Emma – The Sleep Company has appointed Andreas Westendoerpf as its chief technology officer (CTO). The experienced technologist plans to establish a new IT platform to support the Frankfurt-based company's ambitions to become the leading international sleeptech company.
Before joining Emma, Andreas worked as CTO and MD of Engel & Voelkers Technology for three years, where he was responsible for the development and restructuring of the group's internal tech company. Prior to this, the computer scientist worked for the online retailer Zalando and spent almost 10 years in international management consulting, most notably at KPMG.
"My motivation is to experience growth – in business terms as well as in the personal development of people," says Andreas. "What I find especially exciting about Emma, is that agility, ambition and diversity are woven into the cultural DNA of the company. Emma fulfills all the prerequisites for achieving its very challenging goals – and now the next logical step is to improve their tech. I am also convinced by Emma's guiding principle – improving sleep through technology, one night at a time.
"My goal is to make technological expertise available in every team so that ultimately Emma's customers are offered the best products and services". To achieve this, Andreas plans to connect and involve all parties active in the development of products. "IT knowledge must not be limited to a few but should be integrated into all areas of the company. Each team should have the ability to implement algorithms itself and extract knowledge from data."
Dr Dennis Schmoltzi, founder and CEO of Emma (alongside Manuel Mueller), says: "Emma stands for technology and progress, both online and offline. It is essential to create IT-supported structures for the further development of our company. Andreas Westendoerpf will anchor his expertise and vision in the Emma DNA and bring new impetus for the future."
Pictured: Andreas Westendoerpf, photographed by Moritz Reich