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Chief Executive Officer
After graduating from the TU Berlin with a degree in computer science, Gregor Wolf initially remained with the university for several years as a researcher and was co-author of the software development method PEtS. He served the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, unions, and research institutes as a consultant on software development methods. In 1991, Wolf switched to the private sector, where he moved from Berlin-based Condat AG to positions such as Managing Director of the Web CMS start-up The BtoB Company. Prior to joining OPTIMAL SYSTEMS, he spent eight years as a Management Board member and CTO of Klopotek AG and as Managing Director of Klopotek UK. During this time, he also actively served on advisory boards and consortia.
Gregor Wolf has been with OPTIMAL SYSTEMS since 2013, where he initially reorganized product management. Since 2015, he has been responsible for all operational business areas as COO and assumed the role of CEO of OPTIMAL SYSTEMS in April 2022.
Chief Human Resources Officer
Jana Blankenhagen is responsible for the Human Resources business unit. She is a trained tourism specialist who discovered her interest in human resources and digitalization directly after starting her career. Therefore, she studied business administration with a focus on human resources and joined OPTIMAL SYSTEMS right after her academic graduation in 2008. Since then, she has continuously built up the HR management with a focus on recruiting & HR marketing, HR development and culture as well as employee support and payroll accounting. Since 2021, Jana Blankenhagen has been a member of the management board.
Chief Operating Officer
Björn Grabe took over the position of COO in April 2022 and is thus responsible for the operative business of OPTIMAL SYSTEMS. At the same time, he continues to manage the Professional Services business unit. This business unit provides the entire range of technical customer and partner support, from consulting and implementation to training, technical support, and the operation of customer systems.
After completing his studies in production informatics, Björn Grabe started working for OPTIMAL SYSTEMS as a consultant for DMS projects in 1995. In 1998, he took over the management of the consulting and support teams and developed them into today’s business unit Professional Services. The graduate engineer sees the business field of cloud services as the most important challenge and, together with his colleagues, continues to expand the corresponding offers of OS.
Chief Sales Officer D/A/CH
Daniel Lugner has been Chief Sales Officer at OPTIMAL since 2022. After training as an industrial clerk at VOKO Büromöbel in Pohlheim (near Gießen) in 1992, he worked there in international sales, including key account management, until 1999. He then moved to IT and organizational development to drive digitization. From 2001 to 2004, he worked as an ECM consultant at Pentadoc before becoming an independent management consultant in the field of digitalization. From 2014 to 2019, he held senior roles at Top Image Systems, including head of professional services, deputy managing director and authorized signatory. In 2019, he established the Frankfurt office of OPTIMAL SYSTEMS and moved into management as CSO in 2022.
Director Sales D/A/CH Region
Andreas Kalz has been responsible for the sales department in the D/A/CH-area since 2017. After initially working for the group in 2005 as a sales representative, Kalz moved to Bundesdruckerei (Federal Printing Office) three years later. Here he took over the sales management for the trusted solutions division. Upon his return to OPTIMAL SYSTEMS in 2013, Kalz took over the position of Sales Manager.
Andreas Kalz holds a degree in communications engineering. He achieved his first sales successes in 1995 in the communications technology division of Siemens AG, from where he moved to the software industry in 2013.
Chief Finance Officer
Andreas Karger is responsible for centralized Group tasks in the area of finance and administration. His area of responsibility includes leading the back office, accounting, HR planning, and HR development. After completing training to become a retail salesman, he earned a degree in business administration. He held a number of roles at several companies in a comparable position before coming to OPTIMAL SYSTEMS in late 2007, where he now serves as a member of management.
Chief Technology Officer
Dr. Nikola Milanovic has been responsible for product development at OPTIMAL SYSTEMS since 2014. He oversees software development for the product lines enaio® and yuuvis®, as well as quality assurance, maintenance, and agile development processes. Previously, Milanovic served as CEO of Model Labs GmbH as well as Senior Consultant and Team Leader at GAI NetConsult GmbH. In 2001, Milanovic completed his studies in electrical engineering and computer science at the University of Belgrade. In 2005, he earned his doctorate from the Department of Computer Science at Humboldt University in Berlin. In 2010, he acquired habilitation and qualified as Professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department at the TU Berlin, where he also worked as a research assistant.
Chief Information Officer
As CIO of the OPTIMAL SYSTEMS group, Michael Zehrer is responsible for the IT & Operations division. His responsibilities include ensuring the smooth operation of the company-wide IT infrastructure as well as the provision of external cloud hosting for the SaaS applications based on yuuvis® Momentum. Michael Zehrer started his career at OPTIMAL SYSTEMS in 1997 as a working student and has since held various roles including IT Administrator, Head of Project Development, and Chief Technology Advisor. With the introduction of yuuvis® as a second product line, Zehrer assumed the role of Director Strategic Partner Management for the entire yuuvis® product family. In 2021, he was appointed CIO.