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Prof. Dr. 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 services. He works as a consultant and management trainer for companies and government bodies. 


Stefan Putzlocher, Director Logistics, Mercedes-Benz Manufacturing Hungary

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.


Felix Garai, Head of Business Excellence, MAHLE Componente de Motor SRL

Felix Garai graduated in 1996 as industrial engineer specialized in Power Electronics. He started working in the electronics industry for an American company, Solectron, occupying different positions in the company from Production Supervisor to Material Manager. In 2000 he moved to Hungary as Supply Chain Manager at Flextronics and shortly after as Logistics Manager for pharmaceutical French company, Sanofi Aventis. In 2005 he returned to Romania where he took over the responsibilities of an Austrian greenfield investment as the General Manager in the field of packaging industry.  Since 2006 he has focused on the automotive industry as Planning, Purchasing and Logistics Manager at the Japanese company, Yazaki. Currently he is the Business Excellence Manager at Mahle, a German automotive company, responsible for major projects including site extension, shop floor management, and lean implementation.


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

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.


Jean Dimanche, Logistics & Supply Manager CEE, Daikin CEE

Jean Dimanche is leading the Daikin Air-conditioning Central Europe Logistics department for 12 years, being responsible for 15 countries and a member of the Daikin European Supply Chain. Jean started his carrier with a technical education at the car manufacturing business followed by real live experience with international truck driving and bus driving during studying before he graduated in business economics specialised on European Logistics. By now Jean is active for over 22 years already within the logistics field.


Miguel Suarez, Former Supply Chain & Purchasing Director, Lafarge Central Europe

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.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.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. Since September 2013 Miguel Suarez is working in his current position as Supply Chain and Purchasing Manager at Lafarge Central Europe in Vienna, Austria.


Bernard Lefevre, Head of CEEMEA Logistics Purchases, P&G

Bernard Lefevre has over 13 years of experience in regional and global markets in several industries including Packaging, Petro-chemicals, Hygiene and Logistics. He joined the P&G company soon after graduating from the European School of Management in 1998. Bernard is based in Geneva, Switzerland since 2012. Currently he focused on the strategic sourcing of transportation for P&G in EMEA, with particular focus in leveraging and synergizing existing networks.


Jaroslaw Zygmunt, Global Distribution Planning Director, Oriflame

Jaroslaw Zygmunt graduated from University of Economics in Katowice (Banking and Finance) and Warsaw School of Economics (Postgraduate Studies in Marketing and Logistics).Jaroslaw Zygmunt has over 10 years of experience in supply chain, finance and sales for leading FMCG manufacturers, e.g. SABMiller, Danone, Mars and Tesco. He is leading several projects related to costs optimisation, S&OP, M&A, route to market/consumer, channels development and regional set up. Currently he is developing and implementing planning and distribution strategies to provide World Class Service in a net efficient way, enabling increase of sales by supporting the commercial strategy and securing high customer satisfaction.

Jaroslaw Zygmunt graduated from University of Economics in Katowice (Banking and Finance) and Warsaw School of Economics (Postgraduate Studies in Marketing and Logistics).


Livia Nagy, Customer Service and Logistics Director CEE, GlaxoSmithKline, Consumer Healthcare

Livia has joined GSK (then SmithKline Beecham) in January  2000 as a Logistics and Customer Service Manager, Hungary. In 2001 she was promoted to Supply Chain Manager South HUB CE and played a key role to drive and settle demand, customer service and logistics operations in CE South HUB.

When supply chain restructuring started in 2010 she was appointed to lead  and represent the CEE Supply Chain team in the EU team.  Since  January 2012 she is the Customer Service and Logistics Director CEE driving the integration of the customer service and logistics function into the end-to-end model.

Prior to GSK she was Country Purchasing Manager at Kraft Jacobs Suchard and before  she has worked for local foreign trading companies where she has obtained breadth  experience on procurement and international forwarding in various industries. Livia has a degree in foreign trade from College for Foreign Trade, Budapest. Livia is native Hungarian, speaks English and Russian, and understands several other languages i.e. French, German, Italian.  She is married with one daughter and her passions areinterior and garden design, theatre and films, literature, and to spend time with the family.


Tom Tillemans, Former Head of Logistics Excellence, H.J. Heinz Supply Chain Europe 

Since 2002, Tom Tillemans (1968), has worked in international supply chain functions within the fast moving goods industry. Within SCA Hygiene Products he has been working as business logistics manager from Germany and as distribution manager Iberia, based in Spain.

In 2008 he has joined H.J. Heinz in the function of logistics and planning manager Benelux. Later he was promoted to European Head of Logistics Network Development within the newly erected European supply chain organisation of Heinz in The Netherlands, he was responsible to shape their European logistics network. Since 2010 Tom has in addition been active as ambassador of the Lean and Green program of Connekt (NL). He is a true believer of collaboration in the supply chain and brings this in praxis in his current roles. Together with Frans van den Boomen of Mars Nederland, he has initialised and rolled-out the successful Speed Docking competitions in The Netherlands, Belgium & Luxemburg. Since November 1st he is in his current position as Head of Logistics Excellence.


Zoran Kovic, Logistics Director, Dukat & President of the Croatian Supply Chain Association


Zoran Kovic graduated at the Zagreb University, Faculty of Transport and Traffic Engineering, specialising in road transportation. He started his career at Europapress Holding as Delivery Service Supervisor and moved on to Konzum being responsible for Transport Department. In 2003 he joined Coca-Cola Hellenic Croatia as Distribution Manger. In 2006 after successfully finishing distribution outsourcing project, he was promoted to Supply Chain Project Leader in Bulgaria where he was responsible for implementation of Customer Centric Capabilities initiative. In 2007 he was promoted to the Country Logistics Manager at Coca-Cola Hellenic Bulgaria. In his new role he set up new Logistics Department organization following Route to Market changes. In 2009 Zoran became the Logistics Director at Kras with the main task to develop and implement a new Logistics Strategy and on an operational level to improve logistics processes in seven South-East European countries. In 2012 he became the Logistics Director at Dukat and since 2013 he is also the president of the Croatian Supply Chain Association. 


Roman Zorman, Regional Logistics Director, Studio Moderna Group


After 10 years of experience in forwarding and logistics companies where Roman was working on different positions in sea, air and road freight together with developing WH and 3PL distribution centres he switched sides and joined the Studio Moderna Group.

Studio Moderna is the leading multi-channel e-commerce and direct to consumer platform in Central & Eastern Europe (CEE) with a vertically-integrated network reaching more than 400 million consumers across 21 countries. Reaching a market of 400 million consumers, Studio Moderna is unrivalled in the ability to drive demand and sell popular branded products to consumers across CEE through highly sophisticated sales, media, marketing and distribution platforms. Studio Moderna also owns the Dormeo, Octaspring, Delimano, Kosmodisk, Bigfish Folding Bike and other brands. With local offices in 21 different countries, the company has in excess of 5,000 employees. As the company grew in the last 10 years substantially not just geographically also in a business orientation (conditions on the markets force the company to change from primary DRTV oriented company into multi-channel strategy) logistics and supply chain needs to support its growth and all changes which have big impact on the supply chain set up. Roman was supporting the change from the beginning and in his current position as the Regional Logistics Director he is responsible to support supply chain and logistics on the local market and he is presenting the link between the central supply chain management and the local supply chain set up. 


Severin Göbl, Senior Expert, Global Supply Chain Management,  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.


Dr. Péter Lakatos, Vice President, Hungarian Logistics Association (HLA)

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. Since 2006 Dr. Péter Lakatos is 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 National University of Public Service, Budapest, Hungary. He is a guest speaker and instructor at the Selye János University, Slovakia, WU Transport and Logistics Institute, Austria, Seifulin University KATU, Astana, Kazahstan, IBS, the Budapest College of Management and the Budapest College of Communication and Business in Hungary. 

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