MD, Allianz Digital Accelerator
Since 2013, Sebastian is Managing Director of the Allianz Digital Accelerator, which is headquartered in Munich. The Digital Accelerator is a fully owned subsidiary of Allianz SE. It wants to challenge the current business model of insurance and financial services by combining internal expertise with external innovators to build ventures for Allianz and – potentially – spin them off as stand-alone companies. The Digital Accelerator is innovating globally, across all lines of business, from Insurance, to Assistance, to Asset Management.
In addition to his role at Allianz, Sebastian is majority shareholder and chairman at CommerceBoard, an early stage e-commerce software company. He also has made angel investments and is an active mentor to several startup companies in Germany, the UK and Israel.
In 2008, Sebastian founded an online retailing startup with Rocket Internet and Holtzbrinck Ventures as early stage investors; he successfully exited from this venture in 2012. Sebastian started his work life in 2003 as a consultant at McKinsey & Company, where he focused on FMCG/Packaged Goods as well as Marketing & Sales topics. Before that, he studied Business Administration in Vallendar (WHU), Los Angeles and Toulouse and holds a PhD in Behavioral Psychology from FU Berlin. Sebastian lives in Berlin, is married and has two sons.