourManagement, as a newcomer to the energy industry, I was able to quickly and intensively familiarize myself with energy industry topics. In particular, the area of smart metering has captured my interest. In addition, I work on topics in the H2H area. At FourManagement, I particularly appreciate the collegial interaction as well as the diverse work areas.

At 4M, I am an expert in Rolf and topics related to smart metering.

What else is there about me?

  • Greatest strength: Empathy & energy
  • Favorite city: London, Budapest & Düsseldorf
  • Specialist for: Bread with cheese
  • Special Characteristics: Mostly on the road with a smile
  • Most important equipment: Trampoline
  • Best anecdote or fact about me: My life is not only proverbially a pony farm
Maximilian Marschalkowski
Maximilian MarschalkowskiConsultant
As a member of the FourManagement team, I, Maximilian, am always happy to familiarize myself with new and exciting topics as a consultant. I am 27 years young and have completed my Master of Science…

As a member of the FourManagement team, I, Maximilian, am always happy to familiarize myself with new and exciting topics as a consultant. I am 27 years young and successfully completed my Master of Science in Economics in 2019. My professional experience is based on internships in the financial services sector (including DAX companies) and 3 years of work in the field of strategic management consulting. I am very much looking forward to successful cooperation in the FourManagement team, professional knowledge exchange with clients and a large portion of fun at work.
At 4M, I am an expert in the two cross-industry focus areas of innovation and H2H. In the area of innovation, I deal with the topics of M&A transactions, business model development and startup consulting. In the H2H environment, I focus on the influences of remote working and new work theory on leadership culture in companies and teams.

What else is there about me?

  • Greatest strength: Determination
  • Favorite city: New York
  • Specialist for: Steaks
  • Special characteristics: Always a smile on his face
  • Most important equipment: Laptop and dumbbell
  • Best anecdote or fact about me: I help a friend in any situation
Philipp Möller
Philipp MöllerConsultant
I have been part of the FourManagement team since the beginning of 2017. In the first year, I was able to gain experience in smaller projects at municipal utilities and in the energy industry…

I have been part of the FourManagement team since the beginning of 2017. In the first year, I was able to gain experience in smaller projects at municipal utilities and in the energy industry. In mid-2018, I got the opportunity to gain a foothold as procurement support in a major international project. Through various project phases and areas of responsibility, I was able to support the customer as management support or most recently in contract management.

At 4M, I am an expert in contract and claim management as well as procurement.

What else is there about me?

  • Greatest strength: Reliability
  • Favorite city: Münster
  • Specialist for: Carving
  • Special characteristics: Willingness to help
  • Most important equipment: cell phone, keys and wallet
Hannes Spilker
Hannes SpilkerConsultant
Since the beginning of 2018, I have been supporting projects at FourManagement for a wide variety of clients in the energy industry — from regional utilities to global corporations. The focus of my work…

Since the beginning of 2018, I have been supporting projects at FourManagement for a wide range of clients in the energy industry — from regional utilities to global corporations. The focus of my work has been on strategy development, process optimization, and most recently contract and claim management, among others.
“Profiting from good advice requires more wisdom than giving it.”
My personal claim is to always meet even the highest demands of a client and to actively support them in their decision making.

At 4M I am an expert for

Contract & Claim Management
Process Optimization
Change Management

What else is there about me?

  • Greatest strength: Optimist through and through
  • Favorite city: Barcelona
  • Specialist for: Tracking down the nearest coffee machine
  • Special Characteristics: If it’s on the menu, bolognese is ordered
  • Most important equipment: Emergency snickers (in case lunch is cancelled)
  • Best anecdote or fact about me: Secretly the best bartender in Düsseldorf
Constanze Glozbach
Constanze GlozbachConsultant
I am Constanze and I joined FourManagement in May 2019. What I really like about my job is the opportunity to develop myself by working on different projects and with a wide range of…

I am Constanze and I have been with FourManagement since May 2019. What I really appreciate about my job is the opportunity to develop myself by working on different projects and with a wide variety of clients. Working in a team and supporting my colleagues is particularly valuable to me.

At 4M, I am an expert in the field of sustainability.

What else is there about me?

  • Greatest strength: Openness to new topics
  • Favorite city: Paris is always a good idea
  • Specialist for: Healthy and sustainable alternatives in everyday life
  • Special features: black ring notebook
  • Most important equipment: train ticket from Cologne to Düsseldorf
  • Best anecdote or fact about me: Cooking relaxes me
Lars Branding
Lars BrandingJunior Consultant
My name is Lars Branding and I joined FourManagement as a Junior Consultant in November 2019. I am 26 years young and have my Master of Arts in General Management with the…

My name is Lars Branding and I joined FourManagement as a Junior Consultant in November 2019. I am 26 years young and successfully completed my Master of Arts in General Management with a specialization in Management Consulting in 2019. I have been able to continuously expand my professional experience through various positions in market research, marketing and sales as well as in the field of digital transformation of analog business areas.

At FourManagement, I benefit from a professional knowledge exchange with clients and a steep learning curve, both professionally and personally.

What else is there about me?

  • Greatest strength: Keeping calm in chaos.
  • Motto: Et hätt noch jot jejange (It’s still the same)
  • Favorite city: Cologne. Düsseldorf is also quite nice, though.
  • Specialist for: Everything to do with sports.
  • Special characteristics: Mostly equipped with Happy Socks.
  • Most important equipment: Coffee, smartphone and powerbank.
  • Best anecdote or fact about me: Breakfast is a must — no matter what time of day.
Sandra Bamberg
Sandra BambergAssistant
I am Sandra Bamberg and have been working as an assistant at FourManagement since July 1, 2019. After my banking training, I first spent five years in a large fashion company managing the…

I am Sandra Bamberg and have been working as an assistant at FourManagement since July 1, 2019. After my banking education, I first supported the HR manager in a large fashion company for five years. After that, I worked as an executive assistant in a management consultancy for almost 12 years and now support FourManagement with my know-how and all my energy since July 2019.

At 4M, I am an expert for everything that needs to get done. I take care of the office flow, organize internal and external events and keep the consultants’ backs free so they can put all their energy into the work with the client. The term “girl-for-everything” describes me very well and I don’t see it as disrespectful, but am proud that my colleagues think, “I’ll ask Sandra, I’m sure she can help me with difficult questions.”

What else is there about me?

  • Greatest strength: structure and communication
  • Favorite city: Madrid or Milan, it doesn’t matter — the main thing is Italy! 😉
  • Specialist for: Organization in every situation in life
  • Special characteristics: I’m usually in a good mood, unless I’m hungry, then caution is advised
  • Most important equipment: To-do list and smartphone
  • Best anecdote or fact about me: I’m very jumpy, so I’ve jumped under a table on Ocean Drive in Miami because I thought I was being shot at, even though it was just a flower pot that had fallen over.
Tanja Teppler
Tanja TepplerAssistant
I am Tanja, now 44 years young and support FourManagement since July 1, 2018 as an assistant as well as in the area of financial accounting. After my training as an office administrator, I was in…

I am Tanja, now 44 years young and support FourManagement since July 1, 2018 as an assistant as well as in the area of financial accounting. After my training as an office administrator, I worked in various companies as an assistant, trainer as well as accounts receivable and accounts payable. In order to expand my knowledge as well as my qualifications, I successfully completed a 4‑year extra-occupational evening course of study to become a “state-certified business economist” — with a focus on business administration.

At 4M I am an expert for everything that has to do with numbers.
I primarily take care of the company’s financial accounting. The rest of the time I organize — together with my colleague Sandra Bamberg — “everything that comes up in a company”. We are also known as the “girl for everything”.

What else is there about me?

  • Greatest strength: Conscientiousness and accuracy
  • Favorite city: Definitely — Cologne!
  • Specialist for: Numbers
  • Special characteristics: When everyone panics, I get very calm!
  • Most important equipment: Calculator, notepad and pencil
  • Best anecdote or fact about me: Nature is pure relaxation for me!
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