Group CEO and
Member of the Board
Klaus Schlichtherle has been the CEO of the Infinigate Group since January 2018. He has led the company to significant profit and market share gains through his strategic leadership. Klaus has over three decades of experience in the IT channel and has managed hyper-growth businesses across EMEA. He has held several leadership positions in distribution and IT vendors organisations, including Computer 2000, Tech Data, Nortel and Logitech, where he successfully led the transformation of cloud infrastructure and services business.
Chief Financial Officer
Kristiina Leppänen is Chief Financial Officer for the Infinigate Group. Kristiina brings over 25 years’ experience in international finance and leadership, with deep expertise in M&As, change management and a strong track record of value creation. She played a prominent role she played in the creation of Europe’s second largest Electronics Manufacturing Services, being instrumental to the successful merger of two companies, the Enics Group and GPV International, driving profitable growth globally.
Kristiina helps to steer the next phase of the Infinigate Group’s evolution, following its considerable expansion through both organic and acquisitive growth, to achieve the potential inherent in the combined assets of the Infinigate Group and the buoyant cybersecurity market.
Chief Growth Officer
Simon England is Chief Growth Officer for the Infinigate Group since June 2023. His role is focussed on enabling and maintaining Infinigate’s above market average, double-digit growth rate. Simon leads the orchestration and alignment of resources, teams and processes across the Infinigate Group territory to ensure growth for the company, its channel and vendor partners.
Simon’s extensive experience across Europe as a strategic leader in Value Added Distribution includes Ingram Micro, Westcon-Comstor and Tech Data-Synnex. Prior to his CGO appointment, Simon was CEO of the Nuvias Group and following Nuvias’ acquisition he acted as Advisor to the CEO.
Chief Integration Officer
Chief of Staff
Nicolas Frech is Chief Integration Officer and Chief of Staff (CoS) at the Infinigate Group. His focus is on driving integration programmes, coordinating change management, fostering business growth through synergy capture and performance improvement across functions. He also leads the Group’s executive governance on behalf of the CEO. An expert in operational leadership, strategy development and execution as well as transformation and M&A projects, Nicolas brings over a decade’s international C-suite and board-level experience across multiple industries. Spanning consulting and IT distribution with Accenture in Poland, private equity value creation assignments including a tenure as MD for a global chemical company’s operations in Mexico, and corporate development roles within a global high-tech business in Germany.
Frank Brandenburg is acting as Chief Executive Officer Europe for an interim period. He is responsible for leading business transformation, taking advantage of emerging digital technologies to enable a best-in-class organisation. Frank is an expert business leader with over twenty-five years’ international experience in business development,. He orchestrates the introduction of new business models and dynamic market strategies, supporting the transition from traditional enterprise software sales to Software as a Service (SaaS) & Cloud engagements.. Prior to joining Infinigate, he was Global COO/CEO EMEA and board member of NTT Security.
Andreas Bechtold is Europe President at the Infinigate Group. He has held responsibility for driving the company’s sales strategy since March 2021. An accomplished senior executive with over 20 years’ experience, Andreas joined Infinigate Germany in 2000 and has held several leadership positions, including Managing Director of Infinigate Germany and Regional Vice President for the DACH region for 15 years, moving to a group-wide position in March 2020. He played a key role in the development of the Managed Security Service Provider (MSSP) and the Value-Add Services (VAS) for the Infinigate Group as well as supporting the expansion of the company’s geographic reach.
Nidal Othman is MEA CEO for the Infinigate Group. He is responsible for spearheading the company’s operations and growth in the region. Nidal is an accomplished information security expert with over 25 years’ experience and a track record of building successful teams in the Middle East and Africa. Prior to the merger with Infinigate, Nidal was the CEO of StarLink and pivotal in establishing its reputation as a pre-eminent, trusted cybersecurity and cloud added-value distributor in the MEA region.
Mahmoud Nimer is MEA President for the Infinigate Group, bringing almost three decades of leadership experience in information security across multiple industries. This includes 18 years as Founder, General Manager and President of StarLink, the market-leading VAD in cybersecurity, secure cloud and intelligent automation in Middle East and Africa, before its merger with Infinigate in 2022.
As a leader in the IT industry, Mahmoud is passionate about driving strategic channel and vendor collaborations with the aim to strengthen the region’s capabilities with innovative and disruptive technologies. His core role is to accelerate business growth in the MEA region by identifying new streams of channel engagement and value creation.