Braintrust Team

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Richard Howell
Strategic HR and OD Leader
Jerry Pico
Passionate about People Management
Dr. Helena Pleinert
A Physicist
in HR
Roy Franke
Fostering innovation, digitalizing learning


Helena Pleinert, Dr. sc. techn. ETH

Experience: CEO & Founder of Pleinert & Partner, Professor and Member of the Academic Council at at UIBS, extensive experience in human capital management and organizational development, particular focus areas in leadership training & coaching and in the design and implementation of sourcing & pipelining models; previous professional experience in asset management, including several years in quantitative analysis, and in research & high tech.

Education: PhD in Technical Sciences from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Masters in Physics Engineering, Program for Executive Development at the IMD in Lausanne

Languages: English, German, French and Finnish

Location: Switzerland
Jerry Pico

Experience: Senior Executive with over 20 years of international experience in learning, leadership and organization development. As a consultant and through in-house roles: designed, developed and successfully implemented numerous programs for leading companies, e.g., Google, Allianz, Swarovski, Ernst & Young, Korn Ferry and currently, Daiichi Sankyo Europe. An expert in culture change having led several post-McKinsey interventions to create customer-centric culture changes; LinkedIn Learning/Lynda Author of the course “Creating a Culture of Change”; and Founder of the 'Culture & Leadership Learning Lab’, a professional association with over 100 members based in Munich. Served as an Adjunct Professor of Leadership at Golden Gate University. Certified Executive and Career Coach.

Education: Masters of Human Resources & Organization Development, University of San Francisco; Bachelor of Arts in International Relations & Economics, The George Washington University; currently enrolled in International Masterclass Learning & Development Leadership, IE University in partnership with Nyerode University.

Languages: English (fluent), German, Spanish and Italian (intermediate)

Location: Munich, Germany
Richard Howell

Experience: Richard is a seasoned international HR and Organisation Development professional and currently works with Teva Ratiopharm, part of the world’s biggest generic drug company. He has gained his experience working in a number of global companies, predominantly in the life science and chemical sectors. Richard has also run masterclasses at a number of international HR and business conferences.

Education: degree in German with IT, a postgraduate qualification in HR and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management and Training, the highest accreditation for UK qualified HR professionals.

Languages: English, German

Location: Germany
Roy Franke

Experience: Senior Executive with deep experience in digital learning, business development and innovation management. As digital learning consultant led a banking education program with more than 3'000 participants per year. Also consulted leading companies in digital education, e.g. ZKB, Schindler, UBS, Valiant Bank, Sanitas Assurance, and more. Also engaged as innovation manager and coaching StartUps and corporates in new ventures and in business models. Teaching at several business schools for digital learning, innovation management and digital business transformation.

Education: Executive MBA in Business Engineering - University of St. Gallen, Master of Applied Science in Education Management - Zürich University of Applied Psychology, Bachelor in Business Administration - Private University of Zürich

Languages: English, German, Spanish, French

Location: Switzerland, Mexico, Spain