Supervisory Board

Supervisory Board

Peter Steiner (Chairman)

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The business graduate Peter Steiner has held a seat on the Supervisory Board of ZEAL since June 2013. He is a self-employed auditor and advises company owners, large corporations and financial investors. He was previously a partner of the investment company One Equity Partners LLC. He worked for MG Technologies AG as CFO. At Dyckerhoff AG,he was successively CFO, COO and finally CEO. Following his many years as an auditor for Arthur Andersen & Co., he was appointed CFO of Süba Bau AG. Peter Steiner studied business administration in Mannheim and Cologne.
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Thorsten H. Hehl

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Supervisory Director

The business graduate Thorsten H. Hehl has held a seat on the Supervisory Board of ZEAL since June 2013. He has been an investment manager at Günther Holding GmbH since 2008. Prior to this, he worked for Bankhaus Metzler and HSH Nordbank in the field of corporate finance. After completing his vocational bank training, Thorsten H. Hehl studied business administration in Giessen and Atlanta (USA) as well as at Handelshochschule Leipzig (HHL).
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Oliver Jaster

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Supervisory Director

The business graduate Oliver Jaster has been a member of the Supervisory Board of ZEAL since 2008. He has been a managing director of the Günther Group since 2004. He previously held various positions in the banking sector for several years. Oliver Jaster studied banking and business administration at the Hochschule für Bankwirtschaft in Frankfurt and in Edinburgh.
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Leslie-Ann Reed

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Supervisory Director

Leslie-Ann Reed is a chartered accountant who has served in both executive and non-executive roles in publicly listed media and professional services companies.  Leslie-Ann is currently Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committee for Learning Technologies Group plc, the market leading integrated e-learning services and technologies provider.

From 2010 to 2012 she was Chief Financial Officer of the global, online B2B auctioneer Go Industry plc,  and ultimately, led the successful sale of the business. Between 2007 and 2010 Leslie-Ann was as an adviser to Marwyn Investment Management, a private equity company, overseeing the acquisitions strategy.

Prior to this she served as Chief Financial Officer of global commodities and economic research media group Metal Bulletin plc, helping to lead its transition from printed products to an online data and news service. 

After a career at Arthur Andersen, Leslie-Ann held senior finance leadership positions at Universal Pictures, Polygram Music, EMI Music and Warner Communications Inc.

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Bernd Schiphorst

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The economics graduate Bernd Schiphorst has been a member of the Supervisory Board of ZEAL since June 2013. He was previously an Executive Board member and Senior Consultant of WMP EuroCom AG in Berlin. From 1979 onwards, he spent over two decades working for Bertelsmann, initially as Head of the Executive Affairs Office and Press Spokesperson of the magazine subsidiary Gruner + Jahr AG & Co, was then heavily involved as head of Ufa Film- und Fernseh GmbH with the establishment of commercial television (including RTL, Vox, Sky, Sportfive) and radio (Antenne Bayern, Radio Hamburg) and as President and CEO of AOL Europe and Bertelsmann New Media with the introduction of digital media. In 2000, he briefly entered the world of politics as Media Advisor for the states of Berlin and Brandenburg. After completing his studies in economics, politics and publishing in Berlin,Bernd Schiphorst began his career as Managing Director and Member of the Executive Board of märkte & medien Verlag.
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Jens Schumann

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Supervisory Director

The law school graduate Jens Schumann is a member of the Supervisory Board of ZEAL since July 2011. He is one of the two founders of today’s ZEAL and was Managing Director and Executive Board member from 1999 till 2009. In March 2008 he was appointed Chairman of the Executive Board. From December 1998 to the formation of ZEAL, he worked as a business consultant at Icon Medialab AG. Mr. Schumann studied law at the University of Münster from 1993 to 1998 and finished his studies with the first State Exam.
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