Management

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Sven Lindemann, CEO

Sven Lindemann leads in Consulting and Strategy Development for Serrala’s executive board specifically spearheading the company’s internationalization. After training as a software developer at the Vereins- und Westbank he first joined the organisation as a software consultant. A few years later he moved on to the management board. Since 2001 he has been on the executive board of Serrala (formerly Hanse Orga) and in 2012 has taken over the chairmanship of the board from his father and founder of the company, Hans Herbert Lindemann.

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Stephan Benkendorf, Chief Domestic Officer

Areas of responsibility: DACH Sales, DACH Marketing

Stephan Benkendorf joined the Executive Board in 2003 where he is in charge of sales and marketing for the DACH region. Previously, he 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.

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Kevin Grant, Chief International Officer

Areas of responsibility: International Sales

Kevin Grant has a proven track record of over 25 years in international business development in the financial technology sector. During his impressive career he has held senior positions in a number of successful companies and most notably as CEO of IT2, a leading global treasury solutions provider. He was recognized as one of the ‘100 Most Influential People in Finance’ as published by Treasury & Risk magazine in 2010.

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Dirk Schilling, Chief Financial Officer

Areas of responsibility: Finance, Accounting, HR and Legal

Dirk Schilling, as Chief Financial Officer, is responsible for all commercial areas of Serrala. These include finance and accounting, HR, IT, legal and general administration. As a business administration graduate he has extensive commercial management experience, which he has collected in various medium-sized business groups (Haniel, Bechtle, Medien-Union). Immediately prior to joining Serrala he was CFO with Alltours, the travel agent.

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Christoph Dubies, Chief Strategy Officer

Areas of responsibility: Corporate Strategy and M&A

As Chief Strategy Officer, Christoph Dubies is responsible for the corporate strategy, M&A activities as well as the integration of new companies. Prior to joining Serrala in 2016, he worked for top management consultants McKinsey & Company and in Private Equity (Waterland Private Equity). He has been focusing on the international development and implementation of corporate growth strategies.

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Dr. Lars Ludwig, Chief Technology Officer

Areas of responsibility: Software Development, Product Management and Quality Assurance

As Chief Technology Officer, Dr. Lars Ludwig is responsible for software development, product management and quality assurance. Prior to joining Serrala in November 2018, he worked as Managing Director IT within the EOS Group (EOS Technology Solutions) and prior to that as Head of IT at the private bank Donner & Reuschel. He has focused on agile working methods, DevOps and artificial intelligence.

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.