CFO and Deputy CEO, Capa de Ozono
Stefan, an Austrian National, obtained a Master in International Finance, after obtaining his Bsc in International Business Administration from the University of Vienna. Stefan has extensive experience in Corporate Finance, Private Equity, Controlling, Strategic Consulting and General Management. During his 15+ years international experience Stefan worked and lived in Austria, Belgium, Germany and Mexico. Stefan is fluent in German, English and Spanish with advanced knowledge in French and is a Six Sigma Black Belt.
Stefan started his career at Mondi Group, a listed international paper and packaging group with operations in more than 30 countries and more than 25,000 employees. He started out as assistant to the CFO and the board of directors of the packaging arm, participated in a group wide high potential program, and held several position in Finance, Controlling and Corporate Finance. Among others Stefan participated in various M&A and post-merger integration projects, held the position of Regional Controller for France and Belgium as well as Finance Director for Mondi’s Mexican operation at the end of his 6 years tenure at Mondi Group.
After his ascending career in an international industrial group, Stefan joined Kroll Talbot Hughes at the beginning of 2006 in Munich, Germany. At that time Kroll was the restructuring arm of strategic consultant Oliver Wyman (Marsh Mc Lennan Group) in Europe. Stefan was part of the initial group of consultants for the German market. During his 2 years’ tenure Stefan focused on several, cross-border operational and financial restructuring projects in private equity backed companies of various industries. Among others Stefan took over the role of Interim Finance & Controlling Director for TMD Friction Germany, a leading international Tier 1 automotive supplier, during a period of 6 months.
Stefan then joined Capital Management Partners, a leading German turnaround equity investor, for a period 4 years in Berlin. The fund primarily focuses on special situations investments in mid cap companies in the German speaking countries (AUT, GE, CH). Stefan had the role of Senior Associate and Investment Manager and participated in the complete investment cycle from deal sourcing, due diligence work, running operational improvement projects to managing the exit process of portfolio companies.
In 2010 Stefan decides to move to Mexico due to personal reasons and enters the family business of his father in law. At Capa de Ozono, Mexico’s leading fast fashion footwear brand, Stefan takes over the role of CFO and Deputy CEO. He starts with an institutionalization and professionalization process preparing the company for a potential third party private equity investment to support future growth. In July 2016 The Abraaj Group acquires a significant minority stake in the company. On top of that Stefan manages the family’s direct investment and diversification efforts. Among others he was responsible for raising a 10 m USD investment in Rocket Internet backed Global Fashion Group together with a group of local investors as well as a participation in Germany’s leading einvoicing portal Crossinx GmbH. Stefan forms part of several advisory boards and participates in the Investment Committee of one of Mexico’s leading seed funds. Stefan has been a Mentor at Endeavor in Mexico since 2013.