Management Board

John Clifford

John Clifford

Co-founder & CEO

With an engineering background and a Masters degree in Systems Engineering, John’s career has spanned both the buildings and IT/IoT industries.

John is responsible for bringing these two worlds together, nurturing partnerships and new propositions that allow learnd to deliver for their customers.

Simon Wood

Simon Wood

Co-Founder & COO

Simon has spent his career with the leading players in building technology, delivering safe, secure and energy efficient buildings and critical infrastructure.

With an MBA in Sustainability and a background in the industry, Simon has built a career achieving operational excellence and solving customer problems.

Supervisory Board

Gisbert Rühl

Gisbert Rühl

Chairman

Gisbert Rühl was CEO and Chairman of the Board at Klöckner & Co from 2009-2021. He founded XOM Materials. He is currently Chairman at learnd SE, Co-Founder of G&J Invest GmbH, and MD of CHEPSTOW CAPITAL GmbH, and serves on the board of KREATIZE GmbH and Metaloop GmbH. Gisbert is also involved with non-profit organizations and holds a degree in Industrial Engineering.

Josef Brunner

Josef Brunner

Board Member

Josef Brunner is an entrepreneur and active investor in various start-ups and deep tech firms. He has founded successful companies like JouleX and relayr, and co-founded G&J Invest with Gisbert Rühl. Josef is involved in guiding leadership teams and enjoys transforming ideas into public companies. He is an author and board member for several companies, and a government advisor.

Stefan Spang

Stefan Spang

Board Member

Stefan Spang, former Senior Partner at McKinsey & Co, focuses on digital transformation and financial services. He advises, invests and serves as a board member for various companies including learnd SE. Stefan built McKinsey’s global tech consulting capability and led global M&A activities. He holds a doctorate in Information Systems and sits on the board of AESC.

Karl-Theodor (KT) zu Guttenberg

Karl-Theodor (KT) zu Guttenberg

Board Member

Karl-Theodor (KT) zu Guttenberg is Germany’s former minister of economics. He has experience as a board member at numerous companies, ranging form NGOs to tech companies. KT is also a founder and shareholder in Open Minds Media, giving him a wealth of media experience. KT holds a PhD from the University of Southampton school of management.