Alessandro is the CIO (Chief Information Officer) for Merck Healthcare, the group’s pharmaceutical division that accounts for more than 40% of the total Merck revenues.
The role consists in leading the overall Information Technology operations and projects across R&D, Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Marketing and Sales functions.
His mission encompasses the need for efficiently partnering with the business in order to deliver a reliable, state of the art, and highly adaptable Technology Solutions and Service providing Merck with a sustainable competitive advantage.
In 2017 and 2018, he has been interviewed by several newspapers (WSJ, Huffington Post, Pharma Executive, CIO Journal, Diginomica) for his work on “Self Driving Supply Chains”.
In 2016, he has been elected “The Inspirational Leader of the Year” within the Merck BioPharma division.
In 2015, he has been awarded the Nr 1 Pharma “Most Influential Supply Chain Executive in Europe” (among the top 5 across all industries) by the SCM magazine.
Previously, he has been responsible for the Merck Healthcare Supply Chain operations including E2E planning, physical distribution & warehousing.
Prior to Merck, Alessandro worked in Procter & Gamble (FMCG’s industry) for 20 years holding positions across Innovation, Manufacturing, Engineering and Supply Chain Management.
He has operated in countries such as China, Russia, South Africa and several Eastern European countries and has been based in Italy, Belgium, Switzerland and Spain.
Senior Manager for Transportation Planning and Network Management
Christian Seith joined Daimler in 2007. From 2013 on, he took over several supply-chain focused management roles within the business units Trucks and Passenger Cars. From 2017 to 2019, he joined the Mercedes-Benz Manufacturing Hungary Kft. as Head of Logistics, were he was responsible for the Inbound, Inplant and Outbound logistics of the Mercedes-Benz Production Plant in Kecskemét. Since June 2019 he is in his current position as Senior Manager for Transportation Planning and Network Management. In this role, he is responsible for planning and cost calculation of European and intercontinental transport of parts and cars as well as for transport control and optimization, including several digitalization projects.
Head of Strategic Supply Chain Partner Management
Amelie is heading the strategic Supply Chain Partner Management at Vifor Pharma which is in charge of designing and optimizing the supply chains of in-licensed products and of the new product introductions of the company.
She spent one year in California integrating the Supply Chain team of the acquired start-up company Relypsa into the Vifor Pharma Global Supply Chain team. The majority of in-licensed products are sourced from US companies so she is travelling overseas frequently to ensure a good cooperation and optimized supply chain flows.
Director Supply Chain Management
Andreas has started his career as legacy system developer in banking IT, quickly developing into process and information flow topics. At Kotányi he concepted the central business intelligence solution and created approx. 1000 reports and analysis. With the implementation of SCM in 2008 he changed department to create effective supply chain control tools and lead internal projects. In 2013 he became Director Supply Chain Management. He is now in lead of customer service, logistics, supply chain operations, S&OP and business intelligence. Main responsibilities are reduction of lost sales, increasing goods availability, capacity management and enabling high operational stock.
Director, Supply Chain & Production
Production and Supply Chain Director with 19 years’ experience working at Blue chip fashion firms and in the present in a small Luxury fashion house – primarily in supply chain management: sourcing, procurement, production, supplier compliance, pricing strategy, payment cash flow strategy, cost negotiation, freight and duty costing knowledge.
Deputy Vice President Supply Chain UK/Ire + Benelux
Married with 4 boys aged 18, 7, 5, and 3 Angelo has a busy and rewarding home life and he has added to this by becoming a school governor at his son’s primary school.
As the global merger of Dorma and Kaba in the access solutions and security industry into Dormakaba starts to come to a close, change management and structural development are still important parts of his role as Vice President of Supply chain in the region UK/Ire and Benelux. With role responsibility across HSQE, Logistics, Assembly and Fabrication, Supply chain coordination and administration, Manufacturing engineering, order processing, permutations, Fleet, Facilities management and Procurement, Angelo finds his biggest challenge remains effective and productive time management but face to face interaction with people and fostering collaboration to drive strategy into performance remain his priority.
Supply Chain Director - Cargill Starches, Sweeteners & Texturizers
Global Chief Procurement Officer
I am leading Bunge Global Procurement since June 2018, I am based in Geneva (Switzerland). I joined Bunge in 2013 as BEMEA Procurement Director. Prior to Bunge I worked 2 years for ADM and almost 12 Years for ALCAN Rio Tinto in various positions. I relocated from France to Switzerland 13 years ago. I hold a Bachelors’s degree of International Marketing and initially studied Mechanical Engineering in France. I am married and father of 3 kids.
When I am not working, I enjoy hiking in my region (Valais) with my Family and friends, biking and Basketball.
Vice President, Strategic Business Development
David has thirty years’ experience of buying, implementing and selling supply chain solutions. He started working in project and program management within grocery, mass merchandise and department stores.
He spent years working with GS1, helping develop standards for retail and CPG upstream supply chain integration.
He recently joined Logistyx, the global multi-carrier parcel shipping specialist, after twelve years with Sterling Commerce and IBM, where he sold e-commerce and order management to enable omni-channel solutions for Europe's major retailers.
Dr Urbain Bruyere
Vice President EHS Pharma Supply Chain
Dr Urbain Bruyere is GSK vice president, environment, health and safety, pharma supply chain. He has spent most of his career developing global safety and operational risk improvement programmes across oil & gas and mining firms. Urbain began his career with BP managing onshore and offshore oil and gas operations.
After the Texas City refinery explosion, he was responsible for rolling out global programmes to improve the safety culture and to build leadership and technical capability at production sites. Before joining GSK, Bruyere led safety change management at Anglo-American, a major mining company. In 2013, he earned a BP-sponsored doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania researching how teams achieve both safety and efficiency by adapting to real-world complexity. He is a chartered engineer and a fellow of the Institute of Chemical Engineers.
Dr. Dirk Holbach
Corporate Senior Vice President, Global Supply Chain
Dr. Reinhard Schiebeler
Chief Transformation Officer & Deputy CEO
Dr. Reinhard Schiebeler is Chief Transformation Officer & Deputy CEO at EVAC Group in Helsinki and Partner at SchiebelerSchmuckerSpäth Consulting. Before he was 8 years at Glatfelter where he served as Vice President Operations & Supply Chain for the global business and was member of the senior executive team of the mother company P.H.Glatfelter, an US-stock listed speciality paper company. He served from 2009 until 2011 as Vice Chairman of the Board of VOSS of Norway. Previously, Mr. Schiebeler held various Director positions at Philip Morris where he worked for 15 years, managing the major international factories and serving in strategic positions in the international headquarter.
Dr.-Ing. Sebastian Gottschalk
Vice President, Supply Chain Strategy and Engineering
Dr.-Ing. Sebastian Gottschalk studied Mechanical Engineering at the RWTH Aachen in Germany and INSA de Lyon in France. He did his PhD studies on Production Engineering and obtained an Executive MBA title of the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland).
After working as leader of the business unit Production Management in industry consultancy and research at the RWTH Aachen he joined Beiersdorf AG in 2009. He took here the global responsibility for the production network development and Beiersdorf´s global production efficiency program and built and started-up the company’s biggest overseas facility in Mexico.
Today Sebastian is leading Beiersdorf’s Supply Chain Transformation and global Engineering overseeing the master planning and Capex program for the production network.
Head of Supply Chain, The Netherlands & Belgium
Global Head of Corporate Supply Chain Risk Management
Vice President Global Operations Services
Datwyler Sealing Solutions
Julia von Massow
Head of Global Inventory Management
Julia is the Head of Global Inventory Management at thyssenkrupp Aerospace, a division of thyssenkrupp Materials Services, and joined the company over 4 years ago.
In her role she is leading digitalisation projects globally such as the rollout of SAP S/4HANA modules across North America.
As a leader in supply chain operations and digitalisation she puts her focus on enabling change through continuous improvement of key processes and data-driven approaches.
After graduating at Masters level from the Kuehne & Nagel founded University of Logistics, she has dedicated her career to work across industries and supporting multinationals on their journey to optimise their supply chains through effective use of data analytics and digital tools. She is passionate about the aviation industry and wants to see supply chains advance to new heights driving down costs and increasing efficiencies through a more data-driven mindset.
Chief Operating Officer
Karsten studied Chemistry at TU Berlin and Yale University, USA. He has worked for over 25 years in the chemical industry, being based in Germany, USA and China. He is Chief Operating Officer for Beckers Group, a global industrial coatings company with production in 24 plants in 18 countries. He is responsible for production, EHS, procurement, supply chain management, IT, controlling, M&A, R&D coordination as well as communication. Past responsibilities include Sustainability and the American Coil Coating Business. He has previously worked for BASF, Degussa (now Evonik), Schering (now Atotech) and Exxon. Karsten is married and lives in Berlin.
Senior Director, Global Planning & Logistics
Luigi La Morgia
Vice President Manufacturing and Supply Chain
Head of Transport and Logistics Operations
Global Supply Chain Leader
Chief Operating Officer
Starting as finance consultant, advisor and then manager in early 2000’s, Maciej quickly turned his interests into supply chain – looking forward proved to be more interesting than reporting what already happened. Through a number of supply chain roles and geographies in Cedo, a £300m international FMCG business, he was offered a COO role in 2015 with full responsibility for manufacturing, supply chain and planning. All key operational decisions in Cedo revolve around S&OP process – and Maciej is keen to share his experience so that you benefit from success stories and avoid mistakes he has made over the years.
Group Director, IT and Logistics
20+ years experience in complex Supply Chains within a variety of different industries. Since 2015 Group IT & Logistics Director in Oberalp - a Sporting Goods company
Supply Chain and Logistics Director
Agromousquetaires – Groupe Intermarché
Olivier Jonard has 20+ years of experience in Supply Chain, acquired in various industrial companies, in FMCG (Nestlé Waters, Eckes Granini), but also in Luxury Goods, Retail (Pandora), Consulting (Deloitte) and Automotive (Renault). He has worked on 3 continents, most of the last 12 years in Germany.
He has a Passion for developing and leading teams and Individuals, transforming businesses through Supply Chain excellence concepts. He has demonstrated his talent for detecting and fixing weaknesses in a Supply Chain in order to deliver higher business value. He has proved his capabilities in running complex operations as well as ambitious Supply Chain projects. After 3,5 at Pandora Jewellery he went back to FMCG by joining Agromousquetaires, a French subsidiary of Intermarché producing private labels in 60+ factories, for a total revenue around €4 Billion.
Head of Supply Chain Development and Customer Service - Europe
I studied IT and Automotive Engineering in Romania. I joined Kraft Foods in 2004 and I completed GSC Exchange Program, including Procurement assignment in Russia, 2006.
In 2009 I started with BIC as CS Manager responsible for 4 countries in Eastern Europe. After relocating CS for Germany to Romania, I adventured in Sales as KAM, before returning in Supply Chain Russia 2013-2015. During my role there I completed the inhouse Executive Management Program from BIC.
Since 2015 I’m based in Paris, currently working on transforming CS, Logistics and Performance and introducing RPA technology in SC as pilot function within BIC. I began Management by Design - MBA Program with Strate School of Design and ESG Executive Education from Paris.
Senior Director of Logistics
With more than 25 years of production and distribution logistics experience Peter Dressler currently heads Infineon's Logistics within Supply Chain.
His international team manages the internal and external logistics network worldwide and drives the development of Infineon’s logistics strategies. Prior to his current position, Mr. Dressler had several supply chain positions within Infineon locally and abroad.
Before joining Infineon, Mr. Dressler collected broad industrial experience as partner in a consulting company specialized on production and distribution logistics. Mr. Dressler received his University degree in Business Administration at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany
Head of Corporate Transportation Department
Gryshchenko Platon has been involved in corporate tourism for about 15 years. Main professional interests: development and integration of control and analysis systems for procured services, OBT, satisfaction survey and formation of customer expectations, budget management.
Over the years, he has been involved in such related spheres as managing corporate air fleet, event management for large and VIP groups, supervising office construction and renovation projects. Worked with companies in medical, commercial and steel areas. He has two higher education.
Vice President, Procurement & Sustainability, Europe
Richard White is Vice-President for Procurement & Sustainability at AB InBev Europe, the world’s largest brewer. Richard joined AB InBev in 2001 having previously worked in Sales & Account Management roles with PepsiCo & Bass Brewers in the UK. After leading the On-Premise Trade Marketing team in France, Richard moved into AB InBev’s Global Procurement function in 2006 & spent the next 10 years leading a variety of strategic sourcing initiatives in Marketing & Commercial spend categories such as Media & Advertising, before being appointed to his current role in October 2016.
Richard is a UK citizen, holds an honours degree in Business Studies & French from the University of Plymouth, U.K, and currently resides in Brussels.
Inbound and Central Services Logistics Director
I left University and joined the NFC (National Freight Consortium) logistics graduate scheme, where I took my first management position as Contract Manager for NHS Yorkshire supplying items as diverse as tins of beans to prosthetic limbs.
I worked in BRS transport for a few years undertaking a diverse role managing 30 logistics contracts from car parts to parcel operators
I move in to Exel Logistics and has a role in Logistics Solution Design, before moving into a business development role.
I joined Arla in February 1998 as a Distribution Manager, where I undertook my Mba before moving in to a role in a Central Logistics function.
Consecutive roles as General Manager of Stratford RDC, then Stourton NDC for Arla leading in to a North Regional Operation role.
Following a merger of the North and South, I then took the role responsible for UK National Logistics Operations.
A reorganization enabled me to undertake the newly merged head of fleet and inbound operations role, and I have recently taken the additional responsibility for the Central Services Team.
Supply Chain Coordination Manager
Rob began working at Dormakaba after a mixed beginning to his working career, being made redundant twice before the age of 22. Starting work in the Order Processing department, Rob has continued to learn and develop with various Leadership Courses, Business Improvement Championing, a Foundation degree, and has recently graduating from studying a Master’s Degree in Logistics, Procurement, and Supply Chain Management. His role at Dormakaba has also developed where he is now Supply Chain Coordination Manager, his team is responsible for stock management across the business including over 140 Service Engineers, large specific supply projects, and managing suppliers from across the world across multiple sites. Rob lives local to Dormakaba in Tiverton with his Wife and has a passion for continuous improvement and engaging staff across the business.
Chief Quality Officer
Luke has spent over 16 years within the manufacturing sector, holding key leadership positions across many manufacturing organisations, responsible for delivering change management programmes, across multiple business sectors and industries, including pharma, aerospace and FMCG, along with having military leadership experience during his time in the Royal Air Force, as a tornado fleet specialist.
In his time, he has held roles as a technical director, Manufacturing manager, Project leader and transformation specialist, covering multi-million pound budget projects including, factory expansions, new product introductions, and industry4.0 technology introduction.
Luke is now the CEO and Founder of Volta, a group of change management experts, leading innovation through a new approach to change by prioritising people as the leaders of change and innovation.
Volta is built on the foundation that when employees feel more empowered, this ultimately leads to a better ability to deliver change within the organisation, by creating happier, inspired and more efficient teams within market leading manufacturing organisations.
Volta was built with a passion for shaping the future of the manufacturing industry, this ethos comes from a desire to build a self-sustain continuous improvement culture with every partner Luke works with.
Vice President Strategy & Offering Management
Jeanette Barlow is the VP of Offering Management and Strategy for Watson Supply Chain at IBM. She and her team bring to market AI-powered solutions that help today’s professionals build smarter, predictive and more transparent supply chains. Their industry-leading solutions deepen supply chain visibility, deliver seamless Omni-channel order management and fulfillment, optimize supplier data exchange and drive B2B operational efficiencies. Jeanette has a long history bringing industry firsts to market with Lotus, and later with IBM. She is a graduate of the Kenan-Flagler School of Business at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.