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Stefan Thiele leads the global Energy and Cleantech Practice and Egon Zehnder’s office in Stuttgart. He provides a range of services including executive and board search, management appraisals, and leadership consulting. He is active in Egon Zehnder’s global Industrial Practice, with a focus on energy, manufacturing companies and sport management.

It’s exciting to walk down a shop floor and feel the energy of production. I love creating high-performing teams and finding the perfect candidate for a position.

Prior to joining Egon Zehnder, Stefan was Managing Director at Terra Firma Capital Partners, a private equity company based in London, where he was in charge of global renewable energy investments. Previously, he was CEO at EnBW Renewable Energy GmbH and CEO at EnBW Energy and Service Sales GmbH, where he led renewable energy projects, energy sales, and marketing activities. Earlier, he was an Advisor with the German Association of Power Supplying Companies, today known as BDEW e.V. He has served as a board member or chairman of several energy companies in the United States and Europe.

Stefan has an MSc from the Technical University of Aachen, with a focus on energy economics. He also completed a multiyear apprenticeship as a power plant electrician at Veba Kraftwerke Ruhr AG, today know as E.ON. When not working, he enjoys old cars, playing and watching sports, and traveling with his wife and two children.

Stefan Thiele leitet die globale Energy and Cleantech Praxisgruppe sowie das Stuttgarter Büro von Egon Zehnder. Er hat einen Fokus auf Vorstands- und Geschäftsührungsbesetzungen sowie Leadership Services und Management Appraisals. Seine Schwerpunkte liegen in den Bereichen Engineering und Maschinenbau, Energiewirtschaft und Sportmanagement. Darüber hinaus ist er in der globalen Industrial Praxisgruppe tätig.

Davor war er unter anderem Sprecher der Geschäftsführung der EnBW Erneuerbare Energien GmbH in Stuttgart und Hamburg und arbeitete dort an der Entwicklung, der Konstruktion und dem Betrieb von Wind-, Wasser- und Photovoltaik-Anlagen mit, darunter am ersten Offshore-Windpark in der Ostsee. Als Sprecher der Geschäftsführung der EnBW Vertriebs- und Servicegesellschaft mbH war er verantwortlich für sämtliche Vertriebs- und Marketingaktivitäten und verfolgte eine Multibrand-Strategie in sechs europäischen Ländern. Zuvor war Stefan Thiele Berater des VDEW e.V. – heute BDEW e.V. – und befasste sich mit Themen wie der Liberalisierung des Energiemarktes, internationalen Marktentwicklungen und regulatorischen Rahmenbedingungen. Er war Vorstandsmitglied und Vorstandsvorsitzender von Energieversorgungsunternehmen in den Vereinigten Staaten und Europa.

Stefan Thiele hat einen MSc von der Technischen Hochschule Aachen mit Schwerpunkt Energiewirtschaft. Außerdem absolvierte er eine mehrjährige Ausbildung zum Kraftwerkselektriker bei der Veba Kraftwerke Ruhr AG, heute E.ON.

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