AMS Europe 2008 Speakers and Panellists
Head of Planning Paintshop and Surface Treatment
Sven Veit graduated in surface technology and materials science from the University of Applied Science in Aalen, Germany. In 1998, he joined AUDI in the department of Production Planning Paintshop. Between 2004 and 2007 he was responsible for Production Planning Paintshop for SEAT in Spain. Since 2007 he has been in his current post at AUDI Neckarsulm.
Dr Achim Agostini graduated from Karlsruhe Technical University where he studied manufacturing engineering and completed his PhD in the department of machine tools and industrial engineering. He worked for a German sports car manufacturer for several years and became head of Dürr Consulting in 2003. Since then, he holds responsibility for many national and international planning and consulting projects.
Human Resources Director
Jean Agulhon holds a degree in European Social Law from the University of Montpellier (France). He has 15 years experience as a human resources director for the Renault group's factories in France and three years of experience as individual management and cross-functional team leader. Since 2007, he has been Director of Human Resources for Renault France.
Albrecht Bochow started his career in 1996 at Volkswagen. After serving as purchasing manager at Volkswagen in Mexico, he moved into automotive investment consulting, working in Germany and North America. He took up his current role in early 2007 in the newly formed Magna-GAZ (MGJSO) company.
Common Sense Solutions
Rudolf Burkhard brings almost 36 years of varied business experience to his customers. He held positions in finance, technical services, sales, marketing, supply chain, project management, business management and most recently, management consulting at Du Pont’s European headquarters in Geneva. Except for a short period running a small company all his experience comes from working in many of Du Pont’s business units.
Advanced Production Systems
Josef Dietrich worked for nine years for a German planning and engineering company where he was involved in turnkey projects worldwide. He spent two years at Magna Steyr in project management and strategic projects before he opened his own company in 2006. Dietrich is involved in production planning, logistics engineering, factory systems and project management.
Senior Manager, European Powertrain Forecasts
Andrew Fulbrook is responsible for European powertrain sales and production forecasting, future product programme intelligence and market analysis at CSM Worldwide. He is widely quoted in European automotive publications and has written editorial contributions for several magazines. Fulbrook holds a degree level in Mechatronics, as well as a national diploma in Engineering Science.
Practice Head – Manufacturing Solutions- EIS Europe
Tata Consultancy Services
Shaibal has worked for almost 15 years in the Manufacturing IT and Industrial Automation sector in various leadership roles, first with Siemens and now TCS. He heads the practice in Europe that provides manufacturing solutions spanning an array of applications that start from sensors in the plant floor all the way up to manufacturing execution systems.
Materials Engineering Manager
Jaguar and Land Rover
Andrew Haggie has spent his career in all aspects of automotive materials. He graduated in Materials Science at Sheffield University, UK in 1984 and started with Rover Group and subsequently moved to Jaguar in 1990, where he has worked to the present day.
Director: Strategy and Business Development, Sales and Marketing
Anton Hirschmann joint Magna Steyr (former Steyr Daimler Puch) in 1985 and has been involved in many different projects as manufacturing engineer as well as project leader. He became director for production technologies in 2006, responsible for BiW and TCF and has been in his current post since April 2008.
Dr. Torsten Jäckel
Department Leader – Joining Technology
Dr Torsten Jäckel studied automation technoloy at Emden and specialised in laser material processing. He obtained a PhD in mechatronics from Loughborough University in 2000. He joined Volkswagen in August 2000. His initial projects were in the department for production systems and developed laser applications for the Polo, Golf and the Touran models. Dr Jäckel has been in his current post since 2006.
Key Account Manager
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Senior Production Systems Development Manager
Bentley Motors Limited
Shaun McNeil joined Bentley Motors in February 2000 to develop a production system that would support the niche carmaker’s compelling need to change. He set the foundation for increasing production volumes ten-fold, (which Bentley achieved in 2007 producing 10,014 units) using the tools, techniques and lean philosophy that he practised at Toyota UK.
Chief Scientific Officer
Geoff Scamans’s present interests are in low-cost aluminium automotive sheet for the mass production of lightweight low carbon emission vehicles and in environmentally friendly surface treatment of light metals. He has worked on the development of appropriate enabling technology for aluminium-structured vehicles since the early 1980s. This has included excursions into aluminium as a potential fuel, hybrid vehicles and electric drive systems.
Business Development Executive
Günter Scholz joined an FM Global legacy in 1990 as a loss prevention consultant, where he assessed client exposures and managed green field projects to be completed as “Highly Protected Risks” throughout the German-speaking territory and Eastern Europe. Between 1995 and 2004, Scholz worked as an underwriter/account manager on the global property and business interruption insurance programmes of German-based multi-nationals. He has held his current post since 2004.
Dr. László Urbán
Magyar Suzuki Corporation
After 30 years of working as a business consultant as well as in the central bank of his country, qualified economist Dr Urbán joined MSC in December 2007. He has responsibility for dynamically increasing production for MSC while his direct role includes relations with government agencies as well as within the automotive industry.
Angela Weiss joined FM Global as a loss prevention consultant in 2001, assessing client exposures and managing green field projects to be completed as “Highly Protected Risks” throughout the German speaking territory and Eastern Europe. In her current role, Weiss manages the technical risk assessment and strategic risk development of multi-national key customers with their headquarters in Germany, in predominantly the automotive and automotive supplier industry.
Maileen Zander studied engineering from 2002 to 2006 at the University of Applied Sciences Braunschweig/Wolfenbuettel. Zander’s thesis was ‘Virtual ergonomics studies in assembly planning’ at Volkswagen in Wolfsburg. She is an employee of the assembly planning department at that plant. Since 2006 she has been responsible for ergonomic planning and virtual ergonomic studies there.