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The best of two worlds

Classic executive search represents quality, trust and long-term partnerships; start-ups are known for innovation, agility and speed. bits&birds combines the best of these two worlds and thus creates the "New Digital Executive Search". This means AI-based recruiting for digital and IT. Authentic, quality-oriented and fast.

Headhunting is dead
Long live Real Digital Executive Search


Enable European companies to recruit digital professionals on their own.


High-quality executive search in the digital and IT sector by usage of our proprietary technology.


To develop the best AI-driven recruiting process

To create a value-adding knowledge base for businesses

To be Europe's coolest HR consultancy

Meet the Team

Thomas Bockholdt

Co-Founder & Managing Director

The "daddy" of the team has more experience in executive search under his (well-groomed) fingernails than the rest of us put together. His modest success rate: over 90%! (500 projects in over 20 years and he only ever had two guarantee cases - which he rarely speaks about :P) This certainly has something to do with his extremely trustworthy and calm manner; at the same time he lets his fine sense of humour shine through from time to time. One thing is certain: If Thomas gives his word, he keeps it!
Married for almost 30 years, father of three children and art collector (not a bad hobby either). Seems like it's working out quite nicely for him outside the office, too.

At bits&birds he is responsible for sales and the various aptitude-diagnostic tools which are firmly integrated into our process. "On the side" he also acts as Managing Partner at InterSearch Executive Consultants.

Thomas Bockholdt

Haven of peace & optimist to the core with an eye for the beautiful things in life

Daniel Stojanovic

Unconventional serial entrepreneur & tech autodidact

Daniel Stojanovic

Co-Founder & Managing Director

Daniel already founded his first company at the tender age of 19, some years later his second and with bits&birds now his third. So nobody can fool him so quickly when it comes to the start-up life. Besides impressive skills in project management and business strategy, he has also built up a considerable knowledge in the field of software development - autodidactically of course! When Daniel is not in the office - which happens very rarely - he can be found on a surfboard or in the boxing ring.

At bits&birds, Daniel takes over tasks of a managing director and drives the technical development of our product. Because that is not yet enough for him, he also teaches as a lecturer at the International School of Management on strategy and HR topics.

Lukas Messelhäuser

Head of Recruiting & Operations | Co-Founder

What Lukas' clients (and we too) love about him, apart from his level of professionalism, is his ability to listen extremely well and to like people. Candidates notice this just as much as his employees, who would "give their last shirt for him".

Flexigan, cyclist and flower shirt fan - these are only three things that necessarily belong to Lukas. Lukas studied business administration at universities in Germany and abroad and then started directly in digital and IT recruiting. So he is a "professional" and responsible for the Operations area at bits&birds.

Lukas Messelhäuser

Digital recruiter & "people catcher" with a sense for sustainability

Can Ulusoy

Business developer & aesthete with finesse

Can Ulusoy

Head of Growth | Co-Founder

He wears Fenerbahce on his chest, carries the world in his heart and wears selected sneakers on his feet. Or trades them profitably around the globe. He drives every business forward, our Can. With good ideas and full of vigour. And when he takes a break, he challenges us with his fingers. On the Playstation. And wins again.

As Entrepreneur in Residence with focus on Business Development, Can works very closely with our MDs, owns most marketing and sales processes and provides conceptual support in the area of operations. He can do almost everything. And does it.

Andreas Oetker

Junior Partner

As a hobby ornithologist Andreas likes to be out in nature (aka. Golf Course) and is always looking for his next (first) albatross, eagles and Birdies.
Born in Munich - how could it be otherwise - he is a big supporter of FC Bayern Munich and in our FIFA sessions he has a similar quota as Hansi Flick.
As an expert for TV Shows and Movies across all genres, Andreas is the first internal contact point when once again the Netflix decision seems to be impossible to solve.

At bits&birds, Andreas will not only bring his extraordinary personality to the table but also will use his extensive network and his previous experience at ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE (NuCom), Arvantis Group and CareerTeam Group to build up our Munich office step-by-step.

Andreas Oetker

Outstanding networker & sports enthusiast

Ilona Potaszkin

Passionate interior designer with Yogi mindset

Ilona Potaszkin

Digital Marketing Manager

Ilona is, both in private and professional life, the person to consult when the creative thoughts are just taking their time or the last detail seems to be missing.
To ensure that Ilona never runs out of creativity, she seeks and finds her balance in yoga sessions and mindfulness exercises. Not a day goes by without her meditating cross-legged and finishing her exercises with a "Namaste" before she starts her day.

At bits&birds, Ilona is responsible for all marketing activities from LinkedIn posts to the Google Ads campaigns, making our Scoial media channels burn. By the way, she also runs her own online store "ANÓLIA".

Dominik Held

Business Development Representative

As a fan of the 1. FC Nürnberg and left-hander, Dominik has not always had an easy life.
Instead of surrendering unconditionally to these difficult circumstances, he quickly learned to use his extremely fast mind and cheeky humor.
Dominik, the globetrotter, is also known for his many fascinating stories, and everyone listens to him with great curiosity about all the great things he has seen and experienced on his world tour.

At bits&birds Dominik is part of the sales team. Here he is responsible for all outbound activities and makes sure that our pipeline is never empty. With his open and funny way he is a great addition to our sales department and expands our presence in Cologne with the "Rheinländern".

Dominik Held

Gentle persuader & lateral thinker

Sarah Mahling

Lovable personality psychologist & judge of character

Sarah Mahling

Executive Recruiting Specialist

Sarah and coffee simply belong together, because nothing works without her first coffee in the morning. Nevertheless, she loves to get up early to enjoy the morning peace and quiet and be really productive. To balance work and leisure time, Sarah likes to go to the gym to really work out. Her multi-faceted personality is also reflected in her diverse musical taste: she likes to listen to classical pieces as well as hip hop music.

At bits&birds, Sarah is able to apply her psychological skills as well as her IT understanding excellently and do what she really loves every day - the exchange and communication with people.
With her warm and open manner she is a lovable and sympathetic conversational partner for everyone and the perfect addition to our recruiting team.

Thies Hinderer

Recruiting Specialist

Thies embodies calmness and appears to never be stressed. Everyone values this superpower highly, because it is the perfect balance to the crazier birds in the team.
In spite of his peaceful nature, Thies is very passionate about crimonology... As a consequence, he is always on track to find the perfect candidates without missing any details.
Thies not only has a calm personality, but also likes to start the day slow and steady #latebird & enjoys watching netflix or challenging the team for an office FIFA match.

As recruiting and soon-to-be business psychology expert, Thies brings essential knowledge & expertise to the bits&birds team. In combination with his personality that makes him a valuable part of the recruiting team.

Thies Hinderer

Charmer with a great sense of humor

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