Dr. Eberhard Opl, born in 1961: Classical philological education at the Universities of Munich and Vienna; mini-MBA at McKinsey & Comp., Inc.; professional positions as a consultant in the State Chancellery of Saxony with Prof. Biedenkopf, Deputy Managing Director of Antenne Sachsen, Managing Director of Medienstadt Leipzig, Engagement Manager at McKinsey, then Head of Corporate Development at WEKA Holding in Kissing for 18 years, during this period 53 acquisitions and 11 sales of special interest media companies and assets, numerous internal strategy projects and restructures; independent consultant since 2021.
At OPL Partners, Eberhard Opl focuses on strategy development (on the sell and buy side), sourcing (identifying and contacting suitable acquisition and sales candidates) and managing the entire M&A process.
Werner Pehland, born in 1964: Graduated in business administration from LMU Munich; professional positions as product manager, sales manager, chairman of the board, shareholder, supervisory board member at UB MEDIA AG, developing the first EH&S online specialist information solution in Germany; managing director of WEKA MEDIA GmbH & Co. KG, digitising the print titles and PMI at UB MEDIA; divisional managing director of Business Information & Education Germany in the WEKA group of companies, strongly improving the financial key performance indicators, digitising and expanding the product portfolio to include software, e-learning and events, numerous acquisitions to speed up strategic change; independent consultant since 2020.
At OPL Partners, Werner Pehland is a specialist for digitalisation in special interest media companies, advises on strategy and business plans and is the partner for post-merger integration.
Reiner Gebers, born in 1965: Studied business administration in Germany, England and Scotland before being responsible for various sales and marketing agendas at the Bertelsmann group. For the WEKA group he founded publishers in Poland and Hungary. For 15 years he was managing director of various specialist media companies in Germany, Hungary and Austria. In 2014, he founded the consulting firm Real Insight in Vienna to support media and service providers in creating customer-centric innovations and successfully launching and positioning them in the market.
At OPL Partners, Reiner Gebers is a specialist in the development of new business models, digitalisation projects and portfolio strategies; in addition, he is a proven expert on the Austrian specialist information media landscape.
Dipl.Wi.-Ing. Benedict Opl, born 1992: Studied business administration and industrial engineering at the universities of Augsburg and Dresden, graduated as an industrial engineer from the Technical University of Dresden; initial professional experience in the metalworking industry and management consultancy.
At OPL Partners, Benedict Opl is responsible for data collection, mathematical models, analyses and figures as well as for preparing documents.