Our Advisory Board

Dan Dershem

Dan brings a broad view of the global supply chain industry having worked as a member of the management team at a leading 3PL, had responsibility for a multi-billion-dollar global supply chain, been a founder of a global SaaS technology company, and an investor and advisor in numerous supply chain companies.

Dan is the Managing General Partner for Supply Chain Ventures (SCV) where he has served as an investor and advisor since 2008.  SCV invests and mentors early stage supply chain technology companies focusing on networks that are enabled by big data, artificial intelligence, and predictive analytics.  Previously he was the CEO and co-founder of LeanLogistics (BluJay Solutions), Senior Vice President of Global Logistics for Brambles/CHEP, and Vice-President of Operations for Total Logistic Control (Ryder). 

Dan served as the Chairman of the Board of Transporeon from 2016-2019 and continues as a Non-Executive Director post the acquisition by Hg Capital.  He also serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of LLamasoft, a non-executive Director for Transplace and Sandymount Technologies, and stepped down from the Board of MacroPoint upon the sale to Descartes.  He serves as an Advisor/Investor to Alaiko, Foxtrot.io, LeafLogistics, Levadata, Lineage Logistics, LoadSmart, Lumina Analytics, Mercado Labs, Perishable Solutions Inc, RPA Labs, Shipmonk, Sixfold, Supply.ai, Resilinc, and Work Truck Solutions.

Dan graduated from Ferris State University with a Bachelors of Science in Business Management, Highest Distinction.

Hermann Ude (Chairman of the Board)

Hermann joined the Board of Transporeon in 2016 and was appointed chairman in 2019.

After working at McKinsey & Co. for 7 years he joined DHL in 1998 where he held a number of senior positions. As the CEO of DHL Freight, he led the restructuring of the loss making 4bn € Roadfreight business. Subsequently he led the DHL Global Forwarding, Freight business, world market leader in Airfreight and global No. 2 in Oceanfreight and European Roadfreight as CEO and Member of the Board of Deutsche Post AG. During his tenure the business showed record growth rates and almost doubled Results.

Since 2012 Hermann is actively investing in businesses that drive digitalization in their respective sectors. Next to his role at Transporeon he is chairman of the Board at Prospitalia a leading GPO and digitalization and Managing Partner at tts, a Technology company in the space of digital transformation.

„Digitalization should contribute to the wellbeing of people. It should deliver superior insights, allow improved choices and more sustainable living. The offering of Transporeon is manifest of this imperative. Less administration, higher levels of compliance, full transparency for participants on the platform be it shippers, 3PL or Carriers. In the future climate change will require solutions that accelerate the utilization of existing assets and sector productivity and Transporeon will be the key enabler.”

Justin von Simson

Justin is a Managing Partner, Member of the Hg Investment Committee, the Realisation Committee and is also a member of the Hg board. Justin is also responsible for Hg’s Munich office.

Justin joined Hg in 2002. He is currently a Director of Noventic, Mobility Holding, Transporeon and P&I. His previous investment activities included F24, Medifox, Raet, STP, QUNDIS, SimonsVoss, Teufel, SFC, SLV, Schleich, Hofmann Menü, Schenck Process, Hirschmann and FTE.

Prior to Hg, Justin was employed by Goldman Sachs and Deloitte. He holds a degree in Economics and Business Administration from the University of Cologne.

Marc-Oliver Simon

Immediately after graduating in August 2000, Marc founded Transporeon in Ulm, Germany together with former fellow students. He held various positions in the company, such as CFO and CCO, as Co-CEO and CEO.

He helped grow the company organically from zero to 85 million Euros ARR, and from four to 750 employees, making Transporeon the leading logistics platform in Europe with a global presence in the US and Asia. The product portfolio was expanded through mergers and acqui-hires.

He led the company through three sales processes to private equity investors and joined the board in January 2020.

Martin Mack

Until end of 2019 Martin was the Chief Technology Officer of Transporeon and was responsible for the Product Management departments in our company. 

Martin has spent many years working deep in the detail of all technical things in our company. He led a team of highly experienced and dedicated specialists whose “collective intelligence” enables the provision of proactive technical services and powerful applications.

Martin joined the Board Team in January 2020.

Michael Kleinemeier

Michael was a member of the SAP Executive Board of SAP SE. He led the SAP Services and Support organization. He was appointed to the Executive Board on November 1, 2015. In this role he was responsible for driving software adoption, ensuring customers implement and run what they buy whilst safeguarding maintenance and subscription. 

Michael has held various leadership positions at SAP. In 2013, he was appointed President of the region Middle and Eastern Europe (MEE), where he was responsible for all market activities and the entire SAP product portfolio in this region. 

 In 2012, he was Head of Global End-to-End Services. In this capacity, Michael was responsible for driving sales and market adoption of SAP’s latest solutions. In parallel, he served as President of the DACH Region (Germany, Austria and Switzerland) from 2010 - 2012. 

In 2007, Michael was appointed Head of Industry Solutions and Corporate Officer of SAP. From 2001 to 2007, he was Managing Director of SAP Deutschland. During that time, he was also President of the former EMEA Central (DACH and the Benelux countries) sales region. From 1989 to 1999, he held key positions in Sales, Consulting, and Training at SAP. 

Michael holds a degree in commercial management from the University of Paderborn.

Stefan Margolis

Stefan is a Partner at Hg, focusing on software and technology investments in the German speaking region and covering Supply Chain/ ERP and Healthcare Software across Europe. He is currently a Board Director of Transporeon, Medifox and STP. Further Hg investments Stefan has been involved in include e-conomic, Speedledger, P&I Personal und Informatik AG, Eucon, Visma and Teufel.

Stefan joined Hg’s Munich office at the beginning of 2013. Previously, he spent three and a half years at private equity firm Warburg Pincus where he was part of the Services and TMT Team. Stefan started his career at The Boston Consulting Group, where he was part of the private equity team and worked across different industries and geographies for three years.

Stefan holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Nuremberg and studied at Babson College in Boston as well as UADE in Buenos Aires. Additionally, Stefan holds an MBA from INSEAD.

Dr. Thomas Lieb

Thomas is currently chairing the Supervisory Board of Hellmann Worldwide Logistics.

Previously he was Member of the Management Board of Schenker for 15 years and accountable for different Business Units and headed the Board as CEO from 2008 till 2015.
During his tenure as CEO of Schenker he joined as well the Executive Board of Deutsche Bahn for many years.

His areas of Expertise are Global Logistics, Supply Chain Management and Leadership. He earned his Ph.D as a Research Associate at the Institute of Transportation Management and Logistics in Mannheim and his Master´s Degree in Business Administration as well at the University of Mannheim.