BestPractice Day 2018

Referenten auf dem BestPractice Day 2018

Über 30 hochrangige internationale Experten aus Wirtschaft, Industrie und Wissenschaft präsentieren Benchmark-Beispiele aus 20 Organisationen. Lassen Sie sich von ihren Erfahrungen auf Ihrem Weg begeistern.

Dr. Christian Abegglen

St. Galler Business School

Has more than 25 years of experience in the implementation and management of consulting projects for the development of strategies as well as of corporate dynamics and sales concepts. His specialist knowledge covers also the reorganizations on management and corporate level of renowned international corporations and medium-sized companies. Through his expertise he is active in the assessment of business plans, management strategies and succession regulations. As management coach, he has already conducted over 2000 seminar and workshop days in the executive management area. Dr. Christian Abegglen is author of numerous seminar publications and contributions in the field of integrated management, leadership, strategy and corporate development with the aim of the scientifically supporting of teaching concepts and methods as well as the development of didactic concepts. His current projects contain the subjects corporate dynamics based on the integrated management concept "Business Model Innovation and Network Intelligence" as well as leadership 4.0 against the background of increasing digitalization and globalization.

Dr.-Ing. Stefan Aßmann

Robert Bosch GmbH

Is head of the newly established sector Bosch Connected Industry, where Bosch bundles its expertise to develop Industry 4.0 solutions for their own plants as well as for external customers. His leading role at Bosch Connected Industry was preceded by various positions within the company. Among others, he acted as product area manager for assembly facilities and special purpose machines with worldwide responsibility for ten locations. Prior to this, he held numerous other positions within the Bosch Group, including those of a plant manager, department manager and group leader – both domestic and abroad. Dr. Stefan Aßmann was born on February 19th, 1964 in Bonn, Germany. After his high school graduation in 1983, he studied electrical engineering at RWTH Aachen, Germany, and took his diploma examination in 1990. After working as research associate in the Laboratory for Machine Tools and Business Operations (WZL) at the RWTH Aachen, he obtained his doctorate in the field of mechanical engineering in 1996.

Christian Baum

Spitalzentrum Biel

Has been working as head of processes and quality management at the hospital in Biel / Bienne (Spitalzentrum Biel), Switzerland, since 2014. His tasks include the modelling and implementation of a quality strategy built on the lean philosophy. From 2010 to 2014, he was responsible for realisation of all CIP / Kaizen programs at the Swiss Federal Railways (SBB AG). He is also employed as lecturer at the university of applied sciences business management in Bern, Switzerland, where he teaches quality management, occupational safety and sustainability.

Roland Beuter


Has over 10 years of consulting experience in the development of services and trainings for lean management. As director of the Staufen academy he takes the supervision of the seminars, leads and coaches the team of trainers, is lead trainer for management as well as leadership and conceptualizes qualification programs. At the fischerwerke Artur Fischer GmbH & Co. KG he managed the continuous improvement process in conception and introduction of the production systems as well as implementation of the value-stream oriented factory layouts. In addition, he was head of plastics assembly (120 employees) and took responsibility for supply service, quality, costs, planning as well as controlling.

René Borbonus


founded the training institute Communico in 2000 after his professional trainer education. Today, he is a sought-after speaker and is regarded as one of the best rhetoricians in German. He accompanies and advises executives, entrepreneurs, and public figures on the way to their successful performance. His method: Being a sparring partner instead of a teacher. René Borbonus does not try to force customers into the corset of the orator, but rather awakens the joy of free speech to make the best out of their individual strengths. Amongst others, he is active as lecturer at the ZfU in Zurich, the University of St. Gallen and the Hasso Plattner Institute in Potsdam. He is also columnist for the economic magazine "Business Punk", trainer of the year 2013 in Austria and member of the German Knigge Council.

Dr. Arndt Brandenberg

Innogy SE

Joined RWE in 2005. From 2013, he was designing and leading the change journey of the RWE Group, in particular since 2015 as head of the company’s largest group wide transformation program NWoW (New Way of Working). Following the split of RWE in 2016 and the IPO of the innogy SE, the subsidiary for renewable energies, he moved there. Prior to his current job, he was project manager at McKinsey. After joining RWE, he worked as head of the M & A valuation team, leaded several controlling teams and worked as CFO in RWE Hungaria, including the stock listed Elmü-Émász group. Dr. Arndt Brandenberg holds a PhD in economics with special focus on motivation theories and incentive systems.

Alexander Busse

Technical University of Darmstadt (PTW)

Holds a master´s degree in industrial engineering from the Technical University of Darmstadt and is research associate at the institute for production management, technology and machine tools (PTW). Since 2016, he has done his doctorate in the center of industrial productivity (CiP). After his graduation in 2014, Alexander Busse worked as a business consultant dealing with the subject digitalization. His research is focused on “lean production and information technology”. He looks for ways to use process and machine data to create beneficiary use cases - for example for “predictive maintenance”.

Art Byrne

J.W. Childs Associates

Art Byrne is an Operating Partner with J.W. Childs Associates, a private equity firm specializing in leveraged buyouts and recapitalizations of middle-market growth companies, where he leads the implementation of lean management at Childs' portfolio companies. While serving as CEO or an equivalent position, he implemented lean principles in more than 30 companies (including subsidiaries) and 14 countries during the past 30 years, giving him a matchless knowledge of how to turn around companies using a lean strategy. Art Byrne began his lean journey as General Manager at the General Electric Company. Later, as Group Executive, he helped introduce lean to the Danaher Corporation. As CEO of The Wiremold Company he quadrupled the company size and increased its enterprise value by 2,500% in less than 10 years. Art Byrne holds a Bachelor degree in economics from Boston College and an Master degree from Babson College. He was a past Shingo Prize winner and a member of the Shingo Academy.

Conny Dethloff

OTTO GmbH & Co. KG

Graduated as mathematician in 1999. Immediately afterwards, he entered actively the economic practice. Until 2011, he worked as a consultant at PwC and IBM Germany, from 2012 as senior manager in the sector business intelligence at the OTTO GmbH & Co KG. His main task is to lead OTTO in the context of BI, big data, and culture into the digital age. From 2009, he has reflected new findings having generated in the daily business in his blog "Reise des Verstehens" (“journey of understanding”) (http://blog-conny-dethloff.de/).

Markus Franz


As academy leader of the Staufen Group is responsible for all international activities of the Staufen academy business. These include practical orientated qualification- and benchmarking-services as well as the implementation of top management events. Previously, he was CEO of Staufen’s Chinese subsidiary where he was responsible for the strategic development of the China business, for the development of the external qualification and training offer, and the reinforcement and extension of the (inter-) national BestPractice Partner network.

Dr. Guido Hanel

Kiekert AG

As member of the management board (COO), he is responsible for operations at the Kiekert AG, the technology leader in automotive locking systems, headquartered in Heiligenhaus, Germany. From 2014 to 2017, he served as executive vice president, heading up program, planning and quality functions. He has long-term experiences and professional expertise in the worldwide automotive market. The graduated engineer in manufacturing technology and trained automobile mechanic has already worked successfully for Kiekert from 2006 to 2012. During this time, Dr. Guido Hanel worked in production engineering and as general manager at the Kiekert location in the Czech Republic. Prior to his re-entry at Kiekert, he was general manager of the Stahlwille Group in Wuppertal, Germany. He studied mechanical engineering at the Machine Tool Laboratory (WZL) of the RWTH Aachen, Germany. In 2002, he received his PhD in the field of mechanical engineering.

Dr. Ulrich Hermann

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG

Is head of the Heidelberg digital business and services segment at the Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG. After his studies of mechanical engineering at the RWTH Aachen as well as at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) in Cambridge, USA, he obtained his PhD in business administration at the University of St. Gallen in 1996. In 1998, he became managing director of Bertelsmann Springer Science and Business Media Switzerland AG and took over the management of Süddeutsche Verlag Hüthig in 2002. In 2005, he was appointed chairman of the board of management of the Wolters Kluwer Germany Holding and from 2010 on director of Wolters Kluwer n. V. Region Central Europe. Since November 2016, he has been member of the management board of the Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG.

Tobias Kehrer

Carl Stahl Süd GmbH

Has been managing director of the Carl Stahl Süd GmbH since 2015 and is responsible for ten sales- and service subsidiaries in the South of Germany. Carl Stahl deals with lifting and safety solutions. After his studies in politics and public administration at the University of Konstanz, he occupied different areas of responsibility within the Carl Stahl Group as leading manager of the controlling department of the corporate group. Among others, Tobias Kehrer created the ProcessEvolution program for handling the lean transformation at Carl Stahl. Now in his new job, he continues this way within the company group.

Harald Knoke


Has more than 10 years of working experience in the development and implementation of lean and six sigma strategies, in the corporate development concerning lean enterprise, in the building of lean organizations and the introduction of shopfloor management. Additionally, he is senior trainer as well as shopfloor management coach and manages international lean projects. Harald Knoke has also 20 years of experience as head of different departments inside the aviation industry, for example in project management and supply chain management.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Joachim Metternich

Technical University of Darmstadt (PTW)

Is head of the areas of Production Management, Technology and Machine Tools (PTW) at the Darmstadt Technical University. After studying industrial engineering, he worked as a research assistant at the PTW, where he was awarded a doctorate (Dr.-Ing.). Until 2004, he was Speaker of the Managing Director Production of the German machine manufacturer TRUMPF Werkzeugmaschinen GmbH. Subsequently, Prof. Joachim Metternich was Head of a Production group at BOSCH Diesel s.r.o. in the Czech Republic. In 2008, he took over the management of the worldwide production system (KPS) at Knorr-Bremse, a German manufacturer of brake systems for rail vehicles. Since 2012, Prof. Metternich has been back at the TU Darmstadt and one of the two institute managers of PTW.

Stefan Munsch

MUNSCH Chemie-Pumpen GmbH

Has been managing director of the MUNSCH Chemie-Pumpen GmbH and the MUNSCH Kunststoff-Schweißtechnik GmbH since 1993. He studied mechanical and electrical engineering at the University of Koblenz, Germany, as well as at the Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany. From 1988 to 1993 he worked as project engineer in the international plant engineering and construction at the Lurgi GmbH in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

Dr. Markus Müllner

St. Galler Business School

Has been lecturer at the St. Gallen Business School for leadership and marketing since 2005, and in addition since 2015, he has been the director of customized programs. He is a specialist in the areas of leadership, especially leadership 4.0 and change. Among others, as former marketing director of an international medical technology company he has extensive experience in marketing and key account management. Dr. Markus Müllner teaches at various Swiss universities and in international management programs of ABB, Holcim, and some others. He completed his doctoral studies at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland.

Dr.-Ing. Matthias Möller

Bosch Rexroth

Has worked at the Bosch Group since 1999. Since then, he has held various positions in Germany and worldwide – both in the mechanical engineering and the automotive sector of the corporate group. The topic "production" is a common thread through all his tasks. Today, he is head of the technical functions department of the Bosch Rexroth plant in Homburg, Germany. He is responsible for the production and process planning at Homburg as well as for seven international locations in the product area. Dr. Matthias Möller completed his mechanical engineering studies at the Technical University Dortmund, Germany, and graduated in 1995. His doctorate he obtained in “knowledge management between production and product development” at the TU Dortmund as well.

Christian Möllers


Studierte an der Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität in Frankfurt am Main Betriebswirtschaftslehre mit den Schwerpunkten Finanz- und Rechnungswesen sowie Steuern. Nach seinem Studium arbeitete Christian Möllers fünf Jahre bei der PricewaterhouseCoopers AG WPG wo er zuletzt als Senior Consultant unterschiedlichste Prüfungs- und Beratungsprojekte leitete. Im Rahmen dieser Tätigkeiten erlangte er eine solide, branchenübergreifende Finanzexpertise. Anschließend wechselte er zu BK-Partners Asset Management nach Mexiko, wo er im Bereich Business Development für diverse Due Diligence Projekte zur finanziellen und strategischen Analyse unterschiedlicher internationaler Investment-möglichkeiten verantwortlich war. Seit 2013 ist Christian Möllers bei der Staufen AG in der Restrukturierung mittelständischer Unternehmen tätig.

Markus Reichert


Has worked for the division WIEPROconsulting at the SEW-EURODRIVE GmbH & Co. KG since 2004, of which he has been in charge since 2010. At first, he was entrusted with optimization projects in different national and international production sectors and maintained widespread restructurings of SEW-EURODRIVE sites. For several years, he has been responsible for change projects within the development areas.

Thomas Rohrbach


Ist Geschäftsführer und Co-Founder der STAUFEN.DIGITAL WORKX GmbH, einer internationalen Management Unternehmensberatung für die Digitale Transformation. Als Projektleiter und Top Management Coach leitete er u.a. multinationale Transformationsprojekte. Er verfügt über internationale Branchen- und Projekterfahrung in der Lean Transformation für Großkunden in Automotive, Maschinenbau, etc. Durch langjährige Führungs- & Beratungserfahrung baute er des Weiteren tiefgreifende Expertise in Smart Factory, Automatisierungs- und Global Footprint Projekten auf. Über 10 Jahre war Thomas Rohrbach Senior Partner bei der Staufen Group, Director International Business bei der Staufen AG und CEO von Staufen China. Zuvor war er als Vice GM bei Guangzhou Abitec sowie Head of Global Production Network bei ABICOR Binzel tätig. Neben seinem Maschinenbau Diplom, hält er einen MBA in International Business und Marketing.

Ulrich Scheipers

Schmitz Cargobull AG

Has been head of the production and assembly plant in Altenberge, Germany, of the Schmitz Cargobull AG since 2012. In 1987, he started his career in this company where he went through all management levels in production. In 2002, he founded the "Schmitz Production System" (SPS). As SPS-coordinator he co-designed today's “Schmitz Production System” at the location Altenberge. In 2006, Ulrich Scheipers became head of chassis manufacturing there. At the same time, he supported several sites in the construction of the production and the introduction of the "Schmitz Production System".

Florian Schercher


Arbeitete nach dem Studium der Betriebswirtschaftslehre an der Hochschule Neu-Ulm mit den Schwerpunkten Controlling sowie Logistik 3 Jahre als wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter und erstellte Konzepte zur integrierten Finanzplanung und deren Implementierung in Unternehmen. Anschließend war er bei der Wintergerst Societät für Unternehmer-Beratung tätig, wo er zuletzt als Senior Consultant unterschiedlichste Restrukturierungs- und Sanierungsprojekte begleitete. Im Rahmen dieser Tätigkeiten erlangte er eine solide, branchenübergreifende Restrukturierungsexpertise. Seit 2015 ist Florian Schercher bei der Staufen AG als Associate tätig.

Dr. Jochen Schlick


Ist Senior Partner und Co-Founder der STAUFEN.DIGITAL WORKX GmbH. Nach seinem Diplom in Maschinenbau promovierte er in Produktionstechnik. Er verfügt über tiefgreifende Expertise in der Identifikation und Realisierung von Industrie 4.0 sowie der Anwendung in Logistik, Produktion und Instandhaltung. Dazu entwickelt er systematisch digital-erweiterte Produkte und dazu passende Geschäftsmodelle. Als Projektleiter übernahm er das Management von internationalen Entwicklungs- und Transformationsprojekten. Er war u.a. Leiter der Zukunftsfelds Cyber-Physische Systeme bei WITTENSTEIN SE und stellverstretender Leiter für “Innovative Fabriksysteme” am Deutschen Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz, (DFKI GmbH).

Gunter Schöller


Verfügt über 15 Jahre Beratungserfahrung in Operational Excellence. Er leitet Projekte in Regionalbanken und dem Dienstleistungsbereich und ist als Interim Manager in großen IT-Projekten tätig. Gunter Schöller war Leiter der IT und internen Services bei der Management Partner GmbH. Zuvor leitete er die kfm. Umschulung und Einführung handlungsorientierter Unterricht und CBT am IB GIS mbH in Stuttgart.

Joachim Steinke


Ist Lean-Produktionsfachmann mit langjähriger Praxiserfahrung. Nach einer praktischen Ausbildung zum Zerspanungsmechaniker war er CNC Programmierer. Nach Abschluss des Industriemeisters leitete er den Bereich der CNC Programmierung bei Müller Weingarten. Später verantwortete er den Bereich der kubischen Bearbeitung. Nach dem Wechsel in den Unternehmensbereich Weingarten leitete Joachim Steinke komplexe Großprojekte von der Vorplanung bis zur betriebsbereiten Übergabe an die Produktion. Als Key Account Manager der Komet Group betreute Joachim Steinke Großkunden in werkzeugtechnischen Projekten. Seit Mitte 2001 ist er Berater bei der Staufen AG. Als Principal führt er Lean Projekte mit fachspezifischen Anforderungen der Metallbearbeitung durch.

E. Melanie Studer

Spitalzentrum Biel

Has been working as promoter lean hospital at the public hospital in Biel (Spitalzentrum Biel, Switzerland) since 2015 with focus on the emergency department, pre-surgery team-consultation, process map, organization of work processes and skill grade mix. Before, she worked for different organizations in the health sector. From 2010 to 2014, she was head of health and deputy secretary general at physioswiss, the Swiss Physiotherapy Association. E. Melanie Studer has a MScBA of the Bern University of Applied Sciences with a major in corporate / business Development.

Lars Thomsen

future matters AG

Is one of the world's leading futurologists. As researcher of future trends, he is considered one of the most influential experts in trend forecasting within the fields of energy, mobility, and smart networks. Since the age of 22, he has worked as consultant in the development of strategies and business models for the future. He has worked with various types of organizations across Europe, including independent companies, corporations, institutions, and government-related agencies. His reference list includes more than 800 organizations. Lars Thomsen’s extensive professional network helps him facilitate frequent one-on-one meetings with other international leaders of innovation. Around 30% of his time is spent on traveling around the world for the purpose of research and exploration. In addition to his professional activities, he is also member of several think tanks as well as the World Future Society in Washington, D.C. Currently, he lives with his family at the Lake Zurich in Switzerland. Lars Thomsen is a sought-after keynote speaker for international congresses and conferences. His lectures inspire through a balance of provocative and fact-based hypotheses that together illustrate possible future scenarios. His audiences include board members, supervisory board members, executives, customers, and employees.

Kristina Tretiak

Lufthansa Technik Logistik Services GmbH (LTLS)

Has been responsible for shopfloor management at the Lufthansa Technik Logistik Services GmbH (LTLS) since 2013. Acting as a consultant und coach she successfully implemented shopfloor management at the LTLS branches in Germany. In order to improve the leadership quality continuously, she is now in charge of implementing KATA and acts as consultant in a project aiming to accelerate material flow. From 2011 to 2013, Kristina Tretiak was responsible for lean production at the product division Base Maintenance, Aircraft Painting at the Lufthansa Technik AG (LHT). Currently, she continues her activity for LHT as a coach in the lean academy. She graduated at the University of Hamburg, Germany, in sinology, civil law and organizational psychology. Previously, she received a degree in educational science and psychology studying in Russia and China.

Emanuel Verheijen

Lufthansa Technik Logistik Services GmbH (LTLS)

Has been responsible for the central warehouse of equipment logistics at the Lufthansa Technik Logistik Services GmbH (LTLS) since 2013. He is in charge of the management and development of the areas warehouse, shipment and transport management. In his role he was significantly involved in developing and expanding the company location as well as introducing shopfloor management. Currently, he is concerned with the implementation of coaching and improvement KATA in the daily management. In 1994, his career began with the apprenticeship as merchant for trucking- and logistics services. After his advanced training for traffic expert (IHK) and his economics studies at the Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, Germany, various management positions at the LTLS followed.