Jean Christoph Debus joined Thomas Cook Group plc in 2012 as Group Head, Air Travel and Managing Director, Thomas Cook Airlines Ltd. Prior to this he was Chief Commercial and Chief Operational Officer at Air Berlin PLC & Co. Luftverkehrs KG (2009 to 2011) and Managing Director and CFO of Condor Flugdienst (2005 – 2009). His career originally began as a consultant at Roland Berger Strategy Consultants, latterly as Partner.
The Thomas Cook Group Airlines carry 16.7m passengers per year to around 100 destinations, generating revenues of £2.8bn. More than 9,000 employees work passionately every day at Thomas Cook to satisfy customer’s needs.
Since mid-2015, Paul Marks oversees all Sales operations for United Parcel Service (UPS) in Germany. He started to work for UPS in 2004 after graduating from Nottingham Trent University in the United Kingdom with an Bachelor's degree in Business Management. Within UPS, he held various responsibilities in Sales during his career, being responsible for UK, Ireland and Scandinavia, before taking over his current position. In addition, he received a Master's degree in Leadership von Anglia Ruskin University in 2013.
Otto Schacht has over thirty-eight years of international transportation and logistics experience. He was appointed Executive Vice President of Global Seafreight at Kuehne + Nagel International AG in September 2011 and has served as Member of its Management Board since 2011. Mr. Schacht has global responsibility for the company’s Seafreight business unit which provides innovative solutions to customers in 100 countries. In 2014, he led the company’s launch of KN FreightNet for Seafreight LCL; this digital application makes it possible to quickly obtain customer-specific quotations and directly place orders online.
Ferry Heilemann is Managing Director of FreightHub and investor from Berlin, Germany. In 2009 he and his brother Fabian Heilemann founded DailyDeal – the first European couponing portal. In September 2011 DailyDeal was acquired by Google. When Ferry and Fabian Heilemann repurchased the company in February 2013, they set the fundamentals for their company-builder Sky & Sand in which they built DailyDeal, the e-business agency Heilemann & Co, the Google AdWords Premier SMB Partner LOCALIZE! as well as the POS system provider pepperbill. In 2015 they exited all Sky&Sand-companies in order to focus on FreightHub as new venture.
Philipp Ortwein is Managing Director of InstaFreight and graduated in 2011 with a Master in Management from the University of Mannheim. He then joined Bain & Company as a consultant and worked there for almost five years. In June 2016 he founded InstaFreight, an online carrier, to reduce the complexity within supply chains and to offer the customers a unique and transparent way of transporting cargo. Through the utilization of modern technologies, the company is capable of offering their customers deals without any intermediate agents and for a fixed price.
Mr. Wilrich graduated in 2008 from the WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management and is therefore returning to his Alma Mater. He worked in several consulting positions at Capgemini Consulting, Accenture and Hanwha Q Cells before co-founding Lesara in 2013. Since then the company staff has increased to a number of 200 and Lesaras service is now available in 23 countries. Lesara is an online-shop for fashion and lifestyle products and is able to offer their customers low prices through their direct method with the suppliers and producers all over the world. They are offering over 70000 products on their website and are targeting to change the European E-commerce market in a sustainable manner.
Michael A. Meyer is a Managing Director with more than 20 years of experience in the consulting business. He leads the Operations Consulting practice of Accenture Strategy in the German speaking market. Michael A. Meyer is focusing on operating model transformations, performance improvements in supply chain operations, organizational realignments and business process management. He has a varied project background in automotive, industrial equipment, life science and chemicals. He holds a diploma in Mechanical Engineering (Dipl.-Ing.) and Business Administration (Dipl.-Wirtsch.-Ing.) from the Technical University of Munich.
Dr. Christian Schawel is responsible for Sales Development, Customer Accounting and HR in the position as Senior Vice President since 2003. His department is heavily involved in the development of technological advancements such as Sales Predictive Analysis (pattern recognition) and webcrawling. After his studies in the field of Business Administration and his consequential PhD, he started to work for Deutsche Post DHL as a consultant, followed by managing a variety of projects as Chief of Staff and Post Merger Integration Manager at DHL Express Germany. In 2005, he assumed responsibility for his current role , sales planning and development at DHL Paket Germany.
Dr. Marc Hitschfeld is responsible for consumers in
the position as Senior Vice President at DHL Parcel Germany since 2017. After
completing his PhD in Physics at the University of Cologne he started to work
for McKinsey & Company, leaving the company as an Engagement Manager.
He joined DHL Parcel Germany in 2012 as Vice President
in Customer Service and member of the management board of the Deutsche Post
Customer Service Center.
Patrick Wolf is responsible for the development of the thought leadership in the area of Supply Chain Management for CAMELOT´s core industries. Among other innovations, his team designed and implemented the CAMELOT LEAN Supply Chain Planning concept at top companies of the consumer products and pharmaceutical industries. He is an inspiring and popular speaker at numerous leading conferences of the SCM arena. Mr. Wolf has more than 18 years of business consulting experience and led major Supply Chain Transformation projects. He consulted notable customers of the life science industry like Novartis, AstraZeneca, Roche, Teva, Astellas, Sanofi
Aventis and others.
Johannes Siebert is Private Lecturer at the Faculty of Law, Business and Management of the University of Bayreuth. He is Board Member of the Section on Multicriteria Decision Making (INFORMS), Member of the Executive Committee of the International Society on MCDM and Member of the Coordinating Board of the European Working Group of Behavioral Operations Research. His research objective is to contribute to better informed decision making and thereby to making better decisions using problem structuring, value-focused thinking, and decision analysis.
Frank Sportolari, a native of Chicago, holds a BA degree in economics from the University of Illinois. Before joining UPS in 1986, he worked 6 years as a logistics and IT manager for the US Department of Defense in Germany. Frank joined UPS in Munich, Germany in 1986 and held various positions of increasing responsibility within the Finance and Accounting function, including working as a Controller in Munich, Cologne and Neuss for UPS in Germany before moving to Madrid in 1996 where he was the Controller for UPS Spain & Portugal.
Harry Hohmeister has spent the bulk of his professional career with the Lufthansa Group, which he initially joined in 1985. Over the following 14-plus years he held a number of management positions, beginning with responsibility for European fleet and schedule planning and development and later helping to reorganize the company’s distribution and marketing division as part of a broader corporate restructuring. He further went on to serve as Vice President Network Planning. Mr. Hohmeister joined the Management Board of Swiss International Air Lines as Head of Network & Alliance Management in 2005. In 2009 he was appointed CEO of Swiss International Air Lines, which he remained until December 2015.
As CEO of Deutsche Post DHL, Frank Appel is responsible for global management of the world’s leading mail and logistics services group. He joined the Group in 2000 as Managing Director of Corporate Development and has been a member of the Group’s Board of Management since 2002. In 2008 he assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Management at Deutsche Post DHL.
Karl Gernandt was Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of Kuehne + Nagel International AG, Schindellegi, Switzerland, from May 2011 until May 2016. Following his appointment as Executive Chairman of Kuehne Holding AG by Klaus-Michael Kuehne, he remains related to Kuehne + Nagel as Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of Kuehne + Nagel International AG, Schindellegi, Switzerland.
Carsten Spohr was appointed Chairman of the Executive Board & CEO of Lufthansa Cargo AG with effect from 15 January 2007. On 1 January 2011 he joined the Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG, as CEO of Lufthansa German Airlines; and he took over as Chairman of the Executive Board & CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa AG on 1 May 2014.