Berthold Kerl Named CEO of KuppingerCole

KuppingerCole Analysts AG, a leading global technology analyst firm providing insights & decision support for tech professionals, today announced that Berthold Kerl, former Managing Director & Global Head of Identity and Access / CISO EMEA at Deutsche Bank AG, has been named as Chief Executive Officer (CEO), commencing July, 1st, 2020. Co-Founders Martin Kuppinger and Joerg Resch will remain in their current functions as board members. 

„Berthold is the right leader for the next era of KuppingerCole,“ said co-founder Martin Kuppinger. „He is an exceptional IT, cybersecurity and business expert who worked in senior leadership roles in technology, management consulting and finance. With his impressive track record, I’m convinced he will deliver great operational results while building the Digital and AI-driven Advisory business of tomorrow.“

„I am very excited joining the KuppingerCole team as the company´s first CEO,“ said Berthold Kerl. „KuppingerCole has such talented people and an extensive pool of high-value content which is a perfect foundation to provide client-specific solutions but based on research and with support of AI. With that, we will be able to solve the customer’s toughest cybersecurity and digital transformation challenges fast and with better results.”

„I can think of no one better to lead KuppingerCole”, said co-founder Joerg Resch. „Berthold´s experience as an innovation-driven technology leader with a deep understanding of the global business environment makes him the perfect choice. I am excited to work with Berthold as we continue to transform KuppingerCole into a unique digital advisory organization helping tech professionals and executives to stay ahead of change. This will raise the bar for the entire profession.”

Berthold Kerl has over 30 years of experience in technology, consulting and finance, working in various senior leadership roles. He had been with Deutsche Bank from 2002 until recently and performed in different roles: CIO for access channels or major IT transformation, IT strategy, change management and governance initiatives. From 2007 onwards he had been working in the information security space in various roles including CISO EMEA, IS policies, compliance management, penetration testing, vendor security, data security and finally for Identity and Access Management at Deutsche Bank group-wide. He started his career as an SAP consultant and after that, he had made his first experience in the financial services industry at Deutsche Bank Life Insurance working on accounting, sales and management information systems. From 1993 to 2002 he committed himself to Computer Science Corporation (CSC) where he worked as Head of European SAP Practice Financial Services implementing standard software and developing client-specific solutions for banks, insurances and other financial services companies.

Berthold holds a degree of master of economic science at the University of Nürnberg-Erlangen and graduated in 1988.

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