CEO, Principal lnvestor
Dr. Cornelius Patt, Master rer. soc. Oec, is CEO and principal investor of Voltares Group (privately held) which is dedicated to clean energy and is part of the 1 million tons initiative – aiming at taking out cumulatively 1 million tons of carbon in the current decade.
His studies in business administration at Vienna University of Economics (Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien) were followed by a doctorate in the Department of Marketing in Vienna and New York. From 1995 to 1999, Dr. Patt worked for Roland Berger Strategy Consultants, starting as consultant, followed by the supervision of consultancy projects in Munich.
Dr. Cornelius Patt was Co-Founder and Member of the Management Board of zooplus SE since 1999 and Chairman of the Management Board/CEO since 2006. zooplus SE was taken public in 2008 and again taken private in 2021, at a valuation of € 3,5 bln, ending a successful public market presence with an annual IRR of approx. 30% over this 13-year period. Dr. Cornelius Patt is an analytical and strategic thinker combined with an entrepreneurial spirit and a good grasp of tech for business. Among others, he received the “Private Equity Deal of the Year Europe” award in 2022 and the Sauren Golden Award – “Entrepreneur of the Year” in 2015.