Our Team - Combining the Best Mix of Strategy, Finance & Execution
Rainer is Founder and Managing Partner of CONSTELLATION. He began his career with McKinsey & Co. in Switzerland, where he led various strategic and operational studies. He left McKinsey to join the CEO of AEG-Daimler Benz to lead a highly regarded and later implemented strategic study regarding electronic and wireless applications in future Mercedes Benz products. Furthermore, he was Founder and Head of the Corporate Development of Daimler's industrial activities (AEG) with more than 300 companies.
Responsible for over 1'000 employees within various operative roles in Marketing & Sales, Research & Development, and Production, he was critical in the restructuring, reorientation and successful sale of the mobile solutions arm of the Daimler Benz group to MATRA Communication, today EADS, cooperating with Nokia and Alcatel. He then teamed up with the CEO and eventual Chairman of the Bertelsmann Media Group as Deputy Head of Corporate Development before founding and building CONSTELLATION.
Rainer emphasizes working closely with entrepreneurs as well as business owners. Focusing on Management Buyouts and Buy-&-Build Cases in asset light industries, his passion for entrepreneurial investing drives him to work closely with portfolio companies in order to build market leaders in fragmented markets.
Rainer majored and researched in Climatology and Nanotechnology at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. He also holds international patents in mobile communication and is fluent in English, German, French and some basic Italian and Spanish.
Rainer W. Fröhlich - Founder & Managing Partner
Theresa Dick - Investment Manager
In February 2018 Theresa joined CONSTELLATION as an Associate and was since promoted to Investment Manager. In May 2019 Theresa joined the Board of Directors of CONSTELLATION V GP S.à r.l..
Before joining CONSTELLATION Theresa worked on the capital market in equities. She started her career as a financial analyst in equity research for Bankhaus Lampe in Düsseldorf, where she was responsible for covering German medical device and pharmaceutical stocks, before joining HSBC as an equity sales associate. Here Theresa sold European equities to institutional investors, both on the secondary market but also being actively involved in the book building process for various IPOs on the primary market. Witnessing the role private equity investors play in financing options, Theresa re-oriented her career to get involved in private equity transactions.
Prior to that Theresa interned at Oddo & Cie. in Paris and UBS Global Asset Management in London.
Theresa holds a Bachelor of Science in Management & Strategy, as well as a Master of Science in Strategy & International Business from Aston University (UK).
Theresa speaks German, English & French and is a keen traveller.
Stefan Jochum - Investment Manager
In February 2018 Stefan joined CONSTELLATION and was soon assigned as CFO and Investment Manager to the first portfolio company of the CONSTELLATION V Fund, the Swiss E-Mobility Group AG, in order to develop the framework for a buy & build strategy. Since January 2021 Stefan returned to CONSTELLATION and manages the financial side of the portfolio companies.
Stefan started his career in 2015 at Wegmüller AG, a renowned family business in Switzerland. He began working as assistant to the CEO and was later promoted to CFO and CPO. He optimized the business’ cost structure, as well as the Gross Profit margin by implementing efficient purchasing processes und reporting systems before seeking new challenges within the private equity industry. Stefan is also an active shareholder in his family business Jochum Holzwerke GmbH, an SME in Bavaria.
Stefan holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg. Furthermore, he studied at Universität St. Gallen in Finance and Controlling.
Stefan speaks German and English and is a keen gymnast and biker in his free time.
Gustav Caspar – Associate
In June 2019 Gustav joined CONSTELLATION as an Analyst and was since promoted to Associate.
Gustav holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from EU Business School. He has gained valuable private equity experience during his time as an intern in CONSTELLATION III and CONSTELLATION IV.