Leadership

B4 Consulting is led by a team of SAP industry experts.

The B4 Consulting team balances solution expertise with industry-specific experience to help you simplify your business for continued growth and profitability.

Klaus Schottenhamel, President and CEO

Klaus Schottenhamel, an SAP consulting and business technology veteran, has since 2005 led B4 Consulting. Expert in building SAP systems integration consultancies worldwide, Klaus is passionate about helping customers grow their business with SAP solutions. Prior to B4 Consulting, he was president and CEO of SAP SI America, Inc., the systems integration division of SAP AG.

Earlier in his career, he worked with PLAUT AG where he launched several PLAUT international business units, including a joint venture with Deloitte/PLAUT in South Africa, PLAUT UK, and PLAUT Consulting Inc. USA. Klaus also served as a member of the SAP National Partner Advisory Council and in executive management positions with other consulting and technology companies.

Carmen Kaechler, Vice President — Finance

Carmen Kaechler brings to B4 Consulting a unique blend of finance and operations expertise rooted in management consulting experience.  Previously, she led finance and administration at IMG Americas, Inc. where she played a key role in IMG Americas’ transition to B4 Consulting.

One of IMG Americas’ first employees, Carmen helped establish the company’s US headquarters in Kennett Square (PA) and opened regional offices throughout the US. Prior to IMG Americas, Carmen helped launch IDS Scheer offices in Pennsylvania and supported the consultancy’s US expansion. Fluent in German and English, she has served as a technical translator at the Institute for Information Systems and Management at the University of Saarbruecken (Germany).

Phillip Schell, Vice President — Industry Solutions

Phillip Schell leads a team of consultants experienced in providing innovative solutions to the construction, homebuilding, real estate, heavy equipment and field asset management industries throughout North America. He has been instrumental in developing B4 Consulting end-to-end solutions and new Rapid Deployment methodologies, which accelerate the time-to-value of new technology implementations.

Phillip’s team designs these solutions using the B4 Consulting OutsideIn approach that increases field productivity while enhancing user experiences enterprise-wide. He has also led successful ERP strategies that enable Leed Construction, Carbon Footprint Management and other Green initiatives. Prior to B4 Consulting, Phillip led the Homebuilding, Construction and Real Estate practice at Plaut Consulting and IDS Scheer, and was a managing director at RealFoundations.

His client engagement experience spans Fortune 50 companies, leading construction companies, homebuilders, institutional investors, and developers such as ABB, Alstom, Raytheon, Kiewit, Fluor, Zachry, Dominion Energy, FMC Technologies, Home Depot Supply, John Laing Homes, Marcus and Millichap, Forest City Enterprises, and The Minto Group.

Jacquelyn Thrasivoulos, Vice President — Corporate Communications

Serving as a consulting vice president for B4 Consulting corporate communications, Jackie Thrasivoulos helped to strengthen IMG Americas’ global brand and led the rebranding initiative resulting in B4 Consulting. At B4 Consulting she directs all corporate marketing and communications, public relations, and customer and partner programs. With a career devoted to corporate communications in the high-tech arena, Jackie has managed both US and global marketing and public relations programs. While much of her work has focused on go-to-market initiatives for early-stage companies, she has worked for many years in the SAP community and has supported industry leaders such as Cisco Systems, EMC Corporation, and SAP SI Americas. Prior to consulting, Jackie held account management positions with advertising agencies in the Greater Boston area.

Frank Paetzold, Principal — Channel/Partner Center of Expertise/AMS

Frank Paetzold directs all customer projects for SAP Business One, SAP Business Objects, and SAP Business All-in-One and the application of these solutions in Heavy Equipment Management, Field Services, and Professional Services industries. In addition, he has pioneered and is an advocate for global subsidiary rollouts of SAP Business One. His wealth of implementation experience and SAP expertise also contribute to his leadership of the B4 Consulting SAP Partner Center of Expertise as well as the company’s Application Managed Services (AMS). From due diligence to go-lives to on-going support, Frank’s career has focused on developing, implementing and managing information systems and leading teams that drive successful projects worldwide. Prior to B4 Consulting, Frank worked with a number of other leading consultancies including Deloitte Consulting and PLAUT Consulting, Inc. Certified in a full suite of SAP solutions plus the rigorous Partner Center of Expertise certification, Frank has been an instructor with SAP Walldorf (Germany). He has a Bachelor of Science in Economics and IT from the University of Nurtingen (Germany) and is a certified Project Management Professional.

Paul Stern, Principal — Equipment Management/Field Services

Paul Stern, a domain expert in all facets of equipment management and field services, leads the Heavy Equipment Management practice at B4 Consulting. Experienced in fleet maintenance and management, asset management, equipment rental and sales, and service and parts, Paul has led successful implementations at leading companies including The Brock Group, Kiewit, and The Minto Group. A veteran of the John Deere industry, prior to B4 Consulting, Paul held a number of leadership positions at John Deere spanning logistics, SAP Sales and Distribution, and SAP Production Planning. Paul holds a BBA in management from the University of Wisconsin.