consultant network for
growth & performance

We are a network of
500 top consultants
We support large corporations, medium-sized
companies and private equity firms
We stand for customized approaches to
projects and we implement them effectively!
In Germany, Europe and other
regions throughout the world
For more
growth and performance

About us

VISION

OUR EXPERTS,
YOUR GROWTH

what we want to do

We are rethinking business consulting. Leaner. More direct. More individual. brains implements challenging projects in the business expansion, sales & services, transformation & performance, operations & IT sectors in flexible and pragmatic ways. Growth initiatives, digitization and sustainability are just as much part of our core competencies as increasing productivity and organization. Our clients are executives, CEOs and board members of EURO STOXX and DAX corporations, medium-sized companies and private equity firms.

We have a highly qualified network of consultants that consists of 500 top project managers. This enables us to select experts for each client who meet the client’s specific requirements. By assembling a team especially for you we will determine what you need and what you don’t need! This will allow us to minimize costs without sacrificing quality. We save on the appliances, not on the expertise.

brains stands for conceptual and operational support from a single source. We provide customized solutions and implement them effectively. In Germany, Europe and other regions throughout the world.

CONCEPT

MAXIMUM PERFORMANCE,
SIMPLE IMPLEMENTATION

what we do

We offer our clients maximum performance with minimum complexity. This is why we focus on lean approaches, efficient project solutions using fully involved consultants. We guarantee specific one-off solutions, customized project approaches and effective implementations. Usually we have one to three consultants working on a project over a period of two to six months.

Initially we will work with you to define your basic situation and your objectives, the schedule and the type and scope of the support that you will need. This briefing will be promptly followed by our project proposal with approach, work content and the profiles of the consultants we have selected to work with you based on their relevant experience, skills and state-of-the-art project approaches. You will then be able to discuss the approach and the objectives with the proposed consultants before specifying your budget and making your decision. We will support you end-to-end in implementing and realizing your objectives during the project phase. We will ensure your long-term project success through regular impact and progress evaluations, flexible adjustment of a success fee for the consultants as well as project audits after completing the project.

TEAM

YOUR CONTACT PARTNERS

who we are

We will find the best consultants and methods for your growth and optimization projects. Our network enables us to access top consultants and methods and make them available to medium-sized companies. We implement projects in a lean and efficient way, true to our “excellent value for money” motto.
Mark Weigelt

Dr. Mark Weigelt

Founding Partner / Munich

Mark Weigelt holds a doctorate in business informatics and he studied business administration and electrical engineering at the Friedrich-Alexander University in Erlangen-Nuremberg. He was the CEO of a-connect Germany, held management positions at UBS, was also a partner at Roland Berger as well as being a consultant for the Boston Consulting Group in Europe, Germany and North America.

In 2016 he founded his own consulting company: brains. As CEO & founding partner, he supports multinationals and medium-sized companies during their growth and performance projects. He focuses on business expansion, sales & services and operations & IT for the industrial goods & services, banking, insurance & stock markets as well as the consumer goods & retail sectors.

Dr. Jürgen Kerner

Dr. Jürgen Kerner

Senior Partner / Munich

Jürgen Kerner holds a doctorate in business administration and is a mechanical engineer. He studied business administration at Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich and the Technical University of Berlin, as well as mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Munich and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

He worked as a partner for a-connect, in various management positions for BMW and as a management consultant for McKinsey & Company in Munich and London.

As a senior partner, Jürgen Kerner supports globally active companies in the pharmaceutical & biotech, medical and laboratory technology, automotive and chemical industries as well as medium-sized companies in private equity ownership. His functional expertise includes B2B sales, purchasing, M&A (due diligence, post-merger integration, carve-out), digitization as well as the management of comprehensive growth and cost reduction programs.

Janick Weish

Janick Welsch

Associate Partner / Munich

Janick Welsch holds an MSc from the London School of Economics and earned a B.A. in Economics, Law and Politics whilst studying at Erfurt University and IEP in Lyon. He has held management positions in Asia and Europe for both Airbus and Olympus. He has also worked as a consultant for the Boston Consulting Group and realized various strategy and implementation projects for them. He was responsible for the health care sector in Germany at the Russell Reynolds Associates personnel consultancy before he joined brains.

As an associate partner he supports companies, especially those in the life science & health care and industrial sectors, in issues related to business expansion and the optimization of their sales & services and operations & IT divisions.

Marina Maier

Marina Maier

Head Network & Operations / Munich

Marina Maier worked at a-connect Germany for four years before joining the brains team in
2017. She brings many years of experience from the international 5-star hotel industry as she
was assistant director of sales and an EMEA major account manager at Micros Inc. (now Oracle).
She also worked for Qlik, the business intelligence technology company.

Being the operations manager at brains, she focuses on expanding and optimizing our network
of consultants. She and her team use various database systems and state-of-the-art search technologies to identify the best consultants for each client’s challenges. She is also responsible
for optimizing company processes such as contract and financial manag

Christian Saller

Dr. Christian Saller

Advisory Board Member / Berlin

Christian Saller holds a doctorate in mathematics and an MBA with honors from the London Business School. He has held positions at Giga Digital Television, VC Target Partners and as a consultant at Monitor in both Europe and the USA.

As CEO of Swodoo, the flight search engine, he was responsible for building up the company until it was sold to Kayak, its American competitor. As part of the management team there, he was involved in its IPO on the U.S. tech exchange Nasdaq and the subsequent sale of the company to Priceline, the world’s leading online travel company. He is a general partner at HV Capital and an advisor at brains.

CONSULTANT

OUR NETWORK, YOUR TEAM

how we work

brains has a network of over 500 highly qualified independent consultants. When requested we look for experienced consultants at senior and/or junior level for dealing with the specific project challenges presented by our clients. We use the expertise within our network for the best possible project approach and its successful implementation. We can systematically search our digital platform in 20 industries, 40 competencies and 800 competency sectors. State-of-the-art search algorithms enable us to always find the most suitable consultants and methods for our clients.

Many of our consultants are McK, BCG or Bain alumni and have additional industry or start-up experience. They have expertise ranging from business expansion and sales to transformation and operations, specifically for the industrial, financial services, life science, automotive, consumer and private equity sectors. You can rely on it: We will find a match. We bring our clients together with the appropriate consultants and support them through a customized project approach. This means that you will benefit from a reliable and competent contact partner from the beginning to the end of your project.

O. B. (MBA), Munich
Management consultant
Business expansion & digitization


Independent consultant since 2017
10 years at McKinsey & Oliver Wyman
International, multilingual, creative


„BI changes the world“
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Dr J. G., Munich
Management consultant
Business expansion & digitization


Independent consultant since 2011
8 years at Boston Consulting & Bayer
Conceptual, entrepreneurial, result-oriented


„Top line growth makes the difference“
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D. K. (MBA, CFA), London
Management consultant
Sales & Services


Independent consultant since 2014
9 years at Arthur D. Little & ZS Associates
Entrepreneurial, financing professional, proactive


„Entrepreneurial thinking is key“
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M. P., Wiesbaden
Management consultant
Transformation & Performance


Independent consultant since 2014
12 years McKinsey & founder
Conceptually strong & hands-on


„Whatever it takes – we‘ll find a solution“
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Z. O., Bucharest
Management consultant
Operations & IT


Independent consultant since 2013
9 years McKinsey & Industry
Analytical, creative, hands-on


„Let‘s make it happen“
Contact us
T. S. (MBA), Munich
Management consultant
Industrial Goods & Services


Independent consultant since 2013
9 years at Bain & an industrial company
Industrial expert, conceptual, results-orientated


„Impact for my client is my permanent goal“
Contact us
O. S. (MBA), Zürich
Management consultant
Banks, insurance companies & stock exchanges


Independent consultant since 2016
9 years at McKinsey & consulting
Financial expert, analytical, result-oriented


„Passionate to slove complex challenges“
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Dr K. K. (MBA), Barcelona
Management consultant
Life Science & Health Care


Independent consultant since 2009
10 years McKinsey & Start-up
Life science expert, strong leader, entrepreneurial


„A satisfied customer is the best business strategy of all“
Contact us
D. K., Duesseldorf
Management consultant
Automobiles & Transport


Independent consultant since 2008
11 years at McKinsey & an investment company Automobile & railway expert, result-oriented


„Numbers, data, facts first“
Contact us
G. O., Duesseldorf
Management consultant
Consumer Goods & Retail Markets


Independent consultant since 2020
18 years at Booz & Company & a retail company
Retail expert, analytical, strong leader


„The truth always lies with customers“
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O. G. (MBA), Munich
Management consultant
Digitization & sustainability


Independent consultant since 2017
10 years at McKinsey & Oliver Wyman
International, multilingual, creative


„You can ignore facts, you cannot ignore the consequences“
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O. G. (MBA), Munich
Management consultant
Digitization & sustainability


Independent consultant since 2017
10 years at McKinsey & Oliver Wyman
International, multilingual, creative


„Business Intelligence changes the world“
Contact us
O. S. (MBA), Munich
Management consultant
Sales & Services


Independent consultant since 2008
15 years at Boston Consulting & a start-up
Conceptual, strong implementation skills, entrepreneurial


„Communication is everything“
Contact us
N. G. (MBA), Munich
Management consultant
Transformation & Performance


Independent consultant since 2011
25 years Roland Berger & industry
Structured, team player, result-oriented


„Strategic thinker delivering practical solutions“
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Dr M. L., Berlin
Management consultant
Operations & IT


Independent consultant since 2011
8 years at Booz & Company
Structured, tech-savvy, entrepreneurial


„Sensibility for culture is key“
Contact us
W. S., Munich
Management consultant
Industrial Goods & Services


Independent consultant since 2002
9 years at Oliver Wyman & consulting
Production expert, team player, hands-on


„Energy drives output drives success“
Contact us
T. P. Cologne
Management consultant
Banks, insurance companies & stock exchanges


Independent consultant since 2016
15 years at Oliver Wyman, Simon Kucher & insurance Insurance expert, conceptual, strong implementation skills


„Transformation means strategy, means implementation“
Contact us
E. N. (MBA), Budapest/Paris
Management consultant
Life Science & Health Care


Independent consultant since 2012
15 years McKinsey & Industry
Analytical, structured, strong in implementation


„No input, no output“
Contact us
T. M. (MBA), Frankfurt
Management consultant
Automobiles & Transport


Independent consultant since 2012
16 years A. T. Kearney & Mechanical and plant engineering
Finance-oriented, CFO and CRO, strong in leadership and implementation


„Leading example and clear communication are the keys for success“
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Dr R. M., Vienna
Management consultant
Consumer Goods & Retail Markets


Independent consultant since 2016
5 years at McKinsey & an investment company Consumer goods expert, conceptual, entrepreneurial


„Go big or go home“
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A. A.-U., Munich
Management consultant
Private Equity & Investment Companies


Independent consultant since 2018
18 years at Booz & Company
Analytical, broad industry experience, strong implementation skills


„Put first things first“
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Origin of the consultants

Germany   45%
Austria & Switzerland    15%
Great Britain      5%
Belgium & Netherlands    10%
Italy & Spain      5%
France    10%
Romania, Hungary, Eastern Europe      5%
Other      5%

REFERENCES

REFERENCES
& AWARDS

what we have achieved

brains has worked successfully for various EURO STOXX and DAX corporations, medium-sized companies and private equity firms. We design and implement business expansion or digitization initiatives for our clients, support them in increasing sales and service productivity, transformation and performance programs as well as optimizing operations, IT and their supply chains.

In 2020 and 2021, we received the “Best Consultants” award from “brand eins” / “statista”, based on a survey of 1,500 executives.
2022, Dr. Mark Weigelt and brains GmbH were honored with the Management Consulting Award for Europe by CEO Today.
brains’ clients are satisfied customers – and 95% of them would recommend us to others.

OUR AWARDS

Consulting company rankings

The renowned “brand eins” business magazine brand has been conducting a consultant ranking for 8 years and brains was repeatedly recognized as a leading consultant network in this ranking, i.e. in 2020 & 2021. “statista” surveyed around 1,500 executives from large companies for the study.
“Independent management consultant” market study
Consultant network for strategic projects

Companies often need top consultants for strategic initiatives. A study by brains shows that independent management consultants and consultant networks are increasingly being used for this purpose. Excellent project results can always be realized when efficiency, expertise and quality are planned and controlled in a targeted manner.

Kreis Markenstudie
Kreise Weiterempfehlungen
Numerous top companies and clients have trusted brains for many years
Many EURO STOXX and DAX companies are among our clients
We also work for many medium-sized companies and private equity firms

PUBLICATIONS

OUR
PUBLICATIONS

brains in the press

We regularly publish studies and background research about management consulting, strategic implementation and consultant network topics in our “brains impact” series. They examine various aspects of our work such as the successful implementation of strategic projects, flexible performance programs or supporting productivity and digitization. These articles are widely circulated and frequently cited in the trade press.

brains.impact.

PUBLISHED IN
HARVARD BUSINESS MANAGER

Business consulting on a network basis. brains in Harvard Business Manager.

PUBLISHED IN
BOARD REPORT

Business consulting on a network basis. brains in Board Report. 19 to 21

“What do clients expect from consultant networks? brains, a provider based in Munich, examined this in a study that was made exclusively available to Harvard Business Manager. […] According to the survey, independent management consultants are most often booked for strategy issues (75 percent), followed by organizational (51 percent) as well as sales, marketing and product issues (46 percent). If clients commission these people through a consultant network they then see the huge advantage in being able to set up lean and therefore inexpensive projects – using smaller teams than those from classic consulting companies such as McKinsey, Boston Consulting Group or Roland Berger. […] The expertise of our independent consultants is specifically demanded for various trend issues. “Digitization of business processes” takes first place in the relevance ranking (95%), followed by “smart data & AI” (88%) and operational excellence (87%) (see Fig. 4). The authors of the study point out that consultants who have a conceptual command of these issues as well as having the skills to implement them efficiently in conjunction with client teams and to tackle them operationally are usually in particularly high demand”. (Harvard Business Manager, 8/2018)

“It is becoming apparent that there is a considerable need for lean project solutions with one or two project managers and this is often a combination of senior and junior managers. […] A network-based business consultancy such as brains GmbH provides clients and consultants with crucial support for the essential success factors. […] A network-based business consultancy closes the gap between a straight search
for suitable individuals and the required integral, but as simple as possible, project solution through a corresponding infrastructure and the associated processes”. (Board Report 3/2017)

ALLIANCE

NETWORK EXPERIENCE,
ACHIEVE MORE TOGETHER

our brains alliance platform

The 400 consultants in our network have the necessary experience and in-depth expertise to understand a company’s specific initial situation and to develop the optimum project and team approach to realize the project’s objective. Our work is based on experience gained from more than 10,000 projects, difficulties to be overcome and success realized and this gives us the trust of our clients.

We firmly believe that the close cooperation within our network of consultants is a significant advantage for our way of working and our clients benefit from it.
This is why we provide our top consultants with a platform through our brains alliance, in which we bundle expertise and project approaches specifically according to their expertise and industry knowledge. Contact us – and become a partner of our brains alliance as a consultant.