The Client:

Founded and managed by Bernhard Paul in 1976, the Cologne-based group of companies includes the renowned Circus Roncalli, the Varieté Theater Apollo in Düsseldorf, a large event and market department, and the Villa Eliana event location in Mallorca. Roncalli employs around 170 staff plus numerous artists and generates annual sales of EUR 24 million. The group of companies, which focuses on family entertainment, enchants more than 500,000 visitors to the Circus and the Apollo every year. In addition, Roncalli organizes (corporate) events, shows on cruise ships and the Hamburg Christmas market. In 2019, Roncalli played a major role in organizing the 25th Life Ball in and in front of Vienna City Hall.

The Project:

Since 2015, a Management Factory manager has taken on the role of advisory board chairman, supporting Bernhard Paul, the management and the family in this capacity.


  • Classic advisory board agendas (including budget approvals and managing director appointments)
  • Reorganization of the group of companies under company law
  • Adoption of rules of procedure for the management
  • Development of a family status (family constitution)
  • Investment decisions (including conversion and expansion of the winter quarters in Cologne)
  • Strategy work (expansion of the event area and offensive in the area of digitalization)