Thomas Spuler has been CEO of the mageba Group since 2001. He graduated as a civil engineer from the University at Windisch (Switzerland), and then furthered his education at the Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada where he completed further studies in civil engineering. His professional career commenced in 1980 with a Swiss general contractor, where he worked initially as a Design Engineer and later as a Site Manager in the Middle East. Within two years he was taking on major responsibilities as Project Manager for international projects.
He came to mageba in 1984, where he was first responsible for the design of bridge bearings and expansion joints while also providing support to the Sales Department in relation to technical enquiries. In 1986, he was promoted to Sales Manager and was highly instrumental in the expansion of mageba and the opening up of new markets.
By the time he left mageba in 1995 to take on the job of Managing Director of the structural steelwork company MSE AG, mageba had more than doubled its turnover and had established itself as a world leader in its field.
Facing the new challenge of strengthening the position of MSE AG in the extremely competitive structural steelwork industry, Thomas Spuler gained further management experience and succeeded in turning around the fortunes of MSE AG more rapidly than expected.
Together with MSE AG and his former colleague Gianni Moor, he acquired the majority shareholding in mageba in 2001. Today, in addition to his role at mageba, Thomas Spuler also supports the bridge bearing and expansion joint industry as a member of several international expert groups.
Gianni Moor is COO of the mageba Group since 2001. He has a degree in civil engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich. In the course of his studies he gained work experience in Switzerland, Japan and the Dominican Republic. Having obtained his degree, in addition to which he was awarded the Culmann Prize for the best degree dissertation, he joined mageba in 1992 as a Project Manager and in 1995 was promoted to Sales Manager.
He left the company in 1996 in order to complete a 2-year MBA course at the IESE Business School in Barcelona, Spain. During the course he worked in Lagos, Nigeria and also studied for one semester at the IPADE Business School in Mexico City. In 1998 he joined the Europraxis management consulting company in Barcelona as a Senior Consultant. His work principally involved corporate restructuring projects throughout Europe.
In 2001, together with Thomas Spuler and the structural steelwork company MSE AG, he acquired the majority shareholding in mageba. Since 2011, Gianni Moor has been CEO of the subsidiary company mageba USA and responsible for the building up of business relationships in North and South America.
Bernd Sexauer started his professional career with DBAG in Leipzig in 1992 focusing on the privatization of East German companies after unification. In 1996 Mr Sexauer joined a newly formed group at DBAG focusing on Buy and Build Concepts in Frankfurt. He was promoted to “Director” in 1998. Between 1998 and 2000 Mr Sexauer had responsibility for all investments in the ‘booming’ new economy industries. Following the stock market crash in 2001 and the subsequent economic crisis, Mr Sexauer focused intensively on DBAG’s portfolio companies, which were in substantial need for financial restructuring. In 2003 Mr Sexauer was promoted to “Head of Foreign Investments”.
In 2006 Mr Sexauer left DBAG to become one of two Managing Directors of DZ Equity Partners (DZEP), a private equity subsidiary of DZ Bank. In 2008 Mr Sexauer set up his own private equity company (Prolimity Capital Partners) together with three other Managing Partners, focusing on buy-out transactions in restructuring situations. From 2010 to 2011 Mr Sexauer worked as a CEO of the stock listed Heliad Equity Partners.
In 2012 Mr Sexauer re-joined DBAG as a Managing Director and is responsible for the realization of expansion capital investments.
Mr Sexauer has more than 20 years of private equity experience. He holds a degree in business administration from the University of Frankfurt followed by a one year apprenticeship in investment banking at Deutsche Bank AG.