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TRANSLOG Connect Congress - Programme Advisory Committee
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Programme Advisory Committee

Jos Marinus, President, European Logistics Associations (ELA)

Jos Marinus






Jos Marinus studied economics at the University of Antwerp and graduated in 1973. He  started his career at DANONE in 1977 and was in charge of several positions. Between 2005 and January2012 he was the World Logistics Network Leader Water Division.  Since 2008 Jos Marinus is the President of the Belgian Purchasing and Logistics Association (VIB) and the since May 2011 the President of the European Logistics Association (ELA).


Stefan Putzlocher, Director Logistics, Mercedes-Benz Manufacturing Hungary

 Stefan Putzlocher








Stefan Putzlocher graduated in micro and precision engineering at the Georg-Simon-Ohm Fachhochschule Nuernberg, Germany and started his career at Mercedes-Benz in 1994 within the Mercedes-Benz Graduate Programme. Later he gained experience in several logistics projects at the Sindelfingen plant in Germany. In 2000 he was appointed as Manager Supply Chain Management before he moved to McLaren Cars Ltd. in the UK in 2003 as Logistics Manager. Later he was promoted to Head of Purchasing and Logistics at the HighPerformanceEngines Ltd., UK which is producing the Mercedes-Benz Formula 1 race car engines for Team McLaren Mercedes. There he was overlooking Purchasing, Product Data & Engineering Change Management, Materials Control, Stores and Transport & Trackside Logistics Support. In 2007 Stefan Putzlocher returned to Sindelfingen as the Head of Logistics Planning/ Industrial Engineering managing the department, including Logistics Series Planning for S-, E-, C-Class, Supply Chain Planning, Workforce Calculation and Efficiency Controlling for Logistics Operations (1.700 direct & 450 indirect staff), running of all operational IT-systems for goods receipt, warehousing, line feeding and delivery call-offs.

In December 2008 he was promoted to Head of Quality Management and Logistics at the Mercedes-Benz Kecskemét Plant in Hungary. There he was building up and leading the Quality Management and Logistics Operations with a planned 800 staff members in both functions by 2011. Since March 2010 Stefan Putzlocher has held his current position as Director Logistics at  Mercedes-Benz Manufacturing Hungary Kft. In 2002 he was appointed to the Advisory Board of the Masters-Programme “Executive MBA in International SCM” offered by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, Switzerland.


Rogier van Zon, Head of Global Distribution & Export Control, TP Vision

Rogier van Zon

Rogier van Zon holds a master’s degree in general management from ‘Nyenrode business universiteit’ in The Netherlands. He started his career holding several management positions in a private owned logistics company. His responsibilities have covered, account management, quality management operational, and site management.

7 years ago he started his career at Philips with the responsibility for factory distribution Europe within the sector Lighting. Over the past years he has also held the positions, Distribution manager Western Europe and Distribution director Eastern Europe & Mid East and Africa where the last position was held at corporate level covering the sectors Lighting and Lifestyle.

As per April 1st 2012 he joined TP Vision as head of global warehousing and distribution. TP Vision is the joint venture between TPV (70%) and Philips (30%) where Philips has brought under its television business.


Prof. Sebastian Kummer, Head of Transport and Logistics Institute, Vienna University of Economics

Sebastian Kummer started as Researcher and Lecturer at WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management, Vallendar (1992 Dissertation (Phd), 1996 Habilitation). From 96-2001 he had the Chair of business administration, esp. Management of transport companies and logistics at Dresden University of Technology. Since 2001 he is Head of the Institute of Transport and Logistics at WU Vienna. He is President, Director and member of advisory boards of many scientific and industry associations. He has been Co-Executive Directors of the European section of the MIT Forum Supply Chain Innovation (2006-2011).

Sebastian Kummer has been visiting professor at universities in Austria, China, Germany, Indonesia, Philippines, Switzerland, Russia, Ukraine and Vietnam. He has published more than 150 publications. His research focuses on Logistics Management, Supply Chain Management as well as on Transport Management and economical analyses of transport infrastructure and servicesHe works as a consultant and management trainer for companies and government bodies. 


Miguel Suarez, Supply Chain & Purchasing Manager, Lafarge Central Europe

Miguel Suarez, graduated 1989 as Industrial Engineer in Spain and 1991 as M.B.A. in U.K.  Born in Peru, after several stages in different European and Latin-American cities, he currently lives in Liechtenstein.
In the last 20 years, he has hold SCM positions both as industry manager in Union Fenosa (Spain) and ITT Flygt (Sweden) as well as a strategy consultant in Accenture (Germany) and Miebach Logistics (Mexico), developing and implementing supply chain solutions for international corporations in different industrial sectors.
From 2007, Miguel Suarez became Supply Chain Director at KOTÁNYI, an Austrian spice maker, based in Wolkersdorf by Vienna, responsible for KOTÁNYI operations in CEE, SEE, Russia and Turkey. In this function, he won the 2010 Austrian Logistics Award for the most innovative Supply Chain. Between September 2012 and August 2013 he was working as Director of Supply Chain Centre of Business Excellence at Swarovski in Liechtenstein. Since September 2013 Miguel Suarez is working in his current position as Supply Chain and Purchasing Manager at Lafarge Central Europe in Vienna, Austria.

László Lovassy, Logistics Manager Europe, Chevrolet

László Lovassy, graduated 1988 in Mechanical Engineering at Technical University in Timisoara. Since then he is working in Automotive Industry, first as  a product development engineer at Csepel Autógyár in Hungary until 1992, then in private sector, as the owner and Managing Director of a car Export-Import company in Budapest.

He has been involved in Automotive Logistics since 1999, firstly as Logistics Manager of Daewoo Motor Hungary , then in 2002 becoming Marketing Service Manager of GM Daewoo Central and Easter Europe, with major task of  creating and operating logistics network for vehicle sales in Central and Eastern Europe, including Turkey, Russia and CIS countries.

As of 2004 his been part of GM Europe Logistics team in Rüsselsheim, responsible for Chevrolet Vehicle Logistics activities all over Europe  and „Supply Chain East” projects of General Motors in Central and Eastern Europe, Russia and CIS.

In 2009 he was appointed Logistics Manager of Chevrolet Europe, with headquarter in Zürich,  leading Chevrolet and Cadillac Europe vehicle logistics activities.


Severin Göbl, Senior Manager, Logistics - Rail & Barge Transportation CEE, MOL Group

Severin Göbl is a graduated engineer and economist leading MOL Group’s Rail Barge and Vessel Transportation activities. He has over 20 years experience in the energy sector. Severin started his downstream oil business career by joining Vienna based OMV in 1998. During the years with OMV he filled different positions both on local and group level in supply & distribution, sales and strategic development areas, participated in major acquisition and business development projects such as Petrom integration from 2004 to 2007 or OMV’s Turkish market entry with Petrol Ofisi in 2006. End of 2007 Severin joined MOL as head of MOL Logistics, later he managed different group level areas of this business unit.



László Urbányi, General Manager, Rába Components Manufacturing Ltd. & Managing Director, Fehrer Rába Automotive






László Urbányi received his degree in mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Budapest in 1990. He later went on to complete his degree as an engineer economist in 1993 and his MBA in 2003 with a focus on management, production and quality management. He started his career at Csepel F+K Machine-tool Production Co. in 1990 and moved on to GE Lighting in 1992 where he held several management positions including Material Manager, Deputy Production Manager, Transfer Manager and Manager of Shop Operation. In 1998 he joined Thomas&Betts where as Managing Director and Plant Manager he set up their second plant and implemented the QS 9000 and ISO 9001/2000 standards. In 2003 he moved on to Flextronics International as Director of Operations before being promoted to role of Assistant General Manager of WHIP Enclosure. László Urbányi has held his current position as General Manager at Raba Components Manufacturing Ltd since 2005 and his position as Managing Director at Fehrer Raba Automotive Ltd since 2008. Besides his management task at Raba he is also responsible for setting-up a new German-Hungarian joint venture to support the growth of OEMs in the CEE region.


Milan Lecic, International Physical Logistics Project Manager, Nestlé Nespresso & former President, Croatian Supply Chain Association (CSCA)

Milan has over 10 years of experience in supply chain management in various organization. He started his career in NATO logistics headquarter in Croatia, managing relationships with local customs authorities in the region, ensuring smooth supplies of NATO forces in the Balkan region. Afterwards, he spent over 10 years in pharmaceutical industry, where he gained experience in logistics, production planning, product costing, technology transfer and supply chain management. He had responsibilities in global pharmaceutical organization for Operations Supply Chain in Europe and in the US.

For the last 3 years he moved to the commercial side of the supply chain, also managing new product introductions.

Milan is also co-founder and former president of Croatian Supply Chain Association.


Marcin Rydel, International Transportation Manager, Benteler Distribution

Marcin Rydel graduated in Logistics at the Economics University in Katowice, Poland. During his studies he took part in the Leonardo da Vinci programme in 2007 and conducted an internship at Commercial Wireless in Ireland as a logistics assistant. After his studies he gained experience in several logistics projects, e.g. DHL Supply Chain and ND Logistics, before he joined Benteler Distribution Poland in 2010, where he is currently working as the Foreign Logistics Manager. Marcin Rydel is responsible for inbound and outbound processes and the transport of steel products.


Pascal Männche, Senior Vice President Logistics, DEUTZ


Pascal Männche graduated in Business Administration at the University of Applied Science in Fulda, Germany in 1999 and started his career in several management functions at ALCAN Singen GmbH, for example as the Head of Logistics for the ALCAN Plant in Neckarsulm, Germany. He was also actively involved in the restructuring of the entire supply chain management and the set-up of the logistics control centre for the AUDI A2. In 2001 Pascal Männche joined the company ZF Friedrichshafen AG as Project Manager, Supply Chain Management where he managed several national and international logistics projects at corporate level. In 2004 he was appointed as the Director of Logistics and Member of the Board at ZF Hungária Kft. in Eger, Hungary. Pascal Männche has held his current position as the Senior Vice President Logistics overlooking global logistics at DEUTZ AG since 2009. Besides his strategic responsibility at corporate level he also runs the operative logistics at the engine production plant in Cologne, Germany.


Dr. Péter Lakatos, Member of the Presidency, Hungarian Logistics Association (HLA) & former Head of Logistics Centre, TEVA


Dr. Péter Lakatos is a certificated economist and Leader in Military Logistics. Between 1983 and 1997 he worked in different positions at the Military of the Hungarian Home Defence Forces. Between 1997 and 2002 he held several positions at Tesco Global Stores Plc. and started as a Training and Stuffing Director. Later he became the 3PL Manager and was responsible for the non-food distribution and was involved in the introduction of cross-docking under an outsourcing contract. Later he held the position as the Director of the public bonded warehouse of Menlo Worldwide Hungary Ltd. and Managing Director of Den Hartogh Ltd. Between 2006 -2011 Dr. Péter Lakatos was the Vice-President of HLA, issued more than 30 publications and was chairman at several conferences. Until April 2012 Dr. Péter Lakatos was heading the TEVA Logistic Centre at TEVA Hungary Plc. in Hungary. Currently he is active as an Associate Professor at the College of Szolnok, guest speaker and instructor at the Selye János University, the Budapest College of Management and the Budapest College of Communication and Business. In addition, as an expert in logistics he is also an active member of HLA and member of the HLA Presidency.

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