Co-Founder & - Owner
Stephan Grau’s professional career started off in the metalworking industry. In his spare time, he gradually developed a passion for computers and eventually turned this hobby into a new career. After completing his training as a data processing specialist, Stephan Grau worked as a software developer, specializing in applications for the financial sector, more specifically tools for private banks and investment firms. After three years as a developer, he changed to the field of document management, where he was active as a system developer for seven years. While working in this area, Stephan Grau took up the study of business administration at the VWA Koblenz. In 1999, Stephan Grau became self-employed and teamed up with Reiner Kraus to develop an interface for integrating document management systems with SAP. This laid the foundation for today’s KGS Software GmbH & Co. KG, which was founded in September 2000. Ever since, Stephan Grau has been shaping and directing the activities of the growing company with his business partner Reiner Kraus. At present, daily operations are largely handled by the hired executive managers. Stephan Grau provides consulting to the KGS executive management and mainly focuses on the strategic and international alignment of the company, together with Reiner Kraus, with the aim of fostering successful growth on the international stage.
Co-Founder & - Owner
After graduating from university in the field of IT, Reiner Kraus started his occupational career as a software developer at a small software company based near the German town of Euskirchen. He then held various leadership positions, including project manager, department head, division manager and even managing director at different software companies, most of which focus on archive and document management. In 1999, Mr. Kraus then turned to self-employment before partnering with Stephan Grau and founding what later became KGS Software GmbH and Co. KG, a company specialized in document management systems for SAP environments. For about 13 years, Mr. Kraus and Grau ran the company, sometimes together and at other times alone, before they successfully implemented a growth strategy in 2013 that still delivers impressive annual growth figures. Since this time, Mr. Kraus gradually transferred operative management of the company to the employed managing directors and now acts as an advisor to the KGS executive management. In this capacity, Mr. Kraus, together with Mr. Grau, mainly focuses on the strategic and international alignment of the company with the aim of fostering successful growth on the international stage.