Management

Sven Lindemann

Sven Lindemann
Chief Executive Officer & Chairman of the Board

Sven has been CEO and Chairman of the Board at Serrala since 2012. In his role, he transformed the company into a global B2B payments player by anticipating future market trends, restructuring the organization and implementing a new business model.

Sven strengthened Serrala’s global footprint significantly. Under his guidance, the privately held company opened new offices worldwide including a major footprint in North America. Sven’s expertise in software and services, together with his entrepreneurial background laid the foundation to develop and extend the product portfolio. The company’s unique capabilities now provide holistic end-to-end solutions and consulting services for process automation covering the entire financial value chain. 

Having started as a banking professional and IT specialist, Sven joined Serrala in 1995. In the following years, he held various positions within the company, including Software Developer, Solution Architect as well as several senior expert roles as consultant. In 2001, he was appointed to the executive board.
 

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Stephan Benkendorf
Chief Domestic Sales Officer 

Stephan is responsible for developing and executing the sales and go-to-market strategy in Germany, Austria and Switzerland (DACH). In his role, he particularly focuses on maintaining and expanding Serrala’s strong customer base in the German speaking region. 

Based on his expertise in software and services, Stephan has built trustful and long-term client relationships. He successfully guides Serrala’s large client base, which has grown over decades, into the next generation of financial payments technology, always with the intent of creating additional value for them.

Prior to joining Serrala, Stephan was Sales Director for Germany, Austria and Switzerland at Pulsion Medical Systems AG. He has also worked for international companies such as Hewlett Packard and Philips. Stephan holds a degree in medical engineering.
 

Christoph Dubies

Christoph Dubies
Chief Strategy & Transformation Officer  

Christoph defines and leads the execution of the corporate strategy through various growth and transformational initiatives. In his role, he is responsible for the areas of strategic projects, solution success, marketing, M&A and integration. 

Christoph has an extensive track record in international development and implementation of corporate growth strategies. At Serrala, he shaped the corporate strategy to extend the significant company growth and executed against it through organic initiatives, selective M&A transactions and the integration of newly acquired companies into the group.

Prior to joining Serrala in 2016, he worked at the top management consultancy McKinsey & Company and for Waterland Private Equity. Christoph holds a BSc in Business Administration and a MSc in Management from ESCP Europe Business School.
 

Stefan Freyer
Chief Operating Officer

Stefan is responsible for the operations within Serrala which includes Consulting, Support and Managed Services. Within the consulting operations, he oversees the practices across all solutions areas including Order to Cash, Procure to Pay, Cash & Treasury, Payments, and Data & Document Management.

In his position, Stefan focuses on steering and harmonizing the global outreach of Serrala’s operations. Further to that, Stefan lays the operational foundation to enable Serrala to scale in scope of the company’s strong continued growth.

Stefan has extensive experience in corporate strategy and IT leadership. Prior to joining Serrala, he has served as CSO and board member at Allgeier Enterprise Services AG and as CIO / COO and board member at INFO AG (now QSC AG). Stefan holds a degree in Business Informatics. 

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Kevin Grant
Chief International Sales Officer 

Kevin is responsible for designing and executing the sales and go-to-market strategy in EMEA and the US. In his role, he develops new clients and market areas, and focuses on regions with high growth rates.

Kevin has a proven track record in international business development in the financial technology sector. At Serrala, he helps clients to adopt intelligent automation solutions for their financial processes as he implements Serrala’s international sales strategy. 

Before joining Serrala, Kevin held senior positions in a number of leading companies. Most notably, he was CEO of IT2, a global treasury solutions provider. In addition, Kevin was recognized as one of the ‘100 Most Influential People in Finance’ as published by Treasury & Risk magazine. Kevin holds a BSc in Computer Studies as well as an MBA in Project Management and Finance from Henley Business School, Oxfordshire, UK.
 

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Dirk Schilling
Chief Financial Officer 

Dirk manages Serrala’s financial operations as well as all commercial areas of the company like HR, IT, Legal and Administration. In his role, Dirk is responsible for all finance-related processes including accounting, financial planning & analysis, and takes care of the legal entity footprint of the group. 

Based on his extensive commercial management experience, Dirk successfully established and standardized financial and operational processes within existing as well as newly acquired companies.

Dirk has held various management positions and joined from travel agent Alltours, where he served as CFO. Dirk holds a degree in Business Administration from the University of Cologne.
 

Strategic Advisory Board

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Vishal Awasthi
SVP Technology and Products 

Areas of responsibility: Product Management, Strategy, Development and Innovation

Vishal Awasthi helps to set the technological direction of the Serrala Group. He leads the management of several key product areas and the product development in North America. 

Vishal Awasthi specializes in the full lifecycle of software product development for both on-premise and cloud based enterprise business and content management solutions. He has held various leadership positions in the business application software industry for more than 20 years. 

Prior to his current position, he was the CTO at Dolphin, a company acquired by Serrala in 2017. In that role he carried full P&L responsibilities, helped build and manage product management teams and successful technology partnerships. Vishal Awasthi holds a BS in Electrical Engineering and a MS/MBA in Industrial Engineering and Management.

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Jaime Ryan
SVP Products and Services

Areas of responsibility: Product Management, Strategy and Innovation

Jaime Ryan helps to set the direction of products and services of the Serrala Group. He is an active member of the Serrala North America executive team and oversees several key product areas based within North America.  

With a proven track record in design and delivery of financial business and banking application software, Jaime Ryan specializes in seamless automated processes for domestic and international companies. He has been involved in countless implementations worldwide, with specific emphasis on large enterprises that have both centralized and decentralized treasury and/or financial shared services operations. 

Jaime Ryan co-founded e5 Solutions Group which was acquired by Serrala in 2017. Prior to e5 Solutions, he was a platinum consultant for SAP America where he focused on the development and rollout of the treasury applications. Jaime Ryan holds dual BS degrees in Finance and International Business.