Executive Board

Executive Board

The Executive Board of AURELIUS MANAGEMENT SE – personally liable shareholder of AURELIUS Equity Opportunities SE & Co. KGaA

Portrait Dr. Dirk Markus

Dr. Dirk Markus

Chief Executive Officer

Dr Dirk Markus studied business administration in St. Gallen, Switzerland, and Copenhagen, Denmark, and was awarded a PhD by St. Gallen. During his PhD studies, he spent a term as Visiting Research Fellow at Harvard University, Boston, United States. 

Dr Markus has been involved with the restructuring and further development of companies for more than 15 years, starting as a consultant with McKinsey & Company and then with an exchange-listed industrial holding company.

During this time, he has been responsible for more than 80 corporate transactions. Dr Markus is CEO of AURELIUS and responsible for the overall strategy of the AURELIUS Group.

Portrait Gert Purkert

Gert Purkert

Member of the Executive Board

After studying physics in Leipzig and Lausanne/Switzerland, Gert Purkert worked for McKinsey & Company, where he gathered experience in process improvements, cost reduction programs and strategic restructuring programs.

After that, he co-founded equinet AG in Frankfurt, an investment bank advising mainly small to medium-sized enterprises. As a member of the Executive Board of the Group’s portfolio company, he was responsible for conducting numerous M&A transactions and managing the portfolio companies.

Portrait Donatus Albrecht

Donatus Albrecht

Member of the Executive Board

Donatus Albrecht has been with AURELIUS since 2006; he is responsible for the Acquisition and Exit Division. He has overseen a total of more than 45 acquisitions, sales and IPOs and has been member of the Executive Board since 2008. After studying economics at Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, Mr. Albrecht worked in the Corporate Development Department of Deutsche Bahn AG, where he gathered experience in process improvements and strategic restructuring programs.

After that, he moved to finance at Pricap Venture Partners AG (Thomas Matzen Group), a venture capital and private equity firm. He worked there for six years as an investment manager vested with power of commercial representation under German law (Prokura); during this time, Mr. Albrecht managed more than 20 transactions, from the initial investment to the IPO stage.