Member of the Digital Expert Board


  • Digital Transformation
  • Business Development
  • Change Management
  • Strategy

Matthias Hartmann is a member of the Digital Expert Board at Postbank, a Senior Advisor on digital transformation and an active investor in various Startups.

He was CEO of GfK SE, a leading global Market Research firm. He transformed GfK SE from a classic Market Research company towards a globally integrated enterprise capitalizing on digitization and big data. As CEO, he was responsible for the firm’s strategy, digital transformation, IT, Marketing, HR, Audit and Compliance functions.

Before, he was Global Head of Strategy and Industries at IBM Global Business Services in New York, USA. He spent most of his career in driving global services businesses with main focus on strategy, digital transformation, business development and change management.

Matthias Hartmann, a business management graduate, began his career at IBM in 1988, at first primarily working in the banking and insurance divisions in Germany, Europe and the USA.

Between 1993 and 2002, he held various positions at former IBM Consulting in Germany, where he was appointed Managing Director for the company in year 2000.

Matthias Hartmann held a senior role within the global merger integration team during IBM’s acquisition of PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting in 2002, supporting the merger of 30,000 PwCConsulting and 30,000 IBM consultants. He led the change management and communication work streams globally.

Before being promoted to Managing Director for IBM Germany in 2005, he was Vice President Corporate Strategy at IBM’s global headquarters in Armonk, NY, USA, where he was responsible for strategy development for various IBM business divisions.

In autumn 2016, Matthias Hartmann founded his own company to coach and invest in various startup companies. He specializes in platforms and data in various industries (FMCG, Retail, Tech, Financial Services). In October 2016, he was elected to join the Digital Expert Board of Postbank in Germany, a leading retail bank in Germany to advise the company on their ongoing digital transformation.

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