Vera Calasan, ’08 (EXP-13)
Co-founder and CEO
Vera Calasan is a Montenegrin with German citizenship. She is the co-founder and CEO of Excellence AG, an engineering service provider with branches in Germany, Austria, and the Netherlands. The core competency of her company is cross-industrial knowledge transfer, especially in the context of the IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things).
She is an executive with 20 years of management experience and profound experience in leading startups, SMBs, and large groups. As the CEO of an American company in Germany, she was responsible for more than €600 million in revenue and 22,000 employees. Calasan has board experience in JV organizations with DAX companies and is a member of the Global Advisory Board for the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. She was part of the winning team of the first Global New Venture Challenge and was interviewed for Chicago Booth Magazine in Winter 2016. Calasan volunteers as a member of the plenum and committees of the chamber of commerce in Düsseldorf, is an advisory board member of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta-Malteser Germany, and was recently appointed commercial judge to the county court.