Volker Straube has over 25 years’ experience in digital marketing and media advertising, including 13 years’ experience at WPP, the world leader in communications services, where he served as Executive Chairman and Managing Director on country level. In 2013, Mr. Straube founded I.A.M. Straube, a venture capital management consulting firm that focuses on ICT investments. As Chairman and CEO at GroupM in Switzerland from 2004 to 2012, he reported directly to the Group CEO EMEA and oversaw a group of agencies - MEC, MINDSHARE, MEDIACOM, MAXUS. He used group scale effects with focus on the development of new media trading and digital technology to maximize the strengths and growth of the agencies as well as the overall market leading position of GroupM. During his time in Frankfurt from 2001 to 2004 he merged The Media Edge business with Mediahaus Ströbel and CIA in Düsseldorf to establish MEC in Germany, as one of the world’s leading media agency networks. Throughout his career, Volker has demonstrated strategic leadership, a passion for money making and an understanding of how to foster an entrepreneurial spirit.