Jürgen Kurz, Chief Executive Officer and member of
the company’s board of directors, leads the development of Nero’s
digital media solutions which provide consumers the freedom to create,
manage and enjoy their digital media anytime, anywhere and on any
Prior to becoming CEO in April 2010, Kurz served in roles as COO and
SVP of Products, managing Nero’s Global Products, Research &
Development, Quality Management, Sales & Marketing, Customer Support
and IT divisions.
Prior to joining Nero in January 2008, Kurz spent over 11 years at
Quark Inc., where he served as Senior Vice President of Worldwide
Products. During his tenure, he oversaw Product Management, Research
& Development and Quality Assurance for all of Quark’s market
leading desktop and enterprise publishing products. He also spent five
years in the German publishing industry pioneering print, Web and
multimedia products for multiple German publishing companies.
Kurz holds a Media Design degree from the MediaDesign Hochschule,
Munich, and a degree in Marketing Communications from the IHK, Munich
(staatl. gepr. Werbekaufmann).
Ingo Sesemann Chief Financial Officer, member of the
board of directors of Nero AG and managing director of Nero Development
and Services GmbH and Nero EMEA Sales GmbH, joined Nero in July 2012. He
is responsible for Finance, Human Resources, Customer Support, IT and
Prior to joining Nero, Sesemann served for 14 years as Commercial
Director at COR&FJA AG, a publicly listed company with more than
1.100 employees, which is one of Europes leading software and consulting
companies for the insurance- and banking sector. During his tenure he
was in charge of accounting and controlling, investor relations, M&A
and company organisation. For five Years, he was also serving as head
of human resources. Before this time, he was head of accounting and
controlling at a Value Added Reseller for IT-hardware for two years,
after being branch-controller of a system vendor in the
data-network-technology business for four years.
Sesemann holds a degree in Business Administration and is investment analyst with DVFA/CEFA certification.
As Chief Product Officer, Martin Stein manages the
product and marketing departments and drives the vision and direction
for Nero’s Products. Prior to joining Nero, he served as VP of Products
and Services at Extensis. Under Martin’s direction, the company
successfully pioneered and released a cloud-based digital media
management platform for fonts and an SaaS solution for photos and
videos. At Quark, Martin drove the product vision for a scalable,
real-time media management solution, which hundreds of media enterprises
such as Time Inc to manage their production processes. Martin held
Media Publishing and Business Development positions at IDG and Apple.
He holds a Master’s degree in Social Science with a focus on empirical research from the Technical University Stuttgart, Germany.
Chris Chen, General Manager for China, leads the China Development Center.
Prior to joining Nero in 2007, Chen was Director of Video Products at
ArcSoft and has more than 10 years of coding experience in embedded
system, main frame bank system and Microsoft Windows applications. He
also has five years of management experience within the multimedia
software industry, specifically focusing on video editing products,
TV-related technologies, codecs and BD and HD DVD related technologies.
Chen holds a Masters degree in Laser Physics with the China Institute of Metrology.
Daniel Benz, Managing Director Nero EMEA Sales GmbH,
Vice President of Sales for Nero in Europe, the Middle East and Africa
(EMEA), oversees all Retail, Volume Licensing, and Online Sales
divisions within the region.
During his nearly 10-year tenure with Nero, Benz held a variety of
sales positions within the company, in which he successfully developed a
number of new markets and channels. Key accounts and programs under his
supervision delivered a consistent and reliable revenue stream.
Benz’s previous responsibilities included the management and
expansion of Nero´s Retail and Volume Licensing channel and marketing
activities in EMEA and the Asia Pacific Region outside of Japan.
Benz holds a Master´s degree in International Business Studies and Culture from the University of Passau in Germany.
Jay Cheng, Vice President of Asia Pacific, oversees all sales activities for the OEM, Volume License and Retail channels in the region.
Cheng joined Nero in 2005 and has held various sales and product
development positions since then. Previously as the Director of Nero
MobileSync OEM, Cheng led the development and product management team
that created tailored software solutions for some of the world’s largest
mobile, PC and CE device manufacturers. In various sales roles, Cheng
has built deep relationships with OEM and retail partners in the
Laurent Ruben, President Nero Inc., Vice President of Sales Americas, he oversees all Retail, Volume Licensing, and OEM sales activities.
Before joining Nero in January 2011, Ruben spent over 7 years at
Quark Inc., where he served as Director of Sales North America. During
his tenure, he also drove Quark’s efforts in successfully repositioning
the company in South Europe for both Desktop and Enterprise publishing
Prior to Quark, Ruben was CEO for Sur La Terre Medias, a Web start-up
in high-end web content portal including a network of 25 printed city
magazines in both Europe and US.
Ruben holds two Master’s degrees from Middlesex University (London,
UK) and Euromed Management (Marseille, France) in European Management
and in Economics. He is fluent in French, English, Italian and Spanish.