Chairman of the Executive Board
Management Divisions Ludwig Fresenius Schools
Management Divisions COGNOS International, COGNOS Ventures


Since February 1, 2020, Urs Schupp has been Chairman of the Executive Board of COGNOS AG. In this function, he is responsible for the Ludwig Fresenius Schools, COGNOS International/Ventures and the HR Development and Communications departments. The Swiss entrepreneur with Berlin roots has so far been active primarily as an entrepreneur and investor in the publishing and education sectors, with a focus on the digital transformation of business models. Urs Schupp studied archaeology in Zurich and Edinburgh before founding several companies in the publishing sector. In Stockholm he is an investor and board member of the publishing platform Publit.

Executive Board Member
Management Division Central Services


Matthias Martin has been a member of the Executive Board of COGNOS AG since July 1, 2017. On February 1, 2019 he took over the Central Services division. Prior to that, he had already held executive responsibilities for Finance & Controlling, IT and Central Services. Before he joined COGNOS, Matthias Martin worked as a tax advisor for BDO AG Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft. At COGNOS he took over the management of Accounting/Controlling in 2007 and was assigned general signatory powers. In addition Mr. Martin is a member of the executive management of Hochschule Fresenius gem. GmbH.

Executive Board Member
Hochschule Fresenius – Presence


Kai Metzner has been Chief Executive Officer for the attendance programs at Fresenius University since February 1, 2020. He was previously the Divisional Director for this area. He has also been Managing Director of the sponsoring company and the operating companies of Fresenius University since February 1, 2019. In September 2017, Kai Metzner joined COGNOS group as Executive Director of AMD Akademie Mode & Design GmbH and Head of Business Development. Prior to that, the graduate business manager had held various executive positions for eight years at SRH Holding, for instance as sole Executive Director of several SRH higher education institutions. Kai Metzner started his career as a consultant. Subsequently he served as Executive Director for four years in the field of foreign and security policy for a worldwide operating foundation. Kai Metzner is also the spokesperson of Berlin-Brandenburg for the Association of Private Higher Education Institutions (VPH).

Executive Board Member
Management Divisions COGNOS Digital/Academies


Prof. Dr. Stefan Wiedmann has been a member of the Executive Board of COGNOS AG since July 1, 2017. As of February 1, 2019 he took over executive responsibilities for COGNOS Digital/Academies, where the group’s digital distance learning offerings, in particular onlineplus, the service provider Digital Solutions and the Fresenius Academy and the Management Academy are bundled. Prior to that he had already been the Executive Board member responsible for Management & Design and Professionals & Corporate Clients. In 2010 Mr. Wiedmann was appointed professor to Hochschule Fresenius. He is the executive director of onlineplus. His career milestones include posts at Nike Inc. and Ravensburger Spieleverlag GmbH. In addition, Mr. Wiedmann taught business management at the Universities of Applied Sciences in Stuttgart and at the Stuttgart Academy for Administration and Business.

Management Board Member
Hochschule Fresenius – Presence


Sascha Kappes has been a member of the management board for the presence programs of Hochschule Fresenius since February 1, 2019. The graduate business economist with the main focus on personnel management has been working in various positions for Hochschule Fresenius gem. GmbH since 2006. From 2013 until 2018 he was in charge of the business of the university’s own Energiewirtschaft GmbH (INEWI) and since 2015 also of Hochschule Fresenius gem. GmbH, where he was Head of Human Resources and Head of University Organization/Administration from 2012. Prior to taking up his position at Hochschule Fresenius, Sascha Kappes worked for SGS INSTITUT FRESENIUS GmbH from 1998 until 2006, where he also completed his business management training.

Management Board Member
Ludwig Fresenius Schools


Jürgen Weinberg is the Management Board member responsible for Ludwig Fresenius Schools. Since 1996 Jürgen Weinberg has served as Executive Director of Ludwig Fresenius Schools, formerly corporate group DIE SCHULE für Berufe mit Zukunft. Since 2010 he has been authorized officer with signatory powers for COGNOS. In subsequent years he took over the management of further COGNOS companies such as PTL Die Praxis für therapeutische Leistungen GmbH, Mentor Fortbildungen GmbH and THALAMUS Schulen GmbH. Jürgen Weinberg is a graduate business economist and qualified German upper secondary school teacher for mathematics and chemistry. In this capacity he set up the Brecht evening school for higher education qualifications in Hamburg in 1986. At the beginning of 1990 he changed to the DIE SCHULE in Oldenburg/Osnabruck corporate group.