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Eberhard Abele, Technical University of Darmstadt

Prof. Eberhard Abele

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Eberhard Abele, born in 1953, studied mechanical engineering at the Technical University in Stuttgart. He started his career as a research assistant and department leader at Fraunhofer Institute IPA in Stuttgart. During his industrial career in the automotive supply industry, he worked as head of manufacturing engineering and plant manager in Spain and France. Since 2000 Eberhard Abele has been head of the institute PTW at the University in Darmstadt. This institute is engaged in research in the field of production engineering, especially in cutting and production management. He is the author of over 200 publications in the fields of manufacturing organization, tool technology as well as production processes. Professor Abele was the initiator oft the process-learning factory – a factory integrated in a university campus - which gives impulses to new methods of gaining qualification in production engineering.

Patrick Bonguet

Patrick Bonguet

Patrick Bonguet, an aeronautics & astronautics engineer from Ecole Centrale Paris / Stanford University, started his career in aerospace companies. He was working on European and Russian rockets, occupying a variety of technical and management positions in EADS/Airbus, Starsem and Arianespace. Looking forward to other industrial challenges, he then moved to energy business in Alstom Thermal Power, managing a network of factories in Europe, Asia and North America and leading the deployment of a Lean initiative. When European States decided to launch the Ariane 6 rocket program end 2014 to answer to fierce competition worldwide, he joined back Airbus Safran Launchers to lead the Ariane 6 program, with the goal to “change the industrial model of rockets in Europe”.

Dr. Michael Durst

Dr. Michael Durst

Dr. Michael Durst achieved his PhD at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg on value-based management of IT architectures. During his time as a management consultant, he focused on innovation and technology management for various Fortune500 companies. Between 2007 and 2009 Mike was heading up the Innovations and Research group at adidas AG. From 2010 to 2016 he was a professor at FOM University and visiting lecturer at Steinbeis, EBS and many other Universities. In 2009 Mike founded ITONICS, a company creating holistic software solutions in innovation and technology management. Today he is CEO at ITONICS and a leading expert in innovation and digitization.

Wilhelm Goschy, Staufen AG

Wilhelm Goschy

Wilhelm Goschy studied business administration in Germany and England after apprenticeship and "basic-level work" in Romania. Within the scope of the turnaround and due to the close collaboration with Japanese Lean consultants Wilhelm Goschy gained profound knowledge in manufacturing and assembly processes at Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG. After several years of directing projects Wilhelm Goschy and his automotive and mechanical engineering teams support Staufen customers on their way to BestPractice. As CEO Wilhelm Goschy is responsible for the international Staufen consulting business development.

Martin Haas, Staufen AG

Martin Haas

Martin Haas is founder and Board Member of the Staufen AG. After his studies in mechanical engineering in Stuttgart he was responsible for the process- and production equipment planning engine assembly line or Mercedes Benz AG. Afterwards he became team leader at the Fraunhofer institute for labor economics and organization in nationals and international planed projects. As a leader in manufacturing rear axle he was in charge of 300 employees in production and logistic of Daimler Benz AG in Untertürkheim. Already since 1992 Martin Haas has dealt with concepts and success factors intensively and was able to extend this experience in plenty of Toyota workshops and visits in Japan. The way to independence caused him to establish the Staufen AG, which is as of today with over 100 consultants’ worldwide active.

Dr. Ulrich Hermann

Dr. Ulrich Hermann

Dr. Ulrich Hermann is Member of the Heidelberg Services Management Board at Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG. After his studies at the RWTH Aachen and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology M.I.T. Cambridge U.S.A. as a graduate engineer in mechanical engineering, he was promoted at the University of St. Gallen in 1996 in business administration. 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 Wolters Kluwer Germany Holding and from 2010 Director of Wolters Kluwer n. V. Region Central Europe. Since November 2016, he has been a member of the Management Board of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG.

Dr. Mark Hiller, RECARO Aircraft Seating GmbH

Dr. Mark Hiller

Dr. Mark C. Hiller studied Economic Science at the University in Kaiserslautern/Germany and at the Babcock Graduate School of Management in the USA. After various consulting projects he obtained his PhD in 2002 at the Centre for Production Technology at the University of Kaiserslautern. In 2003, Dr. Hiller started in the RECARO Group: At first in the Holding as Head of Synergy Management, later he headed Customer Affairs at RECARO Aircraft Seating, signing responsible for Sales, Program Management and Customer Support. In 2007, Dr. Hiller was promoted to the executive board as Chief Operations Officer. In April 2012, he was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of RECARO Aircraft Seating. In 2014 Dr. Hiller also became shareholder of the company.

Daniel T. Jones

Daniel T. Jones

Professor Daniel T. Jones is a management thought leader and advisor on applying lean, process thinking to all kinds of businesses across the world. After studying at the Universities of Sussex and Manchester he joined the National Institute for Economic and Social Research (NIESR) in 1973 researching innovation in the energy industries and comparative industrial performance. In 1977 he joined the Sussex European Research Centre and the Science Policy Research Unit at the University of Sussex researching European industrial policy and performance. In 1979 he became the European Director of MIT’s Future of the Automobile and International Motor Vehicle Programmes. In 1989 he became Professor of Manufacturing Management and founder of the Lean Enterprise Research Centre at Cardiff University Business School. He left Cardiff in 2004 to establish the Lean Enterprise AcademyHe co-authored several best–selling management books, including The Future of the Automobile, The Machine that Changed the World, Lean Thinking and Lean Solutions, which summarized the lean management systems pioneered by Toyota, as well as three articles in the Harvard Business ReviewHe is the founding Chairman of the Lean Enterprise Academy (www.leanuk.org) in the UK and of the Lean Global Network (www.lean-global.org). LGN organises Lean Summits and publishes books in the USA, UK, Australia, Brazil, China, France, Denmark, India, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, South Africa, Spain, and Turkey.

Michael Kieser

Michael Kieser

Michael Kieser, born on the 29th of May, 1973 in Stuttgart, began in 1990 his apprenticeship as a toolmaker at GARDENA and finished following to this his study in the department "Plastic technology" at the advanced technical college in Aalen. For his dissertation he came back to Heuchlingen. In 200, he was first team leader, afterwards production manager and then change agent for HOS (Husqvarna Operating System). In 2012 he took over the plant management in Ulm and since October, 2014 he leads both plants Ulm/Heuchlingen. He has got to make a team from the employees of both separate plants – namely about all hierarchy levels away in order to become considerably flexible and faster throughout all divisions.

Nora Klug

Nora Klug

Nora Klug is Group General Counsel for BSH Hausgeräte GmbH since 2013 and in addition became Chief Compliance Officer in 2014. Heading the corporate legal and compliance function she leads a global functional matrix organization of more than 100 experts. Together with her team, consisting mostly of attorneys-at-law, she looks after business law matters for all BSH group companies world-wide, holds responsible for the BSH Compliance Management System and oversees Corporate Governance. In consequent pursuit of the established guiding principle ‘Trusted Advisor’ with the goal of establishing an agile, efficient, yet customer-oriented legal and compliance function, the team took on the role as pilot for the implementation of Lean Administration within BSH. Before joining BSH, Nora Klug worked in several different functions as in-house lawyer for the Hilti Group and prior to that for Lufthansa’s subgroup LSG Sky Chefs. At Hilti, she established the legal and compliance function at their German subsidiary and later for the region Central Europe, before she took over the global lead of the legal and compliance team as General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer at the beginning of 2010. She is a German and U.S. trained attorney-at-law.

Frank Krause, Staufen AG

Frank Krause

Frank Krause, as head of competence development, is responsible for the professional further development at Staufen AG. He began the Kaizen initiative at ZF Getriebe GmbH in 1995 as project manager. As a Senior Associate at Porsche Consulting GmbH he oversaw the coaching of customers' executives in accordance with the guidelines of Lean Production. He initially set up "BPS-Offices" in several Robert Bosch GmbH plants and then held responsibility for the worldwide implementation of the Bosch production system at Bosch Rexroth AG in the capacity of head of department of the specialist department lean enterprise. In conjunction with executives he developed individual master plans for the transformation of individual production locations.

Jörg Martin

Jörg Martin

Jörg Martin (born 1970) did his apprenticeship as a toolmaker at VWH GmbH (Siemens-VDO). In the following years, he worked as Design Engineer in the fields of operating equipment, technical devices, and injection moulding equipment and later on as Master Toolmaker. From 2002 – 2008 he was the Department Manager for mould constructions before he started as mould construction Engineer at MUNSCH Chemie-Pumpen GmbH in 2008. Since 2014, Jörg Martin is Production Manager at MUNSCH Chemie-Pumpen GmbH and MUNSCH Kunststoffschweißtechnik GmbH. He is a Certified „Lean Trainer“ and an expert for shop floor management and value stream design.

Pierre Masai

Pierre Masai

Pierre Masai joined Toyota in 2005 as IS Director in the European Sales Organization. He supervised the merge of the various IS organizations of R&D, Manufacturing, and Sales into one streamlined organization in 2007. Then, the extension into a truly pan European organization led to the integration of TGB IS in 2012 and Toyota Informationssysteme GmbH (TIS) in 2013 (of which he is now also a Managing Director). He developed and coordinated the Telematics activities of Toyota in Europe from its start in 2008 towards the delivery of the segment first Touch & Go – starting with Yaris in 2011, the 2nd generation of Multimedia / Telematics for Lexus and Toyota cars in 2013, and is now preparing the next generation of Connected Car activities with his Car IT team. Before is Toyota carreer, he was Global CIO of Hays Logistics (Paris) and Managing Director of Hays Logistics Deutschland (Düsseldorf). Furthermore, he worked in the Volkswagen Group for 17 years: He was CIO of Europcar International (Paris) and Chairman of the Board of Europcar UK, Head of Organization & IS at the joint venture FAW-Volkswagen (Changchun, China), and IT Director and member of the Board of Volkswagen (Brussels). Pierre Masai is a Belgian national. He is fluent in eight languages.

Michael Mauer

Michael Mauer

Michael Mauer (born 1976) studied after his school degree mechanical engineering at the Fachhochschule Würzburg Schweinfurt. Since 2012, he has been head of the global Engineering of Gasoline High Pressure Pumps at Continental Mechanical Components GmbH, who he worked before already as Head of Test for all Diesel and Gasoline High Pressure Pumps, where he was already involved in the engineering. Together with his worldwide Team he developed Ideas and Concepts for optimization of the Products and the processes which are improving and making the development process more transparent. Specifically, with the focus on accumulation of knowledge and making it available for the hole development community. A Special view is given from him to the presentation and description of the interactions and relations between functions and requirements. Therefore, Statistics and digital Database can support the detection and description of this interactions. Here a holistic approach is targeted to get the full product lifecycle documented.

Christian Mayer

Christian Mayer

Christian Mayer has studied technical cybernetics at University of Stuttgart. After his thesis in 2007, he worked as a Development Engineer at ProTool GmbH. In October 2009, he transferred to Max Holder GmbH, (jointly) responsible for the development of the new generation of the C-series. In the beginning of 2012, he was put in charge of the project management including the coordination of all development projects, encompassing the product development processes. Since January 2012, Christian Mayer is Member of the Management Board and responsible for the technical segment as well as for? the construction, project management, project purchasing, documentation and testing department. As of October 2016, Christian Mayer is Technical Manager of Max Holder GmbH.

Dirk Mayer

Dirk Mayer

Dirk Mayer, born in 1970, studied mechanical engineering and accompanying business management in Stuttgart. He started his work as a strategic buyer for direct material at Andreas STIHL AG & Co.KG and soon he took over the responsibility as a commodity manager for the global, strategic orientation of the procurement activities of valuable commodity groups. After station at Dr. Ing. h.c. PORSCHE AG, department Purchasing Motorsport he moved to PFISTERER Kontaktsysteme GmbH in Winterbach near Stuttgart, where he took over the responsibility as Purchasing Manager for one plant first and later as Head of Material Management for the entire supply chain. Today, Dirk Mayer is responsible for the entire procurement activities of all global subsidiaries of PFISTERER Holding AG in Winterbach as Director Global Sourcing and Supply Chain. He is consistently pursuing the introduction and implementation of Lean Principles and -Thinking in all procurement activities.

Prof. Joachim Metternich, Technical University of Darmstadt

Prof. Joachim Metternich

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Joachim Metternich is responsible for the product management department at the Darmstadt Technical University. After studying industrial engineering, he worked as a research assistant at the Institute for Production Engineering and Machine Tooling (PTW) at the TU Darmstadt, where he received his Dr.-Ing. Until 2004, he was Head of Production of the German machine manufacturer TRUMPF Werkzeugmaschinen GmbH. Subsequently, he 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.

Tobias Meudt

Tobias Meudt

Tobias Meudt has been a research assistant at the Institute for Production Management, Technology, and Machine Tools (PTW) at TU Darmstadt since 2013. Within the scope of his activity, he has been working with the problem-oriented integration of IT solutions into existing value streams, in the sense of industry 4.0 brownfield integration approach. As part of his research, he developed the value stream analysis 4.0 and validated it in several practical applications. Since September 2016, he has been managing the research team on lean information technology at the Process learning factory CiP.

Matthias Möller

Dr.-Ing. Matthias Möller

Dr.-Ing. Matthias Möller has been working at Bosch Group since 1999. Since then, he has held various positions in Germany and worldwide – both in the mechanical engineering and the automotive sector. The topic of "production" is a common thread through all its tasks. Today he is Head of the Technical Functions Department of the Bosch Rexroth plant in Homburg, Germany. He is responsible for production and process planning at Homburg as well as for seven international locations in the product area. He completed his mechanical engineering studies at the TU Dortmund and graduated in 1995. He also obtained his doctorate in ‘knowledge management between production and product development’ at the TU Dortmund.

Stefan Munsch

Stefan Munsch

Stefan Munsch (born 1960) studied mechanical and electrical engineering at University of Koblenz and Technical University of Darmstadt. 1988 – 1993 he was Project Engineer at Lurgi GmbH in Frankfurt am Main, an international engineering company. Since 1993, he is Managing Director of MUNSCH Chemie-Pumpen GmbH and MUNSCH Kunststoff-Schweißtechnik GmbH.

Dr. Stefan Nöken

Dr. Stefan Nöken

Dr. Stefan Nöken has been a member of the Executive Board of Hilti since the beginning of 2007. He is responsible for Fastening Technology and Logistics. Following studies in mechanical engineering at Aachen University, where he earned a doctorate, he was employed at the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology in Aachen. In 2000 he joined Hilti as the Head of Corporate Engineering. In 2004, he was appointed Head of Supply Chain Management. Stefan Nöken is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology in Aachen and member of the Industry Executive Advisory Board of the Executive MBA in Supply Chain Management at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich.

Markus Reichert

Markus Reichert since 2004 works for the department WIEPROconsulting at SEW-EURODRIVE GmbH & Co. KG. At the beginning, he was responsible for optimization projects in national and international production sectors and maintained widespread restructurings of the SEW-EURODRIVE sites. For several years now, he is responsible for change projects within the development area and leads WIEPROconsulting since 2010.

Thomas Rohrbach

Thomas Rohrbach

Thomas Rohrbach, born 1968 in Gießen, is Managing Director and Co-Founder of STAUFEN.DIGITAL GmbH, an international management consultancy for digital transformation. He has consulting expertise in Lean Transformation at several global clients in Automotive, Manufacturing, etc. His strong leadership and consulting experience in Smart Factory, automation and global footprint projects have been developed over years. As Project Principal and Executive Management Coach he was responsible for multinational Lean Transformation projects in automotive, mechanical engineering industry, etc. For more than 10 years, he was working as Senior Partner at Staufen Group, Director International Business at Staufen AG and CEO at Staufen China. Before, Thomas Rohrbach was Vice GM at Guangzhou Abitec and Head of Global Production Network at ABICOR Binzel. He is Mechanical Engineer [Dipl.-Ing.] and holds an MBA in International Business and Marketing.

Martin Seidel

Dr. Martin Seidel

Dr. Martin Seidel has been responsible for the corporate department Business Efficiency of BSH Home Appliances Group since 2014. As such, he is advancing the optimization of fixed cost and indirect cost areas (SG&A - Sales, General and Administrative cost). In this context, the rollout of lean administration plays an important role. Lean Management methods are tailored and implemented in indirect areas to cope with revenue growth without further fixed cost increases. Prior, he was responsible for 5 years as Director Purchasing in Turkey including 6 country factories. Dr. Martin Seidel’s background is in supply chain management – initially in logistics as an officer of the German Armed Forces, then in the consulting business, before finally moving to the BSH Home Appliances Group.

Slatco Sterzenbach

Slatco Sterzenbach

Slatco Sterzenbach. Extreme sportsman. World record holder in indoor cycling. . 2-times bestselling book author. Founder of the company STERZENBACH GmbH. His goal is to give leaders tools on their hand to stay healthy and to have more energy in daily life. After twelve years of experiences in giving over 1.700 keynotes and workshops, his list of references seems the „who is who“ of international companies.

Emanuel Verheijen, Lufthansa

Emanuel Verheijen

Emanuel Verheijen, since 2013, is responsible for the central warehouse of equipment logistics at Lufthansa Technik Logistik Services GmbH (LTLS). He is in charge of the management and development of the areas warehouse, shipment and transport management. He was significant involved in developing and expanding the company location as well as introducing Shop Floor Management. Currently, he is involved in the implementation of Coaching- and Improvement Kata in the daily management. His career began 1994 with his apprenticeship as merchant of trucking- and logistics services. After his advanced training as traffic expert (IHK) and his economics studies at Goethe University Frankfurt am Main various management positions at LTLS followed.

Klaus Zimmermann

Klaus Zimmermann

Klaus Zimmermann (born1960) studied business pedagogy after his apprenticeship as a precision mechanic and further education as an industrial master. Since 1998, he has been head of the training and consulting division of Festo Didactic SE in Germany, where he previously worked as a trainer and consultant focusing on production and production-related areas. Together with his team, he develops concepts that focus on learning in the process of change, production excellence and changeability. The main objectives are: to develop competencies that enable changeability in organizations; to enable people to actively participate in the transformation process towards an industry 4.0 company; to develop innovative learning environments for the resources of the “digital natives”. With competence programs and a coaching / coach-coachee concept, he accompanies industrial companies to measurable and sustained success. He is co-author of the books: "Leadership: Value-Added Instead of Waste I Versus Verlag, 2016", "Willing for the Unexpected I Versus Verlag, 2014" and "Change Management in Production I mi Verlag, 2007".

Detlef Zuehlken

Detlef Zuehlke

Detlef Zühlke (*1949, Bad Prymont, Germany) started his career after finishing his Electrical Computer Engineering studies at RWTH Aachen in 1983. He received his PhD at the Machine Tools Laboratory with the topic robot programming. In 1985 he joined the Lufthansa AG where he held different positions, including head of aircraft maintenance. In 1991 he received the call form Technical University in Kaiserslautern and is since then holder of the chair of production automation (pak). In 2009, he became scientific director of the research area of Innovative Factory Systems (DFKI-IFS) at the German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) GmbH. He furthermore founded a field of investigation, the so called technology initiative SmartFactory KL e.V. with well-known partners from industry and science. It represents the first manufacturer-independent demonstration and research platform, which tests and develops innovative information and communication technologies for the application in an industrial production environment, matching the vision of Industry 4.0. For his innovative and ground-breaking research, teaching and solutions Prof. Zühlke received various awards, like the Borchers Medal of RWTH Aachen in 1983, the Medal of Honour form the Association of German Engineers (VDI) in 2005 and the IFAC Outstanding Service Awards in 2011. In 2013, he was furthermore honoured with the honorary doctor from the Hermann-Oberth-Faculty from the Lucian Blaga Universidad in Hermannstadt/ Romania, for having committed his whole life to scientific work and teaching.

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