Confirmed speakers for 2024

Oliver Bronder, Volkswagen Group Logistics


Oliver Bronder

Managing Director Vehicle Logistics, Volkswagen Group Logistics


Volkswagen Group


Oliver Bronder is a member of the board of Volkswagen Group Logistics (Konzernlogistik) and responsible for all vehicle logistics across new and used vehicles since June 2021. Prior to his current position, Oliver Bronder worked for more than 20 years at Porsche Group across roles that included programme and features planning and later as head of production management and logistics. Prior to his positions at Porsche, he worked as consultant for strategy and processes at Hewlett Packard and inhouse consultant for sales vehicle processes at BMW Group. Oliver gained first experiences in the family dealership business and started his professional career at Unilever as a trainee and project manager for SAP in 1993.

Anouck Arnaud, Mercedes Benz


Anouck Arnaud

Director of Worldwide Transport Logistics


Mercedes-Benz Group


Anouck Arnaud has led Mercedes-Benz Group’s global logistics since May 2022, with responsibility across the company’s supply chain for cars and vans, including six departments that cover inbound logistics, vehicle logistics, international supply and carrier management. She is playing an active role in leading the carmaker’s strategies for reducing emissions across logistics, and in digitalising more processes. Anouck Arnaud has been with Mercedes-Benz for many years in various purchasing and logistics role, including responsibility for procurement of contract logistics, as well as demand and capacity management for suppliers.

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Martina Graser

Director, MP&L

Ford Europe


Martina Graser has led Ford Europe’s logistics and production planning since September 2022, with key focus areas including transportation capacity management, supply chain disruption mitigation, logistics decarbonization and digital transformation. Martina has more than 27 years’ experience with Ford, starting her career in various financial roles before joining the material planning and logistics (MP&L) division in 2017. Prior to her current role, she led Ford Europe’s vehicle logistics and customs team, where she oversaw the strategic and operational preparations for Brexit. She graduated from the University of Passau with a degree in Business Economics.

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Dr Michael Nikolaides

Senior Vice-President Production Network, Supply Chain Management, Logistics

BMW Group


Dr Michael Nikolaides has led BMW Group’s logistics management since February 2022. He oversees all logistics functions as well as plant allocation and programme planning for the global production network. That includes long-term network design, packaging, responsibility for partner plants, overseas supply, vehicle distribution and supply chain digitalisation. He joined BMW in 2004 and has held roles across production, programme management and strategy, including most recently as senior vice-president for engines and electrified powertrains. Dr Nikolaides studied Physics at the Technical University of Munich and Harvard University in Boston, Massachusetts and holds a doctorate in Physics.

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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.

Jean-Marc Carlicchi, Renault Group


Jean-Marc Carlicchi

Vice-president, Supply Chain Engineering

Renault Group


Jean-Marc Carlicchi has more than 23 years’ experience across automotive supply chain, logistics, sales and operations planning (S&OP), packaging and manufacturing. Since November 2023, he took over global responsibility for supply chain engineering, which covers logistics network design, performance and costs for all parts and packaging logistics, vehicle logistics distribution, special supply chain projects, sustainability objectives and logistics centres. Jean-Marc Carlicchi was most recently vice-president of S&OP, steering supply chain during the Covid pandemic and semiconductor crisis. He also led manufacturing strategy, including optimising performance at French plants and as project leader for Renault Group’s electrification and recycling centres. He has held international assignments for Nissan and Renault in India, Spain and Romania. Earlier in his career, he spent two years working in Ghana for Total Logistics.

Torsten Mueller, Audi


Torsten Müller

Senior Director, Supply Chain International


AUDI AG


Torsten Müller is responsible for managing supply chain functions across Audi’s international logistics, such as programme management, coordination across CKD packaging sites in Europe and Mexico from inbound to outbound logistics and the complete oversea supply of parts and components for all Audi production plants. He’s held the role since January 2022, having previously led pre-series logistics and logistics operations at Audi at its Ingolstadt plant. Furthermore, he is the representative for international logistics of all brands at Volkswagen Group. Müller has more than 20 years’ experience across logistics planning, operations and supply chain roles at Audi, Lamborghini and Volkswagen Group, with a strong track record in optimisation, cost and quality improvements. After finishing his engineering degree, he started his career at a first tier supplier before moving to the Volkswagen Group.

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Martin Corner

Head of Supply Chain and Logistics


Aston Martin


Martin Corner took responsibility for Aston Martin’s supply chain management in May 2022. He is helping to shape a global, fully integrated organisation across the British premium carmaker as it expands operations and volume. He previously led Volvo Cars’ global supply chain management function, combining the global teams in operations planning and supply chain logistics, including inbound parts, outbound finished vehicles and aftersales. Prior to Volvo, Martin Corner was vice-president of supply chain management at Nissan Europe and led production control for the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance. He has more than 20 years of automotive experience.

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Michelle Carter

Supply Chain Director Europe, Asia and RSA


IAC Group


Michelle Carter is the Supply Chain Director for EU and Asia at IAC Group.  She joined the company and the automotive sector to lead and support the delivery of enhanced supply chain capability, expertise and strategic objectives across the European and Asia divisions.  Michelle has previously held roles of Supply Chain Director and Forecasting and Inventory Director and has managed supply chain teams across a diverse range of market sectors.  Michelle has an MS degree in Logistics and Supply Chain Management from Cranfield University and has been a long serving member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply and The Institute of Supply Chain Management.

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Levent Yuksel

Freight Operations Director


JLR


Levent Yuksel is responsible for JLR's inbound logistics and finished vehicle distribution operations across its global network. His scope involves parts collection and delivery for manufacturing, logistics network optimisation, packaging planning, finished vehicle delivery to global markets and dealers in certain regions. As the operational part of JLR’s Supply Chain Organisation, his role is key to ensure that parts are on time for production and the vehicles are delivered to the network as per customers’ expectation through seamless integration across the end-to-end supply chain in close partnership with logistics providers. Sustainability forms a basis for planning process starting from packaging planning until last mile to the customer. Yuksel has been with JLR since 2013 in central logistics functions. Prior to JLR, he worked at Toyota Turkey and Japan in production and logistics functions before leading inbound and outbound logistics for Toyota Motor Europe. He has a strong track record in continuous improvement, network efficiency and operations management.

Sabine Isenbort


Sabine Isenbort

Manager, Inbound Logistics Operations

Ford Europe


Sabine is an experienced logistics leader, with more than 20 years of service across various logistics roles and departments at Ford Europe. In 2022 she became Manager, Inbound Logistics Operations, and is responsible for inbound material flow for all European plants under costs, sustainability, digitalization, and collaboration objectives. Prior to this, she has overseen strategy development and operational implementation of Ford’s Total Logistics Costs Management & MP&L Sustainability, Overseas Business Logistics, and MP&L operations for Ford’s Engine Plant Cologne. She graduated from the University of Paderborn with a Masters in Business Studies.

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Fabio Castello

Chief Logistics Officer | Senior Vice President Logistics

TRATON GROUP | Scania Group


Fabio Castello is an accomplished Chief Logistics Officer with over 30 years of experience in the industry. Throughout his career, Fabio has led cross-functional teams across multiple geographies, driving efficiency and cost savings in complex supply chains. At Scania, Fabio developed his expertise in forecasting management, order and material control, logistics development, material planning, material handling, packaging, inbound and outbound. As a visionary leader, Fabio has built and led high-performing logistics teams. He has a keen understanding of the importance of cross-functional collaboration and has a track record of successfully leading international logistics operations across multiple geographies. Fabio holds an MSc degree in Automotive Engineering and an MBA. As a Chief Logistics Officer at Traton, Fabio continues to be a driving force in the automotive industry, dedicated to enhancing logistics efficiency and driving business growth for all brands in the group: Scania, MAN, Navistar and VW Truck & Bus.

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Étienne Jacob

Global Supply Chain Director – Intelligent Exterior Systems

Plastic Omnium


Étienne Jacob is responsible for global supply chain management and logistics across tier-1 supplier Plastic Omnium’s Intelligent Exterior Systems Division, overseeing logistics planning, packaging, digitalisation and in-plant logistics for more than 60 plants globally. He joined Plastic Omnium in 2021, where he has been expanding the supplier’s logistics team and setting out its supply chain strategy. Étienne previously worked more than 20 years at PSA Group and then Stellantis, where he took on increasingly senior roles across supply chain engineering, transport and packaging; he most recently led supply chain activities for Opel/Vauxhall. Étienne Jacob has a degree in manufacturing, engineering and supply chain from INSA Lyon in France.

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Sónia Santos

Vice President Worldwide Manufacturing


Robert Bosch Power Tools , GmbH


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Heiko Gierhardt, JLR


Dr. Heiko Gierhardt

Director Material Fulfilment, Industrial Operations


JLR


Since June 2022, Heiko Gierhardt has been responsible for supply across JLR’s material fulfilment operations, including analysing and forecasting status and requirements, and driving cross-functional solutions together with supply chain stakeholders to confirm supply levels for all plants, sales and operations planning (S&OP) and sales and operations execution (S&OE). He has been with JLR since 2018 in a variety of purchasing roles for vehicle programmes. Prior to JLR, Heiko Gierhardt held various roles in supplier quality, model launch and delivery services for Porsche, Schaeffler and Volkswagen. He has also held roles as an associate professor for lean management at the University of Technology, Berlin and as visiting lecturer in automotive launch management at Trinity College Dublin.

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Christine Krathwohl

VP Global Business Development

FreightVerify


Christine has over 25 years of experience in logistics, supply chain and purchasing and prior to joining FreightVerify held progressively responsible roles at Cooper Standard, Jack Cooper Holdings, General Motors and Ford. Christine, who has an executive master’s degree in business administration and a bachelor’s degree in materials and logistics management from Michigan State University, was named in the Automotive News 100 Leading Women in the North American Automotive Industry list in 2015. She is actively involved in a number of charitable causes, including being a co-founder of shoe distribution organisation, Lace Up Detroit.

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Dr. Stefan Kremsner

CEO

s2 data & algorithms GmbH


As an entrepreneur, Dr. Stefan Kremsner has been responsible for the development of industrial projects around algorithms & software for optimization, data analytics and blockchain applications since 2010 and led research teams around artificial intelligence and stochastic optimization. As a lecturer, speaker and networker, Dr. Kremsner brings modern mathematical research into industrial applications and operational processes. Together with Dr. Stefan Lendl, the two mathematicians from Graz founded the startup "s2 data & algorithms GmbH" out of an exciting transport optimization project of an automotive supplier in 2020. Dr. Kremsner studied at the Graz University of Technology and holds a PhD in mathematics from the Karl-Franzens University of Graz, specializing in stochastic optimization and machine learning for high-dimensional problems. Dr. Kremsner is still an active researcher and lecturer in mathematics in addition to his work as managing director of s2.

Iza Kalinska


Iza Kalinska

Logistics & Distribution Lead


JLR


Iza Kalinska is an experienced logistics professional and an emerging voice in the automotive industry. Throughout her career she has focused on building strong efficient networks, ensuring timely deliveries, and motivating teams towards excellence. She has a demonstrable commitment and enthusiasm for the EV sector, whereby her work involves strategic collaborations with start-ups and OEM’s, emphasizing operational efficiency and empowerment to achieve more. A key part of her role is fostering positive and diverse workplace cultures and championing the involvement of women in logistics and supply chain management. Having graduated from Brunel University with a degree in Intelligence and Security Studies, Iza brings a unique analytical perspective to the automotive industry, driven by the goal of constantly improving and reshaping the industry, using her voice to make a tangible difference.

Thomas Blank VP EMEA


Thomas Blank

Vice President, EMEA

CNW


Thomas joined CNW in 2021, bringing with him four decades of experience in international logistics. He has previously worked at prominent freight forwarding companies, such as Panalpina, UTi, Geodis, and Kerry Logistics. His roles have spanned worldwide, but he has recently re-settled in Frankfurt. At CNW, Thomas is in charge of the EMEA region, using his vast knowledge to lead the operations, sales, and account management teams in the area. He has always had a passion for aviation and air cargo. And, outside of the office, Thomas enjoys vintage cars and motorsports.

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Adam Jones

Director of Sector Strategies

Unipart Group


Adam is an experienced Sales & Marketing Director with a career spanning over 15 years with over 10 years in supply chain globally. With a focus on supply chain reliance and managing accelerated growth within organisations Adam and Unipart are ideally situated to present to us today on how they can help in leading the way in the industry and how they could potentially help with the volatile situations we face and especially in global supply chain.

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Rainer Kiefer

Executive Vice President, Global Head of Sales

DB Schenker


Dr. Rainer Kiefer is EVP Global Head of Sales for DB Schenker. Rainer joined DB Schenker in 2016 as EVP Contract Logistics and Supply Chain Development. His responsibilities comprised business development, solution design, innovation, marketing, contract management, global operations for top accounts, and CL strategy. Before joining Schenker he was CEO of CYBERPORT, a German E-Commerce player, with some 700 Mio in revenues and 700 employees. CYBERPORT is part of BURDA, a German Media and E-Commerce conglomerate. Prior to his CEO role he held various MD and board roles within BURDA’s E-Commerce arm. He started his career at McKinsey where he focused on logistics and retail as a junior partner. Rainer studied economics and statistics in London, Munich and Florence.

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Roman Noack

Co-founder & CEO


HELROM GmbH


Roman Noack is Co-Founder & CEO of Helrom GmbH, a rail freight and technology company based in Frankfurt, Germany. He has over 20 years of experience in the transport and mobility industry. As Senior Vice President Production Development he led the work at DB Cargo to become a fully scheduled rail operation including the necessary IT systems. Prior to this role, he was Managing Director of Cobra, a rail operations company jointly owned by DB Cargo and Lineas. Since founding Helrom in 2018, Noack and his team are building a new form of intermodal transport for the 21st century. With globally patented freight car technology and an extremely reliable operating model, Helrom today enables logistics to switch between road and rail in a truly barrier-free way for the first time - without major investments in loading terminals and close to the customer or production plant.

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Markus Ramirez

Managing Director Global Sales – Automotive Solutions


FedEx


Markus Ramirez is Managing Director for Global Automotive Sales at FedEx since 2015. He and his team support European-headquartered automotive OEMs and large suppliers with customised logistics solutions for prototyping, inbound to production, and aftermarket. Managing one of the largest global logistics portfolios within FedEx, Markus focuses heavily on digital solutions and sustainability. Prior to joining FedEx, Markus served as Vice President Sales and Marketing at Portica, Sales Director at Rhenus Logistics, Sales Director at Cendris, Vice President at Arvato, and Localization Engineer at Microsoft. He holds a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Cologne University of Applied Sciences and an MBA from Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences.

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Kay Lemcke

Chief Operating Officer

Sallaum Lines Switzerland SA


In 2012, Kay Lemcke started with Sallaum Lines Germany as Managing Director. In January 2023, he was appointed COO of Sallaum Lines Switzerland SA. Networking within the shipping industry over 25 years, Kay adds in-depth industry experience in the liner business, including chartering and sale & purchase of vessels.

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Andreas Enger

CEO


Höegh Autoliners


Andreas Enger takes the position as CEO of Höegh Autoliners in September 2020. He joined Höegh Autoliners as CFO in September 2019. He is currently Chairman of Posten Norge AS (the Norwegian Postal Service). Until July 2019, he was a Partner at Deloitte holding roles as Head of Financial Advisory in Norway, Nordic lead of Monitor Deloitte and Chief Strategy Officer of Deloitte Nordic. He has previously served as Chief Financial Officer of Norske Skog ASA, Executive management group member in charge of strategy and M&A at Petroleum Geo-Services ASA, Chairman & CEO of Peterson Packaging and Partner of McKinsey & Co. Andreas holds a MSc in Engineering Cybernetics from NTNU in Trondheim, Norway, and a MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France.  

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Gabriel Werner

Global Field CTO


Blue Yonder


Gabriel Werner is Global Field CTO at Blue Yonder. He is an expert in supply chain management, automation and artificial intelligence in the supply chain. With his team, he covers the entire value chain in supply chain management, from planning to control. Gabriel Werner helps customers from industrial manufacturing and logistics to digitize their supply chains.  Prior to his currently role, he held the position as Vice President Manufacturing for the DACH Region and Vice President of Solutions Advisory for Blue Yonder in the EMEA region.     He joined Blue Yonder in April 2011 as a senior solutions advisor helping companies improve their supply chain performance through the use of technology. He progressed through various roles and was promoted to vice president in 2018. Prior to joining Blue Yonder, he was a senior business consultant for Infor.       When asked about his business philosophy, Gabriel likes to say: “Do it by the book but be the author.” Gabriel believes the time invested in deeply understanding a customer’s needs yields the highest return. That is why he and his team take the time to really understand the issues facing a customer before recommending solutions to solve those needs. It’s that attitude that earned him an invite to Blue Yonder’s annual reward trip for sales and those making an impact on sales called Club, in 2015 and again in 2020.      Gabriel has a Diplom degree (Dipl. Wirtsch.-Ing. – a five-year degree similar to a master’s level) in industrial engineering from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Karlsruhe, Germany. He is a member of the nonprofit association BVL (Bundesvereinigung Logistik), which aims to promote an awareness for the importance of logistics and supply chain management in industry, science and the public sphere.    Gabriel lives in Munich, Germany, with his wife and their two children). During his free time, he enjoys fly fishing and creating the perfect barbecued meal.  

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Jaroslaw Maszczak

Senior Vice President


RPM Europe


Jaroslaw Maszczak began at RPM 3.5 years ago and as Senior Vice President, he plays a key role in RPM’s growth. He has over 13 years of automotive logistics experience, studied international relations at Nicolaus Copernicus University, and is a graduate of the ECG Academy earning his certificate in Automobile Logistics Management. Using his experience in finished vehicle logistics, he oversees both the Operations department and the Carrier Department. He is passionate about maintaining great relationships with customers, business partners, and his team members. Characteristics like his assertiveness and motivation make him an agile leader who is always striving to reach his goals.  

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Andreea Serbu

Senior Manager External Affairs


ECG


Andreea Serbu joined ECG – The Association of European Vehicle Logistics in 2019. Before that, she graduated in International Relations at the Ca’ Foscari University in Venice and moved to Brussels for a traineeship at the Council of the European Union. At ECG, she started as Research and Projects Manager managing joint working groups between ECG Members and car manufacturers on topics such as capacity, health and safety and sustainability and was responsible for the organisation of some ECG events like the Eastern Regional and the ECG Academy Alumni meetings. Since May 2022, Andreea is Senior Manager External Affairs and focusses on fostering the association's relations with members, partners and the industry while staying responsible for the sustainability working group and its main project on standardisation of emissions reporting and calculation in automotive supply chains.

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Henner Lehne

Vice President – Global Vehicle Forecasting, Automotive

S&P Global Mobility


Henner Lehne is vice president of Global Vehicle Forecasting for the Automotive team at S&P Global Mobility (formerly IHS Markit). He manages the global vehicle sales and production forecast services and leads an experienced analyst team in each of the world's key automotive regions. Since December 2011, he has also managed the global vehicle production team. He first joined in 2005 in what was then CSM Worldwide, and became global director for the vehicle sales forecast service in 2008, a position he maintained after the merger of CSM and Global Insight, which later became part of IHS Markit. He previously worked in the central marketing department at Porsche in Stuttgart, Germany. Henner Lehne holds a degree in international business and marketing from Fontys University of Professional Education in the Netherlands.

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Luiz Solia

Vice President, Industry Principal

Kinaxis


Luiz Solia a Vice President, Industry Principal at Kinaxis. He is passionate about collaborating with global enterprises in the creation and execution of their vision for an optimized and sustainable supply chain, through digital enablement. He has extensive experience architecting and deploying complex Supply Chain Management solutions for Fortune Global 500 companies and driving exceptional business improvements. He has a proven track record in leading large cross-functional and cross-organizational teams towards the successful deployment of global, transformational digital enablement projects and is responsible for the master design and incubation of innovative and effective software products.

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Dennis Feddern

Head of yard and Workshop Solutions

INFORM


Dennis Feddern is active for INFORM since 2014. With a background in Mathematics, he is looking back to several years of implementing logistics software in many productions facilities in the automotive industry. Dennis focuses on the Vehicle Logistics sector since 2019 and was recently appointed Head of Yard- and Workshop Solutions. It is his passion to design solutions that use mathematical algorithms and AI to handle the complex challenges of our industry. His motivation is to see the impact, satisfaction and resilience that mathematics can give us.

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Nurettin Erdogan

Automotive Vertical Head Europe

CEVA Logistics


Nurettin Erdogan has been working in the field of automotive logistics for 25 years, the last 20 years with CEVA Logistics. He has held various positions, mainly in the field of business development and in different countries such as France, Turkey, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic. He now lives in Belgium, and he is responsible for some CEVA Logistics's automotive customers in Europe. He has extensive experience in the design, development, and implementation of supply chain projects both inbound and outbound flows of car manufacturers and suppliers.

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Carola Krause

Senior Product and Business Development Manager EMEA

TES Sustainable Battery Solutions


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Ahmed Abdelhalim

BU Manager – Industrial IoT

ALPS ALPINE


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Julian Schulcz

Chief Operating Officer

4flow


Julian Schulcz is Chief Operating Officer at 4flow and is responsible for 4flow management worldwide. He has been with the company since 2004, starting at 4flow consulting, where he gained several years of consulting expertise. In 2010, he began to build up 4flow’s 4PL business and, with his team at 4flow management, has created a global business that sets new standards in the 4PL industry. Under Julian’s leadership, 4flow management has achieved an average growth rate of approximately 25% per year.

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Daniel Harrison

Automotive Analyst

Automotive Logistics & Ultima Media


Daniel Harrison is an automotive analyst at Ultima Media, providing business intelligence insight across the three main brands Automotive Manufacturing Solutions, Automotive Logistics, and Car Design News. Daniel has over 15 years of experience as a market analyst, economist, writer, and industry commentator.

Daniel produces a wide range of insightful industry analysis including market reports, whitepapers, forecasts, databases, presentations and news commentary across a broad range of automotive issues including the automotive logistics market, electric vehicles, Gigafactories & the battery supply chain, production / sales forecasting, powertrain forecasting, CO2 regulation / targets, sustainability in supply chains, interior design trends & surveys, automotive manufacturing surveys, and finished vehicle logistics (FVL) surveys.

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Greg Slawson

Senior Vice President, Global Accounts, Automotive Vertical

DSV


Greg brings nearly 30 years of senior automotive experience at OEM, tier one and logistics service provider level. He has also worked as a supply chain consultant for a big four consultancy and as CEO of a clean technology company. Greg’s deep and broad experience of the sector gives him a unique perspective on the automotive industry and the challenges we face. Based in Detroit, Greg works globally and across products to support DSV’s automotive verticals solutions offering.