Claus Bretschneider

Biography of Claus Bretschneider

Claus Bretschneider was born on 10 November 1965 in Vienna.

Areas of activity and skills

Claus Bretschneider is an experienced entrepreneur and expert in various areas of business management. His skills include:

  • Business management and employee management
  • Building and developing companies, including start-ups and organisational development
  • Managing finance and production in the apparel industry, including the development of manufacturing plants in Hungary and supplier structures in Eastern European countries
  • Sales management and key account management
  • Management and development of IT departments
  • Experience in company takeovers and share sales
  • Activity as a lecturer and author, especially in the field of Fashion for Future and circular economy in the apparel industry
  • Expertise in automation technology in production processes
  • Language skills: German (native speaker), English (business fluent / advanced)

Training/study trips

In 2015, Claus Bretschneider completed his training in counselling sciences and management of social systems, as an organisational developer, personnel developer and coach at the Sigmund Freud Private University in Vienna.

Study trips:

As part of his study trips, Claus Bretschneider has visited various universities and companies, including Columbia Engineering and Cornell Tech in New York, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge and the Hochschule Niederrhein in Mönchengladbach

Career stages in the clothing industry

Claus Bretschneider's career in the clothing industry:

  • Founder of BREDDY'S since December 2016, with a focus on innovation and sustainability in the apparel industry
  • Self-employed management consultant at CMB Beratung GmbH since 2014, with a focus on organisational development and sustainability in the apparel industry and as a lecturer
  • Member of the management team and later managing director under commercial law at FRENCYS GmbH, which he took over in 2007 and developed into a successful company
  • Founded the label "Riff&Raff" and later took over the management of Bretschneider & Bretschneider GmbH, a leading company for mountain bike clothing
  • Established and managed production and distribution companies in Hungary and relocated a distribution company to Nuremberg