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About DataGuard

DataGuard is a privacy and legal-technology company headquartered in Munich, Germany. At DataGuard, we house over 100 employees who are passionate about privacy, compliance and IT security. Well over 1,000 business customers place their trust in our “Privacy-as-a-Service” solution, a hybrid of client consultation and the provision of our self-developed Software-as-a-Service platform. In addition to small and medium-sized enterprises, our customer portfolio also includes major international corporations (industrial, finance and trade), political parties, schools, sports clubs, as well as churches and public institutions.

An interdisciplinary team of TÜV/DEKRA certified Data Protection Officers, including lawyers, computer scientists, engineers, and business economists, provide personal support to both our German and international clients on the subject of privacy and IT security. The process of consulting our clients is supported by the use of our web platform which digitizes and automates manual activities and processes data input with machine learning (the software’s patent has been submitted to the European Patent Office under the reference number Q0144EP). The platform is used by both our customers and our privacy team.

Our expanding partner network includes our sales partner, Deutsche Telekom, in addition to some of the largest German trade associations (BVDS, DEHOGA, wvib, BVMW etc.), and IBM, our technology partner.

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The Founders

Kivanc Semen

Product, Technology

Experience: Programmer and IT/process consultant from 2005-2009 with a focus on privacy and IT security and
Tech entrepreneur since 2009.

Education: Computer Science & Industrial Engineering at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and Carnegie Mellon University.

Thomas Regier

Sales, Marketing, Finance, HR

Experience: Former TMT Associate at Goldman Sachs (London, 2012-2015), Director at InGeneron Inc. (Boston, 2015-2017) and two-time tech founder.

Education: Politics, Economics and Management at Harvard University, Cambridge, St. Gallen and Columbia.

Management Team

  • Dr. Frank Schemmel

    Head of Privacy (Corporate)

    Experience: Data Privay specialist and Legal Project Management at Allen & Overy LLP (Düsseldorf), Compliance Specialist at Gleiss Lutz Hootz Hirsch (Stuttgart), University Lecturer and Publicist on Data Privacy and Compliance

    Education: Ph.D. jur. at Universität Augsburg, Law and Economics at Universität Augsburg and Kwansei Gakuin University Nishinomiya (Japan)

  • Dr. Patrick Schweisthal

    Senior Legal Counsel

    Experience: Legal Counsel and Member of the Supervisory Board at Phoenix Solar AG, Lawyer at a Tax Consulting Company and at Deutsche Allgemeine Treuhand AG in Munich

    Education: Ph.D. jur. at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universtät München, Law, Physics, and Phonetics at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

  • Ference Brose

    Chief Technology Officer

    Experience: Owner and CEO of buzzjective, CTO/Co-Founder of the Companies Takhfifan, Albuswhite, and idvos, Tech Management Consultant at Planet Sports, Scarosso, and Monoqi

    Education: MEng Computer Science at Warwick University, Advanced Portuguese I & II at Universidade Do Porto

  • Christian Michels

    Head of Human Ressources

    Experience: Human Ressources Director at Intive, Head of Human Ressources at Seven Senders, Head of Strategic Personnel Development at McFIT Global Group, Head of Strategic Personnel Development (D/A) at McFIT, Consulting and Project Manager at t&t

    Education: Social Sciences at Universität Duisburg/Essen and Universität Mannheim

  • Edwin Mailänder

    Head of Sales

    Experience: Board Member, Sales/Marketing at a housing cooperative, Team Leader at Postbank Finanzberatung AG (Financial Consulting)

    Education: Transportation Designs at Pforzheim University of Applied Sciences

  • Ahmed El Sayed

    Head of Finance

    Experience: Finance Director at riskmethods, Finance Manager and Senior Financial Analyst at HackerAgency, Controller/Corporate Reporting at Lemon Group Services GmbH, Controller at Novartis Pharmaceuticals and CIB Egypt

    Education: Economics, Accounting & Controlling at Mansoura University in Egypt

  • Marc Hirtz

    Vice President of Revenue

    Experience: Management board at abas Software AG, Managing director at Pitney Bowes, Director of Industry and Cloud Services at Avaya, Head of Corporate Strategy at Tenovis and Infineon Technologies

    Education: Industrial Electrical Engineering at Technische Universität Braunschweig and at Louisiana State University

  • Andreas Rübsam

    Head of Privacy (SMB)

    Experience: Director Data Protection at TÜV SÜD, Foudner and Managing Director in a Consulting Company for Data Privacy and Information Security, IT Manager and Data Protection Officer in the field of automotive development services, IT Manager at Yahoo! Deutschland

    Education: Informatics at Fachhoschule der Naturwissenschaftlich- Technischen Akademie Allgäu (partner school of IBM), Data Privacy Training at udis GmbH in Ulm

  • Dustin Redl

    Head of Brand

    Experience: Consulting, Conception, Creation, and Management of customer projects for Microsoft, Lenovo, Trekstor, Porsche Design, and Sage, Managing Director at an Marketing Agency, Founder and Creative Director in a Communications Agency, Designer and Head of Brand & Product in the Fashion Industry

    Education: Graphic Design at Akademie U5, International Management at FOM München

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  • 1.000+ CUSTOMERS
  • 300+ INDUSTRIES
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