Confirmed Speakers for 2023

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Dr Michael Nikolaides

Senior Vice-President Production Network, Supply Chain Management

BMW Group

Dr Michael Nikolaides leads 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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Leon van der Merwe

Vice President of Supply Chain

Toyota Motor Europe

Born in Germiston, South Africa, Leon is a charismatic leader, with extensive experience within the Automotive Industry covering tier 1, 2 and 3 companies. He joined Toyota Motor Europe in 2014, assuming the role of Vice President of Supply Chain in 2019, in charge of inbound, outbound and service parts logistics. Leon is concurrently assigned as head of manufacturing support at the carmaker, adding the responsibility for production control to his role at the beginning of 2022. Prior to joining Toyota, Leon held leadership roles with Kwik Fit in South Africa (Managing Director) and First Stop Europe (Bridgestone) in Belgium (European Managing Director and Vice President of Retail Europe at Bridgestone Europe). He graduated in 1991 from Pretoria Technikon in Mechanical Engineering.


Sean Bricknell

Head of Global Inbound Logistics and Packaging

Volvo Cars

Sean Bricknell has led global inbound logistics and packaging at Volvo Cars since 2021, responsible for engineering and operations across both functions for Volvo Cars production in Europe, Asia and the US. He is also playing a key role in the carmaker’s global supply chain management transformation, including for digitalisation, sustainability and electrification. Prior to joining Volvo Cars, Bricknell was new business development manager for BLG Logistics in South Africa, having previously worked in various leadership positions at Schnellecke Logistics. He spent 18 years at General Motors in a range of logistics roles in engineering, planning and management in South Africa, Asia Pacific and North America.

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Henner Lehne

Vice President – Global Vehicle Forecasting, Automotive

S&P Global Mobility (formerly IHS Markit)

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.

Francisco Carranza, Automotive Cells Company

Francisco Carranza



Francisco Carranza leads strategy, sales and marketing, and a member of the executive committee for battery cell producer ACC, a venture between Stellantis, Mercedes-Benz and Saft. He is part of a new generation of leaders in the automotive industry, transitioning from working with diesel engines to working to transform the automotive industry into a fully electric and sustainable sector. He is passionate about fighting climate change and succeeding in the energy transition. During his career he has worked in vehicle R&D, external affairs, corporate planning and in managing new business opportunities such as connected services, electric vehicle grid integration (V2G, smart charging), renewable energy generation and stationary energy storage using second life vehicle lithium batteries. Francisco Carranza has two engineering degrees (Escuela Superior de Ingenieros of Sevilla and Ecole Nationale Superieur de Petrole et Moteurs) and an MBA (EM Lyon and Cranfield School of Management).

Peter Reinshagen Managing Director Ermewa SA

Peter Reinshagen

Managing Director


After graduating with an MBA in 1993, Peter Reinshagen began his career creating joint ventures for Faurecia in China and India and worked in consulting and building industry before joining GEFCO in 2002 as China Project Manager. In 2004, he became GEFCO Key Account Director for the automotive industry. In 2009, he was nominated GEFCO Project Director for the implementation of inbound and outbound supply chains, with a focus on rail for the PSA/Mitsubishi automotive plant project in Kaluga. After a two years general manager position in aerospace logistics, he joined Ermewa as Managing Director in 2016. Ermewa changed shareholders in 2021 to DWS and CDPQ and since is strongly pursuing growth opportunities in the railcar rental market in Europe.


Jean-François Salles

Global Vice President of Supply Chain

Renault Group

Jean-François Salles is a senior executive with over 25 years experience in automotive manufacturing, logistics and supply chain management. He currently leads Group Renault’s supply chain and logistics activities as Global Vice President of Supply Chain, a role he has held since 2020. Previously, Jean-Francois was Alliance Global Director of Supply Chain at Renault-Nissan -Mitsubishi for 5 years, and General Manager of Capacity Planning and Control at the Renault-Nissan Alliance between 2011 – 2015. He started his career with Renault Group in 1996 succeeding in numerous roles including Project Manager Trim and Chassis Logistics, Industrial Strategy Manager and Plant Quality Manager.
Jean-Francois was also President of GALIA between 2009-2014 and graduated from Ecole Centrale de Paris with a degree in manufacturing engineering in 1992.

Dieter Braun

Dieter Braun

Head of Supply Chain


Dieter Braun became Head of Audi Brand Logistics in May 2019, and from October that year took over responsibility for the newly established Supply Chain area. In this function, he manages cross-plant logistics processes, such as program planning, international logistics, pre-series logistics, and transport logistics. He is also responsible for the logistics planning and plant logistics functions of Audi globally.
After studying Industrial Engineering at the University of Karlsruhe (KIT), Dieter Braun began his career at Audi at the Neckarsulm plant in 1991. He has worked in vehicle steering and various tasks both within and outside of logistics, particularly in the area of cost optimisation and reorganisation, and later logistics planning at the Neckarsulm location. He then moved to Puebla, Mexico to work for Volkswagen de México, where he headed logistics planning and operative logistics. He returned to Neckarsulm as head of plant Logistics in 2005, and later took on implementation of the Audi Production System and industrial engineering. He moved in 2016 to Product Line Organisation, where he was responsible for all Audi vehicles with a transverse engine.

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Matthias Braun

Head of Logistics


Matthias Braun is responsible for developing the end-to-end logistics and supply chain network for PowerCo, the newly formed battery cell production division of the Volkswagen Group, which will establish gigafactories across Europe and in other regions, with locations already confirmed including the first at Salzgitter, Germany. Braun took on the role in January 2022 shortly after the company was formed, responsible for the logistics across battery cell production, including planning, network design, organisation and operational material flow and defining the digital support for all this. Prior to this, Matthias Braun was head of digitalisation and new concept development at Volkswagen Konzernlogistik (Group Logistics), which manages logistics across group brands, where he was responsible for implementing new technologies in supply chain management, including artificial intelligence and autonomous vehicles. He joined Volkswagen in 1999 and has worked within different logistic organisations of the VW Group in areas including pre-series logistics, order management, inbound logistics and network planning.


Ken Allen

Chairman of the Board


One of the most experienced logistics executives in the industry, Allen previously served 36 years with the Deutsche Post DHL Group in various roles and capacities including 13 years as member of the board and three years as the CEO of DHL eCommerce solutions. Best known for leading the global transformation of DHL Express for over a decade, Allen transformed the finances of the company from a loss-making subsidiary (2008 losses over $3bn) to profits in excess of €2bn by 2019. He is a published author on business transformation and an in-demand keynote speaker. He joined CNW in 2022, where his focus is on scaling the company and pursing a growth agenda in line with strong market demand.

Richard Campbell, Volvo Cars

Richard Campbell

Senior Director of Global Packaging

Volvo Cars

Richard Campbell joined Volvo Cars in 2022 in a newly created role leading the carmaker’s global packaging operations. He is responsible for driving strategic packaging design, commercial development and industrialisation, and all packaging related to the inbound transport of production parts to Volvo’s global plants. Campbell has rich experience in logistics and packaging across manufacturers, 3PLs and packaging companies, including commercial leadership roles at returnable packaging specialist Chep, and packaging manufacturers IPL Macro and MJ Solpac.

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Tony Byrne

Global Parts Logistics Operations Director

Jaguar Land Rover

Tony joined Jaguar Land Rover in 2016 to take full operational responsibility for JLR's global aftermarket logistics network. In this role, Tony is responsible for collections from suppliers, the master packing and storage facilities in the UK and China, the global freight network, Parts Distribution Centres in a further 16 countries including last mile deliveries to retail partners. In this time, he has led a number of major change projects delivering on JLR's strategy of a combined global logistics operation for both historic British brands, including the opening of five replacement facilities, deployment of new systems to a number of facilities and development of the business case for JLR’s new Global Parts Logistics Centre, currently under construction at Tamworth. This will consolidate 19 UK facilities into one new global facility, will operate using SAP EWM, and will be fully operational by the summer of 2024. Tony is currently building a new global organisation structure to build greater resilience, capability and capacity in the global logistics network, recognising the ongoing instability on the global supply chain and logistics markets. Prior to joining JLR, Tony worked for 18 years with Kuehne + Nagel, holding senior leadership and sales roles in both the contract logistics and international freight forwarding divisions.

Chris Godfrey, Volvo Cars

Christopher Godfrey

Head of Operations Planning and Logistics

Volvo Cars

Chris Godfrey’s automotive career spans 34 years, of which 30 were spent with Nissan, the last 10 years working within Alliance Logistics Europe (ALE), where he helped set up a successful outbound logistics engineering team with responsibility for network design and contracting of services for vehicle logistics. He joined Volvo Cars in Sweden as global head of outbound logistics operations in April 2020. More recently he took on dual roles as Acting Head of Supply Chain Management and Head of Operations Planning from May, which ended on October 1, 2022, when Volvo created a new Procurement and Supply Chain function within which Godfrey heads up the Global Logistics and Operations Planning teams.

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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 luxury 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.

Giulia Gherardi, Volvo Cars

Giulia Gherardi

Global Head of Outbound Logistics

Volvo Cars

Giulia Gherardi is responsible for Volvo Cars’ vehicle logistics across its global manufacturing and distribution operations. As one of the key leaders in the carmaker’s supply chain management team, she has a focus on outbound logistics strategy, global distribution network design, sourcing and digital transformation. She assumed her current role in May 2022 after leading other key functions in programme management, outbound logistics engineering and strategy for Europe and intercontinental and global planning and distribution transformation. She joined Volvo Cars in 2018 having previously worked at McKinsey & Company focused on supply chain transformation, and as head of supply chain for home and living ecommerce firm Westwing Home & Living. Originally from Italy, she has a degree in management engineering from the University of Bologna and an MsC from the Polytechnic University of Milan.

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Jean-Christophe Deville

Head of Production and Vehicle Logistics

Toyota Motor Europe

In mid 2021, JC took the head of the vehicle logistics operations for Toyota Motor Europe, in a context of sales growth for Toyota. He started his career in the mid90’s at an automotive Tier 1 supplier, with positions in Europe & China. Joining Toyota in 1999, he held positions in Purchasing, Product planning and Manufacturing. He strives to bring Toyota lean manufacturing methods to vehicle logistics and make vehicle logistic a competitive differentiator for Toyota.

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Étienne Jacob

Global Supply Chain Director

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.


Bettina Weiss

Chief of Staff & Corporate Strategy


As Chief of Staff & Corporate Strategy, Bettina Weiss reports to SEMI’s President & CEO and manages a broad portfolio of responsibilities. Major focus areas include advancing specific global strategic initiatives such as SEMI’s Smart Mobility and Supply Chain initiatives and SEMI University, facilitate thought leadership (Think Tanks) activities in key strategic areas as well as improving organizational efficiency, alignment and financial sustainability. In addition, Weiss is the Sr. Liaison to the SEMI Board of Industry Leaders, leading strategic partnerships and M&A activity, and supporting the President & CEO in successfully creating a highly effective, agile global association. Weiss joined SEMI in 1996 and held a variety of positions in SEMI’s International Standards department, including department lead, global responsibility for SEMI's Photovoltaic/Solar Business Unit, business development including the integration of SEMI Strategic Association Partners FlexTech, MEMS & Sensors Industry Group, ESD Alliance and the SOI Consortium. Prior to joining SEMI, Weiss worked in sales and marketing positions at Metron Semiconductor and Varian Semiconductor in Munich, Germany. She holds a BA from the International School for Applied Languages in Munich, Germany, and is a certified translator for Anglo-American Law and Economics.