Thomas Töpfer Profile


1984 - 1986   Degree in Economics, University of Würzburg, Diplom (similar to Master's Degree)
1982 - 1984   Degree in Business Management, University of Nuremberg, pre-degree certificate

Career Progression

Since 2014   Work for "first-tier" private equity companies
and various other companies (see references)
2014 - 2015   SAG Group GmbH, Chairman of the Management Board
and Interim Manager for restructuring
2009 - 2013   Bilfinger SE, Board Member,
responsible for Industrial Services, PPP, HSEQ and sometimes Construction in Australia
2001 -2010   Rheinhold & Mahla AG/ Bilfinger Berger Industrial Services AG,
Board Member before becoming Chairman of the Board from 2004 onwards
1995 - 2001   Rheinhold & Mahla AG,
Division Managing Director
1986 - 1995   Toepfer Planung + Beratung GmbH, Management consultancy

Work on the supervisory / advisory council

Various current and former mandates

Key Achievements

  • Development and implementation of complete corporate realignment
  • Creation of a new field of business (Industrial Services) and development of sales from € 60 million (1995) to € 4 billion (2013) owing to a sharp increase in profitability
  • Profitability improvement
  • Restructuring incl. refinancing
  • Business process redesign
  • More than 40 company acquisitions and subsequent post-merger integration processes
  • Approx. 20 divestment projects
  • Organisational development with comprehensive governance structure and shared service centre
  • PPP incl. IPO of a listed infrastructure fund
  • Private equity