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Professional Experience

Since 01/2016   Senior Vice President of Capgemini, Business Leader Public Sector Germany
11/2012 - 06/2015   Vice President of IBM, Business Leader Public Sector Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. The business unit is in charge of all public customers in DACH, either served face-to-face or by other sales channels of IBM, i.e. ministries and administration bodies on federal and state levels, finance, tax, justice, public safety, defence and transportation ministries and administration bodies on federal and state levels, social security organisations, armed forces, regional and local IT service providers and datacentres, universities, sientific research institutes.
Since 2012  

Partner of the Corporate Finance Boutique CORFINA AG (, focus on strategic business transactions in IT, defence and security business sectors.

Since 2012   Founder and Managing Director of „Results Consulting“, a strategic management advisory company. Clients are German Government organizations as well as German and international ICT companies. Focus areas:
  • Digitization strategies and implementation concepts
  • Strategies for corporate and business development, including internationalization, as well as subsequent consequences regarding organization and people
  • Representation of strategic interests towards political levels and customers
  • Executive Coaching
01/2008 – 01/2012  

Senior Vice President of the Thales Group and, until July 2011, President & Chief Executive Officer of Thales in Germany; member of the supervisory boards (Aufsichtsrat) of the companies ESG Elektroniksystem- und Logistik-GmbH, Diehl Aerospace GmbH and Diehl Aircabin GmbH. Focus areas:

  • Full Profit & Loss responsibility for 3,000 employees with about 1,4 billion  € sales in 2010, thereof about 75 % German value creation and 30% export
  • Supervising Thales JVs in Germany with in total 4,500 employees
  • Stabilizing over average RoS and partially even improving the business through and despite the economic crisis and continuing uncertainties due to the significant restructuring of the German Armed Forces
  • Consolidation of the previously fragmented activities of Thales in Germany into one integrated management structure with four business domains (Transportation Systems; Defence & Security Systems; Air Systems; Electron Devices) and a full set of shared services and central functions, successfully implemented by a comprehensive change program
  • Strengthening internal and external awareness and appreciation of Thales in Germany by implementing a comprehensive communication and political affairs program, while increasing employee and customer satisfaction
  • Strengthening Thales’s security competences and innovation capabilities
09/2004 – 12/2007  

Senior Vice President of Airbus and Member of the Board of Airbus Defence and Communications Systems. Focus areas:

  • Founded and run with full P&L responsibility the new Airbus Business Unit “Global Security”
  • Achieved large sales successes worth more than 1 billion €, among others in Romania (design and implementation of a new border security system, 524.5 mio €), Great Britain (consolidation of fire brigade stations from 45 to 9), Qatar (design and implementation of a “national security shield”), Morocco (harbour security) and United Arab Emirates (national security audit). Both multi billion Euro bid projects set up and run by Mr Hellenthal for border security of Saudi Arabia have been won in 2008 and 2009 by Airbus
  • From 2006 onwards also in charge of transversal business development for public safety & security solutions on Airbus Group level
  • Strengthening Airbus security competences and innovation capabilities
09/1997 – 08/2004  

Partner of Accenture with P&L responsibility and member of the management team in the region of Austria, Switzerland and Germany. Focus areas:

  • Acquisition and delivery of customer projects in Germany and other European countries, Africa, U.S.A., Asia and in Middle East focussing on public safety & security, eGovernment and information and communication requirements
  • In 1998/99 won the first nationwide implementation of SAP in the public domain (German customs)
  • In 2000 founded and run with full P&L responsibility the Accenture Security & Business Continuity Competence Centre in his region (50 M€+ sales).
  • In 2001 interim board member of a German telecommunication provider
  • From 2002 till 2004 Managing Director Public Safety in Middle East, based and living in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. There he has won the till then largest consulting project for Accenture in this region and domain worth 116 M USD
  • From 2002 until 2004 he was member of the successful Accenture bid team for the 10 B USD “US Visit” program (reorganising the US border control, introducing biometric methods)
  • Achieved patents for a police information and knowledge management system and an automated border control system based on biometrics
  • Strengthening Accenture’s security competences and innovation capabilities
05/1983 – 08/1997  

Senior civil servant and law enforcement officer in North Rhine-Westphalia and with the German federal government administration. From 1992 till 1994 Director of the Federal Border Police and, from 1994 till 1997, Director of the Division Border Police and Aviation Security of the German Federal Ministry of Interior (equivalent to a one star general). Focus areas:

  • Introducing female officers to the Federal Police, starting in 1987
  • Contribution to the German unification contract concerning border police
  • Law to abolish the internal borders in Germany
  • Reorganizing the Federal Border Police after German unification
  • A new IT system for the Federal Border Police, including its first Data Centre
  • A new border police strategy as a consequence of „Schengen“ and the EU extension
  • Privatization of aviation security on 17 international airports in Germany (annual savings 25+ million €)
  • New processes and collaboration methods for repatriating foreigners subject to immediate extradition (annual savings of 2/3 of the previous costs)
  • Representing German security interests in Schengen, EU and international government bodies
09/1982 – 04/1985   Assistant to Professor Dr Klaus Stern, Institute for Public Law and Management, University of Cologne
1981 -1984   Assistant lawyer for labour and public law at the international law firm Boden, Oppenhoff & Schneider, Cologne
1979 – 1982   Assistant to Professor Dr Peter Hanau, Institute for Economic Law, University of Cologne
Part-time lecturer    
Since 2002   Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT) of the University of Herzliya, Israel
1983 – 1997   University of Cologne (economic law)
Federal Academy for Public Management in Bonn and Boppard (constitutional law; international police collaboration; border security strategies; communication & collaboration)
Academy for Public Management of NRW in Düsseldorf (public management)
University of Police in Münster (national and international police strategies and collaboration; ICAO & Facilitation)
Federal University for Border Police in Lübeck (national and international police strategies and collaboration; ICAO & Facilitation)
Since 1986   Training courses for leadership, rhetoric, international negotiations, mediation, intercultural collaboration, media communication, etc.
2007   St. Galler Business School: Executive Management
1985   Second State Examination” for lawyers (Düsseldorf, Germany)
1985   Doctor of Jurisprudence with distinction by Prof. Dr. Klaus Stern at the Institute for Public Law and Management
1984 – 1985   Post-graduate: University for Public Management of Speyer: Management
1983   “First State Examination” for lawyers (with distinction), University of Cologne
1978 – 1982   University of Cologne: Law and Sociology


Born on the 9th of October, 1957, in Düsseldorf. Grown up in various parts of the United Kingdom and in Germany. 1977 A-level in Leutkirch im Allgäu. Basic military service in Mittenwald and Sonthofen. Since 1983 married with Barbara Hellenthal, tax officer. One daughter and twin boys (one killed in a car accident at the age of 11). Hobbies: Reading, foreign cultures, hiking, cross country skiing, inline skating, uni-, bi- and motorcycling.