September 8th-9th, 2016 | Kiel, Germany
The Event for Executives from the Cloud and Hosting Industry in Europe
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Keynote Speakers

Matthias Henze

whose platform Jimdo is powering more than 15 million websites

Ewan Parry

THE M&A expert in the hosting industry in Europe

Laura Dekker

youngest person who ever sailed around the world alone


The WHD.sailing event is designed for owners, founders, and senior executives from the hosting and cloud industry. Just like our first leader event—WHD.racing—the goal is to provide a more intimate gathering without the distractions of our major conferences where senior staff can meet to learn about and discuss some of the most important issues facing our industry today.

WHD.sailing is designed by industry leaders FOR industry leaders in one of the most beautiful locations in Europe. Join us for an event that you will not forget.


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Coming Together

Sit side-by-side with your fellow business leaders — you need real information, clear insight, and open communication to bring value to your organization and develop solid objectives. Develop a network of peers and trusted advisers to help you succeed in a consolidating market.

Fun and Adventure

After all the discussions and networking are done for the day, enjoy an afternoon on the high seas in real racing yachts sailing in the Baltic Sea. Channel your inner captain or pirate, or just sit back and enjoy the beauty of plying the waters in luxury.

Kieler Yacht Club

The historic Kieler Yacht Club was founded in 1887 by officers of the Imperial German Navy. Located in the seaside town of Kiel, it is one of the oldest yacht clubs in Europe. It is well known for hosting some of the region’s most exciting ocean sports event, including the Kieler Woche (Kiel Week)—arguably the largest sailing event in the world—and the sailing competitions for the 1972 Olympic Games.

Kieler Yacht Club Hotel

The Hotel Kieler Yacht Club is one of the most venerable houses in the city of Kiel. It has always been closely associated with the sport of sailing and is filled with relics of the early days of the Imperial Yacht Club. All of that history has drawn dignitaries and sports fans from around the world, including Spanish King Juan Carlos, Greece’s former King Constantine, and King Carl Gustav of Sweden who all stayed here when they came to watch the Olympic Games.

Who is attending?

Antoine Coetsier


Vincentas Grinius


Patrick Sanders


Daniel Odoj

Founder & CEOGlowfish GmbH & Co. KG

Morten Felsvang

FounderCohaesio Group

Magnus Hansson

CEODatacenter Sweden

Daniel Wette

CEO, Co-FounderrankingCoach

Anthony Owen


Daniel Hagemeier

CEOdogado GmbH

Mattias Hjorth

Partner & Sales DirectorDatacenter Sweden

Mads Liebst

General ManagerCohaesio Group

Thomas Strohe

CEOManaged Hosting Division at HEG

Wilfried Beeck


Dreas van Donselaar


Nils Hueneke


Frans ter Borg

CEOCloudMerge, a Quanza Group Company

Luc Hullegie

General ManagerTheSSLStore.EU

Niels Kuhnen


Julian Riedlbauer

PartnerGP Bullhound

Francesco Cetraro

Head of Registry Operations.CLOUD Registry

André van Vliet

Captain CloudSolidHost

Jochen Berger

Group Director M&A HEG

Dimitris Anthoulakis

CEO & Co FounderTop.Host

Kai Brandes

Director Hosting HamburgPlusServer GmbH

Christopher Cousins

CROFamous for Media

Berend van Dalfzen

Managing DirectorRealtime Register / Resello

Jaeson Yoo

SVP of Business DevelopmentCloudbric

Bogdan Moldovan

VP of Sales and Professional ServicesAxigen Messaging

Cornel Schnietz


Thomas Vollrath

Non Exec DirectorWebAfrica

Marius Cremer


Frank Maounis

Co-FounderPapaki / Top.Host

Srdjan Simic

CTOR&D and Services at Orion

Erik Olsen

CEO & Co-FounderWebhuset

Diarmuid Daltún

VP Worldwide SalesPlesk

Morten Klank

Director, IT Infrastructureitelligence

Markus Galler

Sr. Director Cloud Business EMEA & CISAcronis

Julian Wyneken

Managing DirectorHostserver GmbH

Bernard Toplak

CEOExaByte d.o.o. (Federation Servers)

Bruno Carlos

Director of Business DevelopmentClaranet Soho SA

Jonas Dhaenens

CEOIntelligent NV (holding above Sentia and Combell)

Frank Müller

VP Key Account ManagementCM4all

Pepijn Salemink

CEO HostingXS B.V.

Magnus Hult

CEOAtomia AB


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Day 1 – September 8th

Time Topic
5:00 pmArrival
6:00 pm
Dreaming Big In A World Without Limits

Laura Dekker

Laura Dekker is the youngest person to sail around the world … solo … traversing 27,000 miles over two years … finishing at the age of 16. While her peers were hanging music posters on their bedroom walls, Laura was purchasing her first sailboat and outfitting it for the open sea. Her inspiring story was documented in the 2013 film “Maidentrip” that dramatically presents the obstacles she has overcome living the dream … her dream.

7:00 pmWelcome Reception
7:45 pmNetworking Dinner / Drinks

Day 2 – September 9th

Time Topic
9:30 amWelcome Coffee
10:00 am
Does Company Culture Hold You Back or Drive You Forward?

Matthias Henze, CEO and Co-Founder, Jimdo

In just nine years Jimdo has jumped from zero to more than 15 million websites on their hosting and site-builder platform. How did they manage that raging success? If you ask CEO and co-founder Matthias Henze, he’ll skip all the technical details about codebase and infrastructure clouds and start talking about their amazing company culture. All decisions flow through culture — from the tasks they work on and how they market their products to the transparent operating structure and even the food served at lunch. According to Matthias, company culture is the rocket engine that makes Jimdo go.

10:30 am
What Your Hosting Company is Really Worth Now

Ewan Parry, Partner, OC and C Strategy

Ewan Parry is one of the top technology-focused M&A professionals in Europe. As a Partner at OC&C Strategy Consultants, he has a superior reputation for helping buyers and sellers find each other and make great deals. In his keynote presentation at WHD.sailing 2016, Ewan will detail how valuations are determined, which metrics are most important, and what you can do to maximize the next offer for your business. If you are a business owner, this could be the most valuable presentation you see all year.

11:15 am
Beyond simply online presence

Wilfried Beeck, CEO, ePages

For almost all SMBs, their online presence and website content are a vital part of their business success. However, these are not the only elements, and rather should be embedded within an overall digital strategy that includes digital transactions, visibility on search engines and marketplaces, social media, mobile apps and last but not least, traditional face-to-face customer interactions. This session will showcase best practice examples of how web hosts can profit from such SMB needs.

11:45 amNetworking
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pmSailing / SUP (Stand-Up Paddling) / Speed boat
5:30 pmDeparture


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This special event is designed for owners, founders, and senior executives from the hosting and cloud industry. Due to group size restrictions, attendance will be strictly limited. Ticket pricing will vary based upon company size and industry segment.

Attendee Profile Ticket Price
Hosting or Cloud Company€ 599.-
Financial, Private Equity, Consultant€ 1,500.-
ISV, Supplier/Sponsor (includes 1 branding opportunity)**€ 2,900.-
** Hotel and All Other Branding opportunities will be made available on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact us today for a complete list of available options.

Your Ticket Includes

  • Welcome Reception
  • Hosted round-table discussion
  • Gourmet dinner
  • One night’s accommodation at either the Hotel Kieler Yacht Club or the nearby Atlantic Hotel Kiel*
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Access to all workshops and sessions
  • An open-water sailing excursion on one of the beautiful racing yachts
  • Lunch at the Kieler Yacht Club
* Attendees wishing to extend their stay can add an additional hotel night while registering online at the preferred WHD rate. There is no extra charge for a second guest
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