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Tony Aschwanden is a Global Product Owner for Manufacturing Execution with in SAP. Tony joined SAP in 2008. He has held a number of local, regional and global roles in the Manufacturing Line of Business, including Pre-Sales and Business Development before becoming a Global Product Owner. Prior to SAP Tony worked at various companies including Alcatel, Genrad and Visiprise mostly with focus on Manufacturing. Tony lives in Switzerland near Zürich.
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Vice President, Head of Demand-Driven Business Planning, Extended Supply Chain Management
Martin Barkman is a vice president in SAP’s Extended Supply Chain Management organization where he has global responsibility for solutions that enable demand-driven business planning. In this role, Martin works closely with customers to elevate supply chain capabilities in the area of sales, inventory, and operations planning, demand management, and demand networks. Prior to joining SAP, Martin was the CEO of SmartOps Corporation, which SAP acquired in April, 2013. SmartOps was a leading supply chain software company with a focus on inventory optimization and demand sensing solutions.
Martin became President and CEO of SmartOps in January 2012 after serving SmartOps through diverse operating roles of increasing responsibility since early 2001. Prior to 2012, he was Executive Vice President of Global Operations where he led worldwide sales, sales consulting, marketing, alliances, professional services, and account services. SmartOps was founded in 2001 and was backed by the venture capital firm Adams Capital Management.
Martin earned his B.S. in Chemical Engineering with Distinction from Cornell University and later his MBA in Finance as a Palmer Scholar from the Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania. Prior to SmartOps, Martin developed a broad supply chain technology and management experience through roles ranging from consulting at McKinsey & Company to product supply and manufacturing management at Procter & Gamble.
Thomas Brassøe is a Partner with Implement Consulting Group and responsible for Demand Planning service line. He has had a hands-on role in over 20 SCM/APO projects around the world - typical with the responsibility as lead solution architect and project manager. Thomas's SAP functional areas of focus are in the areas of: Supply Chain Planning, S&OP and Demand Planning.
The ICG Planning Excellence team is one of the leading SCM-APO implementation partners in Northern Europe, delivering projects globally
Matthew Campbell is a co-founding Principal of SCMO2 where he is responsible for client engagement management delivering SAP supply chain client solutions. Matthew possesses fifteen years of design and management experience in SAP SCM. Matthew specializes in helping clients develop VMI and collaboration processes and system designs utilizing APO and SNC.
Sérgio Cardeira is Deloitte Director with more than 17 years of experience in the supply chain area in Enterprise Applications and has been engaged in the implementation of information systems as drivers for process redesign and transformation in the areas of logistics execution and supply chain planning. He has been engaged with several clients in Consumer Business , Manufacturing, Energy, Transportation and Financial Services industries, both locally (Portugal) as well as internationally (US, Spain, UK, Germany and Argentina). He has strong experience in project management roles having been responsible for several cross-area enterprise transformation ERP implementation projects in multi-geographic company groups in the last 9 years and a strong track record in SAP implementation projects with specialization in Supply Chain Planning, Supply Chain Execution and Sourcing & Procurement.
Elinor Castell is the Solution Owner for SAP Transportation at SAP AG. She brings over 11 years of experience with SAP working in the SCE solution management and T&L industry solution management areas, with a primary focus on Transportation Management and Extended Warehouse Management. Prior to joining SAP, she worked several years as a developer and systems analyst at SAP rail and chemical customers. She holds an Honors Bachelor degree in Economics and Math and a Masters in Applied Science, Management Information Systems (MIS).
Patrick Crampton-Thomas is VP Supply Chain Solution Management with SAP, with responsibility for SAP’s Response and Supply Orchestration Portfolio
Patrick joined SAP in 2005. He has held a number of regional and global roles responsible for Supply Chain Line of Business including Sales and Business Development before moving to Solution Management.
Prior to SAP Patrick worked at various companies including i2 Technologies, Oracle and SSA always with a focus on Supply Chain Management, helping companies achieve advanced supply chain initiatives
In Industry, Patrick started his career working for 3PL companies in warehousing and transportation operations gaining experience with companies like M&S and Hamleys Toys before moving into retail where he worked in Logistics operations for ASDA.
Patrick lives in the UK near London.
Richard den Ouden
Sean Elliffe is an Associate Partner at Reveal USA responsible for driving the delivery of supply chain optimization/improvement programs across the globe. Sean has a mechanical engineering background and holds a Master’s degree (M-Phil Education and Training). He has more than 20 years of strategic business experience building situation-based interventions and solutions that drive business to achieve effective delivery, enhanced competitiveness, and improved business efficiency. He has spoken at International supply chain conferences in Europe, US, and South Africa. Sean has assisted clients in the US, UK, Europe, Australia, Pakistan, Trinidad and Tobago to achieve the adaptations needed to change the way they manage their supply chains. Some of these clients include BHP Billiton, Sulzer Metco, Tennant Company, Ryerson, Foundation Coal, Insight, Rust-Oleum, and Entegris.
Claudio Gonzalez is a Principal Solution Architect with SCM Connections and responsible for their Global SAP SCM Offering. Claudio has completed 5 full implementations with multiple roll outs worldwide. He has Fortune 500 experience in the following industries, Consumer, Automobile and Pharmaceuticals. Claudio's SAP functional areas of focus are in the sector of: SCM SNP, SCM PP/DS and CIF.
Christian Guldager is Senior Management Consultant at Implement Consulting Group and responsible for the IBP for Inventory Service line and is part of the overall service line for IBP. His main focus areas are S&OP, Inventory Optimization and Tactical Supply Network Planning. Within SAP his focus areas are SAP APO SNP, SAP APO PP/DS and SAP IBP. The ICG Planning Excellence team is one of the leading SCM-APO/IBP implementation partners in Europe, delivering projects globally.
Dr. Ahmed Hezzah
Dr. Ahmed Hezzah is a Senior Manager at Accenture with deep experience in SAP and CRM project management. He has a strong focus on marketing, sales and analytics, as well as deep expertise in testing, deployment, migration and offshore delivery. In the last 13 years, he has been managing large and complex SAP implementations and global rollouts for a number of clients across industries and has gained a long experience with offshore delivery. Ahmed holds a PhD in computer science, a PMP certification and an SAP certification in Analytical CRM.
Dr. Volker G. Hildebrand
Dr. Volker Hildebrand is Global Vice President Strategy at SAP Hybris; he is responsible for the strategic direction of SAP Hybris Customer Engagement and Commerce Solutions. Volker has more than two decades of experience in the CRM and eCommerce space and held various leadership positions in sales, product management, product marketing and solution management at SAP and SAP Markets. Prior to joining SAP, Volker was a professor for Marketing and had his own consulting business helping companies better engage with their customers. He has been an early evangelist of customer experience and customer engagement and is a widely recognized expert, thought leader, researcher, author, and keynote speaker. Volker has a Ph.D. in Business Economics and was a pioneer in CRM and e-commerce research. Volker has written more than 100 articles & blogs and published five books; his latest book “The Customer Experience Edge” was published by McGraw Hill.
Richard has been working in the supply chain management and manufacturing space for over 20 years and is responsible for driving the market direction and positioning of SAP’s Extended Supply Chain solution set. Prior to joining SAP in 2004, Richard spent 15 years with Marcam Solutions where he was VP of Marketing for the companies Process ERP solutions.
Richard has also implemented ERP and SCM systems at companies such as Nestle, Gillette, Colgate Palmolive, Rohm & Haas, Wyeth, Royal Worcester Spode and Dairy Crest.
Richard holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Mid Glamorgan in the UK.
Richard is also a regular contributor to www.forbes.com where you can read his blogs at http://blogs.forbes.com/people/richardhowells/
Richard Kirker is the Solution Owner for SAP Warehouse Management. He brings over 15 years of experience with SAP working in the consulting and solution management areas and has been involved with Extended Warehouse Management since its original launch. He has extensive experience working in various industries in procurement, production planning and logistics. He has a B.S. degree in economics and an MBA in finance.
Mike Lackey joined the SAP in 2008 through the acquisition of Visiprise and has global responsibility for Solution Management, LoB Manufacturing. With previous roles at Visiprise, NetVendor and Teradyne Manufacturing Software Group, Mr. Lackey has a unique set of knowledge that covers both manufacturing software and design collaboration along with over 20 years of experience in the high tech sector. Early in his career, he started as a manufacturing engineer with DCA/Attachmate, which provided him with invaluable first-hand knowledge and understanding of how SAP customers can use SAP’s Manufacturing Product Portfolio to improve their business. Mr. Lackey earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and an MA in Business Administration from Mercer University with dual concentrations in International Business and Marketing.
Dr. Marko Lange is solution manager at SAP SE and in that role responsible for S/4 HANA, compliance, PLM and sustainability solutions for the chemical industry. With industry experience made at former Life Science Company Schering and Cosmetics maker Beiersdorf he joined SAP in 2000 having had various roles around SAP solutions for chemical and pharmaceutical companies such as Presales Consultant for E-Business solutions in Process Industriese and Market Development of SAP for Life Sciences with special emphasis on SAP Netweaver and R&D solutions.
Dr. Marko Lange studied industrial engineering specializing in chemical technology at Berlin Technical University and worked as research associate for chemical and pharmaceutical business administration at Mannheim University receiving a PhD for doctoral thesis about managerial accounting in the chemical industry.
Stefan Laukemper is Executive Director in the Performance Improvement - Supply Chain & Operations team, especially Distribution & Logistics, at Ernst & Young GSA Advisory. He has more than 15 years professional consulting experience in the Supply Chain Operations and Logistics area focusing on managing and delivering complex SAP business transformation and system integration projects including process reengineering and optimization of warehouse and transport operations. He is subject matter expert for warehouse processes, transportation and logistics execution focusing on SAP WM and EWM.
Michael Lipton joined SAP in 1998. He is currently Senior Director of Supply Chain Solution Management in the area of Supply Chain Planning. In this role, he leads the Solution Area of Collaborative Response Management. Prior roles at SAP include Director for Serialization and RFID, and Director of Supply Chain Business Consulting. Michael has over 30 years of experience in supply chain management consulting and solutions development. Prior to SAP, he held leadership positions with leading supply chain management solution providers, including Skyva International and Gensym Corporation, and he was a founder and principal of the ITP Group, where he led product development in the area of supply chain and factory automation systems. Prior to ITP, Michael was in the high tech industry, in the areas of planning, manufacturing, and distribution. Michael holds a Master of Science degree in Management from the MIT Sloan School of Management, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from MIT.
Ken Moir is VP of Marketing at NiceLabel, a leading developer of label and marking productivity software solutions for SME and large enterprises. With over 25 years of experience as an international technology sales and marketing leader, he was a partner in two high-tech start-ups as well as a member of the management team at Zebra Technologies. He has extensive international technology sales and marketing experience, specifically in the fields of product, channel, vertical and alliance sales and marketing. He is an AIDC industry veteran with diverse market and technology knowledge, including barcode, RFID, mobility, SAP and Label Management Solutions (LMS).
Thomas Ohnemus is Vice President of Idea to Performance, integrated SAP solutions for R&D, Manufacturing, Sustainability, Enterprise Asset Management, Supply Chain Management, and Business Services (covering industries, EC&O, Travel & Transportation, Professional Services, Sports & Entertainment, and Media).
He is responsible for driving the go-to-market strategy, messaging, and demand generation. Thomas has over 25 years’ experience in business software solutions and his PLM expertise has awarded him key management positions in consulting, product management, service, and global marketing. He holds a master’s degree in engineering, and lives and works in Germany.
Giovanni Ottavio Lo Brutto
Giovanni is a Management Consultant at Implement Consulting Group with focus on Procurement processes. He has over 7 years of experience as a functional expert with global SAP implementations across different industries. In addition, Giovanni has a broad managing consulting background, spanning from Process Analysis and Optimization to Change Management and from Training to Facilitation.
Gianni Pelizzo is Corporate Director of the Industry 4.0 practice at Techedge, he holds more than 20 years of experience in the consulting industry. His work is focused on the development of connected manufacturing, predictive maintenance and connected logistics solutions for large-scale multinational clients. In the last five years, he has acted as a pioneer of Industry 4.0 solutions in Europe, leveraging upon expertise in Manufacturing and industrial engineering, to create advanced mechanical operational solutions for clients in the consumer goods, manufacturing and fashion industries. As a serial entrepreneur, Gianni founded and led multiple consulting firms dedicated to manufacturing operational excellence prior to joining Techedge.
Michael Pölzl has been employeed for 15 years with Sigma-Aldrich, a subsidary of Merck, and is now responsible for Global Label Management of the LS Life Science | Hazard Communication and Chemical Regulations (LS-QHS) for all of Europe as the European Label Manager. After graduating from the University of Braunscheig, he received his doctorate degree from the University of Hannover with a Ph.D. in Chemistry.
Mr. Rae brings 30 years of enterprise software sales and management experience to his role as Vice President of Sales and Business Development at Loftware. Prior to Loftware, Mr. Rae served as Global Account Executive, SAP America. In this role, he managed relationships with Fortune 1000 companies and contributed to SAP America’s explosive growth from 1994 to 2004. Mr. Rae earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from Babson College.
Markus Rosemann is Vice President Line of Business Solution Management and Head of Supply Chain Execution at SAP AG. In this function, he has global responsibility for the SAP solution portfolio of Supply Chain Execution covering Warehouse Management, Transportation Management and Track & Trace. He is also chief Solution Owner for the strategic investment of Transportation & Logistics with responsibility for revenue attainment. Markus joined SAP in 1997 as trainer for warehouse management and logistics execution and has held various positions in product and solution management for SCM and Product Innovation.
Martin Rowan is a Senior Partner in Reveal and his primary focus is to facilitate solutions that help companies optimize their Integrated Supply Chains to achieve a level of Business Maturity and increase profitability. He is actively involved with local and international ERP market and has been for over 20 years. His experience covers a wide variety of industries across multiple countries.
Martin speaks frequently at user group meetings and conferences typically on topics around the importance of an effective Supply Chain. For the last few years he has spoken in Spain, France, Germany, South Africa, Sweden, UK and USA.
Some clients he has represented across the globe are BMW, Toyota, General Motors, Mittal Steel, Sanyo, Insight and Asics. Martin holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering and a Master’s degree in Commerce.
Grégoire Schaub is a Strategy & Operations Director and leads the EMEA Supply Chain Planning practice at Deloitte. He has extensive international experience on end-to-end global Supply Chain transformations, with a specific emphasis on Supply Chain Planning, Service Parts Management and Integrated Business Planning (S&OP).
Grégoire worked on Technology and Strategy and Operations projects, allowing him to combine applied knowledge on both business challenges and supporting IT matters. He has worked for a wide variety of sectors within the Consumer and Industrial Products industry.
Chris Schwab is a Consulting Manager at Novigo and is responsible for its manufacturing business unit and all activities in the Middle East region. He has more than 10 years of supply chain consulting experience and has held various project leadership positions on large international SAP SCM implementation projects. Starting off his career with a focus on planning solutions (SAP APO) Chris is now working in the Supply chain execution area and focuses on SAP Transportation Management and SAP Event Management.
Kai Seela is a Senior Director in SAP GTS Solution Management. He is based at the SAP headquarters in Walldorf, Germany, and has responsibility for the SAP GTS solution and roadmap. Kai works closely with the SAP GTS product and development team to ensure the solution meets the requirements of the customers, covers and adopts legal requirements and changes, and fully supports the SAP strategies and visions. He has more than 19 years of experience in IT, working in project management, business development and solution management positions with a particular focus on foreign trade, economics and supply chain.
Kai has worked with clients around the world including North and Latin America, EMEA, MENA and Asia-Pacific. His experience includes management of multi-national implementation projects, business development for new regions and markets as well as development and localisation of standardised software solutions to meet industry-specific and regulatory requirements.
Kai is a functional executive of one of the biggest SAP GTS User Groups and a valued speaker on various events. He holds a bachelor’s degree of business administraion in foreign trade and economics.
Søren Skjødt is a Partner with Implement Consulting Group and part of their Planning Excellence service line. He has had leading roles in more than 50 supply chain management projects. His main focus areas are: Sales & Operations Planning and Operational Excellence and within SAP, his focus is SCM and ERP.
The ICG Planning Excellence team is one of the leading SCM-APO implementation partners in Northern Europe, delivering projects globally
Lars Smith Christoffersen
Lars Christoffersen is a senior Consultant with Implement Consulting Group. He has more than 10 years of experience as a SAP consultant within the areas of Logistics Execution. Lars’ functional areas of focus within SAP lies in the areas of: SAP WM, EWM, Transportation and Supply Chain Planning and Execution.
Implement Consulting Group is a recognized SAP implementation partner in the Scandinavian countries, combining management and IT consulting in one of the largest logistic execution teams in Northern Europe, delivering project globally.
Manuel Solis is the Procure-to-Pay Solution Architect at Leprino Foods responsible for the SAP MM-PUR module. For the last ten years he has worked in a variety of roles from Strategic Sourcing and Six Sigma Lead to SAP Implementation Manager in industries like manufacturing, food production, consumer electronics and IT hardware. Manuel is a Certified Six Sigma Black Belt, APICS CSCP and ISM CPSM and he has been recognized for running and improving business through strong managerial skills and clear understanding of wide commercial pressures
Thorsten Steiling is Vice President Global IT at SolarWorld AG, Bonn (Germany). He is experienced in the development, introduction and realization of business, IT and SAP strategies in multiple industries like steel, automotive and high tech/solar power technology. At SolarWorld Thorsten successfully works on the transformation from local to global process and organizational structures which are driven by the business and IT. During his career he has worked as an engineer, manager and CIO for various international companies and corporations. Thorsten holds a diploma degree in electrical engineering (Dipl.-Ing.) of the University of Hanover, Germany.
Sebastian is a Consulting Manager and Business Unit Lead at Novigo. He has more than 10 years of IT experience with 9 years focused directly on SAP Supply Chain Execution. Starting with APO TP/VS he switched to SAP TM from the very beginning of the product. Sebastian provides leadership and expertise around SAP Supply Chain functions with a strong focus on SAP Transportation Management and Business Process Design. Sebastian has delivered SAP projects to multiple customers globally. He also has knowledge across multiple industries such as Chemicals, Steel, Automotive, Consumer Products, and Retail.
Hans Thalbauer is the General Manager for Extended Supply Chain solutions at SAP. He is responsible for the strategic direction and the Go-To-Market of Supply Chain, Logistics, Engineering/R&D, Manufacturing, Asset Management and Sustainability solutions.
In this role, he is engaged in creative dialogue with numerous companies worldwide, addressing customer needs and introducing innovative business processes, including the vision of leveraging networks and the Internet of Things to reflect customer centricity and the speed needed in the Extended Supply Chain.
Hans is more than 15 years with SAP. He held positions in Development, Product and Solution Management. Hans holds a degree in Business Information Systems from the University Vienna, Austria.
Christian Titze is a research director in Gartner's AMR Supply Chain Research group, with more than 21 years of professional experience in IT, supply chain management (SCM) and enterprise resource planning (ERP). Mr. Titze is part of the SCM enablers analyst team covering the IT/supply chain alignment from a technology perspective, with special attention to architecture, technology enablement and wider ERP/SAP topics. He covers a wide range of industry sectors, primarily industrial and engineering products. His regional coverage is essentially the German-speaking countries, but he also offers client and sales support across EMEA.
Prior to joining Gartner, Mr. Titze spent about 15 years in IT, manufacturing, technology and consulting industries, working for Henkel CEE, KPMG Peat Marwick, Plaut, MAS/IBM and Teleflex on a global basis. From being a system analyst and technical consultant to establishing and managing an ESP/IT competence center as managing director, he has extensive work experience within each level of projects and organizations.
Major achievements within Gartner Consulting include cost optimization and savings potential realization within SCM/ERP environments, as well as support and coaching activities during major reorganizations and streamlining efforts of global enterprises.
Mr. Titze earned his Masters in Business Data Processing (Informatics) at the Technical University of Vienna as well as earned a degree as a data processing specialist at the Vienna Institute of Business. He was also a participant of the Thunderbird International Consortium Program at the U.S. Graduate School of International Management.
Victor Trivelli joined the GLOBE* organization in Vevey, Switzerland to lead the Global Business Solutions for Technical & Production (T&P) back in 2012. Victor has a long career in Nestlé operations. He started in 1988 in the productivity team optimizing the manufacturing structures and productivity of factories. For 8 years, Victor headed up several factories in India, and China. As part of his assignment in Greater China Region, he managed the Ice Cream Business of North China and led the GLOBE ( SAP ) project implementation. Victor spent 5 years as Technical Director in the North African Region (from Morocco to Sudan), based in Cairo. Victor is an electrical engineer by trade. He and his wife Rocio share their home with two wonderful teenage boys and their very large dog. * Nestlé launched GLOBE (Global Business Excellence) in 2000, and chose SAP as its foundation with the objective to unite a federation of independent markets onto a single platform.
Vinay is Solution manager for SAP PLM with a special focus on Discrete manufacturing industries. He has extensive experience in areas of consulting, development, customer engagement & support and product management working in world class organizations. He has been with SAP for 10+ years and works out of SAP headquarters at Walldorf, Germany. Works with global cross functional team of development, consulting, services he supports strategic customer engagements. Vinay holds a bachelor’s degree in Engineering and a post graduate diploma in Management.
Valentijn Van Driessen
Valentijn has more than 5 years SAP consulting experience, of which he mainly focused on SAP GTS deployments. SAP GTS manages the global trade processes that companies have to cope with. Due to the global trade environment becoming more and more complex, there is an increasing demand for solutions to address these global trade challenges.
Valentijn’s SAP areas of expertise is located around SAP GTS / ECC SD and TM. Besides having a profound knowledge of SAP systems, he also has a fine understanding of the underlying global trade business processes. He’s able to have complex discussions with both IT as well as the business colleagues in a company.
He holds a Master Degree Commercial Engineer focused on Management Information Systems.
Ganesh has over 17 years of experience in the areas of Supply Chain Management and Manufacturing and has worked with several global companies implementing solutions in these areas. He has held various roles in over his 8 year tenure at SAP and is is Vice President of Supply Chain Solutions. He has worked as Director of Corporate Development at Sterling Commerce (now an IBM company) and as a Solution Executive at i2 Technologies (now JDA Software Group). He has global responsibility for the solution strategy, roadmap and go-to-market initiatives for SAP’s Demand Network solution area. Ganesh has been with SAP for ten years and has two decades of experience working with global companies in the areas of Supply Chain Management and Manufacturing solutions.
Kevin has more than 24 years’ experience in business analysis, solution architecture, project management, solution development & implementation. 16 years of SAP experience covering supply chain, retail, utilities & manufacturing, amongst others. Business case and value engineering expertise covering multiple, integrated SAP solutions with a strategic focus on Supply Chain Management. Author and global thought leader in supply chain execution processes. Kevin’s focus is both strategic and hands-on, and specifically in the SAP integration, exception management spaces.
Jan Wouters is heading the CoE of IBP within Capgemini in Europe. He has worked at many global companies in supply chain transformation programs, supported by SAP SCM tools like DP, SNP, PP/DS and G-ATP. In 2008 Jan developed with a team in Capgemini the first concepts of Integrated Business Planning and has worked since then in the area of S&OP and IBP. Besides the deep knowledge of SAP ERP and SCM, since two years Jan is following all development in the SAP IBP on HANA offering.
Renato is responsible for the definition, strategy and roll-out of SAP's Enterprise Portfolio and Project Management (EPPM) solution. He works with SAP's development, consulting and field organizations to ensure market readiness of the solution and supports pre-sales and account teams in strategic customer meetings. As a solution owner he is also responsible for defining and communicating the solution roadmap for EPPM. During his 17 years at SAP Renato held various positions in Development and Product Management for the solution domains of Treasury, FI/CO and PLM.