The people behind Evolutionizer

Evolutionizer is a European software and solution company, founded by experienced business leaders, top management consultants and talented IT experts specializing in enterprise software applications. Together, we build what is urgently needed in the age of digitization: An enterprise cloud for strategy.

Helmut Lodzik

Founder | CEO

Until 2014, Helmut Lodzik was Global Head of the Corporate Performance & Restructuring division at one of the world’s top five management consulting firms. Prior to that, he served as Senior Partner and Practice Head Corporate Performance & Restructuring at a distinguished “hidden champion” in Germany’s management consulting industry, which he helped grow to an € 80 million firm. In addition to his 23 years in consulting, Helmut Lodzik has 16 years of experience in industry and business leadership. He is a founding member of Evolutionizer.

Helmut Lodzik holds a master’s degree in mechanical engineering as well as in business administration and engineering.

Gotthard Tischner

Managing Director

In 2000, Gotthard Tischner cofounded and became a shareholder of cundus AG, a consulting firm focusing on business intelligence. As a member of the board, he was responsible for building the technology and professional services for SAP AG business intelligence products as well as for cundus’ own software development. After selling cundus to PriceWaterhouseCoopers, he became a partner and leader for Business Analytics Germany.

Gotthard Tischner has a background in mechanical engineering. He began his professional practice in process automation, then moved into digital implementation of business solutions and entrepreneurship.

Patrick Funcke

Managing Director

A founding partner of Evolutionizer, Patrick Funcke is an expert in IT architecture. For 22 years and in several roles, he has focused on the interfaces between strategic management and IT infrastructure and security, earning true hybrid expertise in content strategy and software. He also served for several years at a distinguished “hidden champion” in Germany’s consulting industry.

Patrick Funcke holds a master's degree in economics.

Benjamin Habig

Business Development

As a consultant, Benjamin Habig focuses on manufacturing industries and financial services. Prior to this, he worked in the finance industry, developing a particular expertise for financing complex industrial projects in Europe and Asia. Benjamin took a leading role in various international projects of strategic importance, such as the Nord Stream Pipeline. Before that, he gained valuable experience in the office of the President of the European Parliament.

Benjamin Habig holds a master’s degree from the University of Oxford as well as a CEMS master’s in international management, for which he studied at Bocconi University in Milan and HEC Paris. He is a graduate of the Chinese Language & Culture Program at Tsinghua University in Beijing. He speaks fluent English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch,Russian and Mandarin. Benjamin Habig is a founding member of Evolutionizer.

Kürsat Gökce

Sales | Partnerships

Kürsat Gökce has spent most of his career working on digitally supported strategy. He joined SOLYP GmbH as a software developer in 2001 and developed key elements of SOLYP3, the predecessor to Solyp 4.0. Soon he switched to customer service, then to sales, and became a partner. He became a Managing Partner in 2017 and spearheaded the merger with EVOLUTIONIZER AG. He frequently draws on his many years of experience advising clients and new customers on corporate development processes.

Kürsat Gökce is also responsible for strategic partnerships.

Gaston Russi

Sales | Partnerships

Gaston Russi has been working for 20 years in the management of leading enterprise software solutions for Fortune Global 500 companies in the area of end-to-end strategy execution. His special fields are Policy Deployment (OKR, Hoshin, BSC, EFQM), the systematic execution of continuous improvement (Operational Excellence, Lean, Six Sigma, KATA) and the use of monetary and non-monetary incentives for corporate management.

Premal Desai

Strategic Advisor

Premal Desai is an experienced industry manager and strategy consultant. After 10 years at BCG he transitioned to thyssenkrupp, where he filled several positions over more than a decade, among others he was Head of Corporate Strategy as well as CFO and Chairman/CEO of thyssenkrupp Steel.

At Evolutionizer, Premal Desai works as Strategic Advisor and offers his extensive strategic experience to the company and its customers.