Stephan Wrage, CEO

Stephan Wrage  is the founder of SkySails GmbH and chairman of the executive board (CEO). He is in charge of sales, public relations, investor relations and business development. Stephan Wrage was born in Hamburg in 1972 and studied industrial engineering at the Technical University of Kaiserslautern and the Technical University of Dresden, focusing on mechanical engineering, logistics, innovation management and controlling. He completed his Diploma degree (Dipl. Wirtsch.-Ing.) in Industrial Engineering with honours. Before starting to work full time on developing and patenting the towing kite propulsion system in the year 2000, Stephan Wrage worked as a consultant in the IT sector focusing on plant design and as management trainer for TOP Business AG (former Philips Academy). For developing the SkySails system Stephan Wrage has been honored as “Outstanding Young Person” in 2004 and selected “Ökomanager des Jahres” (Eco Manager of the Year) in 2008. In his free time he is an enthusiastic sailor and kite flyer.

Stephan Brabeck, CTO

Stephan Brabeck, as technical director (CTO) of SkySails GmbH, has leadership oversight of research and development, manufacturing and service. He was born in Cologne in 1962 and earned an engineering degree (Dipl.-Ing.) from RWTH Aachen University where he majored in aerospace engineering. Stephan Brabeck is an internationally renowned expert for ship propulsion. Before joining SkySails’ executive board in 2005, he was employed by Schottel, a manufacturer of ship propulsion systems for 14 years as development engineer, director of R&D and acting managing director. An avid sailor, he contributes in-depth expertise, years of management experience and exceptional market knowledge to the company.