2024 Speakers

Gerardo de la Torre


Gerardo de la Torre

Regional Senior Director, Supply Chain Management USA and MEX

Nissan Group of North America


Gerardo de la Torre is an experienced automotive supply chain executive with extensive experience leading Nissan’s regional and global supply chain and manufacturing operations. He is currently responsible for leading supply chain improvements, innovation and digitalisation across supply chain management functions in North America, including the carmaker’s digital action plan. De la Torre recently led Nissan Americas Semiconductor Supply Crisis Management Strategy enabling incremental production volume during the severe global supply crisis, receiving the 2021 Global Nissan President Special Award in recognition of his leadership and his teams’ contribution. Since joining Nissan in 1989 he has successfully implemented global innovations, improvements and strategies across new model launches in Mexico, Brazil and USA, dealer and manufacturing order-to-delivery and vehicle allocation in the Americas markets, and global sales planning and car flow management in Japan. In 2015 Gerardo also received the Global Nissan-Renault Alliance SCM Innovation award in Paris.

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Ed Stachowski

Director, Data Science & Machine Learning, Supply Chain Analytics

Ford


Ed Stachowski is a Supply Chain expert with an impressive track record spanning over 25 years, particularly excelling in analytics-driven strategies. His expertise extends into the nuanced realm of strategic sourcing, where he employs data-driven insights to make informed decisions, optimizing supplier relationship management and minimizing risks. Within the realm of lean manufacturing,
Ed's analytical prowess is harnessed to dissect processes, identifying areas for improvement and implementing data-driven methodologies to eliminate waste and enhance productivity.
His insights extend into Cost and Risk management, where he leverages analytics to strike an optimal balance, minimizing total material costs while ensuring minimal disruptions in supply. In the sphere of new technology development, Ed's analytical mindset comes to the fore as he evaluates emerging technologies, identifying opportunities to integrate innovative solutions that enhance operational agility and competitiveness. His commitment to cost optimization is deeply rooted in data analysis, allowing him to identify inefficiencies and implement targeted measures to drive financial efficiency.
Ed's proficiency in supply chain processes and data integration, ensure that information flows seamlessly across systems, fostering a unified and streamlined operational environment.  Ed's commitment to business integration is underscored by his analytical acumen, aligning disparate systems and processes to create a cohesive and synergistic whole. Throughout his career, Ed Stachowski has been a visionary leader in supply chain analytics, using data-driven decision-making to propel organizations to new heights of efficiency and competitiveness with Billions of Dollars of business value delivered to Ford Motor Company.

Chandan Trehan


Chandan Trehan

Lead, Digital Supply Chains and Logistics

Bosch North America



Chandan leads the digital supply chain and logistics service line for Bosch, where he is responsible to build sustainable, resilient, and efficient supply chain solutions harnessing the power of “Digital”. He is recognized as Top 50 global thought leaders at Thinkers 360. His insights have been highlighted in prominent publications such as NASSCOM, Data quest, Efficient Manufacturing, Toolbox.com, among others, where he explores the role of technology in addressing practical logistics and supply chain problems.

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Becca Adam

Product Line Manager, Material and Vehicle Logistics IT

Ford Motor Company


In her current role, Becca has global responsibility for Ford's IT landscape across inbound material and vehicle logistics, covering the scope of yard management, transport management, freight payment and logistics visibility systems. Her team is focused on cloud modernisation and building data centric, shared architecture across supply chain and manufacturing systems. She has more than eight years of experience across a variety of material logistics, packaging, vehicle logistics, product and IT management. After starting her career at Ford, she spent two years in consulting at Deloitte before joining Rivian, where she led logistics IT and system integration and logistics product management across transport and yard management as the company launched their first vehicle. Becca Adam has a Bachelors of Science in Operations Management from The Ohio State University.

Skotti Fietsam


Skotti Fietsam

Senior Vice President Supply Chain

Accuride



Since October 2021, Skotti has been responsible for Accuride’s global activities in the areas of procurement and strategic sourcing, logistics and distribution, supplier quality and development. She is a member of the Company’s Executive Committee and reports to the Board and President/CEO.
At Accuride, Fietsam has navigated a global supply chain freight shortage, unprecedented fluctuations in raw material and significant cost increase diversions.
Fietsam began her supply chain career at Chrysler where she worked in Finance, Purchasing, Supplier Quality and IT. She progressed onto BorgWarner as a strategy manager for the Global Supply Management team. She was responsible for setting the sourcing strategy for 61 plants across the globe. She was then first appointed to be a Plant Manager at a new site near Sao Paulo, Brazil and then to lead a larger plant ($110M) in Guadalajara, Mexico with customer base including Ford, Nissan, VW, and GM.
Immediately prior to joining Accuride, Fietsam served as Senior Operations and then Product Manager in IT Supply Chain at Amazon. She was responsible for developing mechanisms that decreased customer delivery time by automating supply chain process for procuring and delivering IT equipment over $1.2 billion spent annually across 3200 sites globally.

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Alex Murray

Senior Manager, Global Supply Chain Management, Metal Forming Division

American Axle Manufacturing


Alex Murray leads supply chain functions within the metal forming division at American Axle Manufacturing (AAM), which includes over 40 plants supplying automotive OEMs and tier-1 suppliers. Based at the AAM headquarters in Michigan, Alex supports inventory management, forecasting and tracking, sales and operations planning, as well as providing guidance and leadership to plant supply chain teams. In this role, he also helps define and meet the supply chain KPI’s for the metal forming plants. Alex has more than 10 years’ experience within supply chain and operations, having held various corporate and plant roles in the automotive industry. He has a degree in operations management and marketing, from the University of Michigan – Dearborn.

Ricardo Manzanera


Ricardo Manzanera

Americas Purchasing Logistics - Transport Director

Forvia


Ricardo is the Americas Purchasing Logistics – Transport Director at Forvia, the world’s seventh largest automotive technology group following the merger of Faurecia and HELLA. He is responsible for purchasing logistics – transport across the Americas including North America & South America for Seating, Interiors, Clean Mobility, Electronics and Lighting.
Prior to his current role, Ricardo had a similar role at Faurecia where he established the Purchasing Commodity Transport Group across North America including for clean mobility, interiors and seating. His mission for developing this group was to drive the transformation in purchasing transport by creating state-of-the-art processes, improving procurement activities, creating value by sustainable productivities, harmonizing commercial practices, and digitalizing the procurement-supply chain.
Before Faurecia, he had various role at Siemens over 12 years (in Germany and USA) culminating as Director of North America Supply Chain-Logistics, where he set up a new supply chain – logistics department in the US with a focus on processes, performance, and strategic development with 12 manufacturing locations. He drove the modern supply chain logistics set up, including Digital Inventory Management, Source Processes Digitalisation and Modern Transport Management.
Ricardo holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial and System Engineering from the Universidad Autonoma de Ciudad Juarez with Thesis on Development of Hybrid Problem Solving Method combining Kepner-Tregoe & Shainin. 





ALSC Digital Strategies Europe 2023 Speakers

Michael Ströbel


Michael Ströbel

Vice-President of Process Management, Digitalisation in Production

BMW Group


Since summer 2023, Michael Ströbel is vice-president for process management and digitalisation in the production division of the BMW Group. He oversees digital and IT support across production and logistics, including responsibility for the development and global rollout of a new SAP S/4 Hana logistics template and a new digital shopfloor initiative for all manufacturing sites. He returned to BMW’s headquarters in Munich after five years heading up BMW Group IT in the Americas Region, based in Plant Spartanburg, South Carolina. In his 20 years at the BMW Group, Michael Ströbel also headed the in-house production and purchasing function for reinforced carbon fibre plastics, was responsible globally for painted body logistics planning, and served as the IT Manager for the UK manufacturing operations. Prior to joining BMW, Michael was an IT consultant for Accenture in Germany and a staff member at the IBM Research Zurich Labs in Switzerland. He graduated from the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland with a Ph.D. in Information Management.

Paulina Chmielarz, JLR


Paulina Chmielarz

Industrial Operations Digital and Innovation Director JLR

JLR


Since summer 2023, Paulina Chmielarz is responsible for driving technology and process transformation across JLR’s Industrial Operations (IO) department, which includes manufacturing, supply chain and procurement. In the new role, which reports directly to executive director of IO Barbara Bergmeier, Chmielarz leads a workstream focused on accelerating technological, connectivity and automation across processes, from cloud systems to business process automation to product lifecycle management. She most recently was Manufacturing Business Office Director at JLR, where she has played leading roles in industrial strategy, systems and planning, make/buy decisions, and in-plant logistics operations. She has been instrumental in JLR’s digital manufacturing strategy, including the implementation this year of a cloud-based ERP, with the rollout of SAP S/4Hana across all UK operations. She has been with JLR since 2016, during which time she has played key roles in Jaguar Land Rover’s global production and logistics processes, systems and engineering. She was essential in developing JLR’s material and logistics flows for its plant in Nitra, Slovakia, and later held roles in defining business processes and manufacturing systems. She has previously worked in a variety of industries including machining, medical equipment, electronics and automotive, including for a tier-1 suppliers and Chinese OEM Qoros. She graduated from Wroclaw University of Technology, Poland, in 2008 with a double Master’s Degree in mechanical engineering.

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Frank Göller

Head of Digital Production & Processes and Vice-President Internationalisation, Catena-X

Volkswagen Group


Since 2019, Frank Göller been entrusted with the main task of designing and controlling group-wide digitisation activities in production and logistics. The overarching goal is orchestrating the conversion of IT architecture and the value-added processes towards achieving autonomous, continuously networked and digitally planned production. Before joining Volkswagen Group in 2019, Frank Göller held various management positions in industry and consulting and set up his own start-up in the field of ‘green energy’. For him, digital change in companies is essential and, above all, can only be implemented in the triad of people, processes and products.
Since May 2021, he has also been an active member of Catena-X Association, the shared data group for the automotive industry, currently serving as vice-president internationalisation, as a representative of Volkswagen Group to support the automotive industry's shared vision of end-to-end data chains and a collaboratively used data ecosystem

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Jean-Christophe Deville

Vice President of Supply Chain

Toyota Motor Europe


Since summer 2023, Jean-Christophe (JC) Deville has been vice-president of supply chain for Toyota across Europe, responsible for inbound, vehicle logistics and service parts logistics, along with production control and supply chain planning and engineering processes, as well as digitalisation strategy across TME. JC was previously responsible for production parts and vehicle logistics, and he led vehicle logistics for the carmaker since 2021, taking the reins at a time of strong sales growth for Toyota. JC started his career in the mid 1990s at an automotive Tier-1 supplier, with positions in Europe and China. He joined Toyota in 1999, holding positions in purchasing, product planning and manufacturing. He strives to bring Toyota lean manufacturing methods across supply chain and logistics and to make the supply chain a competitive differentiator for Toyota.

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Alexandre Lerma

Manager of Logistics, Customer Driven Supply Chain

SEAT


Alexandre Lerma Martin is an industrial engineer, master in production management and master in business administration from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. He completed his last university course and his thesis in the Technische Universität München. He has developed his professional career mainly at SEAT S.A where he has worked for 13 years. He started as a logistics innovation project manager, production and logistic planning manager, fast lane process manager for production, supply chain customer order process manager for sales. He is also the co-author of several data science papers. He currently holds the position of Customer Driven Supply Chain manager, as the responsible for the supply chain digitalization and the design of the customer order process for new models.

Dr Birgit Boss


Dr Birgit Boss

Senior Expert Digital Twins and Standardization, Bosch, and Board Member of the Industrial Digital Twin Association (IDTA)

Bosch


Dr. Birgit Boss is a driving force in many committee and standardization activities around Platform Industry 4.0, digital twins and Industrial IoT. She is a Board Member of the Industrial Digital Twin Association (IDTA) and chairs the Working Group on "Open Technology". Since open source is getting more and more important, she is also a member of the Project Management Committee of the Eclipse Digital Twin Top Level Project. Additionally, Dr Boss was the Product Owner and is currently the Working Group Lead in Catena-X, the first collaborative, open data ecosystem for the automotive industry - for the topic of semantics, digital twins and data modelling. Her areas of expertise include Digital Twins and Industry 4.0/Smart Manufacturing, Software Architecture, Software Product Line Development, Software Ecosystems, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Connected Industry, Continuous Refactoring, Process Development, Standardization, Open Source and AUTOSAR.

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René Deist

Chief Digital Officer

ZF Friedrichshafen AG


Dr. René Deist studied Mathematics and Economics as well as Computer Science at the Ruhr University of Bochum. He did his diploma in Mathematics and doctorate research in Computer Science. From 2001 to 2020, he held various positions as chief information officer (CIO) and chief digital officer (CDO) in different global enterprises to lead digital transformation, including senior roles at major automotive suppliers, including Bosch and Faurecia. Since 2021, he has been CDO, Senior Vice President at ZF Friedrichshafen AG. With more than 20 years’ experience, Dr. Deist is competent in all business IT aspects. He manage worldwide organisation’s across ZF’s global footprint, focusing on strategy and business value of IT, and driving digital transformation.

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Dr Gisela Linge

Vice President Global Logistics

Autoliv


Dr Gisela Linge is currently leading the transformation to a more digital and resilient supply chain at Autoliv, a world leading tier-1 supplier in automotive safety systems. She is responsible for driving digitalisation, aligning standards and logistics processes globally as well as driving the Scope 2 and 3 emission reduction activities and targets across the entire supply chain. Prior to joining Autoliv in 2023, she gained extensive experience during 15 years in top international companies such as McKinsey, Deloitte, Webasto and BMW. Dr Linge has led large cross-functional projects and has a passion for strategies and transformations, and as an experienced automotive SCM leader, she continues to combine strategic expertise with operational excellence to drive digital transformations.

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Pieterjan Landuyt

Head of Supply Chain Management and Procurement Digital

Volvo Cars


Since September 2022 Pieterjan Landuyt is product area lead for across Volvo Cars’ global supply chain management and procurement, including the sourcing and implementation of procurement digital tools, order management and planning, inbound, vehicle logistics customs, service parts, ERP, data and analytics. He also the line manager for a team of directors for digital sales and operations planning (S&OP) and leads development and operations organisation, including budget and roadmap owner for digital deliverables in supply chain and procurement. Landuyt has been with Volvo Cars since 2014 in a variety of logistics and IT roles, including leading business IT projects across vehicle logistics, as senior product manager for car distribution and customers and as product manager for global supply chain logistics digitalisation across in-plant logistics, inbound, customers, customers, outbound and service parts. He has previously worked in production planning in aerospace and steel wiring manufacturers.

Birgit Fuchs Infineon


Birgit Fuchs

Vice President Supply Chain Automotive

Infineon Technologies


In her current role as Vice President Supply Chain Automotive, Birgit leads on the supply chain and production, life cycle management, customer service and transfer and conversion management. She started her career as an international graduate within Siemens & Infineon in Corporate Purchasing, before moving onto positions in procurement, logistics and supply chain. Birgit has a strong focus on operational excellence, process and project management with a key focus on the digitalization of supply chain and manufacturing. As well as her broad leadership experience in supply chain integration, she has an acute focus on people management, communication and organizational transformation.

Ekaterina Serban


Ekaterina Serban

Head of Cybersecurity and Privacy

Bosch


Ekaterina Serban has more than 16 years’ experience in Information Technology (IT) and global operation with focus on B2B and B2C businesses, data protection, cybersecurity and digital transformation and building ecosystems. She is a global leader with solid data and IT governance and business experience, having worked in the USA, Mexico, China, India, Malaysia, Turkey, UK, Germany, and Russia. She has extensive experience in strategic transformation towards modern digital, compliance and IoT organization, building privacy and cybersecurity governance, risk management and operational resilience frameworks. Serban is an expert speaker on cybersecurity, privacy, digital transformation, and women in technology industry and she is an International Partner (Germany) in the Grand Assembly of the World Business Angels Investment Forum (WBAF).

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Lars Baumann

Ambassador China

International Data Spaces Association


Lars Bäumann is an industry veteran with more than 40 years’ experience in the automotive industry in Germany, Mexico and the Slovak Republic, mostly in leading roles for the Volkswagen Group in production, logistics and IT. This included the IT responsibility for production, logistics and plants worldwide. Since the end of 2021 Lars Bäumann is located in Shanghai, where he is ambassador for the International Dataspaces Association (IDSA) – a users association dedicated to gaining value from data – and the chapter chairperson of BVL, the German Logistics Association (Bundesvereinigung für Logistik). Recently, he has also become closely involved in activities for China for Catena-X, the shared data ecosystem initiative for the automotive industry.

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