ABOUT
THE GROUP

The incredible achievements of Therme Group are enabled by a culture of excellence, integrity and teamwork. Discover the teams behind our projects.

Group Leadership

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Board of Vice Presidents
Dr. Robert C. Hanea
Chairman of the Board - CEO

Dr. Robert C. Hanea

Chairman of the Board - CEO

Dr. Robert C. Hanea is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of  Therme Group, a leading global technology company and integrator of health, sustainability and recreation concepts. Its mission is to bring wellbeing to all by creating the world’s most advanced experiences to enhance mind, body and soul.

Mr. Hanea serves on the boards of several investment companies, architecture and law practices. He currently maintains co-chair positions on the boards of various foundations dedicated to education and medical support programs.

Stelian S. Iacob
Senior Vice President - COO

Stelian S. Iacob

Senior Vice President - COO

Stelian was part of the team that led the development of the new Therme Group Concept, overseeing operations at Therme Group’s facility in Bucharest. In this role,he focused on improving service quality and reputational and brand enhancement through the development and retention of key talent. Currently he is Senior Vice President of the global group and CEO of Therme Group UK.

Adrian Ion
VP of Corporate Finance - CFO

Adrian Ion

VP of Corporate Finance - CFO

Adrian Ion is the CFO of Therme Group and VP for Corporate Finance, responsible for managing the group’s financial strategy, its relationship with investors and funding partners and day-to-day financial operations. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Ion held senior roles at Ares Management, where he was the Finance Director of a $4bn European real estate platform, and Deutsche Asset Management, where he was the Chief Financial Officer of the Alternatives group.

Prof. Dr. Albrecht Burmeister
VP of Technology

Prof. Dr. Albrecht Burmeister

VP of Technology

The work of Professor Burmeister is characterized by pursuing excellence in engineering. Optimizing structural solutions to create architectural freedom is part of his performance spectrum. The aim is to realize structures that are, of course, safe, but also economical and beautiful. The solid basis of consequent optimization is the application of numerical simulation together with expertise in design and construction.

His work as a CEO of Delta-X engineering company is characterized by implementing high-tech numerical simulations to a broad spectrum of engineering solutions out of structural engineering, machinery and plant engineering together with automotive applications.

Scientific lecturing and activities derive from structural dynamics, stability and nonlinear behavior.

Anne-Marie Garner
VP of Legal/Corporate Governance

Anne-Marie Garner

VP of Legal/Corporate Governance

With over 20 years’ experience as a general commercial lawyer, Anne-Marie was notably Legal Director for Johnson Matthey Plc, before joining Raspberry Pi group as General Counsel and Company Secretary. She led award winning transaction teams on commercial deals, from M&A and joint ventures, to pharmaceutical and automotive collaborations. She is known for her can do attitude, finding creative solutions to all challenges.

Duncan Newbury
VP of Brand Strategy

Duncan Newbury

VP of Brand Strategy

Duncan is a marketer and entrepreneur with a background in sports, leisure, entertainment, media and events. His early career was with The Guardian newspaper during the launch of its website, now a major global online force.

Through his career he has worked with world-leading consumer and professional events organizers and venues including Telegraph Events, ExCeL London and Chatham House. In 2011 he founded a successful resort-specialist ski holiday company and more recently a digital marketing agency, helping clients to succeed in the digital world.

As a digital expert, Duncan believes technology has the power to transform businesses, deliver exceptional experiences and have a positive impact on the world. His personal passions include active and adventure travel, skiing and running.

Edelfried Balle
VP of Digital System Integrations

Edelfried Balle

VP of Digital System Integrations

Edelfried Balle is VP of Digital System Integrations for Therme Group Worldwide. As of 2017 he has been CEO of the entire WUND Group West in Germany.

Previously he was a member of the executive board and Chief Financial Officer of several companies and real estate projects within the WUND Group, which he joined in 2010.

After his academic graduation in 1987 he immediately assumed a superior management assignment in a large German construction company. In 1990 he opened his own company. The firm consulted to construction companies in the fields of business, economics, and IT development. It was sold successfully after four years.

His subsequent career took him to senior management positions as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in large international construction enterprises, including F. KIRCHHOFF AG and STRABAG AG. Throughout his career his main field of competence has been in strategic business development, reorganization, and restructuring.

Eduard Goean
VP of New Business Partnerships

Eduard Goean

VP of New Business Partnerships

Eduard R. Goean possesses a diversified professional experience and set of skills which cover key areas such as diplomacy, strategic business growth and entrepreneurship.

As General Consul of Romania’s diplomatic missions in the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macao, Mr Goean was the architect of the negotiating strategy used by the Romanian delegation to successfully conclude strategic partnership agreements with political representatives of Asia-Pacific states and with regional investors. He was also a key member of the respective negotiation teams. 

As a member of the Board of Directors of several Romanian companies, Mr Goean was an active member of specialist strategy teams focused on optimising business portfolios, identifying new investment opportunities and exploring innovative ways of improving productivity in a variety of industries.

Elvira Calugaritoiu
VP of Corporate Operations - CCO

Elvira Calugaritoiu

VP of Corporate Operations - CCO

Elvira Calugaritoiu is the Executive Vice President of Corporate Operations at Therme Group, where she leads the operational finance team, overseeing HR, F&B, and ERP implementation.

Prior to joining Therme Group, Ms. Calugaritoiu was a board member at Domo Retail SA, having previously led their expansion. As a board member, she coordinated developments from site evaluation through to negotiation, acquisition, and restructuring and network strategy team. Before joining Domo, Ms. Calugaritoiu had been a leading role in the expansion of Kaufland Romania, a company of the world`s leading retailer Schwarz Gruppe.

Ms. Calugaritoiu holds a BBA from the Academy of Economic Sciences in Bucharest, where she graduated summa cum laude in Management, Marketing and Accounting.

Heiko Wollmann
VP of Project Development

Heiko Wollmann

VP of Project Development

After gaining an engineering degree in construction management from the University of Karlsruhe, Heiko Wollmann joined the WUND architectural firm in 1997 as a project manager.

After the successful completion of very large projects—among them, several hospitals, the Hanover Fairground in Germany, and the Innsbruck Football Stadium in Austria—he was appointed to the executive board of the WUND Group of Companies.

He is in charge of the development of all new Therme Group projects and leads the existing operations of the largest spa facilities in the Black Forest, Sinsheim, and Cologne-Euskichen.

Mikolaj Sekutowicz
VP of Strategic Development & Culture

Mikolaj Sekutowicz

VP of Strategic Development & Culture

Mikolaj Sekutowicz is the VP of Business Strategy and Culture at Therme Group. Responsible for the global rollout, Sekutowicz initiated the Therme Art Program, and serves as its curator. Being a lawyer and management professional his whole career, Sekutowicz was also founding director of TRAFO Center for Contemporary Art and publisher of art related books.

Philipp H. Treml
VP of Corporate & Tech Ventures

Philipp H. Treml

VP of Corporate & Tech Ventures

Philipp H. Treml is the VP of Tech-Ventures at Therme Group, where he supports the integration of complex technologies in various investments around the world. This includes leading the team that implemented the geothermal heating and treatment installations at Therme’s Bucharest facility.

Prior to joining Therme Group, Mr. Treml oversaw the development and implementation of new technologies with A-Heat AG and its subsidiaries in Germany, Hungary, Mexico, and Indonesia.

Mr. Treml holds a BSC in Molecular Biotechnology from the University of Applied Sciences in Vienna, Austria.

Rainer Maelzer
VP of Attraction Development and Partnerships

Rainer Maelzer

VP of Attraction Development and Partnerships

Mr. Maelzer joined Therme Group in 2018 as a full member of the team and is in charge of the Leisure Department at Therme.

Mr. Maelzer is the co-founder of WiegandMaelzer GmbH, a company dedicated to the sale, development and realization of leisure facilities in water and theme parks. With twenty years experience in the leisure industry, Mr. Maelzer has implemented world-class award winning
attractions, from various Therme projects, up to custom solutions on cruise ships.

Mr. Maelzer holds a MBA degree from the University of Innsbruck, as well as an Engineering degree from University of Applied Sciences, Innsbruck.

Robert Solomon
VP of Project Operations

Robert Solomon

VP of Project Operations

Robert Solomon is one of the leading experts in corporate leadership, investment, and finance. Among his responsibilities are investment strategy and the strategic setup and implementation of corporate and international financing structures. On an organizational level, he is also in charge of market analyses and planning operational endeavors.

Viorel Beltechi
VP of Energy and Engineering

Viorel Beltechi

VP of Energy and Engineering

Viorel is the CEO of Therme Group Asia and also serves as VP of Energy and Engineering on the Therme Group Worldwide Executive Advisory Board. 

An experienced diplomat, he played key roles working in various government departments, particularly in the energy sector.

Among his many achievements were promoting and developing the economic relationship between Romania and China, as well as coordinating the energy sector in the 16+1 Central and Eastern Europe cooperation with China.