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The Executive Board of APIIDA AG is responsible for managing the company and conducting its business. Its actions and decisions are geared towards the best interests of the Group. Its aim is to create sustainable value for stakeholders. The Executive Board establishes the strategic direction of the Group, agrees this strategy with the Supervisory Board and ensures it is properly implemented.


Management Team


Stefan Schaffner

Stefan Schaffner was born in 1971 in Groß-Gerau. Already while studying mathematics with a focus on computer science at the TU Darmstadt, he founded the software development house ASS-Software Odw. in 1989 and since then has been self-employed as an entrepreneur in the IT sector. In the mid-nineties, he founded, which is still active as an internet service provider. During the first phase of the New Economy from 1999 to 2001, Schaffner was co-founder and CTO of, the first online ordering platform for delivery services and the resulting VivaSystems AG. From 2002 he built PlanetShop, the second-largest online retailer of consumables in Germany. After winning the StartUp competition of McKinsey, Stern, ZDF and the savings banks in the field of a business plan, he founded the new | frontiers Software GmbH together with Markus Müller. In 2008 followed the company accessec GmbH, a consulting firm for IT security and strategic information security. ProFM Facility & Project Management GmbH emerged as a spin-off from this company in 2009, which today operates the virtualization platform for real estate (BAScloud). From 2012 to 2017, Schaffner also managed VERO CERTUS GmbH. In 2017 APIIDA AG emerged from this company, which it now manages as a member of the Executive Board.


Markus Müller

Markus Müller was born in 1982 in Darmstadt. He earned a degree in computer science with a minor in business administration at the Technical University of Darmstadt. While still a student, he founded new frontiers Software GmbH, where he held the position of CTO. After initially being solely responsible for technical product development in his role as Chief Development Officer, he also assumed responsibility for product management in 2019.


Felix Hinderkircher

Felix Hinderkircher started his career as a Technologie Strategist and Environmentalist at Apple in 2008 where he worked with some of the biggest talents in the industry. As a Director of Hardware Technologies, he has helped to build one of the world’s strongest and most innovative teams of technology engineers, overseeing breakthrough technologies including batteries, machine learning, sensors silicon and other technologies across Apple’s entire product line. After a decade at Apple, he decided to focus on technological solutions for the environment and natural resource security. Felix Hinderkircher joined APIIDA in 2019.


Armin Stephan

Armin Stephan was born in 1972. From 1998, he worked for CA Technologies for over 18 years. He joined CA Technologies as Business Development Manager for Enterprise Management Solutions. He has been an Account Director and served as a sales manager for CAs Service Assurance business in Germany prior to joining the Customer Success team in 2011. He served as VP Customer Success EMEA before joined APIIDA AG in 2016. At APIIDA AG he runs Sales & Marketing as well as Services and Support Teams. In 2019 he became COO of APIIDA AG.
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