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Team

Bruno Valsangiacomo

Executive Chairman Tectus Group

Bruno Valsangiacomo is a successful entrepreneur and multi-industrialist.  He is Founding Shareholder and Executive Chairman of ITI Group. Since its formation in 1991, ITI Group built the largest broadcasting, media and entertainment group in Poland, and its core company, publicly listed TVN Group, was sold to Scripps Networks Interactive Inc. in 2015.

Bruno is Executive Chairman of the Tectus Group, which he has led since 2000, expanding the group’s focus from construction, engineering and real estate to new technologies in media, consumer and biomedical markets.

Since 1997 Bruno has been a Director of BBR Holdings (S) Ltd as well as a Board Member of other Tectus Group associated companies. He is founder of Tectus Dreamlab Pte Ltd, a cross-functional research centre in Fusionopolis, Singapore, leading various next-generation initiatives to serve global markets in partnership with Singapore research and government agencies.

Bruno is also a founding partner of Metaverse Holdings Ltd, a virtual reality company specialised in virtual live event experiences, NeuroPro Ltd, a company developing next generation tools for applied brain science and The Brain Forum, an independent charitable foundation dedicated to helping fulfil the potential of brain science to benefit humanity.

He graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration from the School of Economics and Administration in Zurich. Bruno speaks English, German, Italian and French.

Marcel Poser

CEO Tectus Group

Marcel Poser is a business strategist and technology innovator, experienced in global commercialization and startups across multiple industries. 

Marcel also serves in leadership positions for several Tectus Group companies. Additionally, he is the founding partner and director of Tectus Dreamlab Pte. Ltd., a cross-functional research center in Fusionopolis, Singapore, and leads various research and development projects in IoT, virtual and augmented reality and construction engineering productivity.

Marcel earned his undergraduate degree in civil engineering from Zurich University of Applied Sciences and a master’s degree in civil engineering from the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin in 2001. In 2016 Marcel became only the 30th alumni of the University of Texas at Austin, that has been recognized with the prestigious Outstanding Young Engineering Graduate Award. He began his career in the field of construction engineering, working on tunnels and bridges in Switzerland, the European Union, the Asia-Pacific region, Africa and the United States. In 2002, he joined Tectus as project manager at the BBR Group, where he subsequently served as CEO of BBR VT International from 2006 to 2011 and spearheaded the development of the world’s largest construction engineering franchise, BBR Network.

Romano Fanconi

Executive Board Member Tectus Group

 

Romano Fanconi heads the Finance, Administration and Legal Department of the Tectus Group. Romano joined Tectus Group in 1995 and has gained profound experience in all aspects of international finance and transactions. He  has served as Corporate Secretary of ITI Group, the leading Polish Media and Entertainment Group, for the past 20 years. As part of the ITI Group, Romano contributed to building several international ventures, M&A and international capital market transactions, mainly in the high yield area, including the sale of Poland’s leading commercial broadcaster TVN Group to Scripps Networks International. 

Within the Tectus Group, Romano is a board member of Proceq S.A., a leading NDT specialist, BBR VT International and alternate board member in publically listed BBR Holdings (S) Ltd. 

Romano is also a founding partner in Metaverse Holdings Ltd., a virtual reality company specialized in virtual live event experiences. Romano is a board member of Icelandic Water Holdings, producer and distributor of one of the purest bottled waters, Icelandic Glacial. 

He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the School of Economics and Administration in Lucerne. Romano speaks English, German and French.

Claudia Valsangiacomo-Brandestini

Executive Board Member Tectus Group

 

Claudia and her family are the founding shareholders of the Tectus Group. Claudia has multi-disciplinary expertise in general administration, human resources and EDP, gained through her diverse roles within Tectus Group as well as her previous experience as general manager of a company active in the import and distribution of natural stone and marble materials for façades and design furniture and elements. A founding member of ffc, Claudia is responsible for the firm's administration, accounting and central logistics and real estate including design.

Nick Brandestini

Vice Chairman Tectus Group

 

Nick holds a Master's Degree of Business Administration from the University of Zurich. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Tectus Group since 1999 and, in 2012, he became its Vice Chairman. In 2002, Nick joined the team of FFC Fincoord Finance Coordinators Ltd, a privately-owned consulting firm based in Zurich. In 2007, he began work for Proceq Ltd in the supply chain department and, in 2010, became Head of Global Marketing. Nick has also worked as a producer and editor for the music television channel VIVA.

In 2013, together with his sister, Vesna Eckert-Brandestini, he founded Envi Films Ltd, a media production company focusing on documentary and image films. He directed the award-winning documentaries Darwin (2011) and Children of the Arctic (2014), among other films. 

 Nick speaks English and German.

Dr. Nikolai Ahrens

Board Member Tectus Group

 

Nikolai joined Tectus Group 3 years ago as a member of the board of directors having spent nearly 20 years in various senior roles in investment banking at Nomura/Lehman Brothers, Citigroup, JP Morgan and UBS. As a banker he advised the senior management of corporate clients globally in the industrial, natural resources and media sectors.

Nikolai is also a board director of Tectus' portfolio companies Proceq S.A., Icelandic Water Holdings ehf and Metaverse Holdings Ltd.

He graduated from the University of Oxford with a bachelor's degree in Biochemistry and a doctorate degree in Physiology and Cell Biology. Nikolai speaks German and English.

Vesna Eckert-Brandestini 

Board Member Tectus Group

 

Vesna earned her Master’s degree for Science in Architecture at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in 2006. She has practiced architecture in Zurich and Los Angeles, where she was involved in numerous public and private projects. In addition, she has taught at the ETH. Today, Vesna is a Member of the Board of Directors of the Tectus Group and lives with her husband and three children in Zurich. Together with her brother, Nick Brandestini, she is the owner of Envi Films Ltd, a media production company focusing on documentary and image films. She has also recently joined the Zurich Film Festival team, where she works as a programmer for children’s and youth films.  

 Vesna speaks English, German and Italian.

Carmen Behles

Corporate Secretary Tectus Group

 

Carmen is Corporate Secretary of Tectus Group with diverse responsibilities across the Group’s activities, she joined Tectus Group in 1994 as an Assistant being appointed in 2000 as Corporate Manager Tectus Group and was appointed Corporate Secretary of the Tectus Group of Companies in 2013. Carmen is heading the Valsangiacomo family office.

Carmen is a Graduate from the School of Economics and Business in Zurich. After gaining experience in Private Banking in Switzerland she graduated from the Zurich University of Applied Linguistics as a Translator. She speaks German, English, French and Italian.

 

Catia Martins 

Legal Counsel, Tectus Group

 

Catia is a proven corporate counsel having a multi-disciplinary approach and an advocate admitted to practice in Portugal, where she gained extensive experience in representing clients in civil and criminal matters and maintained a parallel pro bono work including assisting non-profit entities and individuals in criminal and consumer protection matters. She was also a co-founder, board member and legal advisor to a non-profit association devoted to environment protection. 

Catia received a law degree from the International University in Portugal and is specialized in international financial crime. She has a diploma in anti-money laundering and financing of terrorism by the University of Manchester and completed studies in intellectual property law and financial market regulations in the London School of Economics and Political Science. 

Since joining Tectus as a legal counsel in 2012, she has been advising and involved in cross border transactions, financing, intellectual property, corporate and M&A matters, advising on transactions, drafting and reviewing agreements and corporate documentation, due diligence processes, preparing sale and purchase agreements and any ancillary documents and contract management.

Catia is fluent in Portuguese and English and proficient in French and German.

Christoph Conrad

Senior IT Supporter / IT Project Leader Tectus Group

 

Christoph brings more than 15 years of experience in the IT environment to the Tectus team. He has been involved with the operation of  server / network infrastructure, client and user support includes since its entry into the IT world in 1993. In addition Christoph is qualified in IT project management IPMA Level, and has expertise in interface definition, programming and training.

Following his apprenticeship as a draftsman, Christoph spent 4 years in the German Navy as a navigator on a submarine. He then worked as a design engineer and later as a CAD engineer as well as obtaining experience in mechanical engineering, project management and IT consulting.

Christoph joined Tectus in 2013. As a member of a small team Christoph is responsible for various software projects and also the operation, extension and renewal of the IT infrastructure and user support within the Tectus group. 

Christoph speaks German and English.

Florian Flüeler 

Head Real Estate Tectus Group 

 

Florian heads the Tectus Group Real Estate division and is responsible for the development, project management and administration of the Tectus Group Real Estate portfolio. Florian started his career on the construction site and gravitated early onto development, management and execution of construction projects, where his focus is on optimizing strategic development and in efficient cost control. Prior to joining the Tectus Group in summer 2014, he led several major projects including developments such as the Swissporarena stadium in Lucerne, large apartment developments with over 500 units, high rise buildings and special building developments. 

Florian holds a degree as civil-engineer/architect from the FHS St. Gallen and a master degree in Real Estate Management from Donau University Krems. Within the Tectus Group he is the Executive Board Member of GEHAG Real Estate SA, the Tectus Group real estate division.

Florian speaks German and English. 

Hélder Varandas

Head of Finance Proceq Group

 

Hélder is an experienced accountant who has already worked several years in finance, administration and compliance where he accrued a vast knowledge. He is also well versed across several national and international accounting standards. He holds a degree as a chartered accountant from the school of Economics and Business Administration in Zurich. Hélder started his professional career in 2004 as an apprentice in an accountancy firm. From 2006 to 2008 he was working for a trust company as an accountant where he was responsible for accounting and reporting. 

He joined the Tectus Group in January 2009 as Senior Accountant covering the entire range of finance and accounting, being involved in several M&A and capital market transactions and has led various restructuring projects for international groups. In recent years his focus turned to operational controlling mainly for the Proceq Group. As of 1 April 2016 Hélder heads the Finance group of Proceq. 

Hélder speaks English, German, French and Portuguese.

Hemera Beretta

Director New Business Development & Strategy

 

Hemera is an internationally experienced management professional with an industry and investment background and over 8 years experience in strategy, business development and pricing and health economics, having begun her career in the healthcare industry. Hemera has held corporate development and management roles at Sanofi, Novartis and Tectus portfolio company NeuroPro.

Hemera joined Tectus in 2013 after obtaining her MBA from IMD and is a graduate of the University of Melbourne in Science and Commerce. Hemera speaks English and German.

Herta Friedmann

Assistant Tectus Group 

 

Herta has been a part of the Tectus Group and associated companies since 1992. After completing her schooling in Switzerland, Herta spent several years studying in Italy, France and England, where she acquired several translator's diplomas. 

Herta has diversified experience gained across her work in companies across the hospitality, travel goods, and manufacturing industries as well as the non-profit sector, making her a valued all-rounder in administration, travel and office support functions.

She is fluent in German, English, French and Italian, and has knowledge of Spanish and Hebrew. Besides being a sports and fitness enthusiast, her hobbies are ballet, photography, and theater.

Madeleine Moor 

Associate Real Estate Tectus Group

 

Madeleine Moor is a Real Estate Associate and assistant to Florian Flüeler. Madeleine is responsible for the day-to-day management and administration of the Tectus Group Real Estate portfolio and in supporting functions in development and project management. 

Madeleine Moor holds a degree in administration from the Swiss Post. Prior to joining the Tectus Group in 2014, Madeleine gained professional experience in diverse areas such as logistics and administration, public administration, non-profit-organization and real estate management. She is married and mother of three children. 

Madeleine speaks German and English.

Markus Waser

Head of IT ServicesTectus Group

 

Markus joined the Tectus Group in 2003 as a senior IT consultant. He heads the IT Services team at Tectus Group and is responsible for the global IT Support and design and implementation of IT infrastructure solutions within the Tectus Group. Markus has vast experience across numerous IT solutions and is an expert in IT security matters and smart building solutions. Markus has been responsible for the full suite of IT solutions deployed in Proceq’s new headquarters in Schwerzenbach opened in 2015. 

Prior to joining the Tectus Group Markus lead several leading international IT infrastructure projects for companies like Andrew Corporation, Zurich Financial Services and Centre Reinsurance Limited. 

Markus has been working in IT since 1986. He holds a Diploma in Computer Science and a Federal Diploma of Higher Vocational Education and Training in Information Technology.

Markus speaks German and English.

Michael Matzinger

Facilities Manager Tectus Group

 

Michael is the facility manager for the Tectus Group's offices in multiple locations. He is in charge of maintenance and logistics as well as administrative and coordinating functions with the leadership team. Among these are his roles supporting construction, engagement of maintenance staff, first aid, photography and inventory management working in close collaboration with management and as right hand of Claudia Valsangiacomo.

Michael was born in Denmark and moved to Switzerland in 1991, joining Tectus portfolio company Fincoord in 1997.  Michael speaks English, German, Danish and Norwegian. 

Oliver Oh

Executive Committee Member Tectus Group

 

Oliver has over 22 years global business experience in industrial technologies including 8 years as CEO of the Proceq Group.

He began his professional career with ABB where he accrued valuable exposure managing business interests in UAE, India, Ghana, South Africa, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines and China. Oliver then worked as a management consultant at Bain & Co. before joining Tectus portfolio company Proceq in 2002.

 He joined Proceq at the beginning of a turnaround and later relocated to Singapore for 2 years to build greenfield subsidiaries in Singapore and China. Oliver returned to Zürich in 2006 to lead the Proceq Group as CEO and opened further subsidiaries in Dubai, Sao Paolo, Moscow & London including sales offices in Berlin, Paris, Torino and St. Petersburg. Oliver  became a member of  the Tectus Group Executive Committee in 2014 and is a Director of the Proceq Group.

Oliver holds a 1st class (honours) degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from UMIST, Manchester and an MBA from IMD, Lausanne. 

Oliver speaks English and German.

Paolo Berwert

Senior Accountant Tectus Group

 

Paolo is an experienced accountant with profound knowledge in finance, administration and compliance and is well versed across several national and international accounting standards. Paolo holds a degree as a chartered accountant from the school of Economics and Business Administration in Zurich. Paolo started his professional career in 1992 as an apprentice in an accountancy firm. From 1996 to 2002 he worked for several affiliates of an international advertising-group as an accountant where he was responsible for accounting and reporting. From 2003 to 2005 he worked as an accountant for a Private Equity and Real Estate company.

He joined the Tectus Group in June 2005 as Senior Accountant heading the accounting team within the Group. Paolo's expertise at Tectus Group covers the entire range of finance and accounting functions and he has a track record involving finance work for M&A and capital market transactions, consolidation for national and international groups as well as designing and implementing group wide reporting systems. 

Paolo speaks English and German.

Rolf Kuster

Senior IT Consultant Tectus Group

 

Rolf Kuster is a seasoned IT professional with a Master in Computer Science and has been working in IT since 1981. He has held several management positions within leading international companies including Zurich Financial Services where he was nominated as Head of Electronic Commerce and worked on several international projects in the US, Argentina, Chile, Mexico and Venezuela involving cross-company application integration. Rolf's IT know-how ranges from internet technologies (like Cloud, Web, VoIP, Java, Mobile) to mainframes, midrange systems, networks and been responsible for projects to integrate heterogeneous systems as well as application and solution architecture and security (incl. encryption, authentication etc.). Rolf has extensive experience in IBM and Microsoft platform environments including specific knowledge on IBM Lotus Notes/Domino/Sametime and Microsoft Skype4B/Sharepoint. Rolf holds the IBM Lotus Award "CTO EMEA" for 2005

Rolf speaks German, English and Spanish fluently as well as French at intermediate level.

Saira Rajan

Senior Advisor Tectus Group

 

Saira is a driven management professional with 9 years of versatile experiences in strategy, business development and operational roles across engineering, FMCG and non-profit management in South East Asia, Europe and the United Kingdom. Saira has held roles in at Mars UK, Singapore Mass Rapid Transit and Seagate Technology, before establishing Tectus Dreamlab Pte Ltd, a cross-functional research centre in Singapore.

Saira joined Tectus in 2014, holds an MBA from IMD and a degree and diploma in Mechanical Engineering from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and Temasek Polytechnic respectively. Saira speaks English, Malayalam and Hindi.

          

Susanne Bachmann

Assistant to the CEO of Tectus Group / Corporate Assistant  Tectus Group

 

Susanne joined the Tectus Group in 2000. After graduating from her hairdressing apprenticeship in Switzerland, she travelled to San Diego, USA, where she completed her English studies at Converse International School of Languages, prior to joining the cantonal tax office in Zurich where she worked as an assistant in administration.  

Susanne is the assistant to the CEO of the Tectus Group. She is as a true all-round talent responsible for the Tectus Group contract and company administration, office and travel organization, finance and administration support for the IT&AS team and general office work. Susanne speaks English and German. 

 

        

Valeria Chiarella

Associate Tectus Group

 

Valeria has international experience in finance, strategy and business valuation, with a strong drive to deliver successful results in multicultural and challenging environments. She joined Tectus Group first in 2013 as a 3-month intern and then as a full time employee in 2014. She works in the Finance and Corporate Administration department, managing shareholders' interests, is involved in M&A activities and supports the financial planning and accounting for group companies. Prior to joining Tectus, she worked as a summer intern for Gruppo Banca Leonardo in Milano, working in private banking and performing market research and analysis for HNWIs' portfolios. Valeria  holds a MSc cum laude (with honors) in Business Administration and Law from Università Bocconi and a BSc in Economics and Finance from Università Bocconi, during which she spent a semester at Freie Universitaet Berlin , focusing on entrepreneurship and leadership, and a summer at UCLA, focusing on Corporate Social Responsibility

Valeria speaks Italian, English and German. 

 

 

 

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