Dr. Michael Trautmann

Gründer und Chairman, thjnk und Gründer/CSO, Upsolut Sport

Professional experience
Since 2017
Upsolut Sports GmbH, Hamburg, New York: Founder and CSO

Since 2012
thjnk ag, Hamburg, Berlin, Düsseldorf, Munich, New York, Zurich: Founder and Board member for account management and business development; 2017 – 2019: Chairman; as of July 1,

Senior Advisor

2004 – 2012
kempertrautmann gmbh, Hamburg, Berlin, Düsseldorf: Founder and CEO

2002 – 2004
AUDI AG, Ingolstadt: Global Head of Marketing and one of 7 deputy Board members

1997 – 2002
Springer & Jacoby: Managing Director; starting in 2000, member of the holding company Board and CEO of S&J International (Barcelona, Hamburg, London, Milan, Paris)

1993 – 1996
Bossard Consultants, Berlin, Munich, Paris: Manager and Recruiting Director

1990 – 1993
Fördergesellschaft Marketing: Managing Director

1988 – 1990
Internships and freelancing: Grey, Düsseldorf; Bain & Company, Munich; BCG, Munich; Kienbaum und Partner, Düsseldorf

Special appointments
Since 2018
PTScientists GmbH (aerospace), Berlin: Senior Advisor

Since 2008
HYVE AG (innovation agency), Munich: Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board

2013 – 2018
German Association of Communication Agencies (Gesamtverband Kommunikationsagenturen – GWA): Vice President

2012 – 2018
Appico AG (app development), Hamburg: Chairman of the Supervisory Board

2011 – 2018
Deutsches Schauspielhaus (theater), Hamburg: Member of the Supervisory Board

Education and military service
1990 – 1993
Doctorate from University of Augsburg, thesis: “Reduction of strategic business areas – a contribution to ecology-focused marketing”

1988 – 1990
Degree in business administration, University of Augsburg

1986 – 1988
Basic studies (Vordiplom) in economics, Paderborn University

1984 – 1986
Navy hospital corpsman of the 7th Fast Patrol Boat Squadron on board the Tender Neckar, Kiel

1975 – 1984
Käthe Kollwitz Gymnasium high school, Kiel

Awards and honors
Spiegel Online’s Top 10, awarded 6th place in podcast category
Top Writer – best content publishers in 2018, XING professional social network
New Work Award, finalist in New Worker category, XING

Top 25 Voices, LinkedIn Germany, Austria, Switzerland
Top 50 Online Marketing Rockstars (OMR)
Agency of the Year, W&V communications and media publication

Top 5 Club, W&V

Ad Person of the Year, new business trade journal
Agency of the Year, Euro Effies

2nd place, Prominent Agency Personalities, new business

4th place among Top Managers of the Year, W&V

Global Newcomer Agency of the Year, New York Festivals

Agency Person of the Year, HORIZONT communications and media publication

Hamburg Entrepreneurs Award, HaSpa bank, Hamburger Abendblatt newspaper

kempertrautmann named Newcomer Agency of the Year, Jahrbuch der Werbung

Europe’s Top 40 under 40 in Marketing, Marketing and Media magazine
101 People to Watch, Financial Times Deutschland

Functional training, hockey (German Beach Hockey Championshipwinner in 2014, 2017, 2018), sailing (2002 German Championshipwinner), skiing, volleyball (won several state championships in youth league, participated in German championships)

Film, photography, music

New Work (www.onthewaytonewwork.com, podcast), supporting newtalent (conducted more than 200 career counselling interviews), actively advancing top athletes’ careers