Monica Schmickler
Worldwide Transportation Strategy, Systems & Sourcing
Daimler

Peter Weiss
Head of Global Supply Chain Management Coordination
FCA

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. He is responsible for FCA’s European inbound and outbound logistics (excluding service parts), as well as plant logistics.

Torsten Heinrichs
Manager, Vehicle Logistics Continent
Ford

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 Motor Company

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.

Jörg Blechinger
Director MAGNA Logistik
MAGNA

Jörg has held his current role at Magna Logistics since June 2006. His responsibilities include people & 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

Ismael Moreno
Logistics Director
Cooper Standard

Andreas Graffe
Director Logistics & Container Management
Opel Automobile

Andreas has been with GM since 1995 and has held a variety of positions within purchasing and supply chain in Europe and Asia. He headed GM Europe’s supply chain logistics operations from 2011 and stepped into his current role as Director for Supply Chain/Order Fulfillment in early 2013.

Hans-Bert Bong
Director
Dr. Bong Business Consulting

Stephan Freichel
Professor
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.

Hartmut Haubrich
Director Finished Vehicle Logistics
INFORM GmbH

Hartmut joined INFORM in 2001. He brings more than 20 years of experience in world-wide resource management and supply chain projects. His aviation logistics background brings new approaches and ideas to INFORMs growing automotive logistics division. Hartmut is responsible for new business solutions for all areas of outbound logistics and manages major accounts, as such being head of a special global vehicle distribution project.

Matthias Kasser
Partner
McKinsey & Company

Matthias is part of McKinsey’s Automotive & Assembly Practice and is leader of the Connected and Automotive Car initiative. He has deep expertise in automotive and machinery specialising in connectivity, automation, autonomous driving and IoT/Industry 4.0. He led the cooperation with the VDA for IAA 2015. Matthias holds a double diploma from the Technical University of Munich and Ecole Centrale Paris in mechanical engineering for automotive.

Christian Schwede
Head of Department
Fraunhofer IML

Christian heads the Information logistics and decision support systems department at Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics in Dortmund (Germany). He has worked for the Institute since 2007 on a variety applied science and business consultancy projects. He specialises in automotive and information systems for logistics and has a wealth of experience working with global players in different sectors.

Veronika Söntgerath
Connected Mobility Executive Consultant
T-Systems

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.

Wolfgang Lehmacher
Head of Supply Chain and Transport Industries
World Economic Forum

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.

Greg Slawson
Global Vertical Lead Automotive
DSV

Greg brings nearly 30 years of senior automotive experience at OEM, tier one and logistics service provider level. He has also worked as a supply chain consultant for a big four consultancy and as CEO of a clean technology company. Greg’s deep and broad experience of the sector gives him a unique perspective on the automotive industry and the challenges we face. Based in Detroit, Greg works globally and across products to support DSV’s automotive verticals solutions offering.

Björn Klippel
CEO
TIM Consult GmbH

Marta Fuentes Del Castillo
Director Business Development
BXB Digital

Johannes Nünning
Founder and Head
UQBATE Deutche Telekom

Stéphane Milhet
EVP Human Resources
GEFCO

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