Group Management

Klaus Schlichtherle, Group CEO

Klaus Schlichtherle is Group CEO of the Infinigate Group since April 2018. With 15 years of international management experience in distribution (Tech Data) and further 15 years with IT vendors (Nortel and Logitech) he has more than 30 years of experience in the IT channel overall. Prior to joining Infinigate he was responsible for EMEA sales management and operations with Logitech Europe. Klaus has a diploma in management engineering from the Polytechnic University in Munich.

Olaf Demuth, Group CFO

Olaf Demuth joined Infinigate as Group CFO in November 2018. He started his career in the transaction advisory services and auditing units of Arthur Andersen and KPMG. After eight years, he joined the SMT management team of Carl Zeiss serving the semiconductor market. Before joining Infinigate Olaf was a managing partner and the CFO of the TRANSPOREON group, a fast-growing, multinational company offering a cloud-based logistics platform. Olaf has degrees in economics, tax accounting and auditing from the University Hohenheim in Stuttgart, Germany and the École Supérieur de Commerce de Paris (ESCP) in France.

Erik Walter, COO

Erik Walter has been the COO of Infinigate since September 2012. He had already been with Infinigate between 2000 and 2003 where he held the position of Managing Director of Infinigate Germany. Prior to rejoining Infinigate, Erik Walter held management positions at Tech Data, Magirus and most recently at Arrows ECS where he served as Managing Director Germany. Erik Walter has a degree in Business Administration from the Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich, Germany.

Stephan Hassenbach, CTO

Prior to becoming Infinigate’s CTO in 2007, Stephan Hassenbach managed the product marketing and professional services organizations of Infinigate Germany since joining the company in 2000. Stephan studied Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo in Canada and the Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany.

Richard Huth, SVP Group Business Integration & Legal

After serving as Infinigate’s CFO from 2007 until end of 2018, Richard Huth is now responsible for Integration & Legal. In this position he ensures the seamless integration of newly acquired companies and is coordinating all legal topics. During his term as Infinigate’s CFO the business grew from EUR 60 to EUR 500 million. Before joining Infinigate Richard Huth was a Partner at Epidos Consulting advising young technology companies from Europe and the US in fundraising and business development projects. Richard Huth (CEFA) holds a Master of Economics from the University Basel.

Regional Management

DACH (Germany, Austria, Switzerland)

Andreas Bechtold, MD Germany and Regional Manager DACH

Andreas Bechtold has been leading Infinigate Germany as its Managing Director since 2003. He joined Infinigate Germany in 2000 as Sales Manager. His distribution career started already in 1998 as Business Development Manager and later as Key Account Manager at Workstation 2000 (Tech Data).

Nordics (Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland)

Thomas Hagelid, MD Finland and Regional Manager Nordics

Thomas Hagelid has been the Manging Director of Infinigate Norway (former Nocom Security) since 2006. Prior to joining Infinigate he had been working in the IT-sector at Sybase, Software Innovation and Steria in sales, marketing and sales-management functions since 1993. Thomas Hagelid holds degrees in Information Technologies and Economics/Business Administrations.

Country Management


André Koitzsch, MD Switzerland

André Koitzsch has been the Managing Director of Infinigate Switzerland since April 2018. Since 1996 he is in local and international management positions in the IT distribution industry. Prior to join Infinigate he was Director Value Business at Ingram Micro Switzerland. André holds degrees in Electrical Engineering and Information Technologies from the Technical University Dresden in Germany.


Florian Jira, MD Austria

Florian Jira, Managing Director of Infinigate Austria per April 2019 joined the company in 2015 as Teamleader Business Development and Marketing. Early stages of his career, always in distribution, took place at CHS, Ingram Micro, Actebis/Also and as Head of Channel Marketing at Tech Data. Special competence in marketing, product management and sales.


Peter Strand, MD Sweden

Peter Strand has been the Managing Director of Infinigate Sweden (former Nocom Security) since 2006. He joined the company in 2002 as Sales Manager. He started his career in the IT industry in 1994, moving to IT Security Distribution in 1998 when joining Swan Distribution.


Øivind Barbo, MD Norway

Øivind Barbo has more than 30 years of experience in the Norwegian IT business and spent most of his career in networking and IT security. He founded the value added distributor Lan Control in Norway, spent many years with Merkantildata (Atea), followed by 8 years with Norman. Øivind Barbo holds a business degree from the BI Norwegian Business School and served as an officer in the Royal Norwegian Navy.


Carsten Egeberg, MD Denmark

Carsten Egeberg joined Infinigate as Country Manager and MD in October 2019. Carsten brings +20 years of experience from the IT-industry working with focus on growth sales management and business development. Prior to joining Infinigate, Carsten was MD of Kerfi for 6 years, and Proact Denmark for 9 years.

United Kingdom

Murray Pearce, MD UK

Murray Pearce co-founded Vigil Software in 2001 (Vigil became a member of the Infinigate Group in 2012) and has been serving as Managing Director since. He has over 17 years of experience in the IT sector, mostly within Distribution, including a 4 year tenure at Hewlett Packard responsible for managing distribution partners in New Zealand and at McAfee (UK).


Stephanie Kayser, MD France

With a Master’s degree in international business management, Stephanie Kayser specialised in establishing and developing foreign IT brands in the French market.  After growing MAGIX Software’s business in France, Stephanie joined as the French country manager of G DATA Software, a specialist in IT security solutions and a pioneer in the field of virus protection. Her 12 years of expertise in cybersecurity and her knowledge of channel business will allow Infinigate France to accelerate the development of its service offering and increase its network of partners.


Raymond van Kasteel, MD BeNeLux

With more than 25 years IT experience in different roles with distribution and vendors, Raymond van Kasteel joined Infinigate in 2010 (former CRYPSYS). Since October 2019 Raymond acts as the Managing Director for the BeNeLux region after successfully managing the sales and marketing for many years. The experience with distribution and vendors exists out of different roles like sales, (product) marketing, purchase and management. Most of these roles involved building new markets and partnerships. This expertise will allow a strong development of Infinigate in the BeNeLux market.