Executive Management

 
Jürgen Kurz – Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Jürgen Kurz – Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

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 device.

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 (CFO)

Ingo Sesemann– Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

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 Facilities.

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.

 

Senior Management

 
Chris Chen – General Manager, China

Chris Chen – General Manager, China

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, Sales, EMEA

Daniel Benz – Managing Director Nero EMEA Sales GmbH, Vice President, Sales, EMEA

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

Jay Cheng – Vice President of Asia Pacific

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 Americas region.

 

 
Laurent Ruben – President Nero Inc., Vice President of Sales Americas

Laurent Ruben – President Nero Inc., Vice President of Sales Americas

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 products.

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.