Sven Dharmani Global Automotive Sector Supply Chain Leader Ernst & Young
Sven is the Global Supply Chain Leader for the Automotive Sector and Principal, Advisory Services at Ernst & Young. He serves as the automotive advisory leader for automotive OEMs at the consultancy and has partnered in various capacities with Detroit Three, European and Japanese automotive manufacturers. He draws on over 20 years of experience across North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa to drive performance improvements with global automotive OEMs, large tier one suppliers and manufacturing clients. Sven focuses on developing strategies, defining operating models, re-engineering processes and implementing sustainable solutions.
Marco Anaya NAFTA Damage Prevention and Claims Manager - Vehicle Logistics FCA North America
Rafael Lopez Material Planning and Logistics Director Ford Mexico
Rafael has extensive experience in manufacturing, quality and supply chain with over 30 years working for OEMs and their suppliers in Mexico and abroad. He holds a Bachelor´s Degree in Mechanical/Electrical Engineering from Universidad La Salle and is a post graduate in quality and statistics.
Karl-Friedrich Koch Vice President Production Control, Logistics, VPS - Plant San Luis Potosi, Mexico BMW Group
Karl-Friedrich is a mechanical engineer by background and has worked for BMW since the mid 1990’s. He started in R&D production technology at the Fraunhofer-Institut Produktionstechnologie in Aachen, Germany. His first role at BMW was in production planning and operations for its AeroEngines division. He moved into production control and logistics in 2009 at BMW’s Regensburg plant in Germany. He took up his current role in San Luis Potosi in June of 2015.
Karl-Friedrich a Mechanical Engineering degree from RWTH Aachen and Ohio State University.
Peter Koltai Director of Productions Control/ Logistics Audi Mexico
An engineer by trade, Peter started his career with Audi AG in the mid 1990’s serving in international logistics planning. He moved to Cosworth Technology, based in Worcester, UK for three years before returning to Germany to a role in inbound logistics. Other senior positions within Audi followed before taking up his current position in Mexico.
Peter holds a Master Degree of Nautical Science from the Nautical University of Odessa (UdSSR) and the Technical University of Györ (Hungary) and a Master Degree of Business Administration/ Engineering from the Technical University of Würzburg/ Schweinfurt, Germany.
Peter says, “Our new factory in San Jose Chiapa, Mexico is a clear ambassador of “Vorsprung durch Technik”.
Andreas Müller Deputy Director CAMEXA, German Mexican Chamber of Commerce and Industry German Mexican Chamber of Commerce
Albert Zapanta President and CEO United States - Mexico Chamber of Commerce
Before joining the US-Mexico Chamber of Commerce, Albert held a variety of senior public and private sector roles including at ARCO. He has been a member of the Department of State′s Advisory Committee on International Trade, a delegate to the US-Mexico Partnership for Prosperity, and Chairman of the Reserve Forces Policy Board. His military service, during which he rose to the rank of Major General, saw him receive a Silver Star, five Bronze Stars for Valor, the Purple Heart and thirty other awards. A graduate of Harvard School of Business and the University of Southern California with a BA, MA and PhD, he currently serves on the boards of various non-profit organisations.
Joe Carlier Senior Vice President of Global Sales Penske Logistics
Joe is responsible for global sales and business development for the company's offices in North America, South America, Europe and Asia. Before assuming his current role, he was Vice-President of Sales for Penske's Central region for six years. He has over a quarter-century of sales and operations experience in the transportation industry and during his time at Penske has been a three-time recipient of its top sales award and a two-time winner of the company's field operational excellence honor. Joe is a member of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) and has a host of local and regional supply chain business affiliations.
Ricardo Alvarez Director of Solutions & Business Development Ryder México
Ricardo is responsible for strengthening and expanding Ryder’s capabilities in Mexico through implementation of strategic initiatives across all industry verticals. He leads the sales, solutions and marketing groups for its Mexico operations, developing commercial relationships with new clients and new services for current customers. Ricardo joined Ryder in 1999 as Operations Manager after two years in the import/export sector for various global companies. With more than 20 years of supply chain, international negotiations and foreign trade compliance experience, he has served in positions of increasing responsibility within Ryder. Ricardo holds a Master of Business Administration qualification from the University of Monterrey (UDEM) and an International Business degree from Tecnologico de Monterrey (ITESM).
Antonio Zepeda Torres Commercial Director CSI Group
Antonio, who graduated in international business and has a master’s degree in sales and marketing, has been part of the growth story at the Port of Veracruz over more than 15 years with the CSI Group. He has been responsible at the company for a wide range of areas including port and VDC operations, yard processing operations, logistics and finished vehicle transport operations.
Luz Eugenia Torres Díaz Commercial Manager Puerto de Veracruz
Keith Schall Director of Technology Solutions Chep
Keith is an expert in technology and finance, with more than 19 years of experience, 13 of which working specifically with reusable asset tracking systems. He was brought onto the CHEP Container and Pooling Solutions team in 2005. Since then, his contributions have included implementation of the award-winning CHEP-TRACTM, web-based tracking, scanning, RFID, BLE and GPS solutions. He has also been involved in areas such as business integration, business process improvement, and new product development. Keith, who is a member of the AIAG Automotive Identification Data Collection (AIDC) group, holds a BA in accounting from Alma College and an MBA from the University of Detroit Mercy.
Volker Vossler Vice President of Operations, Mexico SEGLO Logistics / Schnellecke Logistics
Volker joined Schnellecke Logistics in 1997 and has held a variety of positions in material planning, quality and logistics operations. In his current role as Vice President/COO of SEGLO Logistics, he is in charge of Schnellecke´s business in Mexico. Before this second assignment in the country, he was in charge of the West European region and German region. Volker has 20 years of experience in automotive logistics, 15 of them in Mexico.
José Guillermo Zozaya Délano President, General Manager and Executive Representative Kansas City Southern de Mexico
José is a law graduate from the Universidad Iberoamericana and went on to specialise in corporate law and economic competition at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM). In 2010 he was granted the Honoris Causa doctorate by the Mexican Academy of International Law. He has held his current position at Kansas City Southern de Mexico (KCSM) since April 2006 and has over 40 years of experience in government relations and legal affairs, as well as in mergers and acquisitions. Prior to joining KCSM, he was Legal and Government Relations Director at ExxonMobil Mexico for nine years. José is a former President of the Mexican Association of Railways and of the Mexican Transport Council and in 2016 was appointed President of the Binational Board of Directors at the United States-Mexico Chamber of Commerce.
Brandon Mason Automotive Director and Mobility Leader PwC
Brandon, who is based in Detroit, first joined PwC in 2004. He is an active industry participant and spokesperson, continuously monitoring and analyzing global automotive developments and technology-driven trends such as connected cars, autonomous driving, ride/car sharing, digital and data management, infrastructure, and other related areas. He previously served as Chief of Staff and Chief Strategist for PwC’s US and Global automotive practice, where he had oversight of the sector’s day-to-day business and strategic priorities. He also has extensive experience as an analyst, having previously led PwC’s Autofacts team.
Achim Glass Head of Global Automotive Vertical, SVP Kuehne + Nagel
Achim is a passionate business developer and has been working for Kuehne + Nagel for 20 years in various positions and locations. A professional freight forwarder with particular expertise in sea freight and air freight he has been directing the company’s global automotive business since 2015 with particular expertise in inbound logistics, aftermarket services and logistics of lithium batteries. Achim holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and management studies from Oxford Brookes University in England as well as an Executive MBA in logistics from the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland. He is based at Corporate Head Office in Switzerland.