Sebastian Reinecke

Strategy Advisor

Zurich, Switzerland


Executive and business leader with 15 years of international work experience in fast-paced and challenging environments with extensive experience in Strategy and Corporate Development, Corporate Finance, Change Management and Business Transformation. Curious analytical thinker with a extensive track record of achieving ambitious goals. Recognized for strong communication skills and being a dedicated team player with a high degree of integrity. Successful track record of managing teams within medium to large sized companies under different types of ownership (PE, Family, Public). Passion to lead companies and employees in phases of growth and transformation to realize their full potential. I develop long-term strategic plans and support senior leaders as "hands-on" sparring partner in the implementation of commercial and operational improvement levers to achieve sustainable and measurable improvements quickly. Internationally experienced having lived and worked in Germany, Great Britain, United States of America, Netherlands and Switzerland. Core Compentencies and areas of expertise: - Leadership: Member of Executive Board; P&L Responsibility; Building and Leading Teams that Outperform; Sparring to Senior Executives and C-Level, Stakeholder Management; People Development; Communication; Member of Advisory Board - Values: Integrity, Respect, Trust, Continuity, Performance - Business Strategy: Development and Execution of Business Strategies; Strategic Inititiaves; Turnaround; Restructuring, Investment Strategies; Digitalization - Business Development: Growth Strategies; Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A); Transaction Management, Anorganic Growth; Strategic Partnerships; Start-ups & New Business Models; Business Model Innovation - Commercial Excellence: Reach Full Potential; Profitable Growth; Performance Culture - Business Transformation & Change: Change Management; Culture Change; Operational Excellence; Target Business (TBM) and Target Operating Model (TOM) Design - Industry Expertise: Consulting; Industrials; Engineering; Distribution; Construction; Automotive; Banking and Financial Services

Domain experience

Relevant Total Experience: 15 years

Seniority Level: Senior

Sector Experience: 

Alternative Finance Asset Management Banks Commercial and Professional Services Construction Materials Diversified Financials Retailing


Skilled in: Portfolio Services & Add-on M&A, Sell-side M&A

Technical Skills: Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, Microsoft Office

Languages: German, English

Work Experience


Advisor & Head of Europe



- Now

- Develop the North American Venture Capital Fund and explore potential to launch a European based Feeder Fund - Setup and launch a Eurepean Venture Capital Fund


Jury Member and Startup Advisor Jury Member and Startup Advisor



- Now

- A Swiss non-profit association identifyiung high-potential early-stage startups in the fields of digital health, medtech and diagnostics (HealthTech) - Kapsly Angel members can invest in startups starting at CHF 5´000. - Together with Kapsly Ventures we encourage best-of-breed approaches to enable startups reach their full potential.

Building Materials Suisse (BMS)

Strategic Program Director and Member of the Executive Board



- Now

- BMS is the leading Swiss builders merchant generating CHF 1bn revenues with a network of >100 outlets. BMS is part of Building Materials Europe (BME) and a portfolio company of Blackstone. - Developed five-year strategic plan to achieve turnaround delivering CHF 30m EBITDA upside and steered execution EBITDA upside realized ahead of plan - Prepared and managed local execution of the divestment process to Blackstone Group - Executed key transformational initiatives e.g. launch new e-Commerce platform, implement best- in-class showroom customer experience, outsourcing, strategic review of non-core businesses

Building Materials Suisse (BMS)

Sales Manager



- 01/05/2022

- Career development assignment - Career development assignment with the objective to grow sales and expand margins - Full P&L responsibility for business with CHF 25+m sales and 8 direct reports - Outperformed targets (e.g. 9% sales growth; 8ppt margin increase; 150% order backlog growth) - Stabilized sales team fluctuation and instilled a commercial excellence culture


Strategy & Development Manager



- 01/12/2018

- Developing strategic plans for the three building materials trading businesses in the DACH region with total sales of > EUR 2.0 billion - Sparring partner to local management in the implementation of strategic plans to capture untapped growth and performance improvement potential - Conducting strategic review of the building materials distribution business in the DACH region as part of the broader review of the European business by parent company CRH, leading to the divestment to private equity investor Blackstone in 2019. - Facilitated the development of an inorganic growth strategy; approached targets to build a relationship with target owners and management

Deutsche Bank

VP Group CAO - Strategic Initiatives and Change



- 01/06/2017

- Implementation of the Footprint rationalization program (closure of 10 country presences and optimization of business perimeter in 9 countries) with ~€150 million recurring cost savings - Implementation of the exit or rightsizing of European off-shore activities - Supported divestment process Argentine and Mexican businesses - Providing briefings to the Group CAO on the bi-weekly meetings of Postbank's Management Board and Supervisory Board as well as Deutsche Bank´s Management and Supervisory Board meetings

Deutsche Bank

Vice President, Group Strategy (AfK)



- 01/06/2017

Responsible for concept development and execution management of key strategic programmes, e.g.: - Prepared and executed Management Board workshops to formulate Strategy 2020 - Seconded to New York to drive separation for the divestment of DB ́s Asset Management franchise - Reviewed business and operating model to develop “OpEx Program” realizing € 4.5bn cost savings - Defined business and operating model for retail banking business post acquisition of Postbank - Prepared C-level briefings for board meetings and monthly business reviews for the Co-CEOs





- 01/09/2010

- Managed transaction processes of sell- and buy-side deals with EV from € 250m to € 1.2bn - Advised senior executives of corporates and financial sponsors on Corporate Finance mandates - Co-author of global automotive supplier studies published with Roland Berger and Oliver Wyman


University of St. Gallen (HSG)

Business Administration



- 01/08/2018

Columbia Business School

Business Administration & Finance



- 01/08/2015

The College of Wooster

Economics, Business, Mathematiccs



- 01/05/2008

London School of Economics

Economics, Mathematics



- 01/05/2006

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