Walther Schoeller is a company builder with over 25 years experience as a marketing and business development executive, consultant and entrepreneur. He held positions in companies large and small, successful and struggling, in the US and Europe. He has successfully led start-ups as employee-manager and as owner.
Walther grew up in Germany and following military service came to the US, earning an MBA from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth. His career began at Dun & Bradstreet, working in marketing and corporate strategy in the US and Europe. Following the fall of the Iron Curtain, he led D&B credit information division’s expansion into Eastern Europe. Later, as equity partner of privately held AGB media research, he led sales and service teams to effectively support customers around the world. Next, he helped a struggling Swiss financial information provider return to profitability by opening a vibrant new market for its repackaged data. Back in the US, Walther helped internet start-up Engage Technologies execute a highly successful IPO and grow sales 25 fold to over $220 million in only two years. This provided valuable lessons for managing an organization during a hyper-growth phase.
After a stint as venture partner with a Boston VC fund, Walther changed industry and founded a furniture import and retail business, successfully growing it into the leading seller of fine antique furnishings in New England. He has also worked as consultant; supporting foreign companies seeking to open markets for their products and services in the US.
Walther lives near Boston, and likes to escape to the outdoors in New England or around Crested Butte as often as possible, together with his wife Susanne and three children.