Thomas Cook is Co-Chairman at T.A. Cook. After completing his studies in Mathematics at TU Berlin, he started his career in the management consulting team at PSI, where he worked for a number of industrial clients on asset management and supply chain projects. In 1995 he joined forces with Frank-Uwe Hess and they founded T.A. Cook, a management consultancy firm specializing in asset performance management. After several years working for clients on TPM and asset management optimization projects Thomas grew a complementary events business line and at the same time fostered the globalization of T.A. Cook.
Thomas Cook, Co-Chairman
Frank-Uwe Hess, Co-Chairman
Frank-Uwe Hess is Co-Chairman at T.A. Cook. After completing his studies in 1989 in economics & engineering at the University of Zwickau, Frank started his career as a maintenance technology consultant. In 1994 he started as Co-Founder T.A. Cook, a management consultancy specializing in asset performance management. Over the last 25 years Frank-Uwe Hess worked in the capital-intensive industry helping clients increase their physical asset performance by throughput and cost effectiveness optimization. Throughout his career he built a specialized skill set focused on high reliability organization, predictive analytics and risk management across maintenance, reliability and shutdown & turnaround management.
Dieter Körner, COO & Managing Partner
As COO and Partner at T.A. Cook, Dieter Körner oversees business operations at the international management consultancy. With more than 25 years of experience in asset management, Dieter also looks after international key accounts within asset intensive industries. Before joining T.A. Cook in 2007, Dieter worked as a Director at H. Neumann International Management Consultants GmbH in Munich, was Partner at Czipin Management Consulting, and Senior Account Executive at Proudfoot Consulting. He holds an MBA from the University of Passau.
Markus Treiber, CEO & Managing Partner
Markus Treiber is CEO and Partner at T.A. Cook. He has over 25 years of experience in consulting; developing and implementing programs to improve profitability and impact ROCE for clients. Markus has a deep knowledge of asset performance management, having worked with global companies in the chemicals, petrochemicals and oil and gas sectors. Before starting at T.A. Cook in 2004, Markus was Partner at Czipin Management Consulting and Operations Director at Proudfoot Consulting managing international accounts. Markus graduated from the University of Passau with an MBA.
Christian Hänel, CFO
Christian Hänel joined T.A. Cook as CFO in 2020 and is responsible for the commercial and financial interests of the company worldwide. Christian has 18 years of professional experience in business consulting, accounting and valuation. He studied business administration at the TU Berlin and at the University of Rostock. After completing his studies, Christian started his professional career in 2002 at an auditing firm. In 2011 he was appointed Auditor and joined the Financial Advisory Services department of Mazars. His duties included audit advice, company and asset valuations, as well as corporate transactions audits. In addition, he has been involved for the past few years as an expert in arbitration tribunals and other judicial proceedings.
Gert Müller, Managing Partner, Consulting Europe Lead
As Partner at T.A. Cook, Gert has over 15 years of experience in providing strategic and operational advice to clients in asset intensive industries. He studied economics and holds an MBA from the University of Westminster. Before joining T.A. Cook, Gert worked as a Senior Business Analyst and Project Manager at Touchstone Ltd in London where he managed large ERP implementation projects. As a specialist in risk management, turnarounds and capital invest projects, Gert provides consulting services to clients worldwide with a particular focus on the oil and gas, and refining sector.
Dirk Frame, Managing Partner, Consulting Europe
Dirk Frame is a Managing Partner at T.A. Cook. As a qualified Engineer with an MBA from Cranfield School of Management, Dirk has over 25 years of field experience in many countries around the world and is considered an expert in maintenance and capital projects in asset-intensive industries. Following his previous career in the automotive industry and leading roles at Proudfoot Consulting and Celerant Consulting, Dirk Frame joined T.A. Cook in 2004, where he is at the forefront of asset performance management in Europe and North and South America.
Matthew Popovacki, Managing Partner, Consulting North America Lead
As Partner at T.A. Cook Consultants, Matthew has over 24 years of experience in providing strategic and operational advice to clients in asset intensive industries. He studied economics at Brock University in St. Catherines, Canada. Before joining T.A. Cook, Matthew began his career in the automotive industry, where he held various key operational management roles. Matthew started his consulting career at Parisella Vincelli Associates over 15 yrs ago, where he was a Senior Manager and Presenting Analyst. Over the course of his consulting career, Matthew has worked in multiple industries that include telecommunications, manufacturing, energy, government, banking and oil and gas. Matthew currently provides consulting services to asset intensive businesses in the refining and petrochemicals sector. His work supports clients with maintenance optimization, turnaround, outage, shutdown optimization and OEE improvement.
Mathias Möller, Managing Partner, Engineers
Mathias Möller is a Partner at T.A. Cook and Managing Director of the Engineers division; the operational support of the international management consultancy. With more than 30 years of professional experience in project management in turnarounds, projects and maintenance, Mathias has worked as a Maintenance Manager, Project and Turnaround Manager and Managing Director in various industries including plant construction, oil and gas and petrochemicals. Mathias graduated in mechanical engineering, with a focus on production and manufacturing technology and has worked at leading companies such as Ferrostaal MAN, ThyssenKrupp, Bilfinger Berger and Veolia as Managing Director and Executive Vice President Eastern Europe, before joining T.A. Cook in 2011.
Philip Morel, Senior Vice President, Consulting Asia Lead
Philip Morel is Senior Vice President at T.A. Cook, responsible for global key accounts, as well as being the Asia consulting lead. With over 35 years of international consulting experience in process industries, Philip helps clients to develop and to implement programs to improve their overall efficiency and return on capital employed. Since joining T.A. Cook in 2010, Philip has been responsible for key account management in the chemicals, petrochemicals and oil and gas industries. Prior to joining T.A. Cook, Philip held roles of Executive Vice President of Operations, Europe and President, Greater China at Alexander Proudfoot, and Senior Manager at Celerant Consulting, where he was responsible for developing and managing key accounts.
Maren Stieler, HR Director
Maren Stieler has been Director of HR at T.A. Cook since 2016, responsible for both operational and strategic personnel management. The versatile HR generalist had already gained international experience in the services sector, having spent time working in the US, Switzerland, and other locations. The 43-year-old, who has a good feel for people and culture, and her team, are responsible for 180 employees around the world.
The Advisory Board was set up by T.A. Cook in 2005 as an independent advisory body. Its principal function is providing the company with strategic support and guidance. The Advisory Board comprises of the following people: