Quinkert und Esser

Areas of Expertise

  • Financial Services
    • Banking
    • Insurance
    • Consulting
  • Professional Services
    • Financials
    • Industry
    • Legal
  • Retail / FMCG
    • Food
    • Near-Food
    • Non-Food
  • IT
    • Technology
    • Consulting
    • BI / Data Management
  • Industry
    • Automotive
    • Electronics & Technology
    • Manufacturing
  • Logistics / SCM
    • Warehousing
    • Transportation
    • Supply Chain Management
  • TIME-Branch
    • Telecommunications
    • Information Technology
    • Media & Entertainment
  • Healthcare
    • Medical Technology
    • Pharma
    • Consulting
  • E-Commerce
    • Marketing & Sales
    • Engineering
    • Fulfillment

Quinkert & Esser Executive Search GmbH is a highly-specialised personnel consulting company
focussed on placing experts with definitive expertise in a range of sectors on the European market
and on selected American markets.


Norbert Quinkert / Partner

Norbert Quinkert

Norbert Quinkert joined Bull AG in 1965 as a systems analyst, later worked on IT projects as Project Manager before moving to Sales in 1970. In 1973, he transferred as District Manager to the Information Service arm of Bull General Electric, which later became General Electric Information-Service GmbH. From 1979 onwards, he has held various positions as Sales Director, Marketing Director and finally Managing Director of the firm. In 1998, he took over GE Healthcare Central Europe as Vice-President of Central European Operations. In his dual role, he was appointed as President of General Electric Deutschland, in charge of overseeing GE’s businesses in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. Norbert Quinkert joined Motorola in 1995 as Chairman of Motorola GmbH and was also made responsible for Motorola's Austrian, Swiss and Dutch operations. He has been working together with Quinkert & Esser since 2006, and is specialized in searching for Chief Executives and Directors in IT-Communications, Healthcare, and other High-tech industries. Norbert Quinkert also focuses on non-executive board positions and searches for lobbying personalities.

Dr. Claudia Esser / Partner

Claudia Esser

Dr. Claudia Esser studied law and was an associate lawyer with a law firm for the first six years of her career. She specialised in banking. January 1997 she joined an auditing and tax consultancy firm in Berlin, Germany. Besides being a legal counsel she was heavily involved in the CPA business of the company. In 2000 she founded her own IT company, abakus Wertkontor AG, which she ran as CEO. Dr. Claudia Esser joined KSP based in Hamburg, Germany in September 2003, were she was responsible for special company projects and was a key in acquiring large businesses in retail, media, publishing, insurance and banking industries. In 2004 she was awarded her PhD. In the year 2006, she was one of the founding partners of Quinkert & Esser GmbH. She is specialized in: IT, financial services, retail, fmcg, insurance, consulting and legal firms. From the functional point of view she is heavily involved in establishing new sales units.

Hubertus Moll / Partner

Hubertus Moll

Hubertus Moll is a lawyer whose focal activities ensure that he avails of in-depth knowledge of the areas of financial and professional services, IT, retail and FMCG, logistics as well as specific technological sectors. Hubertus Moll offered consulting services in these branches in prior positions and has been successfully working as a personnel consultant in these sectors for several years. Within the framework of his activities, Hubertus Moll has been responsible for recruiting numerous candidates for (management) positions in a wide variety of functional areas for many corporations of international significance. His work focuses on filling positions requiring experience in the relevant target sectors along with specialist skills in selected areas. Hubertus Moll has been with Quinkert & Esser Executive Search GmbH as a partner since 2011.

Can Ulusoy / Senior Personnel Consultant

Can Ulusoy

Can Ulusoy avails of in-depth expertise regarding searches within the areas of:

  • Financial Services
  • Professional Services
  • Technology
  • e-Commerce
  • IT
  • Automotive

Ramona Mandau / Senior Associate

Ramona Mandau

Ramona Mandau avails of in-depth expertise regarding searches within the areas of:

  • Professional services
  • IT
  • Healthcare
  • Industry

Rebecca Ewerwahn / Senior Associate

Rebecca Ewerwahn

Rebecca Ewerwahn avails of in-depth expertise regarding searches within the areas of:

  • Financial services
  • Healthcare
  • FMCG
  • Retail
  • Logistics

Arber Bytyqi / Senior Associate

Arber Bytyqi

Arber Bytyqi avails of in-depth expertise regarding searches within the areas of:

  • Financial and professional services
  • IT
  • Telecommunications
  • Retail
  • FMCG
  • Legal

Dennis Meier / Senior Associate

Dennis Meier

Dennis Meier avails of in-depth expertise regarding searches within the areas of:

  • IT
  • Financial Services
  • Professional Services
  • Automotive

Eric Eder / Associate

Eric Eder

Eric Eder avails of in-depth expertise regarding searches within the areas of:

  • Retail
  • eCommerce
  • Logistics
  • Automotive

Susanne Matzen / Associate

Susanne Matzen

Susanne Matzen avails of in-depth expertise regarding searches within the areas of:

  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Healthcare
  • Professional Services

Thomas Krüger / Associate

Thomas Krüger

Thomas Krüger avails of in-depth expertise regarding searches within the areas of:

  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Healthcare
  • Professional Services

Christian Bockwoldt / Associate

Christian Bockwoldt

Christian Bockwoldt avails of in-depth expertise regarding searches within the areas of:

  • IT
  • Insurance
  • Automotive
  • Finance

David Wilhelm / Associate

David Wilhelm

David Wilhelm avails of in-depth expertise regarding searches within the areas of:

  • Retail
  • Logistics
  • Automotive
  • IT

Kristine von Hacht / Associate

Kristine von Hacht

Kristine von Hacht avails of in-depth expertise regarding searches within the areas of:

  • Retail
  • FMCG
  • Financial Services
  • IT

Christa Peschel / Organisation & Accounting

Christa Peschel

Christa Peschel is responsible for:

  • Organisational topics
  • Accounting
  • Projects


Quinkert & Esser DIGITAL operates on international markets and has established itself as one of the leading
cross-sector personnel agencies in the digital age.

With its market focus on retail, financial services, logistics, industry and IT, Quinkert & Esser has provided global companies and innovative medium-sized enterprises with support through the digital culture of change since the very dawn of the commercial internet.

Our goal of complying with our clients' growing demand for specialised and management personnel availing of in-depth digital expertise was supported by establishing Quinkert & Esser DIGITAL in 2009. This unit operates across all sectors and specialises in recruiting perfect digital native fits.

We exclusively apply the Executive Search method – not only in a cross-functional manner but across all hierarchies, too.

Our Digital Team comprises digital natives who speak the language of our clients and candidates.


We are a highly-regarded sparring partner for clients

  • operating in the B2C environment
  • involved in e-Commerce across all online sub-channels
  • displaying complex fulfilment processes
  • wishing to develop Digital Competence Centres
  • requiring in-depth IT and online expertise or offering these services


Our clients are international corporations as well as
innovative medium-sized companies

  • whose value-added chains partially or exclusively focus on
    the online market
  • who wish to implement Digital as a cross-departmental issue
    in their corporate culture and
  • have a high demand for extremely qualified and specialised
    experts in the areas of Digital and IT

Women in Business

Women in Top Management

  • are in demand
  • benefit from constructive dialogue
  • provide valuable advice
  • redefine the KPIs of Talent Management


We offer

  • a network of top managers for whom the issue of
    diversity is a firm objective
  • first-hand expert consulting
  • a pool of excellent female candidates from sectors
    still dominated by men, e.g. IT or engineering


Women in Business – References

Ria Hendrikx / HR Consultant & Coach

Ria Hendrikx

Ria Hendrikx, a Dutch national, has worked for more than 30 years in large international companies of which the last 15 years in executive Human Resources roles in the Logistics and Airline industry.

Before she moved to Germany in 2004 to take up her first global HR role in Deutsche Post/DHL, she worked for Vendex International, which besides retail, at that point in time was one of the leading companies in the Netherlands for facility management and temporary labour. After 19 years she decided to join Deutsche Post, and lead the integration of Danzas, Nedloyd and Air Express International in the Benelux.

After someof the largest mergers and acquisitions in the industry, such as DHL and Exel, she left Deutsche Post/DHL in 2011 and joined LSG Sky Chefs. A subsidiary of Lufthansa that provides ‘in cabin services’ such as food, amenity kits, etc, for more than 200 airlines in over 50 countries with 30.000 employees across the world. Here she became the Senior Vice President Human Resources, being responsible for the global HR strategy.

Recently she decided to say farewell to corporate life and started her own consultancy and coaching business. With her conviction that people are the most important asset for companies, she focuses on supporting young men and especially women, to become great leaders who inspire and support their people to achieve the best results.

Ria is a certified teacher and also holds a Masters of Strategic Management from Lemniscaat Management School in the Netherlands. She speaks 5 foreign languages amongst which English and German.

Christine Wolf / Management Consultant

Christine Wolf

Management consultant Christine Wolff, M.Sc. Geology, MBA und Business Mediator, worked for more then 20 years in international engineering consulting firms as a manager.

In her last position she was Managing Director for Europe & Middle East at URS Corporation, a NYSE listed US based engineering firm, with 56,000 staff worldwide and US$ 9.5 billion annual revenues (20111).

As a Senior Vice President she was responsible for operations in 15 countries with 2.000 employees. Main operational activities were planning and consulting for large infrastructure, energy and environmental projects.

Christine Wolff started her career in Australia as a project geologist in exploration for chromite, gold and diamonds. After seven year in Australia and South Pacific region she returned to Germany.

She is member of several supervisory boards including Berliner Wasserbetriebe A.ö.R., Wessling GmbH & Co. KG (chemical laboratory), J. Heinr. Kramer Holding GmbH (plant engineering) and of the reform commission of the German Federal Ministry for Transport and Digital Infrastructure.

Sita Schwenzer / VP Digital Marketing & Sales / Unitymedia

Sita Schwenzer

Sita Schwenzer studied business management at the University of Cologne and HEC, France (undergraduate) and holds an MBA from INSEAD, Fontainebleau.

Her first 5 years of her career she spend at a management consulting company in which she mainly consulted large international telco companies in strategy, organization and Marketing & Sales. She then decided to move to the corporate side and joined eBay Germany as a Product Marketing Manager.

After completing her MBA she joined UK’s largest motor insurance company Admiral Group plc to start-up their insurance business in Germany from scratch. Over a period of 7 years as Managing Director she successfully built, grew the online business profitably to one of the most successful direct insurance business in Germany. In addition she was a non-executive board member of the Admiral’s Spanish business.

In 2013 she joined UnityMedia KabelBW as VP Digital Marketing & Sales. Additionally she is responsible for the overall digital transformation of the company.

Ellen Raahede Secher / Country HR Director / Parker Hannifin

Ellen Raahede Secher

Ellen Raahede Secher, Managing Director and Country Human Resources Director for Parker Hannifin Germany with 20 years of experience in the human resources field.

Parker Hannifin is the world's leading diversified manufacturer of motion and control technologies and systems, providing precision-engineered solutions for a wide variety of mobile, industrial and aerospace markets. In Germany Parker is present with 4.400 employees in 26 locations

In her current position Ellen Raahede Secher is a member of the German Board of Directors and as such she has a legal responsibility for the activities in Parker Hannifin Germany. As Country HR Director she leads and directs the HR strategy and activities for Germany and is also responsible for Employer Branding, Integrity and Data Privacy. Driving Diversity and Inclusion as part of the Employer Branding and Employee Value Proposition is one of the main focus areas presently.

Before joining Parker she has worked in different American organizations, amongst other General Electric. During her 11 years of employment with GE she had positions as the HR Lead in Denmark and Germany & Benelux being responsible for driving the corporate HR strategy in the country. Main focus area was the organizational structure as well as growing the organization organically and through acquisitions.

She has a Masters in German Language and Business Administration from Copenhagen Business University and a Bachelor in HRM from Copenhagen Business School.

We look forward to
hearing from you!


Claus-G. Diers, CEO myConsult - more than 30 years experience as consultant

Claus-G. Diers

For professional consultation for your company, as well as training and business coaching, we recommend myConsult, based in Hamburg. The company works to help companies throughout Germany with their agile leadership.

Main areas of focus: strategy consulting, change management, team building, sales excellence, conflict management, business coaching, motivation-oriented restructuring of divisions and departments. The consultants work towards success with a consistent and goal-oriented style. Take advantage of a free one-hour initial consultation to discuss your requirements. References from former clients testify to their 30 years of experience!

Contact: Claus-G. Diers, Mittelweg 144, 20148 Hamburg, Tel. 040/8000 84 545, cgd@myconsult.biz, www.myconsult.biz


Quinkert & Esser

Executive Search GmbH

Mittelweg 151

20148 Hamburg

Phone: +49 (0)40 8540 295-0
Fax: +49 (0)40 8540 295-20
E-mail: info@qesearch.com


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 Executive Search GmbH

Mittelweg 151

20148 Hamburg
Phone: +49 (0)40 8540 295-0
Fax: +49 (0)40 8540 295-20
E-mail: info@qesearch.com

Managing Director: Dr. Claudia Esser - 
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