Founder, Die BrueckenKoepfe GmbH
Harm van Maanen was literally born into healthcare, father veterinarian, mother pediatrician. Despite of this fact Harm decided, after a little detour studying economics in Rotterdam, to become an architect. Simultaneously Harm founded his first company, specialized on Computer-Aided-Design. At the end of the Millennium Harm changed to Nemteschek, where he, at first, was a responsible Business Manager of the Future Technology Team and afterwards was promoted to a managing director in sales and marketing. After eight years – and a successful IPO of Nemetschek – Harm was asked to restructure the publisher Heinze GmbH, a subsidiary of Springer Science & Business Media. After successful dispose of Heinze, Harm returned to Springer Science & Business Media to become a member of the executive management. In the process of restructuring Harm merged all seven independent medical publishing units to Springer Medicine, having formed German’s market-leader in medical publishing. Harm drove digitalization and launched Germany’s first mandatory and paid digital subscription as a condition to achieve print. Within this period Harm – together with Juergen Graalmann – launched the national Care-Summit, today’s leading German summit in care. After the second change of ownership, Harm became CEO at Schluetersche Verlagsgesellschaft, a leading German Yellow-Pages publisher, which was in need of a new strategy. By acquiring a substantial amount of start-ups, Harm created the requirements of a modern publisher. Harm let Schluetersche participate in WebCare LBJ, Carry on Trade Publishing, Bitplaces, Hochzeitsplaza, Crossvertise and Resmio.
Last December Harm started his own business “Die BrueckenKoepfe GmbH” together with some good friends and likeminded, including Jürgen Graalmann, Eckart von Hirschhausen and Philipp Lahm. BrueckenKoepfe is specialized on decision-making and pathfinding in the German healthcare-jungle.