About univativ

High level personnel services

Since 1998, univativ as personnel service provider has supported their clients with qualified junior staff.
Emerging from a student management consultancy, univativ is able to look back on a successful track record in the personnel service provider sector: Today the enterprise is represented by twelve offices in Germany and Switzerland, and offers more than 8,000 students, graduates and young professionals in their talent pool.

The univativ Group

With the founding of univativ Management GmbH as holding group in year 2012, the cornerstone for the univativ Group was set. Today it comprises theunivativ GmbH & Co. KG, the univativ Schweiz AG and the provativ GmbH. Moreover, the univativ Group holds a stake in the Auckland Management GmbH & Co. KG.

Freelance IT experts

Under the brand-name provativ, the enterprise has been providing freelance IT experts in project work since 2013. provativ has representative offices in Frankfurt and Cologne. Further information available at www.provativ.de.

univativ in Switzerland

The subsidiary company univativ Schweiz AG with its locations Basel, Bern and Zurich was founded in 2015. This establishment of a foreign subsidiary has served as the first step in a long-term internationalisation strategy.

Interim Management

The univativ Group took a stake in the Auckland Partners in the same year, thus fortifying their strategic position in the personnel service provider sector by means of a unique portfolio. Auckland Partners procures highly-qualified interim managers at the executive, business-management and management levels as well as tailor-made implementation teams for transformational topics in particular. Further information at www.aucklandpartners.com.

Data and Facts

Berlin, Bielefeld, Darmstadt (headquarters), Dusseldorf, Essen, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hanover, Karlsruhe, Cologne, Mannheim, Munich, Nuremberg, Stuttgart, Ulm, Basel, Zurich


more than 1,200 

more than 300 international groups and medium-sized enterprises from all sectors

Über univativ

Foundation and Milestones

1996 Start as a student management consultancy at the TU Darmstadt

1998 Founding univativ GmbH

2004 Conversion to univativ GmbH & Co. KG

2012Founding of the univativ Management GmbH as a holding company

2013 Founding of the provativ GmbH

2015 Founding of the univativ Schweiz AG and launching of the first foreign office

2015 Participation in the Auckland Management GmbH & Co. KG

2018 Conversion to univativ GmbH

Business Management univativ Group

Working on projects instead of handling orders, getting involved in everyday practice instead of frying burgers, acquiring new contacts instead of counting the minutes until closing time: This was the idea that motivated Martin Ilg, Henning Loof and Olaf Kempin to found univativ in 1998. Still students at that time at the Technical University Darmstadt, the three soon-to-be industrial engineers initially just wanted to put this concept into practice for themselves and other students. And what a success it was! Ever since then, in fact, thousands of ambitious entry-level employees have taken advantage of the offer for themselves by successfully starting their professional careers at, and with univativ.

Olaf Kempin
Olaf Kempin (Graduate Industrial Engineer, TU Darmstadt)
Martin Ilg
Martin Ilg (Graduate Industrial Engineer, TU Darmstadt)

Executive Board univativ GmbH

univativ GmbH is managed by two Chief Executives. Gottfried Zaby, who previously held responsibility for the strategic development of the Rhine-Main area as Regional Manager, heads the company alongside Henning Loof. Being a company co-founder, Loof is also a member of the Management Board at univativ Group.

Henning Loof
Henning Loof (Graduate Industrial Engineer, TU Darmstadt)
Gottfried Zaby
Gottfried Zaby (Graduate Industrial Engineer, Uni Karlsruhe)


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