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 is chairman of the advisory board at Visable since April 2017. He is a digital growth expert with 30 year experience as entrepreneur and manager.He started his career with Procter & Gamble and subsequently worked for McKinsey&Co. 1998 he co-founded Scout24 leading the group from inception to market leadership in online classifieds serving as Scout24-Holding CEO and board member as of 2000. Since 2007 Christian lives his passion for innovation, disruption and growth as founder, investor and board member for digital growth companies. 

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. Jens 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 AG with over 15 years of experience in the private equity sector. Besides this, he is a member of the board of directors at Xovis AG. Before working at Capvis 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 AG since August 2015. Leif-Niklas 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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