Company management

portrait Kai Matthias Liebe

Kai Matthias Liebe

Managing Partner

Kai Matthias Liebe's international education included spells at the Lyceum Alpinum Zuoz (CH) and the Hochalpines Institut in Ftan (CH). He completed his dissertation at a medium-sized, owner-managed commercial enterprise in Hamburg and subsequently went to Switzerland for three-and-a-half years to work for an owner-managed industrial holding company operating on the international stage. Initially he was in charge of Corporate Development, later on assuming responsibility for International Business Development. Next he moved to Munich to work for a leading global, listed Anglo-American recruitment consultancy, where he rose to become team leader for the Finance, Human Resources and Industry practice groups in Southern Germany. From here, he was head-hunted by a leading, owner-managed German executive search consultancy seeking to establish its Munich site. Focussing on the industry and professional services sectors, Kai Matthias Liebe worked to recruit managing directors, managing and supervisory board members on behalf of national and international clients. His previous experience and the fact that he himself is from a family of entrepreneurs made Kai Matthias Liebe acutely aware of the need for specialist consulting with the emphasis on SMEs. He lost no time in putting this idea into practice. Kai Matthias Liebe is a founder of the recruitment consulting company Liebe · Sutor · Gawlowski.

portrait Markus Sutor

Markus Sutor

Managing Partner

Markus Sutor began his studies in business management at Munich's Ludwig Maximilian University before completing his degree at the distance-learning university in Hagen, thus enabling him to fulfil his professional obligations at the same time. He was involved in a number of start-up projects during his student days. Among other things, he founded a printing service company with operations throughout Germany and a local graphics & advertising agency, both of which he sold in 2009/2010. His other investments have included nationally renowned companies based in the food and IT sector, in which he is a silent partner. During his many years of entrepreneurial activity he gleaned an in-depth knowledge of company set-up, expansion and personnel management, and is now a managing partner at LSG & Kollegen GmbH. His extensive experience in the field of owner-managed SMEs made him an expert in the “problem area” of company succession and the existing gap in placing managers who are a perfect match for the company in question. This gave him the idea of providing a consulting service tailored specifically to these requirements. In addition to his work as a managing partner, Markus Alfons Sutor's specialist know-how and network are put to good use in the field of executive search in the Consumer Goods sector. Markus Sutor is a founder of the recruitment consulting company Liebe · Sutor · Gawlowski.

portrait Adrian Gawlowski

Adrian Gawlowski

Managing Partner

Adrian Piotr Gawlowski completed his international business management studies in Atlanta (USA), Paderborn (DE) and Barcelona (ESP). He launched his career in human resources management at a leading German car manufacturer. He subsequently devoted himself to his postgraduate studies in economics at the Reims Management School (FRA) and the Dublin City University Business School (IRL), going on to work for a leading global, listed Anglo-American recruitment consultancy, where he became team leader for the Automotive and Industry practice group in Southern Germany. Next came a move to an owner-managed German executive search consultancy. Here he was initially in charge of business development for the Automotive division at the Stuttgart headquarters. As the company continued to expand successfully, he was put in charge of setting up and developing the Munich office and managing activities in Eastern Europe, predominately based in Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania. Focussing on the automotive and manufacturing industry sectors, Adrian Piotr Gawlowski created a highly professional team of consultants and senior consultants to assess the qualities of and recruit managing directors as well as managing and supervisory board members on behalf of national and international clients. Adrian Gawlowski is a founder of the recruitment consulting company Liebe · Sutor · Gawlowski.

Partners

portrait Christiane Kraus

Christiane Kraus

Partner

Christiane Kraus completed her international studies in psychology, specialising in occupational, industrial and organisational psychology, in Bonn and Madrid. She also pocketed a business degree from the University of Bonn.

During her studies, Christiane Kraus worked for various HR consultancies, subsequently launching her career proper at an owner-managed consulting boutique, where she covered the full recruitment consulting portfolio, including targeted search and selection, training and HR development. Next, Christiane Kraus moved to Frankfurt to work for a renowned international executive search consultancy, where she specialised in the consumer goods, industry and financial services sectors.

She subsequently went to Singapore, initially working as an in-house recruiter for a Swiss bank with responsibility for recruitment at management level, before being put in charge of establishing and running the private banking recruitment section for the Asia-Pacific region.

Returning to Germany, Christiane Kraus once again turned her attention to the field of executive search, where she has to date focussed on the Media/Entertainment and Consumer Goods & Lifestyle sectors with a clientèle that includes SMEs, start-ups and multi-nationals alike.

Given her long-standing expertise in direct recruitment both in Germany and abroad, and experience gleaned in the course of in-house and consultancy positions, Christiane Kraus has acquired a broad know-how of various aspects of the consultancy sector.

portrait Michael Kleiser

Michael Kleiser

Partner

Michael Kleiser obtained a degree in education at Georg August University in Göttingen, specialising in the fields of consulting, training, coaching, communication and management. He also studied politics and law as subsidiary subject.

During his studies, Mr. Kleiser contributed to various management training courses run by a Munich-based trainer network and worked for an international recruitment consulting company, also in Munich.

Mr. Kleiser launched his career with a Paris-based executive search consultancy active on the world stage, where he was able to acquire experience in international projects. He went on to become technical manager of the Munich office with responsibility for the Automotive and Electronics practice groups.

This was followed by a move to an owner-managed recruitment consulting company in Munich, which under his aegis became the preferred supplier of several of the world’s leading manufacturers and suppliers to the automotive and electronics industry. As Head of Key Account Management, Mr. Kleiser was responsible for the ongoing development of these practice groups.

At the same time, Mr. Kleiser’s experience as a qualified systemic organisational consultant helped him to develop an innovative executive search approach that has proved particularly successful in filling vacant managerial positions at levels 1 and 2.

Michael Kleiser is now a partner at Liebe · Sutor · Gawlowski, where he is responsible for Automotive and Electronics.

portrait Dr. Ulrich H. Langanke

Dr. Ulrich H. Langanke

Managing Partner LSG-CEE Kft.

Dr. Ulrich H. Langanke obtained a multi-disciplinary PhD in Budapest, following international MA studies in Augsburg, Budapest and Brussels.

Dr. Langanke is a lecturer for the MSc “Enterprise Development” module in the Faculty of Business and Management at Óbuda University in Budapest.

His career in human resources began as an advisor to the Hungarian Government for academia-industry partnership projects with market leaders from the European aerospace industry. At the same time, he was employed as a Senior Consultant for the automotive sector by a German executive search agency in Berlin specialising in Central and Eastern Europe. His spell as a government advisor having come to an end, he accepted an offer by a listed recruitment agency with global operations to support international automotive clients in Hungary as a Senior Consultant at its Budapest headquarters. Since 2010, Dr. Langanke has worked as the managing director and partner of the Hungarian and Slovakian subsidiaries of a German recruitment agency specialising in the fields of outsourcing/labour leasing, recruitment and production coaching. His industry expertise and insider skills in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) are also put to good use in his role as Supervisory Board Chairman of the Slovak Invest Agency (SIA).

Dr. Ulrich Langanke is a managing partner and founder of LSG-CEE Kft. based in Budapest.

portrait Bence Balogh

Bence Balogh

Associated Partner Sport

Robert Niemann studied business management and psychology at the LMU in Munich. He obtained his PhD in communication sciences at the University of Salzburg. He was then granted a professorship in sports management at the University of Applied Management in Erding near Munich, and most recently lectured in International Football Management at the Business School of the European University.

Dr. Robert Niemann is an associated partner for the Sports sector at Liebe · Sutor · Gawlowski, and a managing partner of the consulting and holding company NIEMANN International in Munich. His main focus is on international football management, in which sphere he acts as a FIFA consultant. He was formerly managing director of the Bundesliga club TSV 1860 München, prior to which he was responsible for global marketing and sales of the BUNDESLIGA brand as Chairman of the Managing Board of DFL Sports Enterprises in Frankfurt. Here he was primarily involved in TV rights, sponsoring, and the marketing of Bundesliga.de. As General Manager at Sony Pictures Television International, Niemann was in charge of two television stations in the German-speaking regions of Europe, following on from his role as Vice President Sales at the RTL Group. He acquired his TV know-how in the programme directorate of broadcaster ProSieben and at the Kirch Group. During his studies, he worked at Roland Berger Strategy Consultants and at the Springer publishing house in New York.