Concardis Payment Group GmbH



Robert Hoffmann

Chief Executive Officer


As Chief Executive Officer, Robert Hoffmann manages Concardis Payment Group’s transformation into the leading provider of digital payment services in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. In this role, he is responsible for the development of all portfolio companies.

Hoffmann has more than 20 years of management experience in e-business and telecommunications. Prior to joining Concardis Payment Group, he managed 1&1 Internet SE as CEO from 2013 to 2017 and was a member of the management board of United Internet AG’s business applications segment. From 2006 to 2012, Hoffmann was responsible for the telecommunications business of United Internet as a member of the management board of 1&1 Internet AG. Prior to this, he held various leadership roles in product management and sales between 1998 and 2006 at Arcor AG & Co. KG. He started his career with his own company dealing in the trade and import of vending machines.

Concardis GmbH



Mark Freese

Chief Financial Officer


As Chief Financial Officer at Concardis GmbH, Mark Freese is responsible for finance and accounting, controlling, and purchasing, compliance and risk.

Freese has more than thirty years of experience in the financial sector, of which nine in the payment sector. Prior to joining Concardis, he worked for First Data Corporation between 2009 and 2017, and from 2014 to 2017 was responsible for finance in the EMEA economic area, where, among other things, he helped to bring about the company’s return to the US stock exchange in 2015 within the context of an IPO. As Managing Director with overall responsibility, he headed Telecash GmbH & Co KG from 2011 to 2014 and, before this, led the finance division of First Data in the DACH region, Benelux and Italy. From 2007 to 2009 he worked as an independent finance and business consultant. Previously, Freese held various management roles in finance at the US-listed Newell Rubbermaid Corporation at their EMEA headquarters in Brussels from 2000 to 2007.

Jens Mahlke

Chief Operating Officer


As Chief Operating Officer, Jens Mahlke manages the day-to-day business processes of Concardis GmbH and sets the high quality standards for all of the company’s products and services. He is thus responsible for the satisfaction of Concardis customers.

With 25 years of experience in the German payment and banking sector, in particular in the areas of sales, finance, and risk and product management, Mahlke has profound knowledge of the market and a keen sense when it comes to the requirements of the retail sector. After joining the management of Concardis GmbH in 2015, he initially took on the role of Chief Financial Officer and helped initiate the strategic restructuring of the company. Prior to this, as Chief Executive Officer he was responsible for the European business at EVO Payments International for two years after having already developed Deutsche Card Services GmbH into a leading international acquirer as General Manager. Mahlke worked for Deutsche Bank in New York, Frankfurt and Gütersloh from 1993 to 2008.

Luca Zanotti

General Counsel


As General Counsel, Luca Zanotti heads the areas of law, regulation and audit at Concardis GmbH. He is also responsible for compliance with the requirements of card organisations and represents the company to the supervisory authorities.

The fully qualified lawyer and Master of Laws (LL.M.) started his payment career over ten years ago in the Concardis legal department. He has further developed the area of law and regulation over the past few years and made a significant contribution to the strategic restructuring of the company. Prior to his arrival at Concardis, Zanotti worked as a lawyer.