Looking for the 2017 Europe conference?
We have pushed the conference back this year to June 6th to 8th 2017 but it’s still at the magnificent Kameha Grand Bonn hotel in Germany. Full details will appear here shortly.

If you are interested in becoming a speaker, please contact Louis Yiakoumi.

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Andreas Ginkel
GPSC – Director Logistics Alliance
Adam Opel AG

Andreas has been with GM since 1997 and took up his current role in July 2012 following his return from Korea where he was director for GMIO Asia Logistics, with responsibility for Asia’s inbound, outbound logistics, and packaging as well as the intercontinental material and vehicle flows.


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.

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Peter Weiss
Head of EMEA Supply Chain

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.

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Hans-Bert Bong
Manager Material Flow and Supply Chain Management

Hans-Bert has a PhD in mechanical engineering and for 5 years worked at the Technical University Aachen before joining Ford in 1990. He has held various positions within Ford, ranging from product development to manufacturing and quality management positions. Since 1991 he has been responsible for Ford of Europe’s vehicle distribution and in 2012 became Manager Material Flow and SCM in Europe.

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Deborah Buswell
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.

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Michael Gorny
Manager Vehicle Planning Opel/Vauxhall
Adam Opel AG

Michael has held various assignments at General Motors since 2008, mainly within operations for inbound supply chain. He was previously responsible as supply chain launch manager of engine Flexplant in Hungary and Opel Mokka in Spain.
His current responsibilities include planning for finished vehicle logistics for Opel/Vauxhall.
He has a business administration and mechanical engineering degree.

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John Buchanan
Manager, UK PPM, Material Planning & Logistics

John joined Ford back in 1984 as a graduate recruit. He spent 12 years in manufacturing engineering before discovering logistics and moving into Ford’s material planning & logistics organisation. He has held a variety of management positions, covering program launch, logistics planning and emerging markets. Since 2008, John has also been the global lead for green logistics at Ford.

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Lutz Quietmeyer
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.

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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 international supply chain and logistics experience. He had held roles working in Germany, South Africa, Brazil and US delivering supply chain and logistic solutions for automotive and multi-industrial companies. Frank has been involved in the development and execution of global strategies, change management program, supply chain solutions and network design, global key account management, project management, business analysis and business development. He worked for 14 years with UTi and 3 ½ years for DHL in various leadership positions. In June 2015, Frank joined Johnson Controls where he leads the transformation and implementation of an enterprise wide supply chain excellence strategy to support its strategic goal of delivering world-class performance for its clients world wide.

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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.

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Jörg Blechinger
Director MAGNA Logistik
MAGNA Logistik

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

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Luc Nadal

Luc began his career as a consultant with Arthur Andersen & Cie in 1985, before joining MENSIA Conseil where he worked as a senior consultant, then manager, and later partner in charge of its infrastructure and transport sector.
Luc joined SNCF in 2005 as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the CNC, which he turned around and transformed into Naviland Cargo. In 2007, he joined the Transport and Logistics branch of the SNCF and was appointed Deputy Operations Director of SNCF Freight. In 2008, SNCF took over Geodis and he was appointed Deputy Managing Director of SNCF Geodis with responsibility for rail transportation and Director of Fret SNCF.
Luc joined GEFCO as Freight Transport and Logistics Director in October 2010 and in July 2012 became Chief Executive Officer for the GEFCO Group. Luc was appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors by the supervisory board on the 20th December 2012.

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Michael Martin
VP, Strategic Development – Global Automotive Sector

Over the last 15 years Michael has amassed a wealth of experience within aftermarket logistics working for OEMs and LSPs. His career began managing large scale warehousing operations before focusing on the development of high volume transport networks. In his current role he focuses on driving an aligned global sector strategy, using innovation and best practice to accelerate growth in both mature and emerging markets. Prior to DHL, Michael ran CEVA’s shared-user through-the-night network, managing component part distribution for multiple OEMs. He also held a senior director role at GEFCO for six years where he established a successful supply chain network.

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Michael Buenning
Managing Director

Michael served his apprenticeship as a forwarding merchant before staring work with an international forwarder whose main focus was on imports.

In 1985 he took up a position with the E.H. Harms Group which was integrated into the BLG Logistics Group in 2002. He has been Managing Director and Head of Business Unit Transport & Terminal since 2012.

Based in Bremen, Germany, BLG Logistics moves 7.5 million finished vehicles worldwide each year with terminals on the coast, major rivers and inland, transportation by road, rail and water, as well as its own technical centres.

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Kai Kraass
Chief Operating Officer
Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics

Kai is responsible globally for Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics land-based activities which includes marine terminals, land-based terminals & processing facilities, inland transportation, industrialization and optimization. WWL’s current global land based network includes 13 terminals, 68 VPC’s and EPC’s and 9 inland distribution networks.

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Matthias Kasser
Associate Principal (Junior 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.

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Stephan Freichel
Cologne University of Applied Sciences

Since 2013, Stephan has been a Professor at Cologne University of Applied Sciences and an independent Management Consultant. Previously, he has held a variety of senior roles in logistics, marketing and sales at organisations including: member of the Board/MD at Microlog AG/Logwin; MD Supply Chain and Services at ZF; Director Logistics and Supply Chain at Merck / VWR Inc and executive positions at General Motors.

Stephan is an authority on international value chain, operations and sales management. He is a well known speaker and university lecturer, author of numerous publications and award winning Researcher and General Manager; expert within the industrial/automotive OEM and supplier, retail, aftersales, and logistics services industries.

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Dawei Liu
Director of International Department
Beijing Changjiu Logistics

Liu Dawei has over ten years management experience in automotive including international forwarding, contract logistics, customs brokerage, VMI/production logistics, aftermarket parts & accessory distribution and other supply chain services. He is committed to ensuring the organisation delivers the best service with the shortest transit time and best cost.

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David Mayo
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.


Christoph Stürmer
Autofacts Global Lead Analyst

Christoph coordinates the global analytics and business development for Autofacts across PwC’s regional clusters and ensures the integration with services offered by the PwC Automotive network. He is also responsible for developing Autofacts’ service and product portfolio to create better value for clients. He specializes 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 AG, and worked in product management and strategic planning . Before joining PwC Autofacts, he spent ten years in a variety of positions at IHS Automotive, finally as Research Director. He is fluent in English and German, and holds an Economics degree from the University of Heidelberg – Germany.

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Mark Ellis
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.

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Shaun Joughin
Senior Logistics Consultant

Shaun is a logistics planning expert in various segments including postal, maritime and intermodal transport planning. He has worked on complex projects for customers with large-scale networks such as DHL and TNT. He has been involved in numerous automotive projects for manufacturing planning, finished vehicle logistics, supply chain optimization and spare parts inventory management. Shaun holds a degree in mathematics from Durham University in the UK.


Bram Ewals
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.

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Thomas Cullen
Chief Analyst
Transport Intelligence

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.

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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.

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Perry McCarthy

BBC Top Gear’s Original Stig

Perry is a former British racing driver who competed in Formula Ford, Formula 3 and F3000. He was a test driver for the Williams and Benetton teams during the 1990’s. In 2002 Perry reverted to racing competing at Le Mans and numerous other events. He is probably most famous for his role as the Stig on the BBC’s Top Gear show.

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Maciej Iwaniuk
Manager in Operation Technology/IoT Advisory
Ernst & Young

With over 20 years’ experience in solutions implementation and consultancy for manufacturing and logistics companies, Maciej has been involved in multiple international projects to improve manufacturing efficiency and supply chain management throughout Europe, North America and the Middle East. He is manager for EY’s operation technology and Internet of Things (IoT) Advisory in Poland.


Bjoern Klippel
Managing Founder
TIM Consulting

Bjoern is managing founder of TIM CONSULT and his specialization is consulting in transportation, warehousing and supply chain. He is responsible for a multinational team of 54 experts and has offices in Mannheim,DE and Newark,US (2014). He operates the world’s leading market intelligence initiative in transportation (benchmarking/best practice analysis. Bjoern has an MSc in logistics/transport

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Ruud Vossebeld
Director Business Development

Ruud joined the world of supply chain software after roles in the car and truck industry at Nissan Europe and DAF Trucks. His work currently involves promoting new technologies that help companies reduce their logistics costs (particularly in transport, inventory management and packaging) via intelligent logistics software that delivers real-time optimisation techniques.
He is a particular advocate of collaboration, both between inbound and outbound logistics and between different industrial sectors.

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Ralf Gerhardt
Global Supply Management Central Europe

Ralf has worked for Delphi since 1989. He holds a bachelor degree in business and administration from the Ultrecht Business School in the Netherlands. His current focuses include logistics engineering, logistics strategy, devising logistics networks and supply chain optimisation.

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Bill Pawluk
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.

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