Thomas Schumacher
Interim Management with drive.


About me

Straight forward with tactfulness.

Innovation Management, Change Management and Digital Transformation

As a drummer with drive and passion I am used to perform songs from start to finish and keep the band on track. Same counts for my job as interim manager.

I am a change driver and innovation enabler ready to empower international B2B companies from various industries to execute innovation and change.
As a strategic and empathic leader, I am ready to build up innovation-eco-systems
, create visions, reorganize corporate innovation processes, coordinate projects, implement innovation platforms and empower employees to unlock their innovation potentials.

Next to my international business experience I hold a degree in business administration and as social care worker for adults in difficult life situations. These key learnings combined with my expertise in innovation, transformation & change management will make me an asset for your innovation and change journey.

Let’s do something great…


1,2,3,4 – full program!

A good drummer needs more than just drive and passion. The drummer should be able play various variations of his music. This counts in particular for me as Interim Manager with drummer background. Therefore I offer four categories of services: Innovation Planning, Innovation Operations, Digital Process Management and Change Management.

Next to strategic planning my main focus is on execution and implementation – Doing is key!


Work Style

Lets rock projects together!

Rock´n´Roll is about getting things moving – whether in a band or company. Someone must kick off and lead projects till a successful implementation. Again, my example of a drummer. As part of a band the drummer kicks off and finishes a song, defines beat and tempo. He keeps the band going and on track. The drummer is visible but leads from the back. A drummer also knows without inspirations, experiments, setbacks and rehearsals there will be no success.

The same goes for me, your drummer-Interim Manager-hybrid.

With me you get someone who is familiar working together with interdisciplinary and cross-functional teams in a reliable partnership. As an Interim Manager I act as a bridge builder between various stakeholder and generations. With my positive attitude and professional stakeholder management I am able to empower organizations to overcome resistance and make innovation happen.

Within my previous job as a Social Care Worker, I coached adults to be able keep focus in challenging circumstances and difficult situations. These key learnings combined with my expertise in innovation, transformation & change management will make me an asset for your innovation and change journey.



Familiar with various setups

Whether as a member of a band or as Interim Manager. There is nothing more exciting than new challenges. A brand new topic, a new organisation and people. As an expert with international business experience, intrapreneurship and willingness to learn I am open minded to work in different industries.  I am flexible and can cope easily with new business setups and organisations. Regardless of that I have gained most of my business experience at interantional mid-sized companies and global players in the automotive supplier and IT industry. A few project references are mentioned in the following:


IT & Public Service: Development Industry-Service Portal

Consultant- Digitale Transformation

  • Reporting: Ministry of Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digitalization and Energy of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia (MWIDE) & CEO-KDN
  • Coached advisory board of MWIDE & development community with development & roll out of trade registration platform


  • Development & distribution of implementation handbook for 550 communities
  • successfull launch trade registration portal (

Tier-1 Automotive Supplier: Corporate Innovation Platform

Project Manager – Innovation Program

  • Reporting: VP Ops EMEA & Global Head of CI, USA
  • Harmonization & digitalisation of global innovation processes & tool landscapes
  • Search, evaluation, selection & implementation of idea & innovation management software solution for 56 locations worldwide


  • Built up integrated process & tool landscape
  • Selection of global software solution
  • defined corporate Johnson Controls standard & verification by JC GA200 Board, USA

Shoe-Sports-Bike Retail Cooperation: Innovation-Eco-System

Innovation Manager

  • Reporting: CEO
  • Planning & development of corporate innovation management for 5000 retailer
  • Set up coooperations & network
  • organisation of change workshops


  • Planning & execution of design thinking workshop on London
  • Execution of project with new cooperation partner, university of Zürich
  • Selection & implementation of trend management software „trend radar by itonics“




In my position as PMO, Project Manager or Requirements Manager I support international companies from various industries improving development processes. My focus is on stakeholder management, classic & agile project management, internal communication, documentation, and coordination of external service provider.

Beside my professional career in B2B industries and bachelor’s degree in marketing and international business (B.Sc.) I hold a degree and professional experience as preschool teacher.


  • ISO 56002 Innovation Management Systems
  • (IT)- Requirements Management
  • Scrum Product Owner, SAFe 5.1
  • Kanban Board Flight Levels
  • Design Thinking

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increase pace!

Are you looking for an Innovation Manager, Change Manager or someone helping you to drive your digital transformation?

  • someone with drive and empathy in execution of programs and campaigns
  • who is an expert in reorganization of structures, strategies and processes
  • someone who enables your employees to unlock their innovation potential
  • who breaks down silos by improving your communication and collaboration
  • who is able to set up new innovation departments and business models
  • someone who is able to deal with resistance
  • and acts as a bridge builder between generations and technologies?

Well, here I am:

Dipl.- Betriebsw.(FH)
Thomas Schumacher
St. Michaelstraße 31
56642 Kruft / Germany
+49 (0)151 70035604

Let´s connect, innovate and proceed!

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