Mathias earned a business administration degree at University of Mannheim (Germanys top business school) with majors in Human Resources, Organizational Development and Employment Law. He then visited University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles for 2 semesters taking MBA classes in Management Consulting, Business Communications, Strategic Management and Organizational Behavior. Mathias started his career in Human Resources with Deutsche Lufthansa where he worked in Recruiting, Talent Management and Executive Counseling.
At the end of 1992 he joined IRC Germany (Friedrichs & Partner) as senior consultant starting off conducting management audits in Eastern Germany, this was a major project involving the assessment of hundreds of former Eastern German key executives. In 1993 Mathias changed to Executive Search with IRC Germany where he took over as Managing Director and majority shareholder of the company in January 1994. His client base includes mainly multinationals and major German industrial firms in automotive, chemical, machine building, steel and metal, plastics, electronics, high tech, FMCG and retail.