Our Leadership Team

Marc Gille
Founder and CEO

Marc Gille Thing-it

Dr. Marc Gille is founder of THING TECHNOLOGIES, serial entrepreneur, and father of the Thing-it product.

He was SVP Product Management, SunGard/FIS until 2016, where he was in charge of the company’s integration, business process management technology, and strategy.

Marc Gille has a background in IT and physics and holds a Dr.-Ing. in Information Science from the Ruhr-Universität Bochum.

Klaus Berberich
Founder and CRO

Klaus Berberich Thing-it

Klaus has 15 years of experience in applying disruptive technologies to drive innovation in his clients' businesses via software solution design, delivery, and sales. Germany born, he started his career at CARNOT in 2001 and subsequently spent seven years in the United States based out of New York City.

Prior to Thing-it, Klaus was a consulting partner in FIS’ Asset Management business where he helped some of FIS’ largest global clients on their path towards digitalization via software innovation.

Volker Matejka
VP Engineering

Volker Matejka Thing-it

Volker has over 15 years of experience in software development and agile management in companies like Siemens, ABB, and REALTECH.

He brings a broad expertise in software systems, from hardware-centric solutions to enterprise scale cloud applications.

Volker holds a Master's degree in computer science from the Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences.

Hussein Zaazou
VP Professional Services

Hussein Zaazou Thing-it

Hussein is a technology and digitization enthusiast. He was promoted to VP in 2022 after joining Thing-it in 2019. Previously he has gathered over 8 years of Strategy Consulting experience at Accenture Strategy, leading and delivering Technology and IT related strategic project at various DAX30 and Fortune 500 companies. 

Hussein holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from INSEAD and a Master of Science degree in information and communication technology from the Darmstadt University of Technology. 

Julia Drewes

Julia Drewes Thing-it

Julia has over 20 years of experience as a finance and interims manager in controlling, finance & organization, corporate consulting, and special commercial projects.

She worked in national & global business planning, forecasting, internal and external reporting, key performance indicators, financial accounting, ERP systems, and M & A.

Julia holds a diploma in economics from the University of Saarland.

Henrik Lüngen
VP Sales

Henrik Lüngen Thing-it

Henrik has 26 years of experience in Sales and Business Development in IoT, building technologies and telecommunications.

Prior to joining Thing-it, Hendrik was responsible for the Go To Market-strategy for the Siemens products Comfy and Enlighted.

Our Advisory Board

Nikolas Samios

Nikolas Samios Thing-it

Nikolas Samios is Managing Partner of PropTech1 Ventures,a regular keynote speaker and panelist at professional events, and together with Anja Rath co-author of the venture capital standard reference book DEALTERMS.VC.

Uwe Schimmelschmidt

Uwe Schimmelschmidt Thing-it

Dr. Uwe Schimmelschmidt is a Partner at Anyon, an early-stage technology investment firm with a focus on PropTech startups and a long-term investment philosophy. Dr. Uwe Schimmelschmidt is also the founder and managing director of AITHEMIS Steuerberatungsgesellschaft mbH. He spent 23 years at Clifford Chance, one of the world's leading business law firms, where he was a long-standing partner and the Head of Tax Germany.

Leonie Schilling

Leonie Schilling Thing-it

Leonie Schilling works as an Investment Professional at coparion, a multi-stage venture capital funds with 275 m€ AuM. Before her career as an investor, she worked in banking and strategy consulting. She regularly appears as a jury member or panelist at various events and has a broad global network.



Thomas Zinnöcker has held management positions at Krantz TKT GmbH, Deutsche Telekom Immobilien und Service GmbH, GSW Immobilien AG, Gagfah S.A., Vonovia SE and ista International GmbH. From 2014 to 2020, he was Chairman of the Board of the Institute for Corporate Governance in the German Real Estate Industry e.V. He also was a member of the Board of the German Real Estate Association ZIA. Thomas Zinnöcker currently holds various supervisory board positions.



Shahin Dashti works as an Investment Manager at Futury Capital, a Frankfurt based multi-stage venture capital fund . Before his career as an investor, he worked on FoF investments at the European Investment Fund and in strategy consulting at KPMG. He regularly appears as a jury member or speaker at various tech events.

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