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Markus Keller

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Markus Keller is an active member of Egon Zehnder’s CEO, CFO and Private Equity practices. He leads our Digital Infra & Telecoms practice across EMEA being focused on investors and operators of digital infrastructures and platforms. He advises publicly traded, private equity-backed, and family-owned companies, supporting them through critical phases such as succession and generational transitions, growth, digitalization, restructuring and pre-IPO/pre-deal.

Having grown up in a family business and spent a decade working for large companies, I’m in my element helping executives hone their leadership skills, ramp up their teams’ performance, and achieve effective governance.

Prior to joining Egon Zehnder, Markus Keller was a Senior Advisor to McKinsey & Co and headed the IoT/Smart City Business Unit at Deutsche Telekom. Before that he served as the company’s Sales Director Mobile Wholesale and then Senior Vice President for Digital Innovation. Earlier, he was an executive assistant to Deutsche Telekom’s Group CFO and to the Chief Economist of Deutsche Bank.

Markus is also an entrepreneur in his own right, having founded, developed, and sold his own software company. Outside work he has served as a jury member and coach for several business plan competitions, been picked by Capital Magazin for its “top 40 under 40” manager.

He holds degrees in political science and business administration and participated in executive programs at Stanford, INSEAD, MIT, IE Business School in Madrid, and Oxford University.

Markus Keller berät Unternehmen in den Praxisgruppen CEO, CFO und Private Equity. Er leitet unser Geschäft mit Investoren und Betreibern digitaler Infrastrukturen und Plattformen in der Region EMEA. Dabei begleitet er börsennotierte, privatkapitalfinanzierte und familiengeführte Unternehmen bei Fragen zu Unternehmensnachfolge, Generationenwechsel, Digitalisierung, Restrukturierung, Wachstumsstrategie und Pre-IPO/Pre-Deal.

Vor Egon Zehnder war Markus Keller Senior Advisor bei McKinsey und leitete als Senior Vice President bei der Deutschen Telekom den Geschäftsbereich IoT/Smart City weltweit. Zuvor war er Vertriebsleiter im deutschen Wholesale-Geschäft und für das konzernweite digitale Innovationsprogramm verantwortlich. Davor war er als Assistent des Group CFO der Deutschen Telekom und als Assistent des Chefvolkswirts der Deutschen Bank tätig.

Als Start-up-Unternehmer hat Markus Keller eine Softwarefirma gegründet, entwickelt und verkauft. Das Wirtschaftsmagazin „Capital“ wählte ihn in sein „Top 40 unter 40“-Ranking. Nach einem Studium der Betriebswirtschaftslehre und Politikwissenschaft absolvierte er Executive-Programme an der INSEAD, dem MIT, der Stanford University, der IE Business School und der Oxford University.

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Keeping Pace with the Fast-moving Fiber Race: Lessons from Germany

Keeping Pace with the Fast-moving Fiber Race: Lessons from Germany

Germany’s competitive fiber market is entering a new phase of consolidation—and executives may find the strategies that served them well until now do not… Read more

How 5G is Transforming Leadership

How 5G is Transforming Leadership

Many business leaders feel trepidation about the repercussions posed by 5G. Studies show that 80% of executives expect 5G to impact their business. Read more

Recruiting a New Class of Exceptional Managers

Recruiting a New Class of Exceptional Managers

Even as economies are battered by COVID-19, telecommunications are booming, offering a critical lifeline for an anxious world on lockdown. Read more

Prototype, Test, Improve – Dirk Mundorf and Markus Keller Talk to Capital About New Leadership Qualities

Prototype, Test, Improve – Dirk Mundorf and Markus Keller Talk to Capital About New Leadership Qualities

Under the heading “The New Art of Leadership”, German business magazine Capital took a look at the coronavirus crisis as a catalyst for a… Read more

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