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Meet our
Senior Leadership Team

Our Senior Leadership Team is made up of entrepreneurs and industry experts, bringing together a vast range of skills and experience. Together, they set the direction for Cognigy in line with our shared Values, and inspire and motivate our colleagues.

Find out more about them below:


Philipp Heltewig

Co-Founder and CEO

Philipp is a German-Australian entrepreneur with in-depth technology expertise honed through his BSc IS and MSc IS in Business Information Systems from universities in Germany, Australia and the US, and establishing and working for companies across Europe, APAC and North America.


Sascha Poggemann

Co-Founder and COO

Sascha is an expert and leading voice in the Human + AI movement, focusing on seamless human-machine interaction in enterprise applications. After achieving his MSc Information Technology, prior to co-founding Cognigy he held senior positions including Head of Technical Development at iExergy.


Benjamin Mayr

Co-Founder and VP Engineering

Benjamin has extensive expertise in designing and building highly scalable software systems that run on Kubernetes. His knowledge of containerized software systems is one of the driving factors behind the success of Cognigy and its products. He holds a BSc in Software Engineering and was an early adopter of containerized software solutions before this became an industry standard.


Philip Dipner


From a professional perspective Philip is a digital native with more than twenty years of professional experience in the digital industry at Bertelsmann Multimedia, comdirect and AOL. After that Philip switched to the strategy consulting side with focus on digital transformation and M&A. With this experience he took his first CFO position for a gaming start-up that he successfully sold to a strategic investor.


Hardy Myers

SVP Business Development & Strategy

With over two decades’ experience in the contact center and unified communications space, Hardy’s past leadership roles include serving as CEO and CFO as well as holding senior positions in business development, partnerships, strategy and corporate development at industry-leading companies including AVAYA, Intradiem and AVST.


Alexandra Anders

VP People and Culture

An innovative HR leader, Alexandra has strong experience of delivering impactful HR management across a diverse range of industries, including 10+ years in Tech. Her particular expertise lies in the implementation of successful change management and performance management tools, designed to support and develop organizations.


Alan Ranger

VP Marketing

With a career spanning 30 years, Alan has held a variety of sales, marketing and leadership roles, both in start-up and large enterprise software companies. Before joining Cognigy, he led global market development at LivePerson, where, during his six-year tenure, revenues doubled from $223m to $470m.


Thijs Waanders

VP AI Transformation

Thijs’ wealth of experience includes working as an Enterprise Integration Architect at one of the leading Mulesoft (Salesforce) partners in Benelux and as a Management Consultant in Germany. As one Cognigy’s first employees, he was instrumental in building up the Enablement and Presales teams globally.

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