Management

Sven Lindemann

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 Sales Officer & Managing Director

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 & Managing Director

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.
 

Christoph Dubies

Christoph Dubies, Chief Strategy & Transformation Officer & Managing Director

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.
 

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.