Kolja A. Rafferty







senior executive – advisor – certified board member

areas of expertise

Strategy · Turnaround · Digital Transformation · Distress Situations · Growth Delivery · Start Up · Scale Up · M&A · ICT/TMT · Due Dilligence · Equity Performance Assessment · Private Equity · Internationalisation · Greenfield · Corporate Finance · Business Model Innovation · Valuation · Leadership · Business Transformation

executive profile

“Better means different.”

Extensive experience in business & corporate strategy, with a hands-on approach for implementation. Expert knowledge in turnaround, leading change, corporate finance and digital transition. Proven success in special investment situations like start up, scale up and distress management.

“The Digital Transformation is the greatest industrial,
challenge since the steam-engine.”

Focussing on Business Model Innovation and growth delivery in the European ICT/TMT industry. Strongly focused on success factors and measurable results, driven by pace, flexibility and aspiration for performance.

operative assignments

2016 – current

CEO, Visionarity AGBasel / Madrid

Pioneer in the European e-Health industry; applying gamification technology to the healthcare system.

2012 – 2016

CEO, Wilmaa Digital World AG – a Goldbach Group Company, Zurich, Switzerland

OTT TV service provider, challenging quadruple-play business models in the telecommunication industry.

2012 – current

Practice lead strategy, Leverage Experts GmbH, Zurich

Consulting practice for Business- & Corporate Strategy, focusing on equity performance. Assigned for strategy, M&A, exit and digital transformation challenges.

2007 – 2012

Head of Consulting / deputy CMO, Accarda AG, Zurich, Switzerland

Swiss consumer finance provider, national market leader for customer loyalty programs.

2002 – 2007

Managing partner, Customer Data Analysis, Hamburg, Germany

Boutique strategy consulting firm, fostering digital transformation, Big Data analytics and customer insights; exclusive service provider for top4 consulting firm.

board & non-executive assignments

2016 – 2018

Non-executive-director, member of the board, Sicap Switzerland AG, Baar, Switzerland

Global software and IT services provider in the telecommunication industry with offices in Baar (CH), Lyon (France) and Calcutta (India). Successful exit to global investor concluded in 2018.

2016 – current

INSEAD International Directors Program; ambassador to Switzerland

2016 – current

Member of the advisory board of EquityPitcher (PE investment firm)

01/2015 – 03/2017

Mentor at the Rochester-Berne Executive MBA Mentoring Program

11/2012 – 02/2017

Member of the Board at Simonites – The Rochester Bern Alumni Association, strategic officer; alliance officer to the Board of the Swiss Association of MBAs (SAMBA)

08/2010 – 03/2012

Member of the Advisory Board Swiss CRM Forum

management education

Certified Turnaround Professional (CTP), Turnaround Management Association (TMA), Chicago, Illinois, USA.

Certificate in Corporate Governance, International Directors Programme, certified non-executive director, INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France.

Executive Certificate in Global Management, INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France.

Executive MBA, institute for Financial Management, University of Berne.

MBA, Simon Graduate School of Business, University of Rochester, USA.

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