The unrivalled line-up of judges already confirmed for the Awards is testament to the importance being placed on this new initiative by the European automotive logistics industry.

The list of distinguished experts below represents a who’s who of the European automotive logistics industry alongside respected consultants, academics and other industry figureheads. Together  they will judge each category to a rigorous criteria and process, which will include assessments of strategy, methodology, innovation, collaboration and results.


yoshihisa_akiyama_cropRalf Bechmann
Partner, Advisory Services
yoshihisa_akiyama_cropJörg Blechinger
Director of Magna Logistics and Global Lead Logistics
Magna International
Ralf, who is based in Stuttgart, has more than 20 years of consulting experience in automotive operations management and heads up the Automotive Supply Chain & Operations Advisory Practice at EY. Before joining EY, he was CEO of an automotive OEM consulting company and also formerly worked for Roland Berger Strategy Consultants. Jörg has held his current role at Magna Logistics since June 2006. His responsibilities include people and leadership development, and innovation to support Magna’s plants worldwide. Jörg is also tasked with developing sustainable strategies for supply chain engineering and network planning. Jörg holds a PhD in technical sciences

yoshihisa_akiyama_cropMatthias Braun
Head of digitalisation and Concept Development, Volkswagen Group Logistics
Volkswagen Group
Jurgen BraunsteterJürgen Braunstetter
Head of Supply Chain Management, Automotive
Matthias is responsible for network planning across the supply chain at Volkswagen Konzernlogistik (Group Logistics), the central supply chain management organisation that works across the 12 brands of the Volkswagen Group. He joined Volkswagen in 2004 and worked across group logistics in areas including pre-series logistics, order management and inbound logistics before starting his current role in 2015. Among his recent projects has been the implementation of a cloud-based IT module, Discovery, that connects Volkswagen Group plants, logistics providers and suppliers across the supply chain. Jürgen Braunstetter took over the then-newly created central supply chain function at Continental at the end of 2011, responsible for the entire delivery chain of the tier one supplier’s three automotive-specific divisions – Chassis and Safety, Interior and Powertrain. Across the company, his team is responsible for overseeing around 5m parts per day, shipping to nearly 13,000 different locations around the world. Jürgen has previously worked in group management for logistics and purchasing at German automotive tier supplier Behr.

Fabio Castello
Head of Corporate Unit Logistics
Scania Group
Simon Charker
senior manager, EV supply chain
Fabio is a planning and logistics executive with over 25 years of experience in the automotive industry. He is responsible for the logistics processes in the Scania Group worldwide, including forecasting, order control, material and production planning, storage, materials handling, inbound and outbound flows, KD operations, flow and packaging development, as well as the distribution of complete trucks, buses and components. Simon Charker joined British technology firm Dyson in May 2016, tasked with managing the supply chain for the product manufacturer’s plans to enter the automotive industry with a new electric vehicle. Prior to Dyson, Simon led logistics at British supercar manufacturer McLaren, and worked for more than ten years in purchasing, supply chain and logistics at Honda manufacturing operations in the UK.

Stefan Crets
Executive Director
CSR Europe
Marc Dardanelli
vice-president, Alliance Logistics Europe
Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance
Stefan is Executive Director of CSR Europe, the European platform which facilitates companies and stakeholders to cooperate to become European leaders in sustainable competitiveness and societal wellbeing.
From 2002 onwards, Stefan worked as the CSR leader at Toyota Europe where he developed a new strategy which informed Toyota’s worldwide approach.
Marc has been with Renault and later the Alliance for more than 28 years, in roles ranging from the body shop through to materials management, inbound logistics, plant logistics, as well as leading logistics for Russia. Since April 2017 he has led the Alliance Logistics Europe organisation, which covers the engineering and operations across the Alliance’s multi-brand supply chain in Europe, Russia, the Middle East and Africa.

Michael Dickinson
General Manager Automotive
SMMT Industry Forum
Stephan Freichel
Cologne University of Applied Sciences
Mike’s wide-ranging international career in the automotive sector spans over 25 years and has seen him develop particular expertise in logistics, supply chain and lean manufacturing, as well as building business processes and systems, developing people and operations management. Mike started out in the mid-1980s in the north-east of England with the Nissan Group, before going on to join GM in 1993 as an internal Lean Manufacturing Consultant, eventually becoming Director of Supply Chain for GM’s International Operations Region. In 2012, he joined Qoros Automotive in Shanghai, China, as the company’s first Chief Supply Officer, before returning home in 2015 to take up his current position Stephan is an authority on international value chain, operations and sales management. He is a well-known speaker and university lecturer with particular expertise in the industrial/automotive OEM and supplier, retail, aftersales, and logistics services industries. Stephan has been at Cologne University of Applied Sciences and an independent Management Consultant since 2013. Previously, he held a variety of senior roles in logistics, marketing and sales including: Board Member/MD at Microlog/Logwin; MD Supply Chain and Services at ZF; and Director Logistics and Supply Chain at Merck/VWR. He has also held executive positions at General Motors.

Francesca Gamboni
Senior Vice-President of Supply Chain
Groupe PSA
Michael Henke
Director of Enterprise Logistics Section, Board of Directors
Fraunhofer IML
Francesca joined PSA in 2016 to lead its global supply chain management, responsible for the full scope and transformation of order management, logistics and distribution processes across the group, including its newest members, Opel/Vauxhall. Francesca has more than 20 years of supply chain experience, including most recently in senior roles at L’Oréal, the world’s largest cosmetic firm, as well as for inbound logistics and global aftermarket logistics at Renault Nissan. She has also worked in supply chain roles for tier ones and mining firms. Prof. Dr. Michael Henke is Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics in Dortmund and holds the chair in Enterprise Logistics at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at TU Dortmund University, Germany. He is also Adjunct Professor for Supply Chain Management at the School of Business and Management of Lappeenranta University of Technology in Finland, and Distinguished Research Professor for Fin Tech at the International Innovation Center of Hankou University in China. Michael, who gained his doctorate in business and economics at the Technical University of Munich, Germany, combines a wealth of practical knowledge and extensive research experience, and specialises in technology’s impact on companies. He is expert in such areas as Industry 4.0, financial supply chain management, supply chain risk, logistics and supply chain management and procurement.

Buelent Ileri
Director Transportation & Logistics, Europe & Middle East
Daniel Kal
EMEA corporate logistics director
Buelent is responsible for the supply chain and logistics for all of the European manufacturing sites of AGCO Corporation, a leading global manufacturer of agricultural machinery including such renowned brands as Fendt, Massey Ferguson, Challenger and Valtra. He began his logistics career as a consultant in supply chain management at KPMG Consulting. From 2004 to 2010, he was Head of Global Transportation & Logistics for the agricultural machinery manufacturer CLAAS Group. In 2016, Buelent and his team won the German Supply Chain Award of the BVL and in 2017 the Supply Chain & Logistics Award of the European Logistics Association (ELA) for the ‘AGCO Smart Logistics’ initiative. Daniel has worked since 2000 in a variety of supply chain and logistics functions across major automotive tier suppliers in Europe and in China, overseeing large operations as well as the implementation of major IT systems and lean practices. Since April 2016, he has led central logistics management for Aptiv (former Delphi) across Europe, Middle East and Africa, responsible for all purchasing activities of logistics services, logistics operational support for all company’s sites and optimization and design of logistics network and systems of Aptiv.

Dennis Kolberg
Head of Research, Innovative Factory Systems
German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI)
Carlos Lahoz
Director Sales & Business Planning
Kia Motors Europe
Dennis’ research focus at the DFKI is on the introduction of industry 4.0 technologies into lean production environments. The department of Innovative Factory Systems (IFS) is well-known for its research in the field of automation technology, shop floor digitisation and human-machine interaction in production. In addition to this, Dennis is project coordinator at the technology-initiative SmartFactoryKL, a non-profit organisation successfully transferring research in the field of smart factories into application. Dennis was previously self-employed and studied industrial engineering, majoring in logistics and production management. Carlos, MBA, has over 14 years management experience in sales, marketing, supply chain and business intelligence with General Motors, Fiat and Kia. He is now the Director Sales & Business Planning and is responsible for the development and planning of European-wide logistics strategy, and sales and production planning for the carmaker. His previous roles included Planning and Logistics Director for Kia Iberia and served as a Professor at ESIC Business and Marketing School in Madrid.

Wolfgang Lehmacher
Head of Supply Chain and Transport Industries
World Economic Forum
Antonio Marcelo
Vice President of Global Supply Chain
Wolfgang is Head of Supply Chain and Transport Industries at the World Economic Forum. He is a global executive, consultant and entrepreneur. Wolfgang was previously Partner and Managing Director (China and India) at the global strategy firm CVA, also overseeing the worldwide logistics and transportation practice. From 2005-2010, he served as President and CEO of GeoPost Intercontinental, the global expansion vehicle of France’s La Poste. Prior to that, he was GeoPost’s International Director from 1999 to 2005. He has also held senior management positions with TNT, including Head of Eastern European and Eastern Mediterranean Regions and Country General Manager Switzerland. Wolfgang is a member of the IATA Air Cargo Innovation Awards Jury and the Logistikweisen, a think-tank under the patronage of the German Federal Ministry BMVI. He is an FT, Forbes, Fortune and BI contributor and author of business books including The Global Supply Chain – 2017. Antonio has held his current role at Magna Logistics since March 2017, having joined Visteon in 2001. Prior to this he held roles at Ford Motor Company and General Motors. He studied at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa.

Bob Mountain
EU CIS Region Head of Supply Chain and Logistics
Honda Europe
Magnus Ödling
Senior Director for Global Core and Car Program
Volvo Car Group
Bob started his career in the food industry but has since spent over 25 years in the automotive sector. He has worked in areas including production management, head office sales planning, HR and finance, and for the past 15 years has been involved in various aspects of supply chain and logistics. His current role covers finished vehicle delivery from factory to dealers across Europe, as well as exports to CIS MEA and further afield, including shipments to the US and Japan. Magnus first joined Volvo Cars in 2012 as Head of Network Strategy & Business Applications for Outbound Logistics. His role soon broadened to include inbound logistics, and in October 2014 he was assigned to Shanghai, China, to focus on developing the inbound logistics setup for the manufacturer in the APAC region as Volvo opened several new plants. In summer 2017, he returned to Europe for his current role, which covers logistics engineering across the supply chain. Magnus previously spent 13 years with the Maersk Group.

Anita Pieper
Vice-President of Vehicle Distribution and Vehicle Distribution Centres
BMW Group
Frank Schlehuber
Director Aftermarket
Anita Pieper has led BMW’s global vehicle logistics department since September 2016, in a role that encompasses all supply chain processes from the time the vehicle is cleared from the assembly line. Prior to her role in outbound, she was Head of Logistics and Value-Added Production System at BMW’s engine plant in Steyr, Austria, a role that included overseeing the production of around 5,500 engines per day. In her career, Anita has worked in logistics for other manufacturers including Ford, Valeo, Terex Cranes and Bosch. She joined BMW in 2014. Frank graduated in mechanical engineering from the Technical University Karlsruhe and started his career with Robert Bosch in 1990 after a period as a junior scientist at the Nuclear Research Center Karlsruhe. He spent 26 years with Bosch in different functions, including over five years in Japan as Head of Aftermarket and three years in Chicago as VP of the Brake Components Business Unit. From mid-2011, he was Senior VP of Sales Independent Aftermarket. He joined CLEPA, the European Association of Automotive Suppliers, as Director Aftermarket in April 2016.

Peter Weiss
Head of EMEA Supply Chain Management and Global Coordination
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
Dirk Willmann
Director of Material Planning and Logistics
Ford of Europe
Peter has over 20 years’ experience in automotive, including roles in assembly, manufacturing, global supply chain management, global procurement and B2B e-business ventures. He joined Chrysler in 1995 as Senior Manager of International Supply. In his current role, he is responsible for FCA’s European inbound and outbound logistics (excluding service parts), as well as plant logistics. Dirk has headed up logistics and production planning for Ford since 2015 across Europe, a role which includes inbound, in-plant and vehicle logistics in core European markets, but also leading processes for joint ventures in Russia and Turkey, and operations for the Middle East and Africa. He joined Ford in 1992 in manufacturing quality, and began work in the MP&L department in 2000, where he has held various positions across the supply chain including in order management, material engineering and network optimisation