OUR Advisory Board
OUR Advisory Board

Our advisory board

Capvis is the leading investment firm in Switzerland and one of the most active investors throughout German-speaking Europe and Northern Italy. The Investor Capvis Equity IV LP is exclusively advised by Capvis AG in Switzerland. Capvis is chiefly a majority stakeholder in leading medium-sized business with the aim of working with their management structures to harness sustainable business potential and turn these companies into major success stories. Their investments include both B2B and B2C businesses. Since March 2017, Capvis has been the majority stakeholder of ‘Wer liefert was’, now Visable, and has two representatives on the advisory board. Allow us to present our advisory board:

Christian Mangstl

Christian Mangstl started his career in product management at Procter & Gamble before working at McKinsey & Co. in Germany and the USA.As co-founder of the Scout24-Group, Christian Mangstl worked there between 1998 and 2007. At first, he was managing director of AutoScout24 and then as CEO of Scout24, he led the group from its start-up phase to its leading position in the advertising portal sector.Christian Mangstl has been active across several companies as founder, investor and business advisor since 2007 and, as principal shareholder, sold RISER ID Services GmbH following its successful expansion.Christian Mangstl has been chair of the advisory board at Visable since April 2017.

Dr Jens M. Abend

Jens Abend is an independent private equity advisor and business consultant and has been a member of the advisory board at Visable since April 2017.Jens Abend began his career at the consultancy firm McKinsey & Company, Inc., where he most recently held the position of partner and managing director. He then changed course and became a board member at Fielmann AG responsible for international business, corporate management and controlling. In 2006, he worked in the international, private equity-funded LR Group where he initially took up the role of CSO prior to becoming CEO soon after. He finally sold the group to a new group of investors in 2012 following a successful restructuring and realignment process. Abend has been self-employed since 2015.

Ulrich Eckhardt

Ulrich Eckhardt has been a representative on the advisory board at Visable since April 2017. He is a partner at Capvis Equity Partners AG and head of the value creation team with over 15 years of experience in the private equity sector. Besides this, he is a member of the administrative board of the publicly listed VAT Group AG. Before working at Capvis Equity Partners AG, Ulrich Eckhardt held a management position at Swiss Re and Young & Rubicam.Ulrich Eckhardt has a Master’s degree from the University of Zurich and one from Stanford University.

Armin Grau

Armin Grau, member of the management team of Springer subsidiary Bonial, has been a member of the Visable advisory board since November 2019. As an agile leader and results-oriented manager, he has been active in engineering, IT product development and finance for over 20 years. For the online marketplaces Zalando and ImmobilienScout he built agile teams for the development of mobile-, ERP- and web-applications and realized the forecasting and pricing of products using AI/machine learning and linear optimization technologies. 
Armin Grau studied computer science at the University of Würzburg, attended the Sankt Gallen Business School and started his career at PASS IT-Consulting in Aschaffenburg.


Leif-Niklas Fanter

Alongside his position as representative on the advisory board at Visable, Leif-Niklas Fanter has been a member of the investment team at Capvis Equity Partners AG since August 2015. Leif previously worked as an investment manager for ProSiebenSat.1 Media AG, in mergers and acquisitions at Nomura and at Deloitte.Leif-Niklas Fanter has a Master’s in Account and Finance from the London School of Economics and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of St Gallen.


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