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, former 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.
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.
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.
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.
László Lovassy, Manager, Sales Operations, Chevrolet and Cadillac Europe
László Lovassy graduated in 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 the 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 (CEE), with the major task of creating and operating the logistics network for vehicle sales in CEE, including Turkey, Russia and CIS countries. As of 2004 he has 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 CEE, 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. Since 2013 he also the Manager, Sales Operations managing the outbound logistics for Chevrolet and Cadillac Europe.
Dr. Péter Lakatos, former 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.