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Markus Keller is an active member of Egon Zehnder’s Digital, Communications, CFO and Private Equity practices. He is a trusted advisor to publicly traded, private equity-backed, and family-owned companies, supporting them through critical phases such as succession and generational transitions, growth, digitalization, and restructuring.

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 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 from the Catholic University of Eichstaett-Ingolstadt in Germany and participated in executive programs at Stanford, INSEAD, MIT, IE Business School in Madrid, and Oxford University.

Markus Keller berät Unternehmen in der Praxisgruppe Digital, Communication, CFO und Private Equity. Er begleitet börsennotierte, privatkapitalfinanzierte als auch familiengeführte Unternehmen bei Fragen zur Unternehmensnachfolge und des Generationenwechsels, der Digitalisierung und Restrukturierung sowie der Wachstumsstrategie.

Vor Egon Zehnder leitete Markus Keller 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 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. Er zählt zu den Gründern der Organisation „Leaders for Climate Action“. Nach einem Studium der Betriebswirtschaftslehre und Politikwissenschaft an der Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt absolvierte er Executive Programme am INSEAD, dem MIT, der Stanford University, der IE Business School in Madrid, und der Oxford University.

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