Torsten Oltmanns

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Torsten Oltmanns (born 6th October 1964 in Bremen) is a German manager, consultant and author. He focuses on strategy and stakeholder management as well as digitalisation.


Torsten Oltmanns studied economics at the University of Cologne and at the same time he was trained at the Cologne School of Journalism on economics and politics. In 1993 he obtained his diploma from the University of Cologne with a thesis on journalism.[1][2] He published several articles touching on economic themes.[3]

Subsequent to his function as a free-lance journalist and a position in politics he worked as manager and communications consultant at McKinsey. In 2000 he took over responsibility for controlling and privatization projects at the Federal Ministry of Defense in Bonn and Berlin.[4][5] In 2003 he was part of the executive board of Booz Allen Hamilton and in 2004 he took over the position as a partner at the strategic consultancy Roland Berger.[6][7] From 1 June[8] until 31 December 2011 Oltmanns worked as an interim manager at the conglomerat Haniel[9] and went back to Roland Berger in january 2012.[10]

Since 2004, Oltmanns had been the editor of Roland Berger Strategy Consultants' think:act brand, which appears in various formats and which recently received the "Best in Corporate Publishing" award from the International Corporate Media Awards.[11] The think:act series was awarded 2005, 2006[12] and 2007[13] with the BCP-Award in the category Corporate Publishing for "Financial Services / Real Estate / Consulting".[14] In 2011 the think:act publications received the Astrid Awards of MerComm Inc.[15][16]

Torsten Oltmanns is head of the Business Line "Stakeholder Management and Digital Transformation" as well as Chairman of Global Marketing at Roland Berger GmbH. He works at the interface between business, politics and media, supporting companies, governments and NGOs in all kinds of transformation programs, wage negotiations and digital change.[17]

Since 2009 Torsten Oltmanns is Professor for Executive Communications at the University of Innsbruck (Austria)[18] and served as a Visiting Fellow of the University of Oxford at the Oxford University Centre for Corporate Reputation, a part of the Saïd Business School.[19] Since 2014 Torsten Oltmanns is Research Professor for Economic Policy at the Quadriga Hochschule Berlin.[20]

Torsten Oltmanns is initiator of the public survey "Zukunft durch Bildung - Deutschland will's wissen".[21] He is also co-founder and supporter of the 2011 founded registered association “investigate” which provides financial resources for journalists to realize complex researches.[22] Oltmanns is also a member of the board of the German-Jewish association „Jewish Voice from Germany“, which agitates for the relationship between Jewish and German people.[23] Since December 2017 Oltmanns takes up the position of the Regional Chair Berlin/Brandenburg at the American Chamber of Commerce in Germany e.V.[24]

As a member of the delegation of Roland Berger Strategy Consultants, a Strategic Partner of the World Economic Forum, Oltmanns has participated in the WEF Annual Meeting in Davos-Klosters. His commentary and impressions of the world's most important economic summit were published in his blog Bulletin from Davos.[25][26]

Torsten Oltmanns takes frequently part in conferences and congresses. He focuses on subjects like strategy, digitalisation and communication.[27][28][29]

On 17 November 2017 Oltmanns founded the "First East Frisian cooperative wine-growers organisation", a project to build up viniculture in East Frisia, Germany´s coastal region.[30]

Publications (extract)[edit]

  • Torsten Oltmanns, Daniel Nemeyer: Change is a question of power. This book describes why projects revolving around change fail at top management level and how you can manage change successfully. (abstract; in German), original title: Machtfrage Change: Warum Veränderungsprojekte meist auf Führungsebene scheitern und wie Sie es besser machen, Campus, Frankfurt am Main 2010, ISBN 978-3-593-39203-5.
  • Torsten Oltmanns, Ralf-Dieter Brunowsky: Re: think CEO 2. Managers in the media trap (abstract; in German), original title: Manager in der Medienfalle, BrunoMedia, Cologne 2009, ISBN 978-3-9811506-7-4
  • Torsten Oltmanns (Hrsg.): Communication and Crises: how decision makers define reality (abstract; in German), original title: Kommunikation und Krise: Wie Entscheider die Wirklichkeit definieren, Gabler, Wiesbaden 2009, ISBN 978-3-593-38632-4.
  • Torsten Oltmanns, Christiane Diekmann, Vera Böhm: Targeting the elite: How to reach decion makers (abstract; in German), original title: Eliten-Marketing: Wie Sie Entscheider erreichen. Campus, Frankfurt am Main 2008, ISBN 978-3-593-38632-4.


  1. ^ Diploma thesis of Torsten Oltmanns, Das öffentlich-rechtliche TV-Angebot 1952 bis 1991 und seine Nutzung; Köln, im November 1993 ISBN 3-9803886-4-6, , University of Cologne
  2. ^ Profile of Torsten Oltmanns, Website of Roland Berger Strategy Consultants
  3. ^ Department Management & Economics, profile of Torsten Oltmanns, Quadriga University Berlin
  4. ^ Im Reich der Träume – Unternehmensberater. In: Der Spiegel Nr. 6/2004 vom 2. Februar 2004.
  5. ^ Die Implementierung von Controlling im Bundesministerium der Verteidigung (BMVg) – Eine Bilanz. In: Controlling & Management, Juni 2002
  6. ^ Kurz-Lebenslauf von Torsten Oltmanns (PDF; 1,5 MB),, S. 7
  7. ^ Pressemitteilung über Torsten Oltmanns Position als Global Marketing Director, Webseite von Roland Berger Strategy Consultants, 21. November 2004
  8. ^,, 26. April 2011
  9. ^,, 3. November 2011
  10. ^ Haniel-Kommunikator geht zu Roland Berger,, 3. November 2011.
  11. ^, Press release, Roland Berger Strategy Consultants, January 28, 2013
  12. ^,, 29 June 2006
  13. ^,, 12. July 2007
  14. ^ "Hall of Fame" on the official website of the BCP-Award
  15. ^ List of the Astrid Award winner on the official website of MerComm Inc.
  16. ^,, 8 November 2010
  17. ^,, Persons, Torsten Oltmanns
  18. ^ Website of the Institute of Languages and Literature, University of Innsbruck
  19. ^ Oxford University Centre for Corporate Reputation – profile of Torsten Oltmanns., Oxford Said Business School
  20. ^,, called 30 May 2014
  21. ^ 'Umfrage: Zukunft durch Bildung - Deutschland will's wissen', 15. Februar 2011,
  22. ^,, called 30 May 2014
  23. ^,, called 30 May 2014
  24. ^,, abgerufen am 11. Dezember 2017
  25. ^ Bulletin from Davos, WEF 2013-weblog of Torsten Oltmanns
  26. ^ Interview with Torsten Oltmanns, ZDF, January 24, 2013
  27. ^ Vortrag auf dem Stuttgarter Kompetenz-Tag 2010 (zwei Videos)
  28. ^ Redner-Profil auf der Webseite des Norddeutschen Wirtschaftkongresses
  29. ^ Referent bei infopark internet congress 2009
  30. ^, abgerufen am 11. Dezember 2017

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