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Rüdiger Funke

“Hands on, goal-oriented consulting is my passion and my promise to you.”

Rüdiger Funke

“Hands on, goal-oriented consulting is my passion and my promise to you.”

From entrepreneur to management consultant

I currently live with my wife and children in Hanover, Germany, which is the capital of Lower Saxony.

From 2001 to 2014, I was responsible for the full restructuring and expansion of Flux Schweiß- und Lötstoffe GmbH, at first as a senior employee and later as an owner, paving the way for its future success. In this role, I traveled around the world over the course of fifteen years, with a focus in Asia. I analyzed local markets, developed suppliers, customers and products, set up expert teams, meanwhile expanding my global network. In 2014, I successfully sold my company to an international corporation, which placed me in a global leadership role.  I remained in this position until I had successfully connected the two companies at the end of 2016.

What began as a simple chemicals refining company that manufactured chemicals for brazing aluminum, primarily for the automotive industry, is now a global enterprise that serves diversified markets worldwide from consumer goods to energy.

My experience in the European and Asian markets as a company buyer and seller, as well as an owner and senior employee, allows me to provide high-level and experiential based consulting to both start-ups as well as established companies.  

I look forward to meeting you for an introductory discussion to find out how I can help you create sustained business growth through equitable investment and cutting-edge strategies aimed at your target market.

Rüdiger Funke

Summary skills

Commercialize strategically complex subjects

Create and lead teams

Product and market development

Global networking

Work experience

Solvay Group:

Vice President GBU Special Chemicals, BU head Nocolok

  • Integration of the Flux Schweiß- und Lötstoffe GmbH in the Solvay group
  • Merging of the global commercial teams
  • Coordination key account management
  • Human development and identification of high potentials
  • Member of the ELT/extended global leadership team
  • Support to GLT/Solvay global leadership team

Flux Schweiss- und Lötstoffe GmbH:

Owner and Managing Director

  • Owner and Managing Director
  • Turnover increased during 2009 and 2014 from €11.8 Mio to €23 Mio
  • Profit grows to > €5 Mio €EBITDA
  • Acquisition of Flux via MBU shareholder of 50%
  • Reorganization and globalization of company
  • Development and extension of engineering team
  • Formulation of new product groups
  • Sales, purchasing, strategy, finance, product development

10/2001 – 09/2008

Flux Schweiss- und Lötstoffe GmbH, Garbsen
Sales Director

  • develop new market / customer in Europe for special application
  • to develop more independence from VW group / 85%
  • sales in general
  • purchasing / to use existing know how from chemical trading
    to develop new suppliers
  • screening of the market for new product ideas / customer
  • new structure / construction of engineering division

03/1991 – 09/2001

Harke Group, Mülheim a.d.Ruhr
Area Sales Manager, Chemical Division, Hamburg

  • develop from zero new sales area
  • 1991 – 1994 north Germany
  • 1994 includes eastern Germany
  • 1997 includes Denmark and parts of Sweden
  • 1998 includes the business of Harke pharmaceuticals

10/1990 – 02/1991

Helm AG, Hamburg
Account Manager plastics

09/1988 – 09/1990

Brenntag AG, Mülheim a.d.Ruhr
Account Manager solvents / BTX – Benzol. Toluol, Xylol

Professional training
1985 – 1988

Brenntag AG / Mülheim a.d. Ruhr
Wholesale and foreign trade
focal point: foreign sale