Management

Unity as a strength

The Managing Directors Bernd Vermaaten and Dr. Thilo Gans as well as the members of the Board of Directors form the management of solute. They are responsible for the strategy and development of the company.

The managing directors of solute GmbH

Die Geschäftsführer der solute GmbH - Bernd Vermaaten und Dr. Thilo Gans

Bernd Vermaaten

Bernd Vermaaten has held various management positions over the past 15 years following his bank training and economic studies in Leipzig. Prior to his engagement at solute GmbH, he was responsible for worldwide commercial affairs within the PTV Group as Head of Global Finance and was involved in the M&A process with Porsche Automobile Holding SE (PSE).

 In May 2018, he became commercial manager and took over the management of the company in October 2018.

Bernd Vermaaten is married and has three children.

Dr. Thilo Gans

Dr. Thilo Gans has been working in the online industry since his studies. In 2004 he graduated as economist and has done his doctoral thesis with the topic "Image improvement through medium appropriate implementation of Corporate Identity in the internet".

He has already been working in various management positions: among other things, he was responsible for sales at Verivox and took over as interim head of online marketing at 1&1 Internet SE. He has been managing director of an online portal in Karlsruhe from 2017 to 2019 until he joined solute GmbH.

Dr. Thilo Gans is married and has one child.

Board of Directors


Christiane Werner - Personalleiterin

Christiane Werner HR manager

Since 2010 Christiane Werner has been the contact person for all employees and managers of solute GmbH and Shopping.de Handels GmbH. In addition, she supervises trainees and accompanies organizational development processes. She completely built up the personnel department and continues to develop it further with her team.

Christiane Werner has been working in human resources since 2002. After starting in the Hamburg 5* hotel business, she has been working for many years in large, internationally active companies (Axel Springer Group, SGS Germany GmbH). In 2005 she moved to the USA with her husband and two children. Back in Germany, she gained further experience at Transparency International, a non-profit organization in Berlin, until her path led her to solute.



Benjamin Ganter – Vice President Product Management & UX

Benjamin Ganter Vice President Product Management & UX

Since April 2018 Benjamin Ganter has been ensuring with his team of product managers and experts in design and user experience that solute GmbH designs, delivers and supports future-oriented products and makes the idea ready for the market. 

Besides billiger.de he is also responsible for the further development of the apps.

Before that, he had been Head of Product Development at solute GmbH since 2012 and with his team he made a significant contribution to the company's success.

Before joining solute GmbH, he was Head of Content & Technical Sales at Become Europe (now Connexity). Benjamin Ganter is looking back on more than 10 years of experience in e-commerce and price comparison.


Steffen Müller - Director Retail / Geschäftsführer shopping.de

Steffen Müller Director Retail / Managing director shopping.de

Since June 2014, Steffen Müller has been responsible for the expansion of solute GmbH's core business as well as the further development of the departments and the optimization of existing processes.

After graduating in business administration, he accompanied numerous professional projects in the e-commerce sector.

From 2004 to 2014 he has been managing director of several online shops and has been responsible for B2B and B2C with a focus on business development, shop business and marketing.

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