Team

We are Otto Group Digital Solutions.

The Otto Group Digital Solutions team consists of experienced professionals with extensive expertise in start-ups, finance and business.
In addition, we work closely with the teams of our company builders, Liquid Labs and into-e, as well as our portfolio companies.

OUR Team

Björn Schäfers

Dr. Björn Schäfers

CO-MD

Björn is Managing Director of OGDS and into-e, the Company Builder specializing in the development of e-commerce start-ups. He started his career in business development at the Otto Group and started smatch.com and the shopping24 internet group in 2007, which he still manages today. Björn is the author of the books "Die E-Commerce-Gewinner" and "Preisgebote im Internet". His projects have received several awards, e. g. from the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology.
Michael Backes

Michael Backes

CTO

Michael Backes provides hands-on leadership in innovation as CTO of Otto Group Digital Solutions and Managing Director of the Company Builder Liquid Labs. With an entrepreneurial-mindset, Michael has recognized expertise in finding technical and business solutions. His career has focused on change: everything from digitizing regional power grids to revamping Nortel's QA, as a venture capitalist focused on next-generation companies, or in his role today creating the first German Company Builder focused on strategically innovating a large corporate.
 
Thomas Flick

Thomas Flick

Head of Operations

Thomas works for OGDS as Head of Operations since 2017. During his studies he gained his first experiences as an entrepreneur by co-founding an institute for education and coaching. In 2009 his passion for organizational development and strategy led him to the EOS group, a financial service provider located in Hamburg. There he started with the corporate development department before joining EOS Technology Solutions and took over responsibility for building up the business administration. With his combination of start-up mentality and experience in a corporate environment he supports our portfolio companies on their growth path with his team.
Sandra Hartwig

Sandra Hartwig

Head of Communications

Sandra is responsible for the internal and external communications and the Employer Branding of OGDS and supports our start-ups with PR and marketing. Her strengths lie in developing and communicating core messages and setting the agenda. She began her career at fischerAppelt and afterwards, she established the communications department at a Hamburg-based company builder. Recently, Sandra was responsible for the dialogue between the personnel consultants and the high-level management at Cribb until she joined OGDS in 2017.

 
Alexandra Minchevici

Alexandra Minchevici

HR Manager

Alexandra has been Human Resources Manager at OGDS since March 2018 and is responsible for the development of the HR department. She is the expert and contact person for recruiting, job interviews and employer branding for the OGDS as well as for the projects and start-ups that are created under the OGDS umbrella. Alexandra studied business administration and international law in Oldenburg and Bremen and subsequently discovered her main focus on personnel. Before joining OGDS, she worked in the real estate and personnel services sectors.

Anna Feigenbutz

Anna Feigenbutz

Controller

Anna takes care of linking business ideas with the world of figures and deriving strategies and KPIs from them. She began her career in the banking environment, where she worked as a trainee in finance and after that as an expert for strategic projects/M&A. Since the beginning of 2018, she has been using her knowledge to support our portfolio companies as well as company development and portfolio management.
 
 

Otto Group Digital Solutions

Otto Group Digital Solutions (OGDS) is the Corporate Company Builder of the Otto Group - with the aim of identifying and building new and attractive business models in the retail-related service sector.