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About DataGuard

DataGuard is a privacy and legal-technology company headquartered in Munich, Germany. At DataGuard, we house over 100 employees who are passionate about privacy, compliance and IT security. Well over 1,000 business customers place their trust in our “Privacy-as-a-Service” solution, a hybrid of client consultation and the provision of our self-developed Software-as-a-Service platform. In addition to small and medium-sized enterprises, our customer portfolio also includes major international corporations (industrial, finance and trade), political parties, schools, sports clubs, as well as churches and public institutions.

An interdisciplinary team of TÜV/DEKRA certified Data Protection Officers, including lawyers, computer scientists, engineers, and business economists, provide personal support to both our German and international clients on the subject of privacy and IT security. The process of consulting our clients is supported by the use of our web platform which digitizes and automates manual activities and processes data input with machine learning (the software’s patent has been submitted to the European Patent Office under the reference number Q0144EP). The platform is used by both our customers and our privacy team.

Our expanding partner network includes our sales partner, Deutsche Telekom, in addition to some of the largest German trade associations (BVDS, DEHOGA, wvib, BVMW etc.), and IBM, our technology partner.

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The Founders

Dr. jur. Markus Fisseler

Legal, Compliance

Experience: Former partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer for 22 years (1994-2015) and lawyer at Linklaters and Hengeler Mueller.

Education: Law and Politics at Harvard University, Berlin and Würzburg University. Admitted as Attorney-at-Law in New York.

Kivanc Semen

Product, Technology

Experience: Programmer and IT/process consultant from 2005-2009 with a focus on privacy and IT security and
Tech entrepreneur since 2009.

Education: Computer Science & Industrial Engineering at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and Carnegie Mellon University.

Thomas Regier

Sales, Marketing, Finance, HR

Experience: Former TMT Associate at Goldman Sachs (London, 2012-15), Director at InGeneron Inc. (Boston, 2015-17) and two-time tech founder.

Education: Politics, Economics and Management at Harvard University, Cambridge, St. Gallen and Columbia.

Management Team

  • Dr. Frank Schemmel

    Senior Privacy Expert

    Career: 4.5 years at Allen & Overy (Düsseldorf). Former Compliance Specialist at Gleiss Lutz Hootz Hirsch (Stuttgart). University lecturer, lecturer activities and publications on data protection.

    Education: Ph.D. jur. at the University of Augsburg (grade: magna cum laude). Studied law and economics at the University of Augsburg (Diplom-Wirtschaftsjurist) and in Japan.

  • Dr. Patrick Schweisthal

    Senior Legal Counsel

    Career: Former Senior Legal Counsel and Member of the Supervisory Board of Phoenix Solar (1998-2012). Formerly with tax consultants HZP and DATAG auditing firm.

    Education: Ph.D. jur. at LMU Munich (grade: magna cum laude). Studied law, physics and phonetics at LMU Munich (1985-1989).

  • Ference Brose

    VP Partnering

    Career: Owner / CEO buzzjective. CTO / Co-Founder Takhfifan, Albuswhite, idvos. Tech Management Consultant at Planet Sports, Scarosso, Monoqi.

    Education: Studied MEng Computer Science, graduating with 1st Class Honours at Warwick University. Studied Advanced Portuguese I & II at Universidade Do Porto (2005 – 2006).

  • Erkan Erkul

    VP Partnering

    Career: Executive Director, IBM Deutschland (1993-2007). Founder & CEO and Managing Partner in various tech companies (since 2008).

    Education: Studied Business Administration at Hochschule Baden-Württemberg and Henley Management College.

  • Christian Michels

    Head of HR

    Career: Human Resources Director at Intive. Head of Human Resources at Seven Senders. Head of Strategic Personnel Development at McFIT Global Group. Head of Strategic Personnel Development (D/A) at McFIT.

    Education: Studied Social Studies at Duisburg/ Essen University and Mannheim University with a diploma in Social Sciences.


  • Edwin Mailänder

    Head of Sales

    Career: Board member, Sales/Marketing at a housing cooperative. Team Leader at Postbank Financial Consulting.

    Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Transportation Designs at the Pforzheim University of Applied Sciences.

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