John Hicklin
Technology and Internet of Things Expert
PA Consulting

Over 27 years experience in the IT and telecoms sectors with roles across sales and marketing, product management and consultancy. Held positons on both the industry and supply side, defining innovative services, go to market strategies and business development. Successfully lead teams in large complex organisations achieving results through a collaborative approach with internal colleagues, partner, and client organisations.

Currently engaged in working with our clients to help them benefit from the Internet of Things technologies and analytics as part of a Digital Transformation strategy. My role includes thought leadership, strategy development, and project delivery.

Lennart Christensson
Senior Solutions Director, Predix Apps & Platform
G.E Digital

Lennart Christensson has more than 25 years in the industry, as technology manager/CTO for some small/larger companies like TetraPak & ABB within Industrial IT & Automation.

He joined GE in 2004 and is currently in the GE Automation & Control’s Equipment Insight team, a business unit focused on making the Industrial Internet real for Equipment Manufacturers.

He is responsible for leveraging GE’s portfolio of industrial IT and automation solutions to deliver cloud based infrastructure for automation equipment deployment and management as the Business Leader Europe Connected Machines.

Lennart began his career in GE’s industrial software business with roles in consulting, sales, and marketing. Since that time, he has provided commercial leadership across various aspects of GE’s automation business, including sales management, key account management and channel management. Before joining the Equipment Insight team he had a role promoting solutions to GE internally – like Remote Monitoring & Analysis solution, an area GE is leading.

He is located in Sweden and holds a M.Sc. Engineering Physics from Chalmers University in Sweden.

Cesare Ceraso
European Continuous Improvement Director
Stanley Black & Decker

Cesare is currently Manufacturing Plant Director for Stanley Black and Decker. In this role, he is responsible for all manufacturing operations and manufacturing support functions. His key responsibilities include planning, organising and directing the manufacturing operations which will ensure the most effective return on assets.

Pierluigi Petrali
Manufacturing R&D Manager

Pierluigi Petrali has been working Whirlpool Europe since 1989. He started his career in Information Technology, working at introduction in Whirlpool of CIM, MES and Fault Tolerant Networks. He has then worked in innovation projects, contributing to the spread and growth of TRIZ methodology in Italy and Europe and to the development of product/process design support approaches.

Presently he coordinates manufacturing research and development activities for EMEA region. Directly involved as technical and main partner in more than 10 funded research projects under FP7 and H2020 program in the last five years, he’s currently working in definition and implementation of Whirlpool Industry 4.0 strategy. He’s the inventor of five patents and author several technical papers and public speech on TRIZ, Technology Forecasting, Manufacturing Quality, Internet of Things and Industry 4.0.

Towe Ressman
VP Global Design
Husqvarna Group

Towe Ressman is one of Swedish Industry’s most experienced Designers having worked at Volvo, Electrolux, and now since several years at Husqvarna Group. At Husqvarna she manages a global team of 30+ Designers and caters for more than ten brands, 15000 unique products, and 500 platforms, where her team produces all product and service designs.

Torsten Nordgren
Director, SKF Production System

Bio coming soon…

Dr. Axel Schmidt
Director Manufacturing Engineering

Dr. Schmidt studied mechanical engineering with a focus on applied mechanics and computer science at the Technical University of Clausthal. After receiving his doctorate in the field of machine acoustics, he joined Sennheiser electronic in 1998 as a project manager. From 2001 to 2005 he was the program manager for microphone development. Since 2006, he has been responsible for production engineering at Sennheiser.

Heikki Rekola
Director Product Services Management

Bio coming soon…

Borg Exelmans
Regional CIO - EMEA Vegetables IT Lead

Borg has been with Monsanto since 2003 and is currently the EMEA IT Director for the EMEA Vegetables business unit.

Prior to his latest role, Borg has held various positions including, EMEA Digital Customer Experience Lead and Commercial IT director.

Throughout his career multiple IT solutions/platforms/strategies have been delivered across different (non)commercial processes ranging from marketing to sales and finance to product management.

Dr. Friedrich Völker
Product Manager
Alfred Kärcher

Following in the footsteps of Dr. Alexander Grohmann, Dr. Friedrich Völker has taken over the Competence Center Digital Products at Alfred Kärcher GmbH & Co KG in October 2015. He started his career as the management assistant to the CEO of the management board in 2013 after he published his dissertation on family business strategy.

Friedrich has both a Master of Science degree from Germany and a MBA from the United States and thus bridges the gap between traditional German engineering and the IoT driven approaches of Silicon Valley.

Christian Oestergaard
Head of Business Information & Production Alignment

PostNord AB provides communications and logistics solutions in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, and internationally. The company provides logistics services in parcels, pallets, full and part-loads, mixed cargo groupage, thermo, third-party logistics, air and ocean, and express and courier; marketing, warehousing, and secure payment solutions for e-commerce businesses; and consulting services. It also provides distribution, mail handling, internal mail, franking, and mail collection and delivery services; market communication services, such as direct marketing, digital advertising, analyses, target group selection and addresses purchasing, and periodicals and free newspapers delivery; and business communication for companies. The company was formerly known as Posten Norden AB and changed its name to PostNord AB in April 2011. PostNord AB is headquartered in Solna, Sweden.

Dr Athanasios Kontopoulos
Computational & Data Science Scientific Director
Air Liquide

Athanasios currently holds the position of “Computational & Data Science R&D Scientific Director”. He is a graduate of the National Technical University of Athens and holds a PhD from the University of Liège. He joined Air Liquide in 1995. Within the Group, he found several ways to express his passion for simulation and applied math in R&D and Operations. In particular, he is a pioneer in the development of multi-variable predictive control systems and innovative real-time optimization systems.

He presented the first roadmap of big data for Air Liquide and set up the first teams of data scientists, in 3 countries, within R&D’s “Computational & Data Science Global Lab”. He introduced artificial intelligence, through proofs of concept and alliances with innovative companies in the field.  He recently launched the “data and decision sciences lab” (d2-lab) initiative in Air Liquide, a network of experts and practitioners, to reach scientific excellence in these areas.

Kari Terho
General Manager, Elisa Smart Factory

Kari Terho is Director and Head of Smart Factory Management, Elisa Industrial Internet on Things (IIoT) services for Corporate Customers in Elisa Corporation, the leading ITC service provider in Finland.

Kari joined Elisa as Vice President and Head of Fixed and mobile Network Services in 2008 for Corporate Customers.

Prior to joining to Elisa, Kari held various director positions in the Sales and Business Development in TeliaSonera, the most recent being Director of Business Development for TeliaSonera IES SME Marketing and Offering.

Earlier he has worked as Business Development Director at Yomi Sortware Ltd. and held the EMEA E-Services Business Development Manager position at Hewlett-Packard GmBH as well as the E-Commerce Marketing Manager position at Hewlett-Packard, Finland. He also has several years of experience working for different IT companies.

Kari holds a QBA in Business and Administration (1984).

Jens Kaatze
SVP Digital Transformation and Business Model Innovation

Mr Jens Kaatze is heading the Commercial Operations in Europe, Middle East, Africa and Latin America of the Business Unit Polycarbonates within Covestro (formerly Bayer Material Science). Before this position, he was responsible for the Global Product Management In the same segment.

After graduating in mathematics and business administration from the University of Mannheim (Germany), he joined Bayer in 2002. He held various positions in controlling and corporate development, sales, marketing, product management, and procurement as well as general management. In his 16 years with the company, he has been working in the corporate offices as well as all business units including basic chemicals, films, polyurethanes and now polycarbonates. His career took him to Leverkusen, Germany, Pittsburgh, USA and Shanghai, PR China.

Dr Matthias Berger
Digital Innovation Manager
Hoffmann Group

Bio coming soon…

Luca Cremona
Business Development Manager Industrial Solutions

Business Development Manager at ROLD with focus on Industrial Solutions within the BU Industrial. Responsible for leading the strategic development of the BU by embracing the development of new digital solutions for SMEs and Multinationals.

Previously, as Product Manager of SmartFab I was in charge of the functional development of SmartFab, the leading product for the Industry 4.0, and acting as a connection between sales and technical departments.

Martin Thunman

Martin is a tech entrepreneur and executive with more than 15 years’ experience from VC owned fast-growing tech startups.

Prior to co-founding Crosser, Martin was a CEO of Adra, a Norwegian SaaS company. Prior to joining Adra, Martin was Head of Sales for Edgeware, the edge-video-server company that IPO’d in 2016, securing fast international expansion. Prior to joining Edgeware, he co-founded and was CEO of PacketFront, a FTTH router and systems company, that became one of the fastest growing tech companies in the Nordics. Martin started his career with five years in Sales at Cisco and he has a Master of Science in Business Administration from Lund University, Sweden.

Andrew Leask
Business Transformation Manager
Jaguar Land Rover

Andrew’s two decades of building, running, and transforming businesses in engineering, manufacturing, and the digital space have come together to deliver data-driven, people-focused, transformation at Jaguar Land Rover, where Andrew is responsible for a programme to accelerate the product development lifecycle in the face of the unprecedented challenges the automotive industry is currently facing.

Walter Speth
IT BP Product Supply - Engineering
Bayer Business Services

Bio coming soon…

Giovanni Giorgio
Senior Digital Engineer

As Chemical Engineer with 13 years of experience working in the pharmaceutical industry (R&D and Manufacturing), with a strong background in API chemical & process engineering and with an intensive and diversified experience acquired collaborating with different GSK business unit (i.e. Biopharm, Pharma (API and drug product), Vaccines, etc).

Over the years I have been applying advanced modeling to solve business problems including:

  • Supply-chain design and optimization
  • Operational and OPEX optimisation
  • Business analysis for medium/large strategic investments
  • Asset portfolio optimization
  • Innovative platform deployment.
Dr Sama Mbang
Manager Digitalization - Simulation Manufacturing Load Cases
Daimler AG

Sama sits within the Technology Factory Division of Daimler and has been newly appointed as responsible for the simulation of manufacturing load cases for all car lines projects. He has more than 15 years deep dive experience in innovation, intelligent engineering methods and processes as well as simulation. Sama is an expert in digitalization technologies (AI, Big Data, Robotics, VR/AR, IoT) and related used cases such as Digital product & process twins, predictive/prescriptive tasks, manufacturing execution systems and new business models. As a coach & trainer for agility, he is passionate about digital leadership, agile mindset, agile methods and transforming organisations and processes to become more agile.

Angel Garcia Bombin
Business Data Analytics Project Manager
Sonae Arauco

Industrial Engineer with extensive experience in the industry and in the implementation of projects within the framework of Industry 4.0 in the areas of quality, production, maintenance, logistics, and management.

Project Director, winner of the first edition of the Data Science Awards for the best Big Data business initiative in Spain, organized by Synergic Partners (Telefónica).

I participate actively in the main events on Industry 4.0 that are organized in Spain and I collaborate as a teacher in the Masters of Industry 4.0 that are taught in Valladolid, Valencia, and Madrid.

Alexander Allmendinger
Test Lab Manager
OPC Foundation

Alexander Allmendinger is the Test Lab Manager of the OPC Foundation European Certification Lab and is running the lab since it opened in 2016. In this position, he is working with a great variety of OPC products and solutions on a daily basis. Because he is also working with a wide variety of communication protocols, he has been sharing the vision of the OPC Foundation for many years now. In the early ages of OPC UA he started working with the technology when validating the first implementations of the Unified Architecture stacks. He also helped to prepare one of the first certified OPC UA clients and was maintaining it for several years. Since then he joined almost every Interoperability Workshops to ensure interoperability with other OPC UA products. This finally led to his current position in the OPC Foundation European Certification Lab and is a member of the Compliance Steering Committee.

Ralf Hagen
Engineering Manager

Ralf is currently Engineering Manger, MES, for Nestle. Nestle is the world’s leading nutrition, health, and wellness company. Their mission of “Good Food, Good Life,” is to provide consumers with the best tasting, most nutritious choices in a wide range of food and beverage categories and eating occasions, from morning to night. Ralf is interested in the service-orientated approach of digitalisation and how to support innovation in this area.

Joerg Arnold
Plant Manager

Joerg has over 18-years experience in the chemical industry with roles across research, marketing, and production. In the last ten years, he is responsible for the operation of chemical production plants in different sections. Digitization and the development of new services to access enhanced solutions was always his passion.

Oxea is a global manufacturer of oxo intermediates and oxo derivatives, such as alcohols, polyols, carboxylic acids, specialty esters, and amines. These products are used for the production of high-quality coatings, lubricants, cosmetics and pharmaceutical products, flavorings and fragrances, printing inks and plastics.


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