In 2005, Dirk Graber graduated from HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management with a degree in Business Administration (Diplom-Kaufmann). Like other HHL alumni, for instance Dr. Gerd Robertz, who was the first Research Assistant at the “new” HHL and is currently representing the school’s Kramer Foundation, the 35-year old Graber still maintains a close relationship with his Alma mater, for example as the first Chairman of the Association of Friends of HHL. Additionally, he shows his interest in the DNA of HHL and its excellent students by co-financing a German national scholarship.
During his studies at HHL, Graber discovered his keen interest in entrepreneurship thanks to the specialized course under the same name.
Graber, who was born in Halle/Saale, Saxony-Anhalt, founded the online optician Mister Spex GmbH in 2007. Being the CEO, he is responsible for the departments of Business Development, IT, Finance & Controlling, Operations and HR. The company offers Germany’s widest range of glasses, sunglasses, sports glasses and contact lenses from name brands. Customers may benefit from services such as eyesight testing and fitting glasses since Mister Spex cooperates with more than 300 local opticians throughout Germany already. In 2012, Mister Spex reached sales of EUR 26,000,000, therefore ranking it among the top ten best-selling opticians in Germany. Since the online shop was launched in April 2008, Mister Spex has served more than 500,000 satisfied customers. The Berlin-based company currently has about 200 employees and has entered other European markets with online shops in France, Spain and Sweden. In September 2012, Mister Spex received the “Online Shop of the Year” award.
Before establishing the company, Dirk Graber worked as a consultant for Boston Consulting Group for more than two years. As part of this job, he worked on projects in the consumer goods industry, the banking sector as well as in corporate development and finance. His interest in online topics dates back to his university time when he completed internships at companies such as Jamba and Ebay.
Thanks to his position with the Association of Friends of HHL, which is one of the shareholders in HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management, Graber supports HHL’s profile as one the leading entrepreneurial business schools in Europe. “We think of the Association of Friends as a means for HHL entrepreneurs to stay in touch with HHL and its students,” says Dirk Graber.
Photo: Mister Spex GmbH