Fielmann Ventures is driven by a team of 20 specialists with expertise in optical physics, mathematics, computer science, strategy, business development and finance. Our diverse backgrounds enable us to act as a reliable strategic partner and serve our industry as venture capitalist, incubator, accelerator, strategic partner and research unit.
As Managing Director Thomas Rützel leads Fielmann Ventures jointly with the Fielmann Group’s Director Marketing & Digital, the Group’s CFO and the Group’s CEO. Thomas previously worked as Global Head of Business Intelligence of the Westwing Group and as business technology consultant at McKinsey. He holds a graduate degree in physics from the University of Hamburg and master’s degrees in Public Administration and Public Policy from the Columbia University in New York and the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin.
As Head of Business Development, Katrin is in charge of all investments and strategic partnerships. Katrin previously founded a start-up in digital health and worked in strategy and business development for a large medical technology company. She holds graduate degrees in Business Administration / International Management from the University of Applied Sciences Bremen as well as from KEDGE Business School Marseilles and a master’s degree in International Business from Maastricht University.
As Head of Technology, René is responsible for Fielmann Ventures’ research activities, technological due diligence and collaborations. Together with his team, he investigates ideas from creation over prototyping to minimum viable products. While writing his Ph.D. thesis on reliable vehicular communication, he teamed up with colleagues to start a spin-off focusing on new sensor technology to monitor composite materials. He holds a master’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering from Hamburg University of Technology.
Fielmann Ventures is tasked with identifying, acquiring and developing disruptive technologies that will transform the eyewear industry. We offer extensive personal development and professional challenges. If you are passionate about identifying and creating disruptive technologies and business models, take a look at the jobs we currently offer. Alternatively, you can send us an unsolicited application.