Jens-Thomas Pietralla is Global Head of Russell Reynolds Associates’ Industrial Sector and leads the firm’s business with clients in Aerospace & Defense, Automotive, Capital & Electrical Goods, Chemicals, Energy, and Industrial Services. He also co-leads the Board & CEO Practice in Germany. Jens-Thomas helps companies build superior boards and advises his clients on leadership matters, succession planning, and strategy.
Recent Client Experience
Jens-Thomas has filled numerous CEO, CFO and other CxO positions, as well as chairman and non-executive director roles for listed and private equity-owned companies in the industrial, technology, and private equity industries. His international work spans the globe.
Jens-Thomas spent four years as President and CEO of private equity-owned Navico Holding, a global market leader in marine electronics. With 2,500 employees on three continents, Jens-Thomas established the company, defined the firm's strategy, and created a family of brands under the Navico umbrella. He upgraded the management team, consolidated operations, invigorated the product offering and initiated the transformation that took Navico from a loss-making portfolio of businesses to the most profitable, globally-integrated player in the industry. Earlier in his career, Jens-Thomas spent four years with Siemens as Chief Marketing Officer, where he increased the global unaided brand awareness by 14 percentage points. He began his career at McKinsey & Company, spending six years as a management consultant in New York and Munich.
Additional Professional Activities
Jens-Thomas is Vice-Chairman of the board of Torqeedo GmbH (electro mobility) and serves on the board of Reimann Investors. For six years, he served as non-executive Director on the board of Navico Holding AS (marine electronics) and was Chairman of Ocivan Invest AS.
Jens-Thomas studied at the University of Ulm in Germany and graduated with a B.Sc. in Physics and Mathematics. He then wrote a thesis on optical semiconductors to earn his M.Sc. in Physics.
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