Experience to the point

"Pragmatic. Bold. Entrepreneurial."

I stand for transformation support with strong implementation in medium-sized businesses. In your highly dynamic market environment, I drive efficiency improvements at the operational level – and jointly develop innovative business models for the future from the insights and resources gained.

My restructuring experience creates a reliable foundation with clear structures – especially in complex situations. I take a holistic approach, call a spade a spade, and use bold ideas and creative approaches to ensure that my clients’ pressure to innovate can be “tamed”.

The accompanying strengthening of the ability to reflect and act at management level is an essential factor for success.

I enjoy working with people who are ready for real change!


"Success begins in the mind"


The world is changing at breathtaking speed. This dynamic presents you with demanding challenges, but also offers promising opportunities.

Hierarchical structures, a reactive attitude or blind efficiency optimization: all elements of the old world. What counts today are disruptive innovations, new leadership styles, and digital or adaptive business models. To remain fit for the future, it is not enough to exploit existing products and services.

I am convinced: Modern organizations must master both: efficient operations and experimental, rapid redesign!


“Making experience work”

Efficiency meets innovation – Discover the transformative power of our solutions where efficiency meets innovation.I offer tailored strategies to optimize your business processes while fostering innovative ideas to successfully lead your company into the future.


Focused efficiency programs


  • Process optimization
  • Lean Management
  • Project Management
  • Management Trainings
  • Restructuring

Your benefit:

  • Identification of short-term efficiency improvement potentials
  • Elimination of acute bottlenecks
  • Independent view of the organization and its people
  • Measurable cost savings
  • Robust basis for change initiatives

Systematic business model redesign


  • Strategy and method consulting
  • Workshop design and implementation
  • Design thinking
  • Business Model Innovation
  • Lean Startup
  • Agile Project Management / SCRUM

Your benefit:

  • Increase competitiveness
  • Increase profitability
  • Improvement of customer relations
  • Expansion of the market
  • Increase of agility

Creative innovation management


  • Proven frameworks and best practices
  • Innovation workshops that "ignite"
  • Internal innovation contests
  • Customer-centric, proactive product management
  • Innovative leadership methods and organizational concepts

Your benefit:

  • Promote creativity and collaboration
  • Increased employee motivation
  • Increased employee competencies
  • New products, business areas and markets
  • Increased market value
  • Risk minimization through more resilient business organization

Sustainable transformation processes


  • Strategy and method consulting
  • Design workshops
  • Chief Transformation Officer (CTO) as a Service
  • Professional knowledge management
  • Self-organized (high performance) teams

Your benefit:

  • Increased responsiveness to trends and market fluctuations
  • Improvement of customer orientation
  • Increased ability to innovate
  • Significant increase in productivity
  • Increased attractiveness as an employer
  • New, more resilient corporate culture

Whether short track "efficiency" or long distance "transformation" - I listen, ask the right questions and provide honest insights into tried & tested knowledge & experience

Success Stories

“Creating transformations”

16. November 2017
Entering the Chinese Market
Communication: overcoming cultural barriers, managing crises and charting sustainable courses. How do rescue a prestige project […]
13. November 2017
The Struggle for Market Share
Self-reinvention: revamping business structures and creating a new enterprise mindset. With group sales of around EUR […]
13. November 2017
Clash of Cultures
Taking a hands-on approach to the realignment of a transformation project that has spun out of […]
13. November 2017
A Public Sector Enterprise Goes Digital
Acquiring and passing on know-how: establishing a project-management system on behalf of a tax-collection agency. A […]

Client Testimonials

“Making a difference”

  • »…His ability to quickly assess the needs of our organization and develop effective solutions was impressive. He was able to build a strong rapport with our team and stakeholders, and his expertise in product management was invaluable in guiding us through complex challenges. He demonstrated exceptional leadership and communication skills throughout his tenure with us, and his contributions significantly impacted the success of our organization. I highly recommend Frank for any organization seeking a talented and experienced interim manager driving their transformation activities.«
    Thomas Kirschner, Founder & Managing Director
    ColorGATE GmbH - a wholly owned affiliate of Ricoh
  • »Dr. Frank Behrend has accompanied the executive board in the conception and implementation on our multi-year transformative journey. He has been instrumental in driving the process, changing the spirit at AGES – and ensuring a regular and adequate flow of information between the executive board, management and employees. Frank was always hard on the ball and never let up on putting his finger in the wound – affectionate and relentlessly, even when it hurt. I would especially like to highlight his guidance and agile methodology expertise in our corporate startup project eMolution.«
    Rolf Herzog, Managing Director
    AGES Maut System GmbH Co. KG
  • »We hired Dr Behrend in August 2017 as a transformation manager on an interim basis to lead and drive our initiative to reorganise the production department, with around 1,400 employees. He consistently demonstrated a remarkable ability to not only cope in stressful situations, but to grow in them. Dr Behrend demonstrated exceptional initiative, creativity and leadership skills in successfully implementing the planned organisational changes that he was responsible for.«
    Dr Lothar Krings, Managing Director
  • »Dr Behrend supported us during an important phase of the company’s transformation. He led the implementation phase of our new market approach, which included closing branches, centralising and harmonising processes, optimising central customer support and professionalising our online services. Despite the difficult environment, the considerable impact on the organisation and employees, and the short implementation time, the project was able to be completed on time and on budget.«
    Robert Nürnberger, Managing Director / CFO
    UNION TANK Eckstein GmbH & Co. KG
  • “Dr Behrend has the amazing ability to quickly build a good relationship with people from different fields and cultures. My colleagues and I got to know him as a clever coach and sounding board who has excellent leadership and organisational skills: he takes responsibility, leads the team through critical times and motivates everyone involved, from team members to external partners. It was a pleasure working with him.”
    Wu Jun, Deputy General Manager
    Air China
  • “In 2001 and 2002, Dr Behrend coached our project managers and ensured smooth interactions among all involved. He was remembered so positively that we commissioned him again in 2009 for a similar issue. With his foresight and “can-do” qualities, he contributed to the fact that 130 million pension receipt notifications were able be processed on time the following year.”
    Dr Heinz-Peter Röhrs, Head of Application Software Department
    Data Centre of the North Rhine-Westphalia Financial Authority
  • »Frank Behrend supported our restructuring and integration phase for more than nine months. For example, he analysed and optimised relevant business processes, among other things, in order to effectively align our business and IT strategy. He is an excellent team player and his entrepreneurial and results-focused advice has proven to be very effective in our company. It was the best choice to commission him for our project.«
    Thomas Lau, Managing Director
    Aixpertio GmbH
  •  “Dr Behrend combines exceptional skills in the field of coaching and corporate transformation. This proven expertise amidst the “symbiosis” of hard and soft influencing factors enable him to design substantial ideas. He has the natural ability to strategically penetrate a business problem and at the same time ‘pragmatically solve’ it thanks to his operational knowledge and experience.”
    James Westgarth, Senior Director Procurement Performance
    Systems & Excellence, Lufthansa Group
  • “In view of the great challenges posed by the complexity of the project, e.g., an undeveloped market, a brand-new business model, complicated product processes and intercultural differences, Dr Frank Behrend was able to demonstrate his dynamic skills. His initiative and tenacity ensured that both team members and external stakeholders accepted their responsibilities and that various difficult situations could be mastered together. Frank is a very reliable person. He also fully respects differences in culture and mentality, which, in my opinion, was the key to the success of the project.”
    Lucy Wang, General Manager China
    AirPlus Payment Management Ltd. Co.


“It’s all about the people”

Dr. Frank Behrend

Managing Partner

  • “Baby boomer with startup mentality and pragmatic out-of-the-box-attitude – refined with profound agile expertise.” Combination of profound consulting know-how and more than 30 years of international implementation expertise.
  • Born and raised in Germany and Belgium.
  • Education as Dipl.-Ing. of Aerospace Engineering (RWTH), Executive MBA (Netherlands) and Doctor of Business Administration (Australia). Various certifications as project manager, process specialist, management auditor and coach.
  • Consistent entrepreneurial orientation since founding an IT company in the 1980’s, a B2B digital start-up or also accompanying a corporate start-up in the field of eMobility from the initial idea to successful establishment.


I am a co-creator at ImCoNeo, the cooperative for interim management and consulting. The people there are experienced leaders with the right eye for sustainable successful business development. We share not only good work results, but also common values and experiences.

ImCoNeo is an association of experienced interim managers who want to grow together. E.g. through joint marketing, knowledge transfer or mutual support in projects.

At ImCoNeo we think and act as entrepreneurs within the company, and have the ambition to always be one step ahead of our clients towards a sustainable future. We meet our customers and employees at eye level – and rely on empathy, excellence and speed to achieve sustainable results together.


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