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As an owner-run management consulting company based in Hamburg, Forway Consulting has been supporting companies for many years as they undergo expansion or realignment within their business operation. We develop individual strategies and concepts and implement them in practice. We specialise in the consumer goods, retail, media and services sectors.
Core consultancy areas
The core sectors we consult in are strategy, organisation, HR management, marketing and sales. Within these sectors we develop growth strategies, restructure organisations, introduce IT-systems, negotiate redundancy programmes, manage post-merger integrations, design marketing campaigns, create customer potential analyses or develop indoor sales with direct sales activities.
As business angels we participate actively in companies. We contribute know-how in strategy, marketing and financing as well as diverse contacts, i.e. we are active collaborators in the development of the companies. In addition we also contribute our own financial investments in selected cases.
We support the decision makers that head ambitious companies. That’s why we also have high expectations of ourselves: expert knowledge, many years of diverse experience and modern management methods help us to master even the most complex of challenges.
Our managing directors always have a key role in the project work themselves. And if our resources or our expertise should not be sufficient at any time, we can draw on an extended network of partners to assist us.
We develop the necessary strategies and concepts and then put them into practice. We ensure long-term success with close client involvement and with our firm project management.
For us, the requirements of our customers are the focus. Based on the individual situation of the customer – including goals, strategy, strengths and weaknesses, the organisational structure and the corporate culture – we work with our clients to develop specific solutions. That is why you won’t find any patent remedies or out-of-the-box solutions at our company.
We support our projects with tremendous dedication, always giving our best performance for our clients.
We usually work on our projects very closely with the managers and the employees of our clients. Alongside our expert collaboration we endeavour to keep the personal aspects of our work a priority. Frequently, a long-term collaboration develops from this approach.
Profiles of our two managing directors
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Ralf Hillmer has been the managing shareholder of Forway Consulting since 2002. During this time, he has been responsible for various strategy, organisation and marketing projects at large media companies, leading retail groups, telecom companies, consumer goods companies, start-ups and service providers.
Before the establishment of Forway Consulting, Mr Hillmer worked as a consultant and ultimately as a member of the company management at MSU Consulting where he advised within consumer goods, retail and building technology companies between 1994 and 2001. Before starting in the consulting business, he gained experience in the corporate organisation of Unilever.
For a number of years, Mr Hillmer has also been a lecturer for company management, marketing and HR management at several universities.
Mr Hillmer completed a dual degree at the BusinessAcademyin Hamburg, which he graduated from as an industrial clerk and as a business administrator. He completed his subsequent degree in business administration at the Universityof Hamburgwith the title “Diplom-Kaufmann”.
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Stefan Postel is the founder and managing director of Forway Consulting. Previously, he was the director of marketing and organisation for Central and Eastern Europeat RealNetworks, the global market leader for media transmission on the Internet. He gained further experience in the media sector, working in the marketing management division for various magazines published by the Bauer group.
Before that, he was a Brand Manager at Procter & Gamble and was responsible for the brand management of consumer goods in the areas of cosmetics/perfume and washing, cleaning and detergent materials on national and international markets. He gained experience as a project manager working part-time at the Hamburg-based advertising agency KMF while studying.
Mr Postel completed an apprenticeship as an industrial clerk at Unilever and at HamburgBusinessAcademyand a degree in business administration at the Universityof Hamburg, gaining the title “Diplom-Kaufmann” in 1994.
The Forway Consulting Team
Forway Consulting consists of a selected team of employees. These are supported by a regular group of freelance consultants.
We also have a close partnership with MSU Consulting GmbH. We often work together on contracted projects and on other issues and fill the project teams with personnel from both companies.
For our work, we form teams of people with diverse skills and experiences, and our managing directors always have a leading role in the project work. Together we pursue the goal of providing top services for our clients with passion and in-depth know-how.