Jens-Thomas Pietralla

I believe in the value great leaders bring to an organization, and I take pride in advising my clients with an independent mind on how they can develop the leadership they need to make their strategic aspirations a reality.

Jens-Thomas Pietralla leads the firm’s Board & CEO Advisory Partners in Europe and serves as Global Head of the Industrial & Natural Resources Sector for Russell Reynolds Associates.  In this capacity, he leads the firm’s business with clients in Aerospace & Defense, Automotive, Capital & Electrical Goods, Chemicals, Energy and Industrial Services.   Jens-Thomas helps companies build superior boards and advises his clients on leadership matters, succession planning and strategy. He has established himself as a trusted voice of reason for companies around the world and conducted numerous high-profile CEO and Chairman searches for publicly listed, privately owned and private equity-owned enterprises with revenues ranging from $500m to 150bn.   He joined us after four years as the President and CEO of Navico Holding, a PE-backed global market leader in marine electronics with 2,500 employees. He was responsible for establishing the company through multiple acquisitions, defining strategy and creating a family of brands under the Navico umbrella, later acquired by Brunswick for $1.1bn. Earlier in his career, Jens-Thomas was the Chief Marketing Officer at Siemens, where he significantly increased global brand awareness. He began his career at McKinsey & Company, spending six years as a management consultant in New York and Munich. 

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit"  - Aristotle 

Jens-Thomas currently serves as advisory board member of NYSE-listed Pontem Corp. Previously, he held Chairman roles at Torqeedo GmbH (electro mobility) and Ocivan Invest AS, the Vice Chairman role at Reimann Investors KGaA, and served as a non-executive Director on the Navico Holding AS board. Jens-Thomas holds a BSc in physics and mathematics and an MSc in physics from the University of Ulm in Germany. 
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