Michael H. Kramarsch is founder, Delegate of the Board and Managing Partner of the hkp /// group.
In his more than 20 years consulting business he has established himself as one of the most highly regarded experts in the field of value-oriented management, corporate governance, performance management and top-executive compensation - in industrial companies as well as banks. His consulting expertise to Boards (Aufsichts- und Verwaltungsräte), Executive Boards and HR managers spans Germany, Switzerland and Austria – as well as additional European countries and the U.S.
Prior to founding hkp/// group on January 1st 2011, Mr. Kramarsch worked 13 years for an international HR management consulting firm. There he held various management and executive positions, e.g. as Managing Partner for the German-speaking regions.
Jointly with Prof. Fred G. Becker, Michael H. Kramarsch published one of the first studies in German-speaking countries on value-oriented corporate management and incentives in 1997. His book on equity-based management compensation (“Aktienbasierte Management-Vergütung”, Schaeffer Poeschl), available as second edition, is still considered a standard reference of executive compensation in Germany. Together with Dirk Filbert he analyzed the regulatory framework conditions of an altered remuneration landscape in "Performance-based remuneration in the banking business", a chapter of the "Handbook Corporate Governance in Banks" (Ed. Hopt, K. and Wohlmannstetter, G., Vahlen / CHBeck, June 2011).
Michael H. Kramarsch was a named specialty expert for German regulatory bodies as Governmental Commission on Corporate Governance (Deutsche Regierungskommission Corporate Governance), managed by Chairman Prof. Dr. T. Baums (2001), and The Government Commission German Corporate Governance Code (Regierungskommission DCGK) managed by the Chairmen Klaus Peter Müller und Dr. Manfred Gentz (2012 to 2014). He is founding member and CEO of the German Association of Independent Compensation Consultants (VUVB) as well as member of the advisory board of HHL Center for Corporate Governance, Leipzig.
Mr. Kramarsch is regularly cited in articles, lectures and publishes on current developments in corporate governance, top executive compensation and performance management.
Professor A. Gutzwiller is one of the best-known academics in Switzerland. He has also enjoyed a successful career in business. He started his academic career at the University of St. Gallen where he completed his PhD, later working as a lecturer and finally being appointed honorary professor in 2001. Furthermore, he is also a lecturer at the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH) in Zurich.
Parallel to his academic work, Professor Gutzwiller founded the Information Management Group, a management and IT consulting firm. In over 18 years at the helm, ultimately as Chairman of the Board of Directors, he developed the university start-up into a global player with more than 700 employees across Europe, the Americas and Asia.
Following the merger of the Information Management Group with the S&T Group PLC, Vienna, Professor Gutzwiller focused once again on his university career. In 2006 he was appointed Director of the Executive School of Management, Technology and Law at the University of St. Gallen, a post he holds to this day. Professor Gutzwiller is also a partner of GWPartner AG – Gutzwiller Wachsmann Partner – a management consulting boutique specialized in the mechanics and psychology of growth.
In this capacity Professor Gutzwiller sits on numerous supervisory, advisory and foundation boards: Key Mandates are:
Zum 1. Januar 2011 hat sich die Stephan Hostettler & Partner AG mit ehemaligen Partnern der führenden HR-Managementberatung in Deutschland zur Unternehmensberatung hkp/// zusammengeschlossen.
03. January 2011
Michael H. Kramarsch, Prof. Dr. Thomas A. Gutzwiller
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