Chapter Board

The Chapter Borad of 2018

Niko H. Kaden - President
Dipl. Kfm. (BS in Economics, MBA), MS in Accounting, CMA, CPA


Managing Partner - VIRTAGON Executive Search & Consulting more information under

 Excerpts from CV:

  • Partner at German and Swiss executive search and consulting firms
  • Founder and head of a holding company of innovative communication and software companies
  • CFO of an owner-operated global leader in medical technology, 3,200 employees
  • CFO of a public manufacturer of technical textiles, 1,100 employees, successful turnaround and repositioning of the company
  • CFO of a manufacturer of high-precision parts for machine construction, affiliate of a large American automotive supplier
  • Deputy head of controlling at a global leader in plant engineering
  • Senior auditor at a big 4 audit firm in the US
  • Studies at Georgetown University, Mannheim University, Muenster University

Thorsten Pruin - Membership VP & Regional Coordinator Frankfurt
Dipl. Wirtsch.-Inf. ,  CMA, CFM, CPA, CIA, CISA

Finance Director - GLS General Logistics Systems more information under

 Excerpts from CV:

  • CFO of the world-wide Components business of Monier
  • CFO of a leading manufacturer of roofing accessories  in Europe  
  • Manager M&A for a major acquisition project  in the Roofing Division of Lafarge 
  • Finance Manager for a manufacturing company in the Roofing Division of Lafarge
  • Senior Auditor in the Corporate Audit Department of Lafarge
  • IT Consultant and Software Developer, Freelancer
  • Studies at Technical University of Darmstadt

Florian Kohfink - Director & Regional Coordinator Munich
Dipl. Kaufmann, MBA, CMA

Director Finance & IT (Division CFO) - Vinnolit GmbH & Co. KG (a Westlake Chemical Company)

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 Excerpts from CV:

  • Senior Director Finance Europe, McDonald’s Corporation
  • CFO at McDonald’s Romania SRL
  • Head of Accounting Shared Service Center,  McDonald’s Deutschland Inc.
  • Director Finance, RTV Family Entertainment AG
  • CFO/ VP Finance & Administration, Ravensburger-F.X. Schmidt USA Inc.
  • Controller, Ravensburger Spieleverlag GmbH
  • Studies at Mannheim University and University of Connecticut

Sebastian Braun - Director & Regional Coordinator Stuttgart & Communication

Dipl. Volkswirt, CMA

Senior Manager / Prokurist - FAS AG

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Excerpts from CV:

  • Senior Manager, Finance and Process Consulting, FAS AG, Stuttgart
  • Intern, Corporate Finance at  Susat & Partner / Grant Thornton International, Hamburg
  • Member of the IMA Accounting Honor Society (IAHS)
  • Studies at University of Freiburg, University of Basel and University of California, Berkeley

Kai Kockelkorn - Director & Regional Coordinator Dusseldorf 
Dipl. Betriebswirt (BA), MBA, CMA

Manager FP&A at Kautex Textron

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Excerpts from CV:

  • Manager FP&A for global Automotive parts supplier, Bonn, Germany
  • Global Internal Audit Supervisor for Aerospace, Defense and Industrial businesses, RI, USA
  • Finance Manager for Automotive parts supplier, GA, USA
  • Business Management Analyst Deutsche Bank Operations, NYC, USA
  • Financial Site Controller for Machine engineering business, Bonn, Germany
  • Studies at  Cooperative State University, Villingen-Schwenningen and AIC New York City & Bangkok

Chris R. Schmidt - Director & Regional Coordinator Berlin

Consultant at Applied Intelligence Group more information under

Excerpts from CV:

  • Consultant, Sales and Marketing of Hypermind and Lumenogic -"Collective Intelligence Tools" at Applied Intelligence Group
  • Head of Product Strategy of a ssoftware company developing Financial Planning and Analysis (FP & A) Tools
  • Chief Fiscal Officer of a public community college 
  • Head of Finance and Controlling of 13 divisions of a retail business


Volker Skotarek - Senior Advisor
B.S. and M.S. in Economics

Co-Operation Partner - VIRTAGON Executive Search & Consulting  more information under

Excerpts from CV:

  • Founder of a company providing services for the healthcare industry – incl. business development, health economics, regulatory affairs, and in- and out-licensing
  • Co-founder and director of a company producing healthcare products and cosmetics
  • Head of business development for the Middle East and South Asia at the medical products division of a US-company 
  • Head of marketing for a producer of healthcare and pharmaceutical products 
  • Product manager at a healthcare company with international operations


David Fairchild - Treasurer & Secretary
Masters in International Management, BS in Accounting, German and Russian, CMA, CPA, CT

Certified Public Accountant and Financial Translator ATA Certified Translator from Russian and German into English more information under

Excerpts from CV:

  • Certified Public Translator and Financial Translator of Russian and German into English, Freelancer
  • General Director,  MSC.Software Russia
  • Vice President EMEA Finance , MSC.Software Corporation
  • Area Financial Controller for Central and East Europe, NCR Corporation, Vienna, Austria
  • Internal Auditing, Corporate Treasury, Financial Consolidation and Reporting,  NCR Corporation in Dayton Ohio
  • Translator and Proofreader for German and Russian, CACI Language Center, Washington D.C.
  • Studies at Georgetown University Washington D.C., Western International University and American Graduate School of International Management, Thunderbird Campus