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Nikolai Kesting2020-05-25T11:37:17+02:00

Interim CEO for companies in turnaround situations

Nikolai Kesting has more than 15 years of experience in the transformation, management and development of medium-sized companies from various industries. He has supported projects and companies along the value chain in Europe and Asia. He is a target-oriented and sales-driven executive with many years of experience in management positions, as an interim manager as well as in project management positions.


  • Successful implementation of turnaround processes in all relevant business areas

  • Development and implementation of new business models in the context of change management processes

  • Implementation of empowerment models based on key figures for a sustainable increase in bottom line performance

  • Preparation of restructuring concepts

  • Liquidity planning and management of companies in turnaround situations as well as in times of growth

  • Increasing sales potential in the domestic market and  at an international level

  • Supporting corporate transactions on the buy-side and sell-side in all stages of the M&A process, including post-merger integration

  • Preparation of detailed and in-depth company valuations, evaluation of business models and corporate strategies, e.g. buy and build

  • Procurement, including sourcing of new suppliers at domestic and international level, with focus on China

  • Negotiation of major contracts, e.g. fleet contracts in the automotive industry

  • Work experience abroad: United Kingdom, Spain, China, Taiwan, Poland (+ EAEU), Mexico, Austria, Italy

  • IT knowledge: MS Office, MS Dynamics NAV, SAP


Retail/Commerce, consumer electronics, automotive, financial services, business services, manufacturing

Functional areas:
Management, finance, controlling, sales, purchasing

Managing Director/CEO, Commercial Director, Sales Director, Purchasing Director

General management, restructuring and turnaround, mergers & acquisitions, post-merger integration, topline-growth, sourcing

Types of companies:
Private equity portfolio companies, medium-sized companies

Language skills:
German: native speaker, English: proficient, Spanish: good knowledge


Nikolai Kesting
Quantenberg 28, 40822 Mettmann

+49 (0) 160 / 9622 3352

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