The Intershop Management

Learn more about our organizational structure which includes a Management and a Supervisory Board.

Management Board of Intershop Communications AG

As CEO of Intershop, Markus Klahn is responsible for the corporate strategy as well as its further development and implementation since May 2021.

Together with a strong management team, he is driving the consistent cloud transformation of the Group, thus creating the basis for sustainable growth.

Markus Klahn
Markus Klahn Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

After he joined Intershop as COO in 2018, Markus Klahn took over the responsibility for the areas of sales, marketing and services. In this role, he supported numerous leading manufacturers and wholesalers in the successful digital transformation of their sales and service processes. He not only has comprehensive expertise with regard to the specific challenges and needs of ambitious B2B customers, but also many years of experience in sales and marketing of software solutions.

Markus Klahn studied physics, but started his professional career as entrepreneur in the fields of CAD and PLM (Computer Assisted Design and PLM Product Lifecycle Management). In 1998 he sold his company to the proALPHA Group and joined the Management Board of proALPHA Consulting AG where he was responsible for sales. During his 16 years with proALPHA, the company grew from 100 to 550 employees. In 2015 Markus Klahn moved on to Abas GmbH & Co. KG, a wholly owned subsidiary of Abas Software AG. Before he joined Intershop, he was in charge of sales at JAGGAER, a leading procurement provider whose solutions are consistently based on SaaS models.

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Supervisory Board of Intershop Communications AG

Christian Oecking focuses in particular on the topics of sales, operational excellence and corporate transformation.

He entered consulting and software development in 1985 while studying mechanical engineering at the University of Dortmund.

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Christian Oecking Chairman of the Supervisory Board

In 1993 he switched to EDS Electronic Data Systems, where he worked as the director of business development and was a member of company management. In 1998 he moved to Siemens and took over the national, and as of 2001 global outsourcing business. In 2009 Christian Oecking assumed the chairmanship of the company management of Siemens IT Solutions and Services GmbH (SIS). In this role, he bore joint responsibility for the successful turnaround of the company and the subsequent sale of SIS to ATOS. In 2001 he founded the Cloud Computing and Outsourcing work group at Bitkom, which he led as chairman until 2010.

Since leaving Siemens, Christian Oecking has supported national and international companies in various roles. He works as a senior advisor and is active in his investment companies.

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Ulrich Prädel looks back at more than 30 years of management experience in the IT industry.

After completing his university education in computer sciences at the University of Dortmund, a major step in his professional career had been the position with Electronic Data Systems (EDS) where he was responsible for software development activities and outsourcing units for more than 10 years.

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Ulrich Prädel Vice Chairman of the Supervisory Board

From 1999 to 2000 he led all outsourcing activities of EDS for communications industry clients in EMEA.

In 2001 Ulrich Prädel joined Capgemini where he held several international management positions including the role of Group Sales Director and member of the Global Capgemini Management Board. Since September 2016 Ulrich Prädel has been working as Executive Advisor. He supports IT companies worldwide as member of supervisory boards and top level consultant. His focus areas span from sales to transformation and restructuring.

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Prof. Dr. Louis Velthuis is active as an expert, advisor and member of the supervisory board for international corporations.

Moreover, he has held the chair for controlling at the Faculty of Law, Management and Economics at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz since 2008.

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Univ.-Prof. Dr. Louis Velthuis Member of the Supervisory Board

Born in South Africa, he completed a training program at Deutsche Bank in Germany to become a bank clerk, before studying, graduating and further qualifying as a university professor in business administration at the Goethe University in Frankfurt.

His interest in research as well as his many years of practical project experience principally concern the organization of internal and external accounting, the design and setup of incentive systems, performance measuring and the development of concepts in value-based company management.

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