stephan koller

Stephan Koller
Senior Executive Advisor

USA / Germany


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Stephan Koller



Professional Background

  • 25 years in journalism and global corporate communications
  • Top leadership communications roles: General Electric, DaimlerChrysler, Valeo, WABCO (now ZF)
  • Industries: Technology, mobility, automotive, commercial vehicles, rail, mining, manufacturing, electrification, software/IoT, financial services
  • Center of Excellence Leader for Mergers & Acquisitions communications directing international M&A, integration, and development projects
  • M.A. degree in Communications / Journalism, German, and English from WWU Münster, Germany
  • Certification: Financial Statements and Performance Analysis
  • Dual citizenship: USA, Germany

M&A Skills & Expertise

  • Executive experience in strategic planning, change management, internal / external stakeholder engagement, employee communications, media relations, crisis management, investor relations, financial communications, C-Suite communications, international restructuring, project management
  • Proven success in devising, implementing large-scale business and cultural transformation programs. Effectively translates strategic business goals into results-oriented communication, integration plans
  • Developed global mindset through multi-cultural living and working experiences in North and South America, the Caribbean, Europe, Africa, and Asia
  • Collaborative and results-oriented team leader who works effectively across businesses, functions, and regions

Project Highlights

  • Technology, Mobility: laid foundation for ZF’s $7bn acquisition, integration of WABCO (Germany, US)
  • Commercial Vehicles: directed WABCO’s acquisition and integration of 
    • MeritorWABCO joint venture (US)
    • Sheppard steering tech (US)
    • LCL aerodynamic devices (Canada)
    • MICO off-highway vehicle tech (US)
    • Trans-Safety LOCKS security solutions (Germany)
    • Transics fleet management (Belgium)
  • Transportation, Mining, Software: as head of global communications and public affairs, led GE Transportation’s acquisition and integration of 
    • Industrea global mining, $700m (Australia, China)
    • Fairchild International mining (US)
    • RMI software company (US)
    • Automotive, Financial Services: helped decouple Daimler and Chrysler entities after company break-up

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