EU CIS Region Head of Supply Chain and Logistics
Bob started his career in the food industry but has since spent over 25 years in the automotive sector. He has worked in areas including production management, head office sales planning, HR and finance, and for the past 15 years has been involved in various aspects of supply chain and logistics. His current role covers finished vehicle delivery from factory to dealers across Europe, as well as exports to CIS MEA and further afield, including shipments to the US and Japan.
General Manager of Supply chain and Business Process
Kia Motors (UK)
Awais has worked in the automotive industry for 16 years, prior to which he was employed as a management consultant and a process improvement manager at Arval PHH. He joined Kia Motors UK in 2004 as Business Improvement Manager and has held various process improvement/supply chain roles within the organisation. As General Manager of Supply Chain, he has overall responsibility for all inbound vehicles, preparation, finished vehicle logistics, used car refurbishment and dealer support.
Manager, Light Vehicle Sales Forecasting
Martin is responsible at IHS Markit for the West European light vehicle sales forecast. His European team of analysts specialises in light vehicle forecasting, manufacturer model program strategies, and vehicle segmentation analysis. Martin also oversees international bespoke forecasting projects for major clients. He has more than 10 years of direct experience in forecasting trends in the automotive industry and holds a degree in European management from the University of Applied Sciences in Bergisch-Gladbach, Germany.
Juan Manuel Santiago Mendez
Mercedes-Benz Parts Logistics UK Ltd
Juan, who is also Head of Parts Logistics Cluster, UK and South Africa, joined Daimler in 2004 as Aftersales Market Manager for Mercedes-Benz Spain. In 2005, he joined one of the biggest Mercedes-Benz Spanish retail groups as Aftersales Director. In 2007, he took over the position of Warehouse Manager in the Logistics Centre Miralcampo, in which he was responsible for all the warehouse operations and the delivery of all spare parts for dealers in Spain and Portugal. In 2012, he became Head of the Logistics Centre Middle East in Dubai, and in 2017 he took on additional responsibility for the Logistics Centre in Cairo.
General Manager Automotive
Mike’s wide-ranging international career in the automotive sector spans over 25 years and has seen him develop particular expertise in logistics, supply chain and lean manufacturing, as well as building business processes and systems, developing people and operations management. Mike started out in the mid-1980s in the north-east of England with the Nissan Group, before going on to join GM in 1993 as an internal Lean Manufacturing Consultant, eventually becoming Director of Supply Chain for GM’s International Operations Region. In 2012, he joined Qoros Automotive in Shanghai, China, as the company’s first Chief Supply Officer, before returning home in 2015 to take up his current position.
Director, Supply Chain Consulting
Varun has nearly 15 years of experience working closely with large Fortune 500 manufacturing and retail companies. He has developed and executed a number of innovative business initiatives to improve global supply chains through reductions in inventory and transport costs as well as improvements in productivity. Varun is currently employed as a Global Account Executive within Infor, focused on providing industry-leading solutions to large manufacturing companies within the EMEA region.
Alan has worked as a consultant for more than 400 clients across every industry sector. Over the last 10 years, he has taken a particular interest in transport policy, technology and investment and was the lead author of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport – Freight Vision 2035. More recently, he has been working on the Urban Logistics Concept with Greater Manchester, supporting the Freight for the North Project on an EU project on new models for City Food Logistics. In 2016, he was commissioned by the RAC Foundation to study the impact of e-commerce on van traffic; the report was published in April. Alan is also a visiting professor at Cranfield University where he contributes to research and teaching.
IDP Programme Manager, Automotive
As Programme Manager in the automotive team at Innovate UK, David is responsible for delivering a large portfolio of low carbon vehicle projects. Working closely with government partners at BEIS and OLEV and various industry stakeholders, he is responsible for developing future strategic funding competitions.
John started his career in the logistics industry as a management trainee with NFC, working in Pickfords Removals and BRS. He later joined Ryder Distribution Services as Business Development Director, rising to the position of Managing Director of Ryder’s Integrated Logistics business, before spending seven years in the position of Commercial Director for Acumen Distribution, with particular emphasis on inbound logistics solutions. John joined GEFCO in May 2012 as Sales & Marketing Director for the UK, subsequently becoming the company’s Finished Vehicle Logistics Director for the UK. He has been in his present role since January, in which he is responsible for driving new business growth and providing customers with the most efficient, cost-effective and sustainable services.
IBM Global Business Services
Following an early career in mechanical engineering, Robert joined PricewaterhouseCoopers' Supply Chain and Operations consulting practice and led a range of supply chain engagements across manufacturing and retail businesses with PwC and, later, IBM. Since becoming an Executive Partner at IBM, he has been a leader of its supply chain consulting business as well as an advisor to, and relationship manager for, clients in the automotive and natural resources sectors.
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 May 2015 and has developed a deep understanding of the sector. Achim holds a degree in economics from Germany’s oldest private business school for transportation and foreign trade (DAV) as well as a bachelor’s degree in business administration and management studies from Oxford Brookes University in England. In 2005, he was awarded an Executive MBA in Logistics from the University of St Gallen, in Switzerland.