In November 2013, Ralf Usbeck was awarded the international ‘Serial Innovator of Travel Technology’ award at the World Travel Market in London.
How did it all start?
At the age of 23, Ralf Usbeck founded Usbeck-Engineering GmbH, a company that managed the development of graphical information systems. In 2000, the company rebranded to TravelTainment GmbH and under the leadership of Ralf, products including TT-IBE and BistroPortal were created, along with Datamix, a dynamic packaging solution for the travel industry.
Six years later, in 2006, Ralf sold TravelTainment to Amadeus and as CEO of the Amadeus Leisure Group, he was dedicated to boosting the company’s worldwide leisure business. He left the company two and a half years later.
Now through Peakwork, Ralf continues to innovate: Peakwork has developed Exchange Data Format (EDF®) a uniform data format for all travel offers, as well as the innovative Player Hub Technology®. Today, the largest tour operators worldwide, as well as incoming agencies, metasearchers and airlines, all work with the Player Hub technology®
In 1998, Michael Schmidt laid the foundation for his career in travel technology as a Project Manager at Usbeck-Engineering GmbH. During the next 9 years at TravelTainment GmbH, Michael was responsible for both the Project and Product Management divisions, playing a major part in the development of several new strategic products and projects.
Today, as COO of Peakwork AG, Michael is responsible for Product Development, Operations and Communications.
Markus Pfau was an entrepreneur in the fields of robotics and 3D graphics programming before he joined TravelTainment in 2002. As Director of Research & Development, he was a major force behind significant technological developments such as dynamic packaging.
Since 2009, Markus Pfau leads the Peakwork Development Team. As a Board member, Markus is responsible for programming all code lines. He is constantly looking for new IT talent and visionaries.
Dr. Thomas van Kaldenkerken
Dr. Thomas van Kaldenkerken has first-class knowledge and extensive experience from his role as Managing Director in international strategy in the consumer goods industry. The Doctor of Economics previously led the international expansion of Schleich where he still acts as a member of the Advisory Board
In June 2015, Dr. van Kaldenkerken joined Peakwork, strengthening the Management Team in his new role as CFO. His focus is on company finances, HR and supporting strategic company development. His move from the Peakwork Supervisory Board (2013-2015) into the Management Team means Peakwork can profit from his first-rate expertise in strategic company management and expansion strategies.
As a member of the Executive Board of Peakwork AG, Jan Gerlach is our Chief Sales & Marketing Officer. He strengthens the four-man board of management and is responsible for the distribution of Peakwork solutions and customer implementation. Gerlach joined the team in August 2016 as Vice President Project and Key Account Management. Since then, he has been responsible for the implementation of individually designed IT solutions for international customers. He is also responsible for our global sales strategy and the expansion of the network with strategic and global tourism partners.
Jan has spent more than 10 years in various management positions at the HQ of Metro Cash and Carry, in particular in the field of category management and marketing. Previously, he was a strategy consultant for OC & C Strategy Consultants for around 7 years. He graduated in Business Administration at the WHU in Vallendar, in the US and in France.
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