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Management

At Shopware, everyone's a leader.
Get to know our driving forces.

Stefan Hamann

Stefan Hamann
Executive Board

Since founding the company when 16-years-old, Stefan has been responsible defining the strategic course of shopware AG. With a focus dedicated to technology, finance and controlling, Stefan spearheads the continuing development of the award-winning eCommerce platform.

Sebastian Hamann

Sebastian Hamann
Executive Board

Sebastian Hamann is a passionate designer and a pioneer in bringing more emotional shopping to the German eCommerce. Already at the age of 15, along with his brother, he founded Shopware. As the creative head of the company, Sebastian is responsible for the holistic design and marketing concept. In order to shape the future of retail, he always thinks out of the box.

Sebastian Klöpper

Sebastian Klöpper

Director Research & Development Platform & Operations

As Director of Research & Development, Sebastian Klöpper is responsible for the Shopware product roadmap, release planning and the implementation of new features and improvements. The areas of support, quality assurance and documentation for all Shopware products also fall within his remit. Sebastian Klöpper has been with Shopware since 2007.

Jörn Paulsen

Jörn Paulsen

Director SaaS Products & Services Cloud & Services

As Director SaaS Products & Services, Jörn Paulsen develops and carries out Shopware’s SaaS strategy. With over 20 years of experience in the digital industry, the media IT graduate initially worked as a web application developer for a Hamburg agency At a start-up in Cologne in 2009, he immersed himself in the world of eCommerce as Head of Product. There he set up the SaaS shop system SUPR together with Tengelmann Ventures and the Otto Group and later sold it in the role of COO to Wirecard AG, where as Vice President he promoted ongoing expansion. Jörn Paulsen has been part of the Shopware family since 2019.

Josua Seiler

Josua Seiler

Director Product & Technology Technology & Experience

Josua Seiler has been gathering experience with Shopware since 2012, as he managed the agency conexco; one of the few Shopware partners to be entrusted with the implementation of complex projects right from the start and was instrumental in the development of Shopware 6. Prior to founding conexco, Josua was part of the original team at pauldirekt GmbH and, as Managing Director, was responsible for the conception and development of one of Germany's leading online shopping clubs. His eCommerce experience dates back to 2001 when he set up and managed a variety of online shops. With his wealth of more than 15 years of practical experience, Josua is now pushing ahead with the future development of the Shopware product family.

Stefan Zessel

Stefan Zessel

Director Sales Germany

Stefan Zessel, Director Sales & Relations, has been working in Shopware sales since 2012. During this time, he already managed the sales activities in the DACH market while focusing on customer and partner satisfaction. Having worked as branch manager for small and medium-sized brand online shops, Stefan Zessel has gained extensive experience and comprehensive eCommerce expertise, which the business management graduate and his team apply in a very practical and pragmatic way to all sales processes.

Herbert Lefering

Herbert Lefering

Director Sales International

As Director Sales, Herbert Lefering is responsible for international sales at Shopware. Prior to entering the IT world, the trained business economist (VWA) worked as an independent management consultant. Over the course of a decade, the sales expert was responsible for establishing and managing Tobit.Software AG's worldwide sales operations. He was then responsible for developing the EMEA division of the Canadian company GWAVA for 16 years. Herbert Lefering has been with Shopware since the end of 2018.

Christian Debski

Christian Debski
Director eCommerce

Prior to joining Shopware in 2015, Christian Debski oversaw and managed the international online shops of leading retailers for a number of years. Now as Shopware’s Director eCommerce, Christian is responsible for the strategic direction of various departments within the company, including the Community Store, website design and knowledge management. With his experience in eCommerce and online marketing, he focuses on expanding the Shopware ecosystem and improving the user experience of Shopware’s websites.

Tobias Blick

Tobias Blick
Director Marketing

Tobias is responsible for the communication strategy of Shopware and the building and care of the brand. Since graduating in 1999 with a master’s in Event Planning and Business Administration, Tobias has amassed significant experience in marketing - his last position was Manager of Global Marketing at Chiemsee, the famous board-sports brand.

Ralf Marpert

Ralf Marpert
Director Finance & Human Resources

As Director of Finance and Human Resources, Ralf Marpert is responsible for managing all administrative processes. Next to developing Shopware as an attractive employer, Ralf also covers all central procurement and contractual matters. Before his time at Shopware, he gained extensive experience in classic B2B retail at Pietsch Group, a wholesaler for home technology, as well as from his 8 years’ experience as an Assistant to the Managing Director and supply chain Division Manager. He graduated from the University of Konstanz (Administrative Sciences, 2004) and the German International Business School (GISMA) in Hannover (MBA, 2012).

supervisory board

Christian Tietmeyer

Christian Tietmeyer
Supervisory Board

Since day one, Christian Tietmeyer has played an important role in founding the company. As a member of the supervisory board, Shopware is able to benefit from his extensive experience in tax consultancy and understanding of complex tax systems.

Reinhold Wellers

Reinhold Wellers
Supervisory Board / Chairman

As chairman of the supervisory board, Reinhold Wellers has been an important part of Shopware’s history since 2008. His 35+ years’ experience as a bank operator have been instrumental to Shopware’s everyday business. During his time as chairman, Shopware became one of the leading shop software manufacturers in Europe.

Christoph Pliete

Christoph Pliete
Supervisory Board

As founder and chairman of the board at the software company d.velop AG, Pliete brings an IT background to the supervisory board. For the past 25 years, he has seen constant growth at the top of a company and completes the supervisory board with his profound business insight.