Our top management is responsible for more than 70,000 employees in over 40 countries across the globe. It defines the long-term strategy of our company.
In order to offer our worldwide customers innovative solutions quickly and flexibly, we have organized Arvato into five units – the solution groups: CRM Solutions for the area of customer relationship management, SCM Solutions for supply chain management solutions, and the solution groups of Financial Solutions, IT Solutions and Digital Marketing. Our core markets are Germany, France, the UK, Spain, China and the US, with a further focus on the growth regions India, Poland and Turkey.
Chief Executive Officer
Fernando Carro has worked in various management positions at Bertelsmann since 1993 and has been a member of the Group Management Committee since 2012. Most recently, he served as President Latin America and Spain, in charge of Bertelsmann businesses on the Iberian Peninsula and the company's expansion in the South American growth markets.
In addition, he was responsible for Bertelsmann’s club and direct-marketing businesses since 2007 and from 2007 to 2011 was CEO of Bertelsmann’s former Direct Group division. After training as an industrial manager and studying industrial engineering at the Technische Universität in Karlsruhe, Carro initially worked as a sports journalist.
He joined Bertelsmann via the company's Corporate Junior Executive Program. Just one year after joining, Carro became Managing Director of the specialist information publisher Etrasa in Madrid, then in 1998 Managing Director of Heinrich Vogel Verlag in Munich. In 1999 Carro was appointed to the divisional Executive Board of Bertelsmann Springer, before moving to Barcelona two years later as Managing Director of Círculo de Lectores. He became a member of the divisional Board of Direct Group in 2005 and at the same time took over the operational management of the German Clubs as CEO. In July 2015 he became CEO of Arvato.
CEO Arvato CRM Solutions
Thomas Mackenbrock was appointed CEO of Arvato CRM Solutions in September 2018. Prior to that, he worked for Bertelsmann and Arvato in several departments, roles and countries. In 2006, he began his Bertelsmann career in Corporate Development at the headquarter in Gütersloh. In 2008, he took over responsibility for the Business Development department. Starting in 2012, he built up Bertelsmann Brazil Investments (BBI) and the Bertelsmann Corporate Center in São Paulo as Managing Director, followed by the role as Executive Vice President Global Business Strategy for Brazil and China at the BMG. Most recently, he served as Chief Strategy Officer of Arvato
Before he joined Bertelsmann, Mackenbrock worked from 2000 to 2006 for McKinsey & Company in the fields high-tech, telecommunications and media.
Mackenbrock studied business and economics in Ingolstadt, Chicago and Leipzig and obtained his doctorate at the Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg. He is married and has two children.
Chief Financial Officer
Rolf Hellermann has served as Head of Bertelsmann’s Corporate Controlling and Strategy department since 2012. In this role, he is a permanent guest on Bertelsmann’s Executive Board and Group Management Committee and on the Boards of RTL Group and Penguin Random House. Since last year, his area of responsibility has also included Corporate Business Development tasks, including the implementation of strategic Group initiatives.
After studying business administration in Vallendar, Los Angeles and Nancy, Hellermann completed his studies with a doctorate from the WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management. Immediately afterwards, in 2004 he joined Bertelsmann’s Corporate Controlling and Strategy department and in 2008 was appointed Vice President in charge of corporate controlling and investment controlling for Random House, Arvato and Direct Group. During his Bertelsmann career, Hellermann has also completed postings at RTL Group in Luxembourg and Gruner + Jahr in Hamburg. In July 2015 he became CFO of Arvato.
Solution Group Management
"At Arvato, entrepreneurial freedom and great teamwork form the ideal basis for mastering the diverse tasks and challenges we and our customers face every day."
Frank Schirrmeister has been a member of the Arvato Executive Board since August 2014 and is head of the Arvato SCM solution group. He was born on April 29, 1965, in Herne, Germany.
After studying electrical engineering at the Rhineland-Westphalian Technical University (RWTH) in Aachen, he began his career as a senior adviser at the Arthur Andersen & Co. consultancy firm (now Accenture).
In 1994 Schirrmeister moved to Arvato, where he held management positions in Gütersloh and Versmold. In 1999 he was appointed vice president with responsibility for the global business operations of the Arvato client Microsoft. He has served as CEO of Arvato distribution GmbH since 2004.
Schirrmeister lives in Bielefeld with his wife and two children.
Frank Kebsch, CEO Arvato Financial Solutions has been working at different subsidiaries of Arvato Financial Solutions since 2000. He was born on September 15, 1965 in Dortmund.
He studied Economy at the Ruhr University in Bochum and started his career as a Key Account Manager at the Westfalenbank AG in Bochum. In 2000 he moved to the BFS finance GmbH, an Arvato Financial Solutions company, where he held successive management positions for the next years. From 2000 to 2001 he was Head of Credit Department at the BFS finance GmbH. Until 2005 he was the responsible Managing Director at the BFS risk management GmbH and the BFS risk & collection GmbH. In 2005 he was nominated to be the Managing Director and Head of Collection for the total group. Between February 2014 and Mai 2016 he has been the responsible CEO for the Region Central Europe at Arvato Financial Solutions. Kebsch has been CEO of Arvato Financial Solutions since June 2016.
As CEO of Arvato Systems Matthias Mierisch is responsible for Arvato’s Solution Group IT.
After studying Law and Economics at Bonn University, he joined Bertelsmann as a lawyer in 1988, and so has been working for the company for over 25 years. Among other things Matthias Mierisch worked as CEO of Bertelsmann’s BFS finance group, as well as Chairman of Arvato UK/Ireland. On 1st May 2014, he took on the role of head of Arvato Systems in Germany.
Matthias Mierisch lives in Rheda-Wiedenbrück, is married and has got two children.