Werner has 35 years of experience managing private and multi-national public companies in the mining, manufacturing & industrial sectors. He has closed 20 international acquisitions and joint ventures in North and South America, Central Asia, Australia, and Western Europe. He and his management teams have secured over $500 million in funding for successful growth and diversification programs.
Werner understands the challenges faced by entrepreneurs. He invented a commercial building product and successfully made the transition from an innovative idea (the easy part) to developing a business plan, assembling a management team, securing funding, and establishing commercial production.
In his experience, all successful startups, turnarounds, and growth programs start with an honest, accurate, and unbiased understanding of where the business is today: its strengths and weaknesses, demand for its products, and understanding of its competitors. These steps establish the foundation for a successful plan. Business turnarounds have two complicating factors: low morale and the immediate need to stop the company’s decline.
Through all of this, management must remain focused on running the business. This is when an experienced, unbiased advisor can add significant value and accelerate the process. Werner’s approach is hands-on, working closely with management teams to understand their metrics and industry-specific variables to form the foundation for developing a successful plan that investors can understand and likely fund.
Werner holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He is fluent in English and German and is a dual US/EU citizen.
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