Management

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Our management

Andreas Grupp

Position: Managing Director / CEO

With Advanced Applications since: 2007

Previous career stages:

After completing his business studies in 1985 he held various management positions, including CIO and managing director at medium-sized companies in the fields of mechanical engineering, high-tech and medical technology.

He has extensive international experience in the fields of corporate management, restructuring and process engineering. His expertise is based on many years of consulting activity and extends from holistic digitization consulting to SAP system architecture. In his position as Managing Director, he is significantly responsible for business development and leads the 120 employees of Advanced Applications with two authorized officers, Michael Merkt and Guido Berndt.

Michael Merkt

Position: Head of Consulting, authorized signatory

With Advanced Applications since: 2008

Previous career stages:

Michael Merkt studied business informatics and after graduating in 1996 he worked as an in-house consultant for a medium-sized mechanical engineering company and two automotive suppliers. His activities have given him comprehensive knowledge of all logistics modules. He gained his extensive experience in project management as a consultant in numerous SAP implementation and rollout projects, for which he acts as project manager. Experience from several lean production, process optimization, industry 4.0 and digitization projects make Michael Merkt a sought-after expert for our customers in all questions of process optimization and SAP system architecture.

Guido Berndt

Position: Head of Hosting / Data Center Operation, authorized signatory

With Advanced Applications since: 2008

Previous career stages:

Guido Berndt studied sociology, politics and statistics (M.A.) at the University of Konstanz. After graduating in 1998, he was SAP Basis Administrator and Project Manager at various well-known companies (large service providers, insurance companies, public utilities) from 2000 to 2008. He joined Advanced Applications in 2008 and was initially responsible for SAP Basis and since April 2019 for the entire Hosting/Data Center Operation and Support division. In his role as data center manager, he is responsible for leading the transition from an on-premise hoster to an open multi-cloud provider. He is responsible for the stable and future-proof expansion of technical operations and for opening all doors to new IT operating platforms for our customers.

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