by | Nov 15, 2018

Press Release:

DDIM.projekt // 2018 – Interim Management Excellence

Peter Kuhle receives the Interim Management Project of the Year 2018 award: Realignment of Field Service Operations at Unitymedia

Bad Honnef, November 15, 2018. Interim Manager Peter Kuhle is honored with the “DDIM.projekt // 2018 – Interim Management Excellence” award in the “Return on Interim Management” category for the realignment of the Field Service Operations department at Unitymedia. The project, which Peter Kuhle undertook on behalf of the consulting firm Iskander Business Partner for the cable network operator based in Cologne, impressed with its high customer value and sustainable success in terms of efficiency and effectiveness improvement.

The mandate was awarded in the Return on Interim Management (RoIM) category, which describes the ratio of interim management costs to quantifiable benefits. The project focused on the implementation of a new operating model in a challenging operational situation, where leadership in change management received special attention. The high customer value and sustainable success of the mandate for the company are particularly noteworthy. The high customer satisfaction also led to a mandate extension with expanded requirements.

Customer satisfaction, growth, and digitalization are drivers for change processes in the service industry. To better meet these needs in the future, extensive changes were initiated in the Technical Service department of Unitymedia. This included the realignment of the service partner landscape, the introduction of a new management platform (digitalization), and the alignment of the organization based on new processes and digitalization capabilities. Through the implementation of a new operating model, holistic control over all process participants was reorchestrated with the aim of achieving the best possible results for customers.

Christoph Stumpp, Vice President Technical Customer Service at Unitymedia, stated, “As part of the realignment of our technical field service, Mr. Kuhle conceptualized and implemented a comprehensive management model and aligned our organization for future requirements. The efficiency and effectiveness gains we achieved in a short period, along with increasing customer satisfaction, speak for themselves. Thanks to his leadership skills, he successfully guided our employees and partners through this groundbreaking change process. We congratulate him warmly on this award.”

Dr. Marei Strack, Chairman of the Board of DDIM, congratulated the winner and commented, “I congratulate Mr. Kuhle on this mandate. One of the greatest accolades is certainly when the customer extends the mandate and expands the scope of responsibilities.”

This year, the German Interim Management Association (DDIM) awarded four mandates that demonstrated particularly high customer value and showcased the strengths and opportunities for companies. These mandates represent the positive development of interim management.

The award ceremony took place during the DDIM Congress on November 10, 2018, in Düsseldorf. In addition to Peter Kuhle, three other interim managers were recognized for their mandates. The jury consisted of Dr. Marei Strack, Chairman of the Board of DDIM, Harald Meyer, Board Member of DDIM, Sven Astheimer, Business Journalist at FAZ, and Stefan Burk, Board Member of IWBF.

About Peter Kuhle: Peter Kuhle (1974) is a freelance interim manager and consultant based in Bad Honnef. With his specialization in “Improving Field Service & Sales Together,” he supports companies during critical periods of growth and change. He brings more than 15 years of experience in sales and service, as well as over 10 years in management positions at renowned corporations and medium-sized companies. He is a member of DDIM – the German Interim Management Association, the professional and economic association for the interim management industry.

About Unitymedia: Unitymedia, headquartered in Cologne, is one of the leading cable network operators in Germany and a subsidiary of Liberty Global. The company reaches 13.0 million households in North Rhine-Westphalia, Hesse, and Baden-Württemberg with its broadband cable services. In addition to offering cable TV services, Unitymedia is a leading provider of integrated triple-play services that combine digital cable television, broadband internet, and telephony. As of September 30, 2018, Unitymedia had 7.2 million customers who subscribed to 6.3 million TV services and 3.6 million internet and 3.3 million telephony subscriptions (RGUs). For more information about Unitymedia, visit

About DDIM: The German Interim Management Association (DDIM) is the leading business and professional association for interim management in Germany. It acts as an advocacy group for its members and represents the voice of the industry. DDIM members are experienced temporary executives, and DDIM partners are professional service providers in the interim management industry.

About Iskander Business Partner: Founded in 2005, Iskander Business Partner is a management consulting firm known for delivering measurable value and result-oriented partnerships with its clients. The firm advises companies in the fields of telecommunications, information, media and entertainment, retail, automotive, and financial services. Iskander Business Partner develops implementation-oriented solutions to optimize or realign product, marketing, sales, and CRM strategies. With entrepreneurial and dedicated consultants, as well as specialized experts, the consulting firm provides tailored support from strategy to successful implementation. Trust, transparency, and customer orientation form the cornerstones of Iskander Business Partner’s overall corporate philosophy, reflected in the work of each individual consultant.

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