European Distribution Manager
Jaguar Land Rover
Debbie joined Jaguar Land Rover in 1994 and has held a variety of positions within manufacturing and material planning & logistics. She is currently responsible for distribution operations and the strategic planning of Jaguar & Land Rover finished vehicles across 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.
General Manager Inbound logistics
Renault Nissan Alliance
Lutz holds a degree in industrial engineering and MBA from the HEC School of Management in France. Prior to Renault Nissan, he managed logistics operations for an automobile supplier and redesigned supply chains in the food industry. He has been with Renault Nissan since 2008, working in outbound logistics before becoming the General Manager for inbound engineering at the beginning of 2014.
Finished Vehicle Supply Chain Director
PSA Peugeot Citroen
Guy, PhD, joined PSA Peugeot Citröen in 1997. He has held a variety of managerial roles during his time at PSA including vehicle engineering and the industrial development of its activities in China. He's more than 12 years logistics experience including vehicle planning, suppliers' capacity management and overseas logistics. He's now responsible for PSA's worldwide vehicle logistics, inventory and cash management.
Alliance General Manager for Global Vehicle Logistics
Last year Laurent became responsible for the newly-merged Alliance function for global vehicle logistics, with corporate teams based in France and Japan. He joined Renault in 1995, and has more than10 years’ experience of logistics with Renault Nissan in various roles in aftersales, parts logistics, vehicle logistics and new model projects.
Head of Global Supply Chain Management Active & Passive Safety Technology
ZF TRW Automotive
Helge joined TRW in 2007 as a Purchasing Manager and has been in his current role since 2009. He is responsible for logistics sourcing for EMEA and AP, and the development of strategic logistics partners across different transport modes, as well as outsourced logistics activities including warehousing. He previously worked with Schenker and Exel Logistics.
Worldwide Transportation Vehicle Distribution Europe Passenger Cars & Commercial Vehicles
Jan started his career in spare parts logistics and distribution at Chrysler/Jeep in the EURAFME region. In 2000, he relocated from Belgium to Stuttgart, Germany. In his early years with Daimler, he worked as a parts logistics process analyst and project manager in aftersales. In 2007, he joined the Worldwide Transportation department, managing commercial vehicle distribution networks. Since 2012, Jan also became responsible for planning and procurement of transportation services for all passenger car volumes in Europe. Jan holds completed a master’s degree in Business Economics in Brussels.
Freight Strategy Manager - Global Material Planning & Logistics
Jaguar Land Rover
David moved to his current position at Jaguar Land Rover in November 2014. In the role, he is responsible for creating and delivering a strategy to optimise the logistics network between supplier and production facility. Previously he has worked in logistics with Unilever in the FMCG sector.
Vice President (Supplier Quality & Logistics)
Volvo Car Group
Geert has worked with Volvo since 1988. He was Head of Volvo’s paint laboratory in Ghent, Belgium before moving to Olofström, Sweden to take up the post of General Site Manager between 2008 and 2010. He returned to Belgium as Managing Director between 2010 and 2013. Based in Sweden since 2013, he works within purchasing and manufacturing at Volvo’s Gothenburg, plant. He is a member of the Global Leadership Team and is Chairman of Flanders' DRIVE. Geert is fluent in Swedish and English with Dutch as his mother tongue.
Programm Manager Sustainability in the Supplier Network
Ferdinand is responsible for the sustainability program within the functional processes part of the BMW Group. He had previously worked in the purchasing area for 13 years.
Vice President, Europe, Automotive & Industrial Solutions
Chep Automotive GmbH
David is responsible for growing CHEP’s business in automotive. He has a particular focus on driving customer satisfaction, whilst improving cost efficiencies in the supply chain. Prior to his current role, he held a variety of positions in operations, quality, key account management, market development and supply chain.
Senior Manager Transport & Logistics Services
Alfons is responsible for external logistics at Magna Steyr, including the procurement of logistics services, transport planning and operations, container management, and packing and export. He joined the company in 2002, having previously worked on material flow at Eurostar Automobilwerk (the former DaimlerChrysler plant) and on flows from NAFTA to Europe for Chrysler production. Alfons holds a master’s degree in industrial engineering from Graz University of Technology, Austria.
Logistics Operations Manager - Opel/Vauxhall Europe Aftersales
Adam Opel AG
Marcel has worked for nearly nine years in a variety of 3PL roles for a major logistics provider in the Netherlands before joining GM in 2000. He has held various supply chain roles within the aftersales environment of GM Europe (German office) and since 2009 in his current position for Opel CCA.
Vertical Market Director, Automotive
With a 25 year track record of helping OEMs, Tier One, Tier Two and downstream suppliers, Mark is a recognised authority in automotive logistics and a regular contributor to these events. He has helped customers and suppliers identify, develop and initiate sequencing centres, complex supply chains, supplied cost effective and efficient freight and transportation solutions. GEODIS is one of the largest supply chain and logistics companies in the world, and is widely recognised as a high quality service provider delivering innovative logistics solutions.
Head of In Stock Management Automotive
Alfonso started his career as a powertrain engineer in PSA Peugeot Citroën before gaining an MBA and joining consulting firm McKinsey & Co. After several years of experience in industrial strategy and operations, he took on his current role to be responsible for supply chain management for Amazon’s automotive sector across Europe.
European Commission – Directorate General Climate Action (DG CLIMA)
Dimitrios is a PhD holder who is responsible for HDVs CO2 emissions at DG CLIMA. He holds a BSc in Automotive Engineering, an MSc in Mechanical Engineering and an MSc in Transport Engine Emissions. He's spent several years as a Homologation Engineer at Iveco UK and in 2007 was appointed at the DG for Transport and Communications in Thessaloniki, Greece. He's has also spent two years at DG ENTR, managing the NRMM 97/68/EC Directive on engine emissions.
Ewals Cargo Care
Bram has been with Ewals Cargo Care(ECC) since 2001, working in a variety of roles. Prior to this, he spent nearly four years with Johnson Controls in China. He is CEO and a shareholder of ECC. He attended the University of Groningen in the Netherlands and Columbia Business School. He holds a Master of Science in Business Administration.
Chris Bangle Associates
Chris Bangle was born in Ravenna, Ohio, USA in 1956. After attending the University of Wisconsin and graduating from Art Center College of Design (Pasadena, California), Bangle began his career at Opel in 1981. He moved to Fiat in 1985, where he designed the brazen Coupé. In 1992 he was named the first American Chief of Design at BMW, where he was responsible for bringing the designs of BMW, Mini, and Rolls Royce into the twenty-first century. After 28 years with BMW, he moved to Clavesana (near Turin, Italy) and founded Chris Bangle Associates, a design consultancy and management company, together with his wife Catherine.
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.
President of the Americas, Europe, Middle East and Africa
Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics (WWL)
Raymond is responsible for WWL’s Atlantic performance area which includes business activity throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Russia. WWL is a global enterprise focused on developing sustainable factory to dealer shipping and logistics solutions for manufacturers of cars, trucks, heavy equipment and specialized cargo.
Member of the Board
Michael is a port and shipping manager with international experience. Following several stints abroad working for the Maersk group, he became Vice President - Key Client Management of the A.P. Moller-Maersk Group in 2008. Michael has been a BLG executive board member since 1 June 2013 and is responsible for the Automotive Logistics division.
Director Finished Vehicle Logistics
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.
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.
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.
Sales Director, Automotive
Colin Howard Sales Director, Automotive Goodpack Limited Colin has over 25 years experience across a diverse range of disciplines including product design, sales & marketing, and program management. He has worked across automotive, FMCG, logistics and packaging. Colin is responsible for the strategic direction and management of Goodpack’s sales operation across the Western continents for automotive. He travels extensively, meeting many OEM’s and tier suppliers to discus and developing reusable packaging solutions to deliver commercial and environmental supply chain benefits. He is a regular speaker at Automotive Logistic conferences.
Director Research & Innovation
CLEPA - European Association of Automotive Suppliers
In addition to his current role with CLEPA Stefan is a member of the ERTRAC and iMobility steering groups. He has worked at the Austrian Institute of Technology in its Department for Mobility. He was appointed research coordinator for Austria, research area leader for road safety and elected Chairman of the research coordinators at FEHRL (Forum of European Highway Research Laboratories). Furthermore he was member of the ERTRAC WG on road safety, iMobility WG on Automated Driving and Member of the EARPA task force safety. Stefan graduated as a physicist at the University of Vienna.
ECG – the Association of European Vehicle Logistics
Mike is an experienced vehicle logistics professional with more than 20 years in the sector. After many years with Toyota in a variety of roles, first in the U.K. and then in Europe, he returned to the U.K where he spent four years with logistics service providers including Autologic. Early in 2010 Mike jumped at the opportunity to join ECG and return to Brussels in order to help promote and support an industry he is passionate about.
Director Client Solutions Automotive
Federica has over 15 years contract logistics experience and has developed advanced and innovative supply chain solutions for a variety of customers. She takes a lead for European/Global strategic clients. Frederica holds a Bachelor's degree in Physics.
Director Client Solutions Automotive
Andreas joined UTi in 2011 as a Director, Client Solutions Automotive . He is the European/Global lead for strategic automotive clients and is responsible for the global development of partnerships across different logistics services . Andreas has over 20 years experience in logistics services for automotive, particularly road transportation and contract logistics.
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.
Senior Advisory Partner Automotive
Ernst & Young
For more than ten years, Peter Fuss has been a Partner with Ernst & Young in Germany acting as Senior Advisory Partner in automotive for Germany, Switzerland and Austria. He has spent the last 25 years advising automotive companies on strategic business issues and mergers & acquisitions. Peter is Co-Moderator of the web-based Automanager.TV magazine, frequent speaker at automotive conferences across Europe and publisher of automotive studies.
After more than 25 years at Ford Motor Company in a variety of roles including positions in IT, Training, Re-engineering, Lean Manufacturing and Order fulfilment Silvio, has founded USB a consultancy for quality and lean management. In his last position at Ford as European Quality Manager for Finished Vehicle Logistic, he combined logistic quality with claims and dealer relationship management.
Thomas Cullen is an analyst and management consultant who, over several decades, has examined logistics and supply chains across the world’s economy. As well as work with OEMs in the automotive sector, he has produced analysis and consulted within chemicals, oil and retail among others. Thomas’ output has also been used extensively by institutional investors. His academic qualifications include an MSc in Logistics and Supply Chain Management from Cranfield University in the UK.
Managing Director – UK
Howard has been in the automotive sector for well over 25 years. Prior to joining ARS Altmann, he held senior positions within the international logistics and supply chain sector in companies including Gefco, Daewoo and Inchcape. He also founded award winning consultancy Automotive Vision.
Chief Executive Officer
ARS Altmann AG
Maximilian’s father established ARS Altmann in 1975. He expanded his knowledge in business and legal sciences, achieving a PhD in international economics and law. He joined the family business in a variety of managerial roles. He has been a member of the board since 2012 and became Chief Executive Officer in 2014. ARS Altmann is one of the biggest finished vehicle logistics service providers in Europe, employing 1.000 people, handling/transporting on rail and road around 3,5 million vehicles in a year for almost all the OEMs operating on the continent. Maximilian speaks fluent German, English and Italian.
President Global sector Automotive
DHL CUSTOMER SOLUTIONS & INNOVATION
Fathi is responsible for the strategy, development, innovation and global customer management programme for the Automotive Customer Solutions & Innovation sector at DHL. Joining in 2004 as VP for the Engineering & Manufacturing and the Aerospace sectors within EMEA, he became President of the automotive sector in 2009. Fathi is a professor of Cross-Cultural Management and International Marketing at the ICHEC Brussels Management School, and the author of several management books, the most recent being ‘Effective Time Management’.
Vice President WW Logistics Contracting & Governance
CNHI INDUSTRIAL S.P.A.
Industrial Market Manager
Recognised industry leader with over 20 years of experience in reusable packaging industry, Scott has developed and shared reusable packaging expertise with leading industrial, consumer goods, food and beverage companies. He currently leads ORBIS’ Industrial market, including the planning, development and implementation of strategic marketing plans and goals. He drives initiatives and pricing strategies that result in improved market share, increased revenue and enhanced profit margins. During his time with ORBIS, he has led efforts to develop innovative new packaging products, expand into international markets and drive operational efficiency.
Lead Management Consultant
Peter has responsibility for business consulting in automotive supply chain management, having joined Flexis in 2012. With a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering & Business Administration, he has both planning and operational experience in automotive. Prior to joining Flexis, Peter worked for more than 15 years in various supply chain positions at General Motors, including manager of end-to-end planning and as supply chain director of GM Russia.
Fraunhofer Institute for Materialflow and Logistics
Karl Martin Lukas
Karl has worked in automotive since 2002 as both logistics and production manager. He joined Magna Logistics Europe in 2008 to lead a team implementing several European and global supply chain projects, while in parallel also taking the operational lead in several Magna plants. He left Magna last year, and is currently supporting the industry as a consultant using his experience of supply chain management and operations.
MJ Systems & Solpac
Tariq is head of an 800-employee group of textile and packaging manufacturing companies supplying the automotive, aerospace, fashion, supermarket and home improvement sectors. He also heads several property companies. A graduate of Bradford and Salford Universities in the UK, he went on to be a postgraduate of Cranfield University.
Global Industry Director - Automotive
Nick joined TNT in 1986 and is responsible for automotive globally. Throughout his career he has worked nationally and globally in a variety of roles including administration, operational and business development. The last 18 years have seen him focus on supply chain design and consultancy programmes within government, retail banking, hi-tech and automotive. He has extensive experience within Europe, emerging economies, relationship management and the design & implementation of award winning service propositions within automotive.
Chief Executive Officer
Bill is the former owner of an auto transportation company in Canada and has made it his life’s mission to solve the problem of waste – empty miles - in auto transportation around the world. He is the inventor and developer of the Convertible Trailer system. Bill also has over 20 years of experience as a professional firefighter, EMT and rescue worker. Bill's vision is to continuously improve methods of managing the world's finite resources, finding new and better ways of using them wisely and at the same time making a commercial return.