Matthias Braun
Head of Network Planning and Location Projects
Volkswagen Logistics

Carlos Lahoz
Director Sales, Business Planning and Supply Chain
Kia Motors Europe

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 European Operations Director for Kia Motors Europe, 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.

Torsten Heinrichs
Manager, Vehicle Logistics Continent

Torsten has been with Ford since 1993, holding various positions in purchasing and logistics in both Europe and South America. In logistics he led the Inbound Logistics Planning and Material Flow departments before taking on his current role leading the planning and operating of all vehicle logistics in continental Europe.

Axel Van Het Kaar
Carline Supervisor Material Flow and Packaging Engineering
Ford Werke GmbH

Axel joined Ford Werke in 2000 and has held a variety of positions within the organisation; two years as a graduate trainee in job rotation followed by three years as a logistics engineer. He moved to Ford’s Saarlouis plant in 2005 working as its Supply Chain Manager/External Logistics Coordinator. Axel returned to Cologne in 2008 to his current position of Carline Supervisor MF&PE. He is currently involved in major launches at Ford’s Valencia (Spain) plant. Axel holds a BSc Logistics Management from Venlo, Netherlands in 1998 and a MSc International Logistics from Plymouth, UK in 1999.

Hervé Moulin
Vehicle Operations – Methods
Renault Nissan Alliance

Since 1994, Hervé has been working in Renault’s Vehicle Distribution Division, where he’s been in charge of overseas export operations and Europe-wide implementation of quality standards in the Dealer network. He is the founder of the Vehicle Logistics Quality Dept, which standards are now used by the whole Renault Nissan Alliance. He’s the Alliance’s representative with ECG – The Association for European Vehicle Logistics and acts as an expert in various vehicle distribution fields

Frank Vorrath
VP Global Supply Chain
Johnson Controls Inc.

Frank has over 18 years of supply chain and logistics experience and has worked in Germany, South Africa, Brazil and the US, delivering supply chain and logistics solutions for automotive and multi-industrial companies. He has been involved in the development and execution of global strategies, change management programmes, supply chain solutions and network design, global key account management, project management, business analysis and business development. His experience includes 14 years with UTi and over 3 years at DHL in various leadership positions. Frank joined Johnson Controls in June 2015 where he leads implementation of an enterprise-wide supply chain excellence strategy to support its strategic goal of delivering world-class performance for its clients worldwide.

Manuel Medina
Finished Vehicle Distribution Planning

Payam Dehdari
Director Logistics
Robert Bosch Automotive Steering

Payam has been the Logistics Director of the international production network of three business units within Bosch Automotive Steering since mid-2016. He was previously a Senior Logistics Manager at the Bosch Diesel Systems plant in Homburg. He first started with Bosch in 2008 as a Junior Manager and led his first project at corporate level in 2010 with the aim of transferring the lean philosophy from the production side to logistics operations. He has now completed 17 such projects in Europe, resulting in productivity gains of at least 10% in every case. His work in this field, conducted with Prof. Furmans from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, has led to him being awarded a doctorate and rolling the concept out as a consultant in several overseas locations for the company.

Buelent Ileri
Director Transportation & Logistics, Europe & Middle East

Buelent started his logistics career with an apprenticeship in freight forwarding followed by a master’s degree in industrial engineering from the University of Applied Sciences in Niederrhein, Germany, and Fontys University in Venlo, the Netherlands. From 2000 to 2004, he worked as a Consultant for Supply Chain Management at KPMG Consulting. For the following six years he was Head of Transportation & Logistics at agricultural machine manufacturer CLAAS Group. He has worked at agricultural machine manufacturer AGCO since 2010 in the role of Director Transportation & Logistics EME. Buelent and his team won the 2016 German Award for Supply Chain Management for the ‘AGCO Smart Logistics’ initiative.

Jan Cirullies
Head of Department
Fraunhofer-Institut für Software- und Systemtechnik ISST

Jan holds degrees in logistics and economics as well as a doctorate in mechanical engineering. His career began in the Supply Chain Engineering department at the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics IML in Dortmund, looking at the methodology for supply chain design and planning and the development of logistics decision support systems based on discrete-event simulation. In 2013, he moved to the department of Information Logistics at Fraunhofer IML, where he took responsibility for the topics of simulation and decision support systems and became involved in the digitisation of logistics and production. He continues to develop these areas at Fraunhofer ISST in the context of digital business engineering. He has held his current position since March 2017.

Dennis Kolberg
Head of Research at Innovative Factory Systems
German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI)

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.

Christoph Stürmer
Autofacts Global Lead Analyst

Christoph coordinates global analytics and business development for Autofacts across PwC’s regional clusters and ensures integration with the services offered by the PwC Automotive network. He is also responsible for developing Autofacts’ service and product portfolio. He specialises in manufacturer strategy and value chain analysis, as well as brand strategy and product portfolio planning. Christoph started his automotive industry career in 1996 at Daimler-Benz, working in product management and strategic planning. Before joining PwC Autofacts, he spent 10 years at IHS Automotive, most recently as Research Director. He holds an economics degree from the University of Heidelberg.

Hans-Bert Bong
Dr. Bong Business Consulting

Stephan Freichel
Cologne University of Applied Sciences

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.

Emmanuel Arnaud
VP Commerce and Marketing

Emmanuel has 15 years’ experience of automotive logistics in either operational or commercial management positions. He joined GEFCO in 2004 and has held positions including Market Line Manager for Automotive Suppliers, Global Head of Automotive Sales, and Corporate Sales Director. Emmanuel was appointed Vice-President Commerce and Marketing for the group last July.

Bjorn Svenningsen
Head of Sales and Marketing

Bjorn has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and organizational communication and more than 25 years of shipping (deep & short-sea) experience, both in Europe and the US. The majority of Bjorn’s shipping experience has been gained at UECC and NYK, where he has held various commercial positions. Bjorn has also been a board member of the ECG for several years.

Boris Dula
CEO and Chairman

Boris joined CEIT – which focuses on innovative technological solutions for industry, particularly the automotive industry – in 2014 as Executive Manager in one of its subsidiaries. He became a board member in 2016 and took on the role of Chairman later the same year. CEIT’s main area of activity is the planning, optimisation, development and implementation of mobile robotic systems, including AGVs, within the framework of logistics automation. Boris studied management and automation at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Informatics at the Technical University, Kosice, and spent 10 years working in Germany in the European Development Centre of a renowned manufacturer of major appliances.

Julian Schulcz
Executive Vice President

Julian is responsible for fourth-party logistics and managed services at 4flow. For over a decade, he has designed and implemented innovative supply chain optimisation initiatives for vehicle manufacturers and suppliers including AGCO, Brose, Lear, MAN, General Motors, YanFeng and many more. Julian and his team at 4flow, along with collaboration partner AGCO, won the 2016 German Award for Supply Chain Management for digitising the AGCO inbound supply chain, enabling sustainable cost reductions and increased efficiency.

Michael A. Kluger
Vice President
Neovia Logistics

Michael has been a supply chain management and logistics professional for over 30 years, starting at the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow & Logistics in Dortmund, Germany, where he led a department performing logistics modelling and simulation projects for industrial clients. He has also worked for logistics service providers in various areas, including engineering, business development, operations, and international contract logistics – much of it related to the automotive sector. Michael has additionally worked directly within the automotive industry, being responsible for inbound material flow and logistics in Europe for a large OEM.

Veronika Söntgerath
Connected Mobility Executive Consultant

Veronika joined Telekom’s consulting subsidiary Detecon in 2012 as Managing Consultant Travel Transport and Logistics and the following year initiated the DHL Logistics Trend Radar with DPDHL, which assesses the impact of technologies on the supply chain. Prior to this, she worked at Correos/Spanish Post as Head of New Business and Market Research between 2003 and 2009. She started her career in the telecoms and postal industries at Arthur D. Little in Spain and Portgual and holds a master’s degree in business administration ICADE – Universidad Pontificia Comillas Madrid.

Marc Adriansens
Managing Director

John Willems
Director, Industry Marketing Automotive
TNT Express

Erik van Wunnik
Global Business Development Director
DSV Solutions

Erik has over 20 years behind him in global logistics services, with particular experience of business development, sales, 3D printing, logistics property and supply chain management. He joined DSV in 2014. He is the global lead for the 3D printing programme there and responsible for the global development of several verticals across the different logistics services. Erik has been a member of the Logistics Knowledge Council of the Dutch shippers’ association, EVOFenedex, since 2009. He graduated in international business studies, majoring in production and logistics, at Maastricht University.

Ernst Jan van Klinken
Managing Director
VMT Ecopack Group

Ernst has been at the helm of returnable packaging solutions provider VMT Ecopack since January 2015 and has over 25 years’ experience in technology, strategy and innovation in the field of performance materials. Ernst holds an MSc in mechanical engineering and polymer science from the University of Technology Eindhoven, in the Netherlands.

Frank Schlehuber
Director Aftermarket

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.

Kai Derda
Country General Manager

Kai has held his current position since October 2016 and is responsible for strengthening CHEP’s market position. He also heads up the development of new value-added solutions for retailers, consumer goods manufacturers and logistics service providers. His principal focus is on expanding CHEP’s service offerings, winning new customers and optimising the supply chain. Kai first joined CHEP in 2007 as Business Development Manager in the Reusable Plastic Containers division. Before that, he held sales management positions at ALDI Süd and the Metro retail group. He holds an industrial engineering degree in transport and logistics from the University of Bremerhaven.

Vegard Synnes
Head of Key Accounts
CDC International Logistics

Vegard started his career in the Norwegian FMCG industry before relocating to Shanghai, China in 2012. After a short career in executive search, he took up his current role leading CDC’s business development and managing global accounts.

Paul Nurse
ProAct International

Paul Nurse’s responsibilities at ProAct International, which is a software solutions company working predominantly in the finished vehicle logistics market, include product strategy and product evolution at both plant-to-dealer and yard management level, with a particular focus on product innovation and differentiation.

Kai Rabe
European Manager Aftersales Logistics
Adam Opel

Kai has a master’s degree in business engineering and over 25 years’ experience in areas including aftersales logistics, supply chain management, dealer network development, customer call centre management and vehicle sales within Adam Opel and General Motors Europe. In his current role, he is responsible for all European aftersales transport operations, planning and strategic development.

Matthias Wurst
Program Manager

Fabio Pellegrinelli
Business Development Manager Gas

Marco Simone Zanna
General Manager
i-Fast Automotive Logistics

Christoph Seitz
Owner and CEO
CFR Rinkens

Christoph is co-owner of CFR Rinkens, a California-based non-vessel operating common carrier (NVOCC) specialising in containerised vehicle transport worldwide. He also serves as CEO of CFR AutoDirect, a joint venture between CFR Rinkens and APL Logistics that moves cars in 53-foot containers on the domestic rail network. Christoph’s key focus in both companies is business development.

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