Kolja A. Rafferty
MBA, IDP-C, CTP
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 Diligence · Equity Performance Assessment · Private Equity · Internationalisation · Greenfield · Corporate Finance · Business Model Innovation · Valuation · Leadership · Business Transformation
“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.
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.
2016 – 2019 CEO (mandated), eHealth platform provider, Basel / Madrid
Pioneer in the European e-Health industry, IoT platform provider.
2012 – 2016 CEO (mandated), OTT TV provider, Zurich, Switzerland
OTT TV service provider, challenging quadruple-play business models in the telecommunication industry.
2007 – 2012
Head of Consulting/deputy CMO, Financial Services / BPO provider, Zurich, Switzerland
Swiss consumer finance provider, the national market leader for customer loyalty programs.
2002 – 2007
Managing Partner, boutique strategy consulting firm, 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 investors 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
08/2010 – 03/2012
Member of the Advisory Board Swiss CRM Forum
DBA Student, Economics, Doctorate in Business Administration on the faculty of Finance (ongoing), ie University, Madrid, Spain
Certified Turnaround Professional (CTP), Turnaround Management Association (TMA), Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Blockchain Technologies: Business Innovation and Application, MIT: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, 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.