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The high quality of our work has a visible IMPACT on our client’s success.

#kaizen #purpose #focus



We take on absolute OWNERSHIP for our actions and everything that happens around us.

#ego-free #beproactive #commitment



Our DRIVE inspires colleagues to go above and beyond every day.

#highlymotivated #ethusiasm #persistence



We actively drive INNOVATION forward by questioning the status quo with radical and crazy ideas – even when others say „It doesn’t work that way."

#outsidethebox #curiousmind #bebrave



For us, INTEGRITY means to always act and communicate honestly and with good intentions.

#makemistakes #behonest #embracefeedback



We create a FUN work environment with happiness-boosting traditions to uplift each other's spirit on a daily basis.

#positivevibes #lovewhatyoudo #teamspirit



We align our actions with the principles of economic, environmental and social SUSTAINABILITY.

#lesswaste #partnership #noplanetb



We RESPECT all humans, their opinions as well as their choices - even if we do not share them.

#diversity #inclusion #mindfulness


Enable European companies to recruit digital professionals on their own


High-quality executive search in the digital and IT sector by using and developing our proprietary technology


To develop the best AI-driven recruiting process

To create a value-added knowledge base for businesses

To be Europe's coolest HR consultancy

The best of two worlds

Startup Methodology

As a young startup, we know how important it is to focus on the essentials and eliminate wastefulness. Because: Resources are scarce – especially time and money. That’s why we’re striving to make our IT recruiting process fast, efficient and affordable for our customers, using lean startup methods.

Classic executive search

Speed without quality is like yin without yang! When it comes to identifying the perfect match for an open position, we look to the supreme discipline of recruiting services: the classic executive search. To that end, we only present candidates, that show all the signs of being a particularly good fit.

Meet the team

We are passionate digitalizers, hungry for success by nature, addicted to the idea of the “perfect match” and have a “high performer” attitude.
Our team spends every free minute working on our digital executive search and supports our clients in every project, no matter how challenging!




























Haven of peace & optimist to the core with an eye for the beautiful things in life

Thomas Bockholdt

Managing Director & Co-Founder

The "daddy" of the team has more experience in executive search under his (well-groomed) fingernails than the rest of us put together. His modest success rate: over 90%! (500 projects in over 20 years and he only ever had two guarantee cases - which he rarely speaks about :P) This certainly has something to do with his extremely trustworthy and calm manner; at the same time he lets his fine sense of humour shine through from time to time. One thing is certain: If Thomas gives his word, he keeps it! Married for almost 30 years, father of three children and art collector (not a bad hobby either). Seems like it's working out quite nicely for him outside the office, too.


Data maintenance


Unconventional serial entrepreneur & tech autodidact

Daniel Stojanovic

Managing Director & Co-Founder

Daniel already founded his first company at the tender age of 19, some years later his second and with bits&birds now his third. So nobody can fool him so quickly when it comes to the start-up life. Besides impressive skills in project management and business strategy, he has also built up a considerable knowledge in the field of software development - autodidactically of course! When Daniel is not in the office - which happens very rarely - he can be found on a surfboard or in the boxing ring.
At bits&birds, Daniel takes over tasks of a managing director and drives the technical development of our product. Because that is not yet enough for him, he also teaches as a lecturer at the International School of Management on strategy and HR topics.


Genius & insanity

Rolling "R"

Digital recruiter & "people catcher" with a sense for sustainability

Lukas Messelhäuser

Head of Recruiting & Operations | Co-Founder

In addition to his professionalism, Lukas' clients – and we, too – love his ability to listen extremely well and to like people. Both candidates and his employees, who would "give the shirt off their backs" for him, notice this. Flexiganer, cyclist and flower shirt fan - these are only three things that necessarily belong to Lukas.
Lukas has studied business administration at universities in Germany and abroad and then started directly in digital and IT recruiting. He is thus "from the trade" and is responsible for operations at bits&birds.




Business developer & aesthete with finesse

Can Ulusoy

Head of Growth & Co-Founder

He wears Fenerbahce on his chest, carries the world in his heart and wears selected sneakers on his feet. Or trades them profitably around the globe. He drives every business forward, our Can. With good ideas and full of vigour. And when he takes a break, he challenges us with his fingers. On the Playstation. And wins again.
As Entrepreneur in Residence with focus on Business Development, Can works very closely with our MDs, owns most marketing and sales processes and provides conceptual support in the area of operations. He can do almost everything. And does it.




Technology doctor and proud father

Johannes Bendler


As CTO, Johannes is not only essential for the development and perfection of our software Cybird©, but as the head of the development team, he is also a great mentor for the entire team. He holds a doctorate in business informatics and has already been co-founder of a startup.
So, Johannes brings the perfect mix of absolute computer science expertise and start-up experience to bits&birds. For a bit of variety, Johannes goes to the sea with his family or to the mountains for hiking or skiing.
As a proud father of two boys, there is rarely any rest in the Bendler home. His two boys ensure that his everyday life is an exciting one.

Code control

Home improvements

Daddy cool

Outstanding networker & sports enthusiast

Andreas Oetker

Partner | Division Lead – Recruiting (Digital)

As a hobby ornithologist Andreas likes to be out in nature (aka. Golf Course) and is always looking for his next (first) albatross, eagles and Birdies.
Born in Munich - how could it be otherwise - he is a big supporter of FC Bayern Munich and and in our FIFA sessions he has a similar quota as Hansi Flick.
As an expert for TV Shows and Movies across all genres, Andreas is the first internal contact point when once again the Netflix decision seems to be impossible to solve.

At bits&birds, Andreas will not only bring his extraordinary personality to the table but also will use his extensive network and his previous experience at ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE (NuCom), Arvantis Group and CareerTeam Group to build up our Munich office step-by-step.

Dad jokes


Movie & series junkie

Passionate interior designer with Yogi mindset

Ilona Potaszkin

Digital Marketing Manager

Ilona is, both in private and professional life, the person to consult when the creative thoughts are just taking their time or the last detail seems to be missing.
To ensure that Ilona never runs out of creativity, she seeks and finds her balance in yoga sessions and mindfulness exercises. Not a day goes by without her meditating cross-legged and finishing her exercises with a "Namaste" before she starts her day.

At bits&birds, Ilona is responsible for all marketing activities from LinkedIn posts to the Google Ads campaigns, making our Social media channels burn. By the way, she also runs her own online store "ANÓLIA".


Positive vibes

Cucumber lover

Lovable personality psychologist & judge of character

Sarah Mahling

Chapter Lead – Recruiting (Tech)

Sarah and coffee simply belong together, because nothing works without her first coffee in the morning. Nevertheless, she loves to get up early to enjoy the morning peace and quiet and be really productive. To balance work and leisure time, Sarah likes to go to the gym to really work out.
Her multi-faceted personality is also reflected in her diverse musical taste: she likes to listen to classical pieces as well as hip hop music.

At bits&birds, Sarah is able to apply her psychological skills as well as her IT understanding excellently and do what she really loves every day - the exchange and communication with people.
With her warm and open manner she is a lovable and sympathetic conversational partner for everyone and the perfect addition to our recruiting team.

Early bird

Coffee lover


Charmer with a great sense of humor

Thies Hinderer

Chapter Lead – Recruiting (Digital)

Thies embodies calmness and appears to never be stressed. Everyone values this superpower highly, because it is the perfect balance to the crazier birds in the team.
In spite of his peaceful nature, Thies is very passionate about crimonology... As a consequence, he is always on track to find the perfect candidates without missing any details.
Thies not only has a calm personality, but also likes to start the day slow and steady #latebird & enjoys watching netflix or challenging the team for an office FIFA match.

As recruiting and soon-to-be business psychology expert, Thies brings essential knowledge & expertise to the bits&birds team. In combination with his personality that makes him a valuable part of the recruiting team.




Wise operation philosopher with Greek roots

Aristotelis Bassios

Junior Partner | Division Lead – Recruiting (IT & Financial Services)

As part of the management circle of bits&birds, Ari is co-responsible in particular for the areas of operations and sales.
In addition to these tasks, he will build up and expand our location in Frankfurt am Main step-by-step, which means that the bits&birds flag will also be held high in the heart of Germany.
With over 10 years of experience in the international executive search environment and his specialization in the finance and technology sector, the native Hessian with Greek roots is an absolute expert in his field.
Ari's big passion is basketball, as he has been eagerly following all NBA games of the New York Knicks and the Greek national team since his college days in the USA.


Basketball expert

Table tennis

Surfer Girl with empathy superpower

Louisa Wobig

Working Student Growth

Louisa is our absolute LeadGen Queen, who can also write excellent texts. With her determined, bright and cheerful manner, she enriches not only the Growth Team, but the entire company. Louisa is also a PowerPoint super talent. She manages to make every presentation unique.
Growing up in a large patchwork family, Louisa knows exactly how to keep calm in stressful and turbulent situations. She finds her balance to the exciting start-up life on the tennis court and by the sea surfing.
Louisa quickly recognises where things are burning and is always immediately on hand to offer advice and support. Her superpower is definitely her empathy and sensitivity. She always has an open ear and you can rely on her 100% at all times.




Tech all-round talent & motivational coach

Leon Meier

Product Owner Website & Software

Leon is our "go-to person" when it comes to all web development activities at bits&birds. He wears the hat and is the interface between the development and content teams. With his open and solution-oriented manner, he always finds creative approaches to advance our marketing processes and product development.
Based on his previous stations, you could almost call him "Mr. Startup". His experience ranges from digital transformation projects to product development. In his spare time, Leon is also involved in startup stuff and works on his project Afyamoto, a sustainable fair trade label.
Through his social engagement and involvement in sustainable projects in Tanzania, he has easily learned the local language Swahili.


Hair gel level


Wordplay acrobat with a heart for dogs

Marie-Sophie Kuhlmann

Working Student Growth

Marie is a true bits&birds old hand, having been with the company since day one and always pushing bits&birds forward with her keen sense of detail and creative ideas.
When Marie needs a little time out and is in Hamburg, she can be found on the tennis court and afterwards with her dog Blue. Marie is actually studying in the Netherlands, where she is also diligently learning Dutch alongside her Master's degree.
When organisational talent is needed, Marie is our first port of call. She always keeps an overview, even when things are chaotic. With her quick perception, creative mind and expertise in communication, Marie is a great asset to the entire team.

Creative mind

Search yoda

Projekt management

Creative whirlwind with a heart of gold

Katrin Frotscher

Founder's Associate Growth

As an all-round talent, our bundle of energy, Katrin supports both the Founder's Associate and the Growth Team. With her communicative and creative nature, she is just the right person to drive forward fundamental topics such as company values, feedback culture or all marketing activities. She also always has an open ear and cares lovingly for all her team colleagues. With a wide range of interests, she dedicated herself to her great passion, the start-up scene, right after her law degree. With her social start-up Afyamoto, she wants to promote sustainable development in Tanzania. For an optimal work-life balance, she works out by jogging and strengthens her mindfulness through yoga and meditation. On her bucket list: Travel the world and get her pilot's licence.


Communication & writing skills


Gourmet with a knack for numbers

Vincent Friedrichs

Founder's Associate Finance

Vincent, better known as Vinko, is an absolute gourmet and passionate hobby cook who has found his mentor in Frank Rosin. He likes to replace the good old sandwich at lunchtime with a spontaneous visit to a restaurant.
As CFO and chairman of the board of a stock exchange association, Vincent feels extremely comfortable in the realm of numbers, not only professionally but also in his free time. At bits&birds, Vincent ensures with his affectionate rigour that everything runs smoothly financially behind the scenes and always has a light-hearted quip on the side.
It's not only his gourmet existence that provides variety, but also his passion for playing basketball. As soon as the sun appears in the sky, Vincent can be found on the basketball court after work.




Creative power woman with animal companion

Linh Truong

Recruiting Specialist (Tech)

Linh enriches our ops team not only with her cheerful and open nature, but also with her passion for hr topics around the digital & IT area. Every day she pushes the whole team with her get things done mentality and builds personal relationships in candidate interviews.
In her free time, she is on the volleyball field. There, she is better known as "Schmetter-Linh." So you'd better watch out if there's a ball around.
She is a pure epicurean, because when she is not on the volleyball field, she is passionate about cooking. Vietnamese is her favorite. At bits&birds Linh not only brings in her excellent communication skills, but also makes sure that we have animal reinforcement in the office with Monty.

Dog mom

Volleyball queen

Beer Pong

Globetrotter with a passion for baking

Johanna Liebhart

Junior Recruiting Specialist (Digital)

Johanna is not only our junior recruiter, but also our exclusive professional baker! Almost every week she sweetens us not only with her cheerful personality, but also with home-baked delicacies. You could think we've been in a land of plenty since she arrived.
Johanna finds her balance to work not only in baking, but also in the gym and on trips. She is a true globetrotter who has already visited a total of 34 countries. Her wish is to have travelled the whole world at some point.
As a junior recruiter, Johanna brings not only her excellent communication skills, but also a lot of experience in the HR field. A perfect combination for the search and qualification of top candidates and a wonderful enrichment for our team.


Happy bird


Sporting ace with a penchant for perfectionism

Fenja Hanno

Visiting Associate – Recruiting (Digital)

Fenja is part of the operations team at bits&birds and takes care of both our external and internal positions. When support is needed in the operations team, Fenja is our first point of contact and absolute secret weapon. With her communicative nature, her drive and her empathy, she is perfectly equipped for the job.
And her quote "I simply didn't have time for flops" already has legendary status with us.
Fenja finds a balance to the turbulent start-up life at home in the quiet countryside of Dithmarschen. She is an absolute sports fan, but when it comes to table tennis, her talent is still a little hidden. But what is not, can still become...

Support center

Table tennis


Horse girl with an eye for detail

Aileen Rieck

Junior Recruiting Specialist (Digital)

Our Junior Recruiter Aileen is our Internal Hiring Queen and Onboarding Fairy. With her friendly and positive manner, Aileen finds top candidates not only for us, but also for our clients. At the same time, she knows how to create a feel-good atmosphere at all times, both internally and externally.
Her great passion is horse riding and she is also an absolute fan of exit games. Here she can demonstrate her logical thinking skills, her stamina and her eye for detail.
It is precisely these and many other skills that she demonstrates every day at bits&birds and finds the best candidates for us, no matter how well they may have hidden themselves.

Horse girl

Sourcing machine

Pasta lover

Series junkie & animal lover with expert knowledge

Christiane Lechler

Recruiting Specialist (Digital)

Coming from the deepest part of Bavaria, Christiane grew up in the dreamlike scenery of picturesque mountains and lakes. With so much nature, it is not surprising that she has become a real animal lover.
So when Christiane isn't committing herself to bits&birds, she teaches her cat Lilly little tricks and is the biggest penguin fan we know. From socks to paper clips, she owns everything in penguin design.
With a wide range of professional experience in HR, Christiane brings a lot of drive to our operations team and ensures that both clients and candidates have a great customer journey throughout the process.
With her expertise, she finds qualified candidates for even the most specialized and challenging positions.

Fitness queen

Pinguin lover

Poker face

Organisational talent meets acting talent

Svenja Ruge

Founder's Associate - Executive Assistant

Svenja is the right hand of our Co-founder Daniel.
With her organizational talent and calm manner, she creates order and structure in his schedule and supports the entire team in various projects. With her bright and creative nature, Svenja always ensures a positive working environment and motivates everyone around her to do their best.
She is also a very patient person who is not easily ruffled. Besides her activities at bits&birds, Svenja is a passionate actress and can therefore be found in front of the camera from time to time. Besides acting, Svenja does not miss out on sports. Yoga and floorball, among other things, provide a good balance to work.

Acting talent


Competitive eating

Speedy texter with rhythm in her blood

Sophia Jensen

Working Student Growth

Sophia is a multi-talent and therefore an irreplaceable part of our Growth Team. Without Sophia's creative input, our content production would lack that certain something.
With 100% commitment, she has also taken on the topic of Google Ads and acquired so much knowledge, which qualifies her to be an absolute SEA master.
With organizational skills and focus, Sophia works quickly and is always on hand when someone in the team needs help and power to push projects forward. In her free time, Sophia's level of energy shows during extended fitness workouts and on the dance floor to hip-hop music.
Living in a village that has more cows than inhabitants, Sophia also finds the relaxation and peace she needs to balance startup life.

Dancing queen


Picky eater

Coffee junkie with a large network

Maximilian Beckmann

Junior Partner | Division Lead – Recruiting (Tech)

With his many years of experience in the start-up environment as well as in the field of HR consulting, Max is a valuable asset to our management team. His huge network also helps him find suitable candidates for even the most difficult positions.
His loyal companion Lotti, a French bulldog, provides the necessary calm and supports Max in the office diligently.
In order to switch off, Max is passionate about playing tennis and bouldering. Born as a classic Hamburg fish head, Max now lives near to the Tegernsee and enjoys being surrounded by the mountains there. But he still gets homesick in autumn and winter and enjoys the cool air blowing around his ears at the North Sea.


Dog Walker


Silverbird with world-saving instinct

Thorsten Brusemann

Senior Recruiting Specialist (IT)

With his many years of national and international experience in the executive search field, Thorsten is a Silverbird among us birdies. He combines extensive technology knowledge with industry know-how in the areas of logistics, industry, and consumer & retail. With his broad knowledge, he supports the entire team in all areas.
Thorsten finds his balance to work, especially in outdoor activities. He is also a great Borussia Dortmund supporter. His fan love actually went so far that he even wore a Dortmund jersey to the New York City Marathon in 2011.
In addition to his sporting activities, Thorsten is also involved in voluntary work. Most recently, he supported the people in the Ahrtal with the clean-up work.

IT security skills


Oasis of calm

Coffee lover with a sense of rhythm

Carina Bach

Recruiting Specialist (Digital)

Carina and her morning coffee are inseparable. She starts every day full of verve and gets actively involved in a wide variety of projects. With her open-minded, communicative and warm manner, she captivates everyone and ensures
that both candidates and clients feel completely at ease. Carina's great passion is dancing. As a budding ballroom dance teacher, rhythm is in Carina's blood.
With her training, she also wants to share this passion
with aspiring dancers and promote talent. Another of
Carina's passions is travelling. She is particularly fond of big cities, where she can best absorb and get to know the culture of the country.

Dancing queen



Cat lover and support centre No. 1

Dejan Simic

Working Student Product Owner

Dejan is our man when it comes to our client portal.
As a product owner, he always keeps an overview and implements all ideas and suggestions for improvement in a blink of an eye. He not only coordinates the various tasks, but also makes sure that the implementation runs smoothly. As a student of business informatics, he has the perfect qualifications for this and can put the theory he has learned directly into practice at bits&birds.
Dejan's cats provide a welcome change at the regular bits&birds meetings. They run around wildly on him or lie comfortably on his shoulder and take a little nap there.
With his helpfulness and constant availability, he supports the entire team and always has an open ear for everyone.

Cat dad

Rooftop diving

IT jokes

Clever mind with power

Katharina Hell

Junior Recruiting Specialist (Digital)

Katharina, also known as Katha, complements our recruiting team with her cool head and considerate personality.
Even when things get wild in the operations team, she remains calm and sees the essentials. Above all, she is characterized by her extremely high, yet detailed, search speed and no detail escapes her. Her unerring aim and practiced eye not only help Katha in recruiting, but also make her our Beer Pong queen.
When Katha is not finding talent at record speed, she likes to play volleyball. There she is just as accurate as in the selection of top candidates. In addition, Katha is a festival-goer and is up for any cool concert.

Ops cops

Deadpan humor

Wet hair day

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