Prof. Dr. Volker Gruhn (born in 1963) was a co-founder of adesso SE (formerly adesso AG) in 1997 and is now the Chairperson of the Supervisory Board. He holds the Chair of Software Engineering at the University of Duisburg-Essen. His research focuses on software processes for the development of data-driven and mobile applications as well as cyber-physical systems. Prof. Dr. Gruhn is author and co-author of over 450 national and international publications and conference papers. He is a member of the University Council of the University of Leipzig and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Fraunhofer Institute for Software and Systems Engineering. He is also a member of the advisory board of BIPRO e.V., in which companies in the financial services industry have joined forces to optimise cross-company business processes through professional and technical standards.
Prof. Dr. Gottfried Koch (born in 1951) is Professor of Insurance Informatics and Member of the Board of the Institute of Informatics at the University of Leipzig. Before taking up the professorship in 1998, he worked within the Helvetia Insurance Group St. Gallen and Frankfurt and as an independent management consultant. He was also managing director of FJA AG in Austria and Switzerland until 2000. He completed his studies at the German Insurance Academy in Cologne, the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt and the University of St. Gallen, where he also earned his doctorate. He started his professional career as a trained insurance salesman at Frankfurter-Allianz Versicherungs AG.
Hermann Kögler (Born 1955) served for over 12 years as Chief Financial Officer/Controlling and Spokesman of the Executive Board of COGNOS AG, one of the largest private and independent education groups in Germany. After leaving the Executive Board at his own request in mid-2016, he was elected to the Supervisory Board of COGNOS AG. He began his professional career after studying business administration at the University of Cologne, initially working independently in wholesale. He later took on management and managing director functions at the Otto Wolff Group and Rhenus AG, among others. At the beginning of 1996, he moved to the international steel distributor Klöckner & Co. and held management positions there until 2001, most recently as Chief Financial Officer/Controlling. Before joining COGNOS AG in 2004, the business graduate worked as a consultant and interim manager.
Heinz-Werner Richter (born in 1951) was a member of the Executive Board of Barmenia Versicherungen from 1996 to 2013 and in this function was responsible for IT and mathematics in the health and life insurance lines. He was also a member of the board of the German Actuarial Association for many years as well as a member of numerous committees of the German Insurance Association and the Association of Private Health Insurance Companies. Before Heinz-Werner Richter began his career at Barmenia Versicherungen in 1977, he successfully completed his studies in mathematics and computer science at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität in Bonn with a degree in mathematics.
Rainer Rudolf (born in 1962) holds a degree in computer science from the University of Dortmund, co-founded adesso SE in 1997 and determined the company's early, solid economic development in the role of CEO until 2011. His area of responsibility included the entire administration with the commercial and administrative activities of the company as well as the areas of human resources and legal affairs. After leaving the board in September 2011, Rainer Rudolf headed Stock Informatik GmbH & Co. KG, a leading software company in the field of occupational medicine and occupational safety, which was acquired by CompuGroup Medical Deutschland AG in 2015. From December 2016 onwards, Rainer Rudolf was responsible for the Dortmund-based software company W3L AG as a member of the Executive Board and moved to the Executive Board of SMF GmbH in May 2021 following the sale of the company and its merger with the parent company SMF GmbH.
Dr. Friedrich Wöbking (born in 1950) is a proven expert in the IT sector as well as the banking and insurance industries. As a member of the Executive Board of Dresdner Bank AG, he was responsible for IT Services and Operations from 2003 to 2009. Prior to that, as a member of the Board of Management of Allianz Versicherungs-AG/Allianz Lebensversicherungs-AG and Deutsche Versicherungs-AG, he had been in charge of the personal insurance business since the early 1990s and later, among other things, of the IT and e-business divisions. From 1995 to 2009 he was also Global CIO of Allianz SE and Chairman of the Global IT Committee of Allianz SE. He holds a doctorate in computer science and mathematics and currently manages the business of FW ADVISORY Management Beratung.