Dr. Carsten Friedrichs

Partner, Senior Advisor / Managing Partner, The Hardt Group GmbH

Willich, Germany


Business Transformation
Post Merger Integration
Organisations Transformation
Mergers & Acquisitions
Due Diligence
Change Management
Projekt Management
Automotive Aftermarket
Automotive Sales
Consumer Service
Deutsche Sprache


Professional experience for Carsten Friedrichs

  • Current 10 years, since Jan 2014

    Senior Advisor / Managing Partner

    The Hardt Group GmbH

    Integration & Transformation Expert / Chief Transformation Officer / Chief Restructuring Officer With a primary focus on portfolio companies of private equity funds, I realized acquisition strategies, partly from a CTO (Chief Transformation Office) role; i.e. Post Merger Integration (PMI), transformation, turnaround, organizational design, cultural transformation, implementing buy-&build strategies

  • 1 year and 7 months, Nov 2014 - May 2016

    COO - M&A and Integration Officer

    MapleTree CarWash GmbH

    Buy-&-Build project to consolidate the German car wash market; through the acquisition of a suitable platform and transforming it for further growth through additional add-on acquisitions. Project supported by leading European PE fund.

  • 9 months, Jan 2014 - Sep 2014

    COO / CEO

    Management-Buy-In Automotive Service

    Management-Buy-In into a leading German Automotive-Service-Operator. In cooperation with a leading German mid-cap private equity fund. Objective was to transform the existing business into a growth platform and perform a buy-&-build strategy afterwards, doubling the number of locations within 3-4 years.

  • 1 year and 10 months, Mar 2012 - Dec 2013

    Director Operations / COO

    CleanCar AG

    CleanCar AG: a leading PE-backed German car wash operator running 28 facilities across Germany and Austria. (Organizational) Transformation of the company towards extended growth and establishing exit readiness. While being responsible for the operative business incl. full P&L responsibility for the business unit Carwash (esp. sales, production, maintenance) of all locations with 350 employees.

  • 2 years and 5 months, Oct 2009 - Feb 2012

    Head of Global Business Development

    SIG Combibloc GmbH

    Transformation of the global sales and marketing organization towards strategic planning while holding an executive position and leading the department Global Business Development.

  • 5 years, Oct 2004 - Sep 2009


    The Boston Consulting Group GmbH

    Successful transformation of various organizations, esp. post merger integration (PMI), carve-outs and turnarounds. Primarily in automotive (sales, aftermarket, production) and industrial goods.

  • 10 months, Nov 2003 - Aug 2004


    HRW Consulting AG

  • 2 years and 6 months, Apr 2001 - Sep 2003

    IT Manager

    OnVista AG

Educational background for Carsten Friedrichs

  • 3 years, Jan 1998 - Dec 2000

    Promotion Mathematik

    Technische Universität Berlin

    Algebraische Zahlentheorie

  • 2 years and 7 months, Oct 1994 - Apr 1997


    Technische Universität Berlin

    Algebraische Zahlentheorie

  • 2 years, Oct 1992 - Sep 1994


    Universität-Gesamthochschule Paderborn


  • German

    First language

  • English



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