Thomas Herbst, Managing Director & Founder
Thomas Herbst founded apsolut GmbH together with Tim Kollmeier in spring 2005. Both knew each other from a previous employer and initially focused the company on the topic of eProcurement, based on SAP Supplier Relationship Management. With the expansion of the company and the opening of further international companies, the apsolut portfolio has expanded and since 2012 also includes cloud solutions from SAP subsidiary SAP Ariba and since 2017 the SAP S/4HANA Enterprise Management division.
Thomas Herbst holds a degree in industrial engineering and studied at the Esslingen University of Applied Sciences. During his early career he concentrated as a consultant at Hewlett-Packard on the optimisation of SAP-based procurement processes and later took over responsibility for the entire SAP SRM consulting division of Heiler Software AG.
Jürgen West, Senior Partner & Member of the Management Board
Jürgen West, entrepreneur, worked in the tourism industry as authorised signatory until 2000 and then switched to internet programming and the area of SAP application programming. As an in-house consultant and developer at Münster University Hospital, he was initially responsible for the further development and roll-out of the SAP SRM system for the peripheral areas of the hospital and the laboratories.
At the beginning of 2006, Mr. West joined apsolut and became the driving force behind the development of a framework for SAP SRM development required for efficient implementation in customer systems. In July 2010, Mr. West took over the management of SAP SRM development and, from January 2011, headed the entire development department as a partner. Since the beginning of 2017, as Senior Partner, he has been responsible for coordinating all internal and external company requirements in his area and for support worldwide. He also integrates the activities of the development department with the overarching corporate goals.
Jean-Paul Wehrens, Senior Partner & Member of the Management Board
Jean-Paul Wehrens, M.Sc. (IB), worked as an SAP consultant at Hewlett-Packard GmbH Germany from 2001 to 2007. There, he served renowned major customers in national and international projects as project manager, with a focus on SAP purchasing processes. From 2005 he worked as Account Program Manager (EMEA) in HPs Managed Services division.
In July 2007, Mr. Wehrens moved to apsolut GmbH, where he took over the management of SAP SRM process consulting and finally built up the business area of strategic SAP SRM procurement processes. As a partner, Wehrens was responsible for the strategic SAP consulting business from 2011 and further expanded it internationally with the associated structures, partnerships and networks.
In 2017, Wehrens was promoted to Senior Partner and thus to the Executive Board.
From 2017-2020, Wehrens was responsible for the Ariba consulting business worldwide as well as the consulting business around strategic processes in the On-Premise environment.
Since 2021, he has been responsible for the global consulting business, which includes the entire apsolut product portfolio.
Michael Seehrich, Senior Partner & Member of the Management Board
Michael Seehrich, entrepreneur, has many years of experience and expertise in the SAP project and consulting business. He has held numerous management positions, particularly in sales and marketing, including positions at Computacenter, Lynx-Consulting and the auditing company Deloitte & Touche.
From 2012 to 2017 he was Managing Director of a medium-sized SAP consulting company in Bielefeld, where he had overall responsibility for consulting, sales, marketing, finance, IT and human resources.
Mr. Seehrich is responsible for sales, marketing and the consulting area SAP S/4HANA Enterprise Management at apsolut as Senior Partner and Member of the Management Board.
Klaus Bernzen, Senior Partner & Member of the Management Board
After +25 years in different sales and management functions Mr. Bernzen spend his first 10 years at SAP where he was able to witness the launch of B2B Procurement later called SRM. He had the opportunity to join the newly formed SAP Marketplace team based in the US (SAP Labs) 1999 where e-procurement was one fundamental part of the initial solution. His next career step was to build the US market for an SAP Partner (Heiler now Informatica) where he was able to position software and services to global companies such as Daimler and GM. After a total of 5 years in US Mr. Bernzen (privately) decided to move back to Europe, and started at HP back in Germany as the Global Alliance Director managing the HP Software and SAP Alliance business before he moved on into IT Management and Big Data Analytics and Machine Learning space for the last 6 years.
Since FY22 Mr. Bernzen responsible for global sales, sales business operations and corporate marketing to help achieve the apsolut Group growth plan and vision for 2026 on a global scale.
Paparao Madasu, Managing Director, apsolut Software India Pvt. Ltd.
Paparao Madasu, an Industrial and Production Engineer, was born and brought-up in India. Mr. Madasu’s passion for high-end cars has drawn him to Germany, where he completed his Post-Graduation from Technical University of Berlin with specialization in Logistics & Supply Chain Management. Thereafter, he worked in Germany as an SAP SRM-Consultant with various clients from variety of industries and emerged into an SAP SRM-Solution Expert at apsolut.
With his international exposure from various industries, Mr. Madasu has taken apsolut to India in 2009 and with a vision to expand company’s global operations. He has built a well-established offshore infrastructure and developed a strong SAP SRM-team in India, in-line with the global strategies of apsolut group.
Adi Abu-Taha Zitawi, Managing Director, apsolut Spain SL
Adi Abu-Taha Zitawi (Software Engineer) worked as a SAP Consultant at Accenture in Spain from 2004-2010, acquiring extensive experience in a number of implementations, upgrades and roll-outs of SAP-solutions running on SAP ECC and SAP SRM. In 2010, he became a freelance consultant specializing in SAP SRM, obtaining the SAP SRM 7.0 Application Associate certificate.
In mid-2012, together with Thomas Herbst and Tim Kollmeier, he co-founded apsolut Spain SL, therefore creating one of the six subsidiaries of apsolut GmbH. His more than 15 years of experience with SAP, as well as his fluent multilingual communication skills in English, Spanish, Arabic and French, allow both Mr. Zitawi and his team based in Málaga, Spain to provide SAP eProcurement solutions in Spain, Europe, Middle East and North Africa.
Zayd Mauthoor, Managing Director, apsolut UK Ltd.
Zayd Mauthoor, a Graduate in Business Management, Languages and Literature (BA), completed his degree from the University of Normandy in France. He now has over 14 years of international experience in the field of Project Management, Purchasing, P2P & SAP-eProcurement having started his career at Caversham Group in 2002. Whilst there, he had his first exposure to eProcurement including SAP Ariba and SAP. From there he moved on to Cattles Group and spent the next few years holding various senior positions with the following functions, Project Manager, National Accounts Manager, within P2P & Finance. Since then, Mr. Mauthoor has gained further excellent management experience in an international environment having delivered successful projects, managed and trained teams of up to 30 within the eProcurement market.
In 2012, Mr. Mauthoor was hired as General Manager at apsolut UK, and his role includes managing the UK Operations as well as leading Pre-sales activities and Consulting in the areas of SAP P2P, S2P and SAP Ariba.
Bo Su, Managing Director, apsolut China CO., LTD.
Bo Su graduated in Computer Sciences, started his university career in Tianjin, China, and later went to Stuttgart, Germany in July 2008 to keep on studying over there. It is since October 2008 that Mr. Su has gained interbranch experience with SAP, namely with numerous projects at apsolut concerning international customer projects. Being responsible for the area ABAP development and the customizing of applications, he carried out many SAP SRM (B2B) projects as a team leader.
Mr. Su became apsolut's director in China in May 2014. He is not only managing the business in China, but also activities in the sales area as well as electronic purchase based on SAP and SAP Ariba.