Dortmund | 27. July 2021
adesso has hired a familiar face to fill the newly created position of Head of Corporate Development and Mergers & Acquisitions: after nearly two years away from adesso, former Chief Financial Officer Christoph Junge (51) is returning to the company. In this role, the experienced executive will be in charge of overseeing the further international expansion and development of the adesso Group.
Between 2007 and 2019, Christoph Junge was influential in managing adesso SE in his role as Chief Financial Officer. After nearly two years as Group CFO at a German IT systems corporation, he is now focusing his attention once again on the company that he successfully helped to oversee for twelve years. As Head of Corporate Development and Mergers & Acquisitions, Junge, a financial expert and holder of a degree in industrial engineering, will advance the growth and further internationalisation of the listed IT service provider. In recent years, adesso has already been able to significantly exceed its goal of growing more than twice as fast as the market.
Christoph Junge will play an important role in helping to shape adesso’s growth strategy and will be in charge of future investments, company acquisitions and new establishments, as well as start-up development and post-merger integration. Thanks to his many years as adesso’s CFO, he is highly familiar with these topics. His previous positions as chief financial officer at other companies and at an M&A consultancy firm additionally round out his portfolio.
Prof. Dr Volker Gruhn, founder and Supervisory Board Chairman of adesso, personally offered Junge the tailored position: “We worked very well with Christoph Junge the whole time he was here. He has the professional tools of the trade and has known our company from the ground up since its IPO – just like he knows our markets and our strategic goals. The decision to offer him the position is grounded in a long-standing relationship of trust.”
Even throughout the pandemic, adesso has continued to establish subsidiaries abroad (most recently adesso Nordics in Finland) and acquire stakes in companies (KIWI Consulting) while taking over businesses and integrating them into the Group. The most recent corporate acquisitions were the up-and-coming influencer marketing provider Reachbird and QUANTO, which now trades as the SAP consultancy firm adesso orange. For Christoph Junge, the environment is agile and inspiring: “For me, adesso is one of the most exciting companies with corporate development and M&A activities in the IT sector in Germany. The way I see it, further internationalisation and helping to shape the European start-up scene are two of the main goals of my new position.”
As head of the company’s expansion-related activities, Junge will work directly with the Executive Board. Strategically managing future growth and being able to help shape innovation in a targeted manner through innovation decisions were already among his favourite things to do as CFO: “I have been offered the opportunity to be able to do what I particularly enjoy and excel at from my time as CFO and working in the investment business.”