Company

Company Description.

We at Northern Data are firmly convinced that High-Performance Computing (HPC) will unlock unprecedented potential and opportunities for research and development, business and, ultimately, human progress. Our multinational organization is rapidly staking out a position of global leadership in the area of GPU-and ASIC-based solutions by designing and operating ultra-efficient, green HPC infrastructures.

We offer a unique combination of intelligent, sustainable data centers, cutting-edge hardware and self-developed software for various HPC applications such as bitcoin mining, blockchain technology, artificial intelligence, big data analytics, IoT and graphics rendering. The Northern Data Group currently operates custom large-scale data centers and proprietary mobile high-performance data centers for unparalleled site selection flexibility and employs a workforce of some 200 people in seven countries.

 

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Management Team

Aroosh has served as chief executive officer for Northern Data AG since 2020. Previously, he had already founded and led a number of companies. In 2013 he became deeply interested in the high-performance computing area and founded the Whinstone Group in 2014. Aroosh is an entrepreneur with passion. He’s distinguished through his keen sense for upcoming market developments and demands and his early anticipation of customer needs.

Stefan joined Northern Data AG as Chief Operating Officer in August 2020. He started his career in 1996 as a network engineer at Deutsche Bank AG and took operational responsibility for the infrastructure in Investment Services as Head of Department, already in 1999. He then held management positions at international companies, including at the European Transaction Bank as Head of Infrastructure Operations. At the end of 2012, he founded iNNOVO Cloud together with Dr Sebastian Ritz and Dr Hermann-Josef Lamberti. In 2017 the company was successfully sold to the Friedhelm Loh Group, which is one of the leading suppliers in the IT sector. In his last position as Managing Director and COO of iNNOVO Cloud, he was also responsible for the development of the Edge Devices of German Edge Cloud, a pioneer in the field of industrial edge cloud technology and real-time Internet of Things (IoT) and also a company of the Friedhelm Loh Group.

Christopher joined Northern Data as the President in November 2021. A native of the U.S., he began his career at Goldman, Sachs & Co and subsequently spent more than eleven years as part of the international management team at Morgan Stanley International, including three years as Head of EMEA Interest Rate Distribution in New York and London. Subsequently, as Managing Director and Global Head of Interest Rate Distribution Deutsche Bank, Christopher was responsible for all interest rate distribution to institutional client groups and was responsible for Global Listed Derivatives and Markets Clearing as well as securitized products in the Americas. Afterwards, he successfully worked as a Senior Advisor and Head of European Capital Solutions for The Carlyle Group and was a Senior Advisor for BottlePay and AIX which both had successful exits in 2021. With his deep investment and financial market knowledge combined with his international management experience, Christopher is the ideal President for Northern Data on its way to becoming the Leading Value Generator of HPC Infrastructure.

Prior to her role as Chief Legal Officer at Northern Data, Michaela spent 15 years at the renowned and internationally active law firm White & Case. Her focus was on advising national and international banks, private equity investors and strategic investors on domestic and cross-border financings, including related commercial and corporate law issues. Michaela previously studied law at the University of Passau and Charles University in Prague.

Rosanne has 20 years of business experience and has worked as a trusted partner to executive leadership teams across the globe, managing client portfolios across technology, finance services and data & analytics. She has an extensive track record in delivering solution-centred strategic and operational business enablement. This has included developing and executing end to end talent and capability strategies, leading HR streams on key organisation wide transformation projects, restructuring and organisational design, growth programs, managing complex ER, and leading diversity and culture programs. Rosanne has a degree in Commerce and a master’s in organizational Effectiveness from the University of Johannesburg.

Nicole leads the Compliance, Risk Management & Internal Audit practice at Northern Data. She started her career at KPMG WPG AG in the Corporate Audit department and later supported clients in the implementation of compliance management systems in the Assurance Services department. She then moved to the current startup investor Rocket Internet SE to help build up the Risk Management & Internal Audit department. She joined Northern Data from Elephant Gin GmbH, where she built up the finance and tax department. Nicole holds an MBA in Governance, Risk, Compliance & Fraud Management from Steinbeis University.

Andreas has been leading the technical function at Northern Data since 2020. He built his first computer at the age of 14 and went on to work as a programmer in the field of Web development. He subsequently designed databases for various customers before turning to blockchain in 2013 together with Aroosh Thillainathan. In the same year, he also developed and built his own hardware. He has worked as a blockchain programmer and has also developed firmware. As an IT specialist, he is the source of ideas covering a vast range of IT improvements and optimizations in the fields of hardware and software that enable Northern Data AG to offer its customers proprietary solutions that are both specific and extremely time- and cost-efficient.

Jens-Philipp Briemle is Head of Strategic Capital Market communications at Northern Data. He has had a deep background in investor relations since 2008. He joined Northern Data from MDAX-listed Gerresheimer AG, a leading international supplier of high-quality primary packaging, where the business graduate headed the IR Department. Prior to that, he worked at SDAX-listed Schaeffler AG, one of the most important automotive suppliers, and held various management positions at DAX-listed RWE AG, one of the world’s largest renewable energy companies. Jens-Philipp Briemle started his career at UBS Investment Bank after completing advanced studies in business administration at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz and the University of Paris-Sorbonne.

* indicates member of the Management Board (Vorstand, § 76 AktG) of Northern Data AG.

Supervisory Board

Dr. Tom Oliver Schorling was for many years a partner at international law firms such as White & Case and Weil, Gotshal & Manges, where he conceived, structured and implemented numerous deals in the billion euro bracket. Dr. Schorling is one of Germany’s most renowned attorneys and a member of several supervisory boards. In addition, he currently holds senior advisory and investment roles in various tech companies.

Hermann-Josef Lamberti was latterly a member of the Management Board of Deutsche Bank, where as Chief Operating Officer he held global responsibility for Human Resources, Information Technology, Operations and Process Management, Buildings and Land Management and Purchasing. Prior to this he spent many years at IBM where he held various executive positions, ultimately becoming head of the company in Germany. As a top manager, he commands a wealth of experience to draw on as a supervisory board member, including at DAX and EURO STOXX 50 listed corporates such as Deutsche Börse AG and Airbus SE.

Dr. Bernd Hartmann is a Managing Director at RoskosMeier, the largest Allianz insurance agency in Berlin. As an independent broker, he develops economic insurance solutions to meet the complex requirements of his predominantly large industrial clients. His main areas of interest include, among others, financial loss liability insurance and the installation of retirement pension insurance and reinsurance. With a doctorate in mineralogy, he holds particular expertise in the renewable energy field with a focus on photovoltaics, as well as electrical and thermal energy storage systems. Dr. Hartmann also plays a committed role in the Allianz Children’s Aid Fund, the Allianz Cultural Foundation, the Board of Trustees of the Hans and Charlotte Krull Foundation and the Management Boards of Frankfurt Intern e.V. and Marketingclub Berlin.

Corporate Governance

The German Corporate Governance Code (Deutscher Corporate Governance Kodex ) defines essential statutory regulations for the management and supervision of German listed companies and contains, in the form of recommendations and suggestions, internationally and nationally acknowledged standards for good and responsible corporate governance.

Through the Declaration of Conformity pursuant to § 161 Aktiengesetz (Stock Corporation Act), the Code has a legal basis. Accordingly, the recommendations and suggestions are not mandatory. However, deviations from the recommendations – not the suggestions – must be explained and disclosed with the annual declaration of conformity (Comply or Explain). The recommendations and suggestions of the code become valid with the publication in the official section of the Federal Gazette. Besides giving recommendations and suggestions that reflect the best practice of corporate governance, the Code aims at enhancing the German corporate governance system’s transparency and comprehensibility. This shall strengthen the confidence of international and national investors, clients, employees and the general public in the management, on the one hand, and improve the supervision of German listed companies on the other hand. A responsible and best practice based corporate governance is of great importance to Northern Data AG. The management and the supervisory boards are currently examining the issuance of such a declaration of conformity.

Together. Sustainable. Successful.

As a global value generator of HPC infrastructure solutions, Northern Data is convinced: the future of IT is sustainable.

Ecological and social sustainability are therefore not just goals but determine our decisions and our behavior in a very concrete way. Our new class of data centers serve as a key example: From the very beginning our data centers have been designed with regard to sustainability and have remained part of the success story to this day.

Our density and speed defines the innovation culture at Northern Data. The will to develop and learn sustainably is inherent and encouraged. The same applies to the diversity of our workforce, which we always promote. Any form of discrimination has no place at Northern Data and any indication of this is taken very seriously. We are proud of our international team and know that only different perspectives achieve the highest quality.

The company report will show you which ESG steps have already been taken by Northern Data and which the company has set itself for fulfillment. Nevertheless, it is especially true for us as a young company: We want to and can always become better. We give everything to achieve this. Day after day and together with everyone.

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