Curriculum Vitae of Harald Zenke
Harald Zenke has been a Managing Director of North Channel Bank since April 1, 2017. Until the end of March 2017, he served as Managing Director of the (Strategy & Finance) Advisory platform in Frankfurt which he founded in 2013. He successfully served clients, focusing on strategic changes in the financial industry, the development of financing concepts for medium-sized and multi-national enterprises, and he was actively involved in entrepreneurial advisory services.
Mr Zenke has profound knowledge in complex financing structures (structured finance, LBOs, etc. – relating to borrowed capital, mezzanine capital and equity) as well as their effects in turn on the overall strategy of an enterprise.
His core expertise also includes the development of overall sales strategies and, in relation to financing, overall strategies for new products or regional markets. Harald Zenke also has a vast expertise in consulting German and European midsized businesses, and has remarkably in-depth industry knowledge of the renewable energies, automotive supply, logistics, infrastructure and transportation (shipping, aviation) industries, and also in “digital business models” and local government infrastructure solutions.
Mr Zenke has more than 15 years of experience in the direct management of sales units and managed structuring units (corporate finance) for over 10 years. From October 2016 to March 2017, he was a Member of the Board of Public Finance AG in Essen, a company specializing in local government finance and local government infrastructure solutions. Since 2015, Mr Zenke has also been a Managing Partner of the Réseau Group, a consultant network, and also at Smart Grid Solution GmbH in Frankfurt since 2016.
From January 2011 until April 2013, he held the position of Speaker of the Management Board of KFW IPEX-Bank GmbH in Frankfurt, the export and project finance arm of the KfW banking group. In the 14 years prior to that, Mr Zenke successfully held various executive roles at the Landesbank Baden-Württemberg.
As Executive Vice President Europe, he was responsible for the entire European corporate banking business outside of Baden-Württemberg as well as the Corporate Finance division, including Syndication, Acquisition Finance, Project Finance and Lease Refinancing. During this time, he provided guidance and support for the acquisition and integration of four banks and was responsible for the development of a European network of operations in nine countries. Harald Zenke began his career at Dresdner Bank AG and Citibank AG.
Mr Zenke holds a degree in economics from the University of Bonn.