My name is Henning Emmrich. I'm a passionate leader and founder. I’m happy when I can inspire other people. I’m a doer with a passion for people and processes.
What I've done professionally so far
In which companies I have worked
- GROUP Rainer Kossow GmbH — Project Manager
- CEYONIQ AG — Product Manager
- amenotec GmbH — Director of Marketing, Partner, and Product Management
- d.velop AG — Product Marketing Manager
- SAPERION AG — Director of Marketing
- VOI e.V. — Executive Board
- Pentadoc KnowHouse GmbH — Managing Director
- EASY Software AG — Director of Strategic Development
- Flash-U GmbH — Managing Director, Chief Digital Officer
- Shopmacher GmbH — Project Manager e-Commerce
- Frontastic GmbH — Founder, Chief Operating Officer
- commercetools GmbH — Senior Vice President Frontend Platform
- goodgrow GmbH — investing in impact topics, mainly startups addressing climate change, resource efficiency, and waste prevention.
What I'm best at
I'm a generalist — as you can quickly see. My passion is to create fundamental, lasting things.
Whereby things are to be understood quite broadly: I'm as proud of an icon library that's created and that has lasted for almost a decade as I'm of a new price list with a revolutionary concept that has also lasted for many years — even after I left. But I'm just as happy about the teams I've built and the people I've helped to develop positively. And, of course, also processes that I've automated or fundamental business decisions and orientations that I've affected.
Finally, I was happy to see how much the values, goals, and Ways of Working resonated with the Frontastic team.
It's important to me not only to initiate things but also to complete them. People are at the center of this — because you can't implement anything any other way.
An example of the importance of interpersonal relationships: When reflecting on an asset deal for which I was responsible, the CEO of the purchased unit said that it was essentially the good feeling I'd generated in him that had led to the decision in favor of us as the buyer.
Building my first company
In my professional career, I've been responsible for developing the company in various positions. But it was when I was in my mid-40s I decided to start my own company with my co-founders.
As COO and Co-Founder, I've helped to build a remote native company. Eventually, we were 60 team members operating out of 20 countries in many time zones — mostly asynchronously. Our company culture and our Ways of Working resonated very much with the team members. Furthermore, we managed to automate almost every process using tools like Zapier and Make.
The private person
I come from the far north, from Oldenburg in Holstein. Today I live with my family and our dog in a suburb of Münster. I'm delighted to be active outdoors, whether with the dog, on my gravel bike, or skiing.
Henning Emmrich studied social pedagogics and business administration in Münster. For 25 years he has been working in the enterprise software industry.
As a thinker and doer, he has helped a variety of companies in different industries and in different positions to drive their business forward: As Product Owner, Marketing Director, Chief Digital Officer, or Head of Business Development. As a leader, he has helped many individuals grow.
In early 2018, he co-founded Frontastic as COO. The company is considered a pioneer and flagship company of remote culture in Germany. Frontastic was successfully sold to commercetools at the end of 2021.
Henning Emmrich writes about digital transformation, business processes as well as remote culture. He gives passionate talks on topics such as the needs of distributed teams and business process automation.
As a consultant, coach, and sparring partner, he helps fast-growing companies find structures and develop and shape a corporate culture with a hands-on mentality.
His passions as an entrepreneur include building an outstanding corporate culture with close social bonds between employees as the foundation of high-performing distributed teams, as well as automating repetitive trivialities.
In 2023, he, Thomas Gottheil, and Michal Bartmanski started goodgrow. They are all entrepreneurs who have built and successfully sold tech startups ourselves. With their practical experience, network, and capital, they now help early-stage start-ups that want to bring about sustainable and significant change in the areas of climate, resource efficiency, and waste avoidance.
Henning Emmrich studierte Sozial Pädagogik und Betriebswirtschaftslehre in Münster. Seit 25 Jahren ist er in der Enterprise Software Branche tätig.
Als Denker und Macher hat er einer Vielzahl von Unternehmen in unterschiedlichen Branchen und in unterschiedlichen Positionen geholfen, ihr Geschäft voranzutreiben: Als Product Owner, Marketing Director, Chief Digital Officer, oder Head of Business Development. Als Leader hat er vielen Individuen geholfen, sich weiterzuentwickeln.
Anfang 2018 hat er Frontastic als COO mitgegründet. Das Unternehmen gilt in Deutschland als ein Vorreiter und Vorzeige-Unternehmen der Remote Kultur. Ende 2021 wurde Frontastic erfolgreich an commercetools verkauft.
Henning Emmrich schriebt über digitale Transformation, Geschäftsprozesse sowie über Remote-Kultur. Er hält leidenschaftliche Vorträge etwa über die Bedürfnisse von verteilten Teams oder die Automatisierung von Geschäftsprozessen.
Als Berater, Coach und Sparring Partner hilft er mit Hands-On-Mentalität schnell wachsenden Unternehmen Strukturen zu finden und eine Unternehmenskultur zu entwicklen und zu prägen.
Zu seinen Leidenschaften als Unternehmer gehört der Aufbau einer herausragenden Unternehmenskultur mit engen sozialen Bindungen zwischen den Mitarbeitern als Grundlage von hoch-performanten, verteilten Teams sowie die Automatisierung von wiederkehrenden Kleinigkeiten.
2023 hat er zusammen mit Thomas Gottheil und Michal Bartmanski die goodgrow gegründet. Alle drei sind Unternehmer, die selber Tech-Startups aufgebaut und erfolgreich verkauft haben. Mit Praxiserfahrung, Netzwerk und Kapital helfen sie nun frühphasigen Startups in den Themenfeldern Klima, Ressourcen-Effizienz und Müllvermeidung, die einen nachhaltigen und wesentlichen Wandel herbeiführen wollen.