27-29 April, 2021 | Digital Event

International SAP Conference for Chemicals

Cross-Industry Event with the SAP Conferences for Building Materials; Forest Products, Paper & Packaging; Mining & Metals

Meet Our Speakers

SK Agrawal, President and Program Director - Global ERP and Digital Transformation, Indorama Ventures

SK Agrawal, President and Program Director - Global ERP and Digital Transformation, Indorama Ventures

SK Agrawal is Program Director of the largest greenfield implementation of a single S/4HANA instance in the chemicals industry in the world. He has been instrumental in the global implementation of SAP S/4HANA single ERP platform and SAP solutions, such as SAP SuccessFactors, SAP Cloud Platform, SAP Analytics Cloud, Docusign, C4C, Concur, Enable Now and Learning Hub. He possesses international experience in leading large scale organization transformation projects including Project Management, Change Management and Transformation Planning, and has extensive General Management experience in large global manufacturing organizations. SK has managed implementation of large petrochemicals projects in the different parts of the world from concept to commercial operations, and has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, leading a large number of global M&A deals with multi billion dollar value. Strong in Business development and joint ventures (strategy, formation and management), can lead corporate strategic and tactical global legal initiatives, and has successfully managed international trade measures and actions in several countries and at WTO. Managed Capital markets/IPO and has led Industry Association and represented at national and international forums.

Kai Aldinger, Solution Manager - Digital Supply Chain, Industry 4.0 and IOT, SAP

Kai Aldinger, Solution Manager - Digital Supply Chain, Industry 4.0 and IOT, SAP

Working at SAP with more than 20 years of experience in the area of Supply Chain Management and Manufacturing. My main interest is to drive the Digital Transformation of Supply Chain Management (SCM) and Manufacturing in the Mill Products and Mining industries by bringing together information technology (IT) with the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)/Industrie 4.0. 

Sven Arnauts, Senior Manager & Board Member, Delaware

Sven Arnauts, Senior Manager & Board Member, Delaware

Sven is responsible for the delaware.ai team. Together with his team of experts they improve the performance of their clients by developing solutions in the field of Data, Language, Vision and IoT, taking full advantage of the capabilities of Artificial Intelligence.

Christian Bach, CEO, CLC xinteg GmbH

Christian Bach, CEO, CLC xinteg GmbH

Christian is the Founder and CEO of CLC xinteg GmbH; and has advised companies across all industries for more than 25 years as a business analyst and architect for process-oriented SAP integration solutions. Business Process Technology, Case Management as well as Workflow- and Document Management are his main focuses in the field of Digital Transformation and Simplification.

Along with business processes, he identifies and analyzes complex requirements of involved departments, and converts concepts and guidelines into simplified SAP solutions. 

 

 

Armando Betancourt, Global SAP Chemical Leader, Deloitte Consulting LLP

Armando Betancourt, Global SAP Chemical Leader, Deloitte Consulting LLP

Armando has 20 years of consulting experience and is a member of Deloitte’s Oil, Gas, and Chemicals practice leadership team. During the last 4 years, he has had the responsibility of leading the industry adoption of SAP S/4HANA and SAP Cloud solutions to his clients. He focuses on improving overall performance through global business transformation initiatives as well as post mergers and acquisitions efforts.

Deepak Bhosale, CDASO, Asian Paints

Deepak Bhosale, CDASO, Asian Paints

Deepak Bhosale is part of the Asian Paints Business Leadership team, and his accountability is to create competitive differentiators for the India and International Businesses using cutting edge digital technologies. His role is akin to a Chief Digital Office, Chief Analytical Officer and Chief Secuirty Officer (CDASO).

Mark Broussard, Vice President - Finance, Albemarle

Mark Broussard, Vice President - Finance, Albemarle

Mark Broussard, serves as Vice President, Li Finance Operations at Albemarle Corporation, a global specialty chemicals company headquartered in Charlotte, NC. Prior to this role, Broussard was project co leader of Albemarle greenfield global implementation of S4. Broussard has been with Albemarle since 1995, handling multiple responsibilities, including Merger, Divestment and Transition Finance lead, Business Operations and Financial Planning and Analysis, Corporate Operations Controller, Global Record to Report leader, and S&OP planner. 

Stylianos Chiotellis, Business Lead for IoT, T.Con

Stylianos Chiotellis, Business Lead for IoT, T.Con

Stylianos Chiotellis is the ex-Founder and ex-CEO of Factor.E, currently the business lead for IoT at T.Con. Digitalising the manufacturing space one machine at a time for the past 5 years. I also managed our product FactorE.OS: a connectivity and analytics, cloud-based platform with an innovative machine learning stack at its core. Always hungry for IoT and machine learning, especially its applications in manufacturing. Mechanical engineer at heart, having studied, researched, developed and marketed industrial IT solutions for more than 10 years. In my spare time I give talks on industrial IoT and how ML can advance it.

Paula Clark, Managing Director - Global SAP Natural Resources Lead, Accenture

Paula Clark, Managing Director - Global SAP Natural Resources Lead, Accenture

Paula Clark is a managing director at Accenture and leads the global SAP practice for the natural resources industries. She has more than 20 years of experience working on large-scale business transformation projects, with a particular specialization in leading global SAP-based programs. Paula is a passionate consultant who enjoys bringing innovative business and IT advisory solutions to her clients. She resides in Melbourne.

Patrick Crampton-Thomas, Head of Digital Asset Management SAP Digital Supply Chain, SAP

Patrick Crampton-Thomas, Head of Digital Asset Management SAP Digital Supply Chain, SAP

Patrick Crampton-Thomas is VP Digital Asset Management in SAP’s Solution Management Organization. Responsible for the solution strategy and Go-to-Market of SAP’s Intelligent Asset Management and Service Management cloud and S/4 HANA suite, working closely with SAP customers in service and maintenance intensive industries. Patrick joined SAP in 2005, since then he has held a number of regional and global roles responsible for Supply Chain, R&D, Procurement, and Asset Management including Solution Management, Business Development, and Sales. Prior to SAP, Patrick worked in supply chain operations and logistics before moving into the software industry enabling digital transformation with various companies including i2 Technologies, Oracle, and SSA with a focus on Supply Chain Management, Operations, and Procurement. Patrick lives near London with his family, cycles a lot, and studied at Exeter University.

Rohit Dave, SAP PLM – Lead Chemical Industry, Deloitte Germany

Rohit Dave, SAP PLM – Lead Chemical Industry, Deloitte Germany

Rohit Dave is a product development & supply chain consultant with 8 years of management consulting experience. He specializes in PLM assesments,process design and implementaion in process industry space with a special focus on target driven recipes development, ERP/MES integration,product compliance and saftey management.

His value proposition is in bringing together an integrated product development process which has aspects of design for manufacturing, compliance and cost.

Sergey Dunaev, CIO, Severstal

Sergey Dunaev, CIO, Severstal

Sergey graduated from the department of Management in Power Engineering at the State University of Management (Moscow). Worked for EuroChem and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Then for 8 years – until October 2014 – Sergey worked at Severstal, where he consistently held the positions of an IFRS Manager, head of the Finance Department of the ERP project office, project manager of the SSC, head of the Deployment Department of the ERP project office, head of the SAP Delivery and support center. Since October 2014, Sergey has worked at SAP, where he led a team of service and support partners responsible for interaction with strategic customers in the CIS market: Gazprom, LUKOIL, Severstal, Sberbank, Metalloinvest, NLMK, Samruk and others. In May 2017, he was appointed CIO at Severstal Management.

Larry East, Vice President - Business Transformation, Albemarle

Larry East, Vice President - Business Transformation, Albemarle

Larry is Vice President of Business Transformation at Albemarle Corporation, a global specialty chemicals company headquartered in Charlotte, NC.  He is responsible for redesigning and implementing a global, simple and efficient business process and system across the company.  Prior to his current role, he led the successful integration of a large $6 billion acquisition that exceeded synergy targets.

Klaus Fischer, Global Vice President, SAP

Klaus Fischer, Global Vice President, SAP

Global Vice President for SAP Intelligent Spend and SAP Business Networks, Klaus leads strategic sales and advisory globally serving the top customers at SAP. Drawing on 30+ years of expertise in SAP Intelligent Enterprise, SAP ECC, SAP SRM, SAP S/4 HANA and the SAP Intelligent Spend Cloud Platform, Klaus is a long-time trusted advisor to Chief Procurement and Chief Information Officers. His team produces innovative and measurable business outcomes with industry relevancy, driving improved cost savings and profit margins, efficiencies and automation, and business case savings of hundreds of millions of dollars a year for customers.Klaus specializes in guiding customers to leverage their existing SAP investment to extend into SAP's Procurement Cloud and Business Network to achieve incremental value and industry relevance with speed and simplicity. The SAP Business Network facilitates $4T in business commerce and, together with SAP, enables 63% of the world's GDP.As a result of his tenure and track record, Klaus has also been a trusted advisor for an extensive network of sales, management, and executive leadership teams at SAP.

Steve Gailbreath, PMO and Program Governance SAP S/4HANA Transformation, Ingevity

Steve Gailbreath, PMO and Program Governance SAP S/4HANA Transformation, Ingevity

Steve has nearly 30 years in Specialty Chemicals, leading global businesses. He joined Ingevity’s transformation project as Director, PMO and Governance as the project was kicking off in a virtual environment. Steve and his team provide structure, accountability and visibility to the 200+ members of the transformation team on their Agile journey.

Chris Glander, Industry Advisor North America, SAP

Chris Glander, Industry Advisor North America, SAP

Chris Glander is the North America Industry Lead for the Mill Products and Mining Industries at SAP. He is an enterprise technology and operations leader with over twenty- five years of comprehensive experience in Mill Products environments, executing operational improvement strategies through technology. He focuses on enabling operational excellence and profitable growth with SAP solutions for Mill Products and Mining companies.

Vijay Gounder, Managing Director – Technology, Accenture

Vijay Gounder, Managing Director – Technology, Accenture

Vijayakumar (Vijay) Gounder is a managing director at Accenture and is part of the SAP Business Group leadership team for the chemical industry. With 20+ years of experience, he has worked on a broad range of projects and has expertise in large program sales, solution architecture, delivery and outsourcing.

Dr. Uwe Grigoleit, Senior Vice President and General Manager SAP S/4HANA, SAP SE

Dr. Uwe Grigoleit, Senior Vice President and General Manager SAP S/4HANA, SAP SE

Dr. Uwe Grigoleit is globally responsible for end-to-end Go to Market and Solution Management of SAP S/4HANA on premise and private Cloud and acts as a solution evangelist with customers, press and analysts. Together with the development organization he works on the future strategy and roadmap of S/4HANA.This includes the positioning and messaging of the solution. He held roles in development, project management and product management, built up a solution sales organization and was part of the Swiss Management Team. In 2011 he took over the overall responsibility for the solution management of HANA applications and the business development of SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA at SAP AG.

Annika Hedberg, Head of Programme, European Policy Centre (EPC)

Annika Hedberg, Head of Programme, European Policy Centre (EPC)

Annika Hedberg is the Head of Sustainable Prosperity for Europe Programme at European Policy Centre (EPC), an independent think tank based in Brussels, Belgium. She joined the EPC in 2010 and over the years has worked on a wide range of policy areas, including climate, energy, environment, health, and industrial transformation. In her role as the Head of Programme, she aims to promote discussion on the foundations and drivers for a more sustainable and competitive European economy. Through her work she aims to explore linkages across sectors and policy areas that are needed for the green transition. She regularly writes, moderates events and speaks on these topics. Prior to joining the EPC, she worked at the Finnish Business and Policy Forum EVA, a policy think tank in Helsinki, and at the Finnish Foreign Ministry. She has a LL.M. in Public International Law from the Helsinki University and a BSc in International Relations and History from the London School of Economics.

Erik Hellemans, Managing Director – European SAP Chemicals & Natural Resources Lead, Accenture

Erik Hellemans, Managing Director – European SAP Chemicals & Natural Resources Lead, Accenture

Erik Hellemans is a managing director at Accenture and is part of the Intelligent Platform Services group. With extensive experience in chemicals and natural resources, he leads the European SAP practice for those industries. Erik helps companies leverage SAP to become intelligent enterprises, collaborating with them to design, develop, implement and manage their digital transformation journeys. In addition, he was the sponsor of Accenture’s SAP co-development work for the chemical industry. Erik resides in Brussels. 

Nuria Herbosa Saiz, Industry Senior Principal - Technology, Accenture

Nuria Herbosa Saiz, Industry Senior Principal - Technology, Accenture

Nuria Herbosa Saiz is a senior manager in Accenture’s Technology services group. She has developed her career working with companies in the metals, forest products and building materials industries. Nuria has experience in lead-to-order and order-to-cash processes and large international transformational programs with SAP implementations. She has an MBA from Universidad Comercial de Deusto and resides in Bilbao.

Steven Jamieson, Global Head of Circular Economy Solutions, SAP

Steven Jamieson, Global Head of Circular Economy Solutions, SAP

Driving design-led innovation to help the world run better and improve people’s lives. Leading the elimination of waste from the environment and creating new business value through SAP's 2030 Clean Ocean Vision and Circular Economy program.Experience: Executive Leadership | Solution Sales | Consulting | Industry 

Stephan Klein, Vice President, Services Oil & Gas, Energy & Resources EMEA, SAP

Stephan Klein, Vice President, Services Oil & Gas, Energy & Resources EMEA, SAP

Relentless optimist, digital passionate | views are my own.


Senior executive in the software branch with 22+ year’s professional experience at SAP and in the energy and natural resources (ENR) industry sector. Member of SAP’s Global Leadership Team (GLT), head of SAP® Model Company and global head of Services for Energy and Natural Resources Industries.


As a global general manager worldwide responsible for business strategy, delivery, and personnel. deeply committed to making SAP the partner of choice for business’ Intelligent Enterprise Transformation. Held several executive leadership and business management positions at SAP. Passionate about digital, industry thought leadership and business excellence; proven capabilities in talent development, strategy design and execution. Well connected in the industry, produce ‚Points of view’ articles, attend and host Industry seminars; speak at international events such as World Petroleum Congress.


Master degree in Computer Sciences from the Technical University of Dresden, Germany and a degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland.

Stefan Krauss, SVP, General Manager Discrete Manufacturing Industries and Energy & Natural Resources, SAP SE

Stefan Krauss, SVP, General Manager Discrete Manufacturing Industries and Energy & Natural Resources, SAP SE

Stefan Krauss holds the role as General Manager of Discrete Manufacturing Industries & Energy and Natural Resources at SAP. Together with his team, he helps customers to run, grow and transform their business networks to better serve their customers in a digitized world. This includes the integrated management of the cluster Discrete Industries with Aerospace & Defense, Automotive, High Tech and Industrial Machinery & Components, and the cluster Energy and Natural Resources with Chemical, Mill Products & Mining, Oil, Gas & Energy and Utilities. Stefan Krauss joined SAP in 1990 and has held numerous leadership positions. He has more than 30 years of experience in IT management, sales, consulting and product management.

Dr. Marko Lange, Solution Manager, SAP

Dr. Marko Lange, Solution Manager, SAP

Dr. Marko Lange is solution manager at SAP SE and in that role responsible for S/4HANA Chemicals and compliance, PLM and sustainability solutions for the chemical industry. He also runs solution portfolio management representing chemicals in portfolio planning and taking care of roadmap updates, transformation navigator content and the industry value map.

Steven Lenaerts, Partner, Delaware

Steven Lenaerts, Partner, Delaware

Steven is leading a team of +200 experts implementing Industry 4.0 & Emerging Technologies based solutions (e.g. AI, AR/VR, IoT, …) at many customers. Starting from the business value/challenges and translating this into tangible solutions, what he calls “applied innovations”.

Mario E. López López, Senior Manager - Technology Consulting, Accenture

Mario E. López López, Senior Manager - Technology Consulting, Accenture

Mario E. López López is a senior manager and solution architect at Accenture within the SAP Business Group. With more than 20 years of consulting and technical experience, he’s specialized in supporting industrial companies through digital transformation by leveraging SAP technology. Mario is currently focused on the strategic co-development of SAP Intelligent Asset Management solutions. He is based in Madrid.

Magnus Meier, Global Head of Wholesale Distribution, SAP

Magnus Meier, Global Head of Wholesale Distribution, SAP

Magnus Meier is the Global Head of the Wholesale Distribution Industry Business Unit at SAP. Representing the industry inside and outside of SAP, he works to provide industry thought leadership, portfolio direction, and the global go-to-market strategy. Magnus started with SAP in 1998 and acquired extensive cross-industry, solution, services, and support knowledge throughout his career. He has held a variety of positions internationally, from consultant in Germany to Manager of Industry Business Development teams in Japan and the United States. Magnus has a Master’s degree in economics from the Gerhard Mercator University in Duisburg with a special focus on East-Asia.

Thomas Meinel, SVP & Head of Indirect Procurement, Evonik Industries AG

Thomas Meinel, SVP & Head of Indirect Procurement, Evonik Industries AG

Thomas studied Industrial Engineering & Management at the Technical University Darmstadt, Germany. He worked for about 6 years in different positions at Röhm, Braun and Gillette. In 2002, he joined Evonik Industries AG, here he held roles in IT and business, also leading the Evonik Process Organization. From 2014 on he was SVP & Head of IT Application Management, being responsible for the global rollout of the ERP platform. Since 2019 he is SVP & Head of Indirect Procurement. 

Simo Nuutinen, Director, Global SCM Global Supply Chain, Kemira

Simo Nuutinen, Director, Global SCM Global Supply Chain, Kemira

Simo Nuutinen is a business-minded Supply Chain and Operations development professional with 15+ years of experience in international supply chain operations and development. He has a proven track record of driving significant end to end business and process changes from customer service offerings to costs savings and efficiency improvements in Microsoft Devices Manufacturing and Supply chain, and Nokia Customer Logistics. Special interests cover passion for international business, service offerings, and profit optimization.

Kari Pietilainen, Head of Solution and Business Development, TietoEVRY Finland Oy

Kari Pietilainen, Head of Solution and Business Development, TietoEVRY Finland Oy

A new journey starts - digitalization, big data, AI/ML, cloud platforms, open source, software containers and microservice architectures, APIs, hybrid clouds, etc. - changes both how software is build & run and how software is used in business. And all this new need to be connected / embedded to existing IT landscape - somehow similar situation than with Internet and "HTML port 80" 20 years ago - read my career below.I join TietoEVRY and with 24 000 colleagues we will help you in this new era.

Robbie Plourde, Chief Revenue Officer, DataXstream

Robbie Plourde, Chief Revenue Officer, DataXstream

Chief Revenue Officer, Robbie Plourde leads DataXstream’s sales and marketing teams on delivering high-touch, success-driven outcomes with our customers. Robbie has more than 20 years of experience in the enterprise software industry, with a strong background in software sales, ITAM, infrastructure software, compliance, security, and applications. Robbie has held senior sales and leadership roles both in the US and Europe at several enterprise software and industry leading companies. Robbie earned an MBA from Quinnipiac University where he graduated Magna Cum Laude.

Christian Polivka, Director EHS Solution Management, SAP SE

Christian Polivka, Director EHS Solution Management, SAP SE

Christian Polivka is a solution manager for SAP EHS applications at SAP and shares global responsibility for their go-to-market efforts. Christian has more than 15 years of experience in SAP’s EHS solutions. Prior to his career at SAP, he was employed at an EHS business consultancy, where he handled the EHS challenges of the manufacturing industry on a daily basis. Christian holds an MBA from the University of Glasgow and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering from the University of Cooperative Education in Karlsruhe.

Ulrike Raidl, Vice President Solution Management, SAP S/4HANA, SAP

Ulrike Raidl, Vice President Solution Management, SAP S/4HANA, SAP

Ulrike began working at SAP in 2006 as Communications Lead for SME in Central Europe, she then held various roles in the SME and Partner area, and from 2010 to 2013 she served as PMO for the Global Ecosystems & Channels Readiness organization. Since January 2013 she leads the solution portfolio team for SAP’s core ERP portfolio. Before joining SAP, Ulrike held various positions in top tier PR firms in Germany focusing on Technology PR, her last role in that capacity was as Client Lead for SAP Germany at Burson-Marsteller in Frankfurt. Ulrike has studied Sociology, Communications, and Political Science in Augsburg and Zurich, and started her professional life working as a Systems Engineer for a large Telco provider in Switzerland.

Dirk Ramhorst, CIO/CDO, WACKER Chemie AG

Dirk Ramhorst, CIO/CDO, WACKER Chemie AG

Dirk Ramhorst, born in Bielefeld/Germany, has a degree insoftware engineering as well as in business administration and economics from theUniversity of Kiel, Germany. He worked for 20 years in different positions at BASF andSiemens. In 2013, he was named the first Chief Digital Officer (CDO) in the German DAX (top30 public-listed companies).

In September 2016, he joined WACKER as CDO and CIO,heading the IT department and driving the Digital Transformation. In 2018 he was awardedby the CIO magazine one of top CIOs in Germany. Since November 2019 Dirk is thespokesperson of the platform ‘Arbeitswelt 4.0 / New Work’ on behalf of the BavarianGovernment / Center for Digitalization (ZD.B). In addition Dirk is the Regatta Chairman of the Kieler Woche - the World largest Sailing Event - and the international representative of the German Sailing Federation.

Matthew Reymann, Solution Specialist SAP Chemical Industry, SAP

Matthew Reymann, Solution Specialist SAP Chemical Industry, SAP

Matt is part of the Chemical Industry Business Unit at SAP, a global customer advisory team focusing on creating value in Chemicals with innovative technology and leading practice business processes. Matt has spent nearly 10 years in the industry with a background in Six Sigma, Manufacturing, Production Scheduling, & Supply Chain Planning and a passion to help chemical customers align people, processes, and technology for step change business improvement.

Bradley Robb, Consultant, T.Con

Bradley Robb, Consultant, T.Con

Experienced Consultant with a demonstrated history of working in the information technology and services industry. Skilled in Petroleum, International Business Development, Lean Management, Trading Operations, as well as English and German. Strong entrepreneurship professional with a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) focused in Chemical Engineering from University of Colorado at Boulder.

Scott Russell, Member of the Executive Board, SAP

Scott Russell, Member of the Executive Board, SAP

As a member of the Executive Board of SAP SE, Scott Russell leads Customer Success, the company’s global sales, services, partner, and customer engagement organization. 

Scott is a passionate proponent of the latest innovations and simplified commercial models that help organizations move to and transform in the cloud quickly. Along with his leadership team, he is responsible for orchestrating multidisciplinary teams across 180 countries to help customers derive the optimal value from their SAP investment. 

Having joined SAP in 2010, Scott is well known for his authentic and energetic leadership style in inspiring transformation and growth in organizations of all sizes and industries. With his deep-rooted belief in the business imperative of leading with purpose, Scott is an active champion for early talents and diversity and inclusion.  

Prior to being named to the Executive Board of SAP, Scott most recently served as President of SAP Asia Pacific Japan (APJ). Under his leadership, APJ has evolved to become one of SAP’s fastest-growing cloud markets globally. In his 11 years tenure with SAP APJ, he held several senior leadership positions, including leader of APJ’s Professional Services organization, the region’s Chief Operating Officer, as well as President and Managing Director of SAP’s business in Southeast Asia. Prior to joining SAP, Scott was a Partner at PwC and a senior executive at IBM. 

Originally from Australia, Scott currently resides in Singapore. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Business from Australia’s Deakin University.

Heike Scheckel is Group Vice President IT at MBCC Group, one of the leading suppliers of construction chemicals and solutions worldwide. She is an IT professional with 20+ years of experience. Prior to her current role, Heike worked in various leadership positions at BASF SE.

Martina Schlebach, Managing Director, Technology, Accenture

Martina Schlebach, Managing Director, Technology, Accenture

Martina Schlebach is a managing director at Accenture and is part of the Technology SAP practice. She has extensive experience in the delivery of large global and complex SAP implementation projects, particularly in the chemical industry. Martina lives near Frankfurt.

Thomas Schneller, SAP Chemical Lead, Deloitte Germany

Thomas Schneller, SAP Chemical Lead, Deloitte Germany

Thomas Schneller is a Senior Manager in Deloitte Germany's Consulting practice. A leader for the SAP Chemical / Process Industry segment, Thomas has deep industry knowledge around SAP S/4HANA implementation as well as SAP based Business Model Optimization.

Dr. Fridtjof Schucht, Managing Consultant SAP EH&S, CONSILIO GmbH

Dr. Fridtjof Schucht, Managing Consultant SAP EH&S, CONSILIO GmbH

Dr. Schucht is a graduate chemist (Dr.rer.nat.) Professional background: Since 1996 experience as SAP consultant, project manager and working group leader in the field of EH&S, national and international industrial projects in various industries such as Chemistry, Industrial gases, pharmaceutical and medical products, optics and measurement technology.

Dr. Manfred Schulz, Product Expert, SAP

Dr. Manfred Schulz, Product Expert, SAP

Manfred holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry and worked in the food and pharmaceutical industry before he joined SAP in 1997. He worked as a project manager for preconfigured industry solutions (Pharma and Chemicals) and as a product expert for SAP´s Quality Management applications. Since 2018, Manfred is a product owner for SAP Digital Manufacturing solutions.

Dr. Hermann Schuster, Head of IT & Chief Digital Officer, ARLANXEO

Dr. Hermann Schuster, Head of IT & Chief Digital Officer, ARLANXEO

Since 2016, Dr. Hermann Schuster has been the Head of IT and Chief Digital Officer at ARLANXEO, a global manufacturer of synthetic rubber with 4000 employees and €3.2 billion sales. Before joining ARLANXEO, he was responsible for various functions in the IT area at Bayer and Lanxess. Hermann started his career after studying business administration and chemical engineering, and completing a PhD in corporate organizational design at the University of Stuttgart.

John Shellenberger, Vice President and Chief Information Officer and Chairman of SAP Advisory Council for Building Materials, Johns Manville

John Shellenberger, Vice President and Chief Information Officer and Chairman of SAP Advisory Council for Building Materials, Johns Manville

John is currently the Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Johns Manville, as well as being the Chairman of the SAP Advisory Council for Building Materials. He has a wealth of experience, and his specialties include: Global ERP (SAP) Experience; IT Management; Lean Six Sigma Deployment; Program Management/PMO; IT Strategy; Technology Management; Systems Implementation; Building High Performance Teams; Supply Chain Management; Graduate Level Teaching 

Alex Small, BIM & Digital Platforms Manager, Tata Steel Europe

Alex Small, BIM & Digital Platforms Manager, Tata Steel Europe

Alex Small is the BIM & Digital Platforms manager at Tata Steel Europe. This role involves the delivery of product information (data and objects) for Tata Steel’s European businesses as well as the digital reach and interlock of the business through its data. Although starting with productspecific data, Alex’s role is now looking at ways in which a wide-ranging array of data might be linked to physical products to add value for product traceability, in-use performance, circular economy and digital construction as a whole. Alex, who was formally a Structural Engineer at ARUP, is involved in work for the UK BIM Alliance as part of their Product Data Working Group, he also represents worldsteel, EUROFER and UK steel in BIM standards committees and digital task groups. He is an active member of Constructing Excellence - chairing their manufacturing, technology and offsite theme group – and is leading Tata Steel’s involvement in two industry digital construction pilots: One on Tagging and Tracking products and one on Smart contracts (implementation of blockchain to increase productivity). He is also leading Tata Steel’s involvement in the SEISMIC platform.

Stavros Stefanis, PLM Lead, Deloitte US

Stavros Stefanis, PLM Lead, Deloitte US

Stavros is a Principal at Deloitte Consulting and brings 23 years of consulting experience, with a focus in Automotive industry. He has significant experience in R&D strategy, technology enabled digital transformation using product lifecycle management, portfolio management, software development and cost engineering tools. 

Stavros has a cross functional background with focus on software led design and development, product cost, product complexity reduction, service enablement through big data innovation and has also led product transformation projects within the automotive and adjacent industries in over 20 countries across the globe.

James Sullivan, Head of Global Sustainability Innovation Accelerator, SAP

James Sullivan, Head of Global Sustainability Innovation Accelerator, SAP

Jim is responsible for ensuring SAP’s vision to ‘help the world run better and improve people’s lives’ empowers our customers to solve some of the world’s biggest economic, environmental and societal issues via SAP’s collaborative network and technology solutions. Prior to joining SAP, Jim was part of the executive management team at Clear Standards where he was responsible for strategy and advisory services.Formerly Director and acting Branch Chief at US EPA, Jim is an internationally recognized expert on policies and measures to combat climate change. Prior to his service at EPA, Jim worked at Skadden, Arps.Jim is a member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Climate Change Officers and sits on the Advisory Board of Sustainable Brands. He represents SAP on the Corporate Advisory Council of The Sustainability Consortium and various technical workgroups of the World Resources Institute.Jim holds a M.Sc. from Johns Hopkins University and a B.A. from Brown University.

Patrick Thompson, CIO, Albemarle

Patrick Thompson, CIO, Albemarle

Patrick Thompson Executive Profile Chief Information Officer at Albemarle Corporation responsible for developing and executing Global Information & Digital Business Transformation Strategy. Proven Executive leader helping global fortune 500 companies in achieving operational performance and back office efficiencies. He has worked in several C-Level roles as well as consulting roles working with executive management teams to help build one fortune 1000 and two fortune 500 companies in his career. He has a proven track record of helping build profitable companies and growing the top and bottom line performance. Patrick was recently honored with the CIO Hall of Fame award and is a Top 100 CIO honoree from both CIO and Computerworld magazine. Patrick is also the Co-Chairman of the SAP CEAC (Chemical Executive Advisory Committee). HMG Advisory Board member, Charlotte CIO Advisory Board Member. OneVision Board member & Strategic Advisor. Past President LSU IT Advisory Board. He started his career as Managing Director of Andersen Business Consulting at Accenture helping companies with strategic planning, business systems planning, merger and acquisition integrations, and operational and sales performance management consulting.

Laura Tibodeau, CIO, Americas Styrenics

Laura Tibodeau, CIO, Americas Styrenics

Laura is an Experienced Senior Business Executive and Board Member with work experience in the Energy (Chemicals), High-Tech, Defense Systems and Aerospace industries.


Currently responsible for leading the Global Information Technology function of Americas Styrenics, to include its Digital Strategy and Cyber Security program.


Passion for driving transformative change in global companies. Experience building IT staff, infrastructure and systems portfolio, SAP practice and cyber security practice from ground zero. Reputation as a thought leader, consensus builder and integrator of people and processes. Professional interests include advancing artificial intelligence and machine learning; circularity for plastics and STEM.


Member of IT Executive Customer Advisory Boards (SAP, Verizon, Darktrace); Leader of American Chemistry Council CIO peer group; Serve on Board of Directors for Americas SAP User Group (ASUG) and Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas.

Sai Tulluri, Director – Technology, Accenture

Sai Tulluri, Director – Technology, Accenture

Bio coming soon.

Nemrude Verzano, Head of I4.0 and Digital Supply Chain Innovation, SAP

Nemrude Verzano, Head of I4.0 and Digital Supply Chain Innovation, SAP

Bio coming soon

Jessica Waagner, CCMP™, SHRM-CP, PHR Director, HR and Organizational Change Management, Ingevity

Jessica Waagner, CCMP™, SHRM-CP, PHR Director, HR and Organizational Change Management, Ingevity

Jessica Waagner is a highly motivated performance-driven professional. In her 15 years of driving organization performance, she has earned multiple certifications, and has been recognized for her work driving transformation. She joins Ingevity’s transformation project leading Change Management and Human Resources. Jessica and her team are leading the organization through Ingevity’s greenfield implantation of S/4HANA.

Dr. Thosten Wenzel, Global Vice President, Head of Industry Business Unity Chemicals, SAP

Dr. Thosten Wenzel, Global Vice President, Head of Industry Business Unity Chemicals, SAP

Dr. Thorsten Wenzel is Vice President and Global Head of Chemicals, Industry Business Solutions at SAP SE – the largest enterprise software company in the world. In this role, Thorsten is responsible for ensuring superior customer success and return on IT investment while driving profitable growth in SAP’s solution & service portfolio for the global chemical industry.

Stefan Weisenberger, Global Vice President, Head of Industry Business Unit Mill Products & Mining, SAP

Stefan Weisenberger, Global Vice President, Head of Industry Business Unit Mill Products & Mining, SAP

Stefan Weisenberger is Global Vice President and leads the Mill Products & Mining Industry Business Unit for SAP. In his role, Stefan is responsible for the strategic growth plans, industry strategy and solution portfolio for the mill products & mining industry, including the metals & mining, forest product, paper & packaging, building materials, plastics, textile, and furniture industries. Stefan works closely with SAP’s development and ecosystem organizations, customer co-innovation projects and industry advisory councils to define the investment strategy, solution roadmap, and strategic partnerships for the mill products & mining industry.Close to 25 years in the industry, Stefan has acquired deep industry expertise in the manufacturing industries & natural resource industries and has worked at SAP in various roles in industry & platform development, product management, and business development. Stefan is a regular speaker at ASUG and SAPPHIRE, and industry events.

Stefan's SAP & mill products related blogs: https://people.sap.com/stefan.weisenberger
Stefan on twitter: https://twitter.com/belobregovic

Svend Wittern, Global Vice President, Head of New Business & Industry Strategy, SAP

Svend Wittern, Global Vice President, Head of New Business & Industry Strategy, SAP

With more than 20 years in the area of business software, I am focusing on exploring and realizing the next wave of business solutions that deliver new technologies and business models to our customers. Understanding how technology drives societal change and building solutions that help to address the big challenges of our times is my ultimate stimulus. 

Alexander Wöhrl, SAP Lead Consultant, TietoEVRY

Alexander Wöhrl, SAP Lead Consultant, TietoEVRY

I am working as Solution Architect with +15 years of experience in SAP, including S/4HANA transformations with focus on end-to-end process integration. I provide expert level know-how in manufacturing, production planning and supply chain integration, based on several implementations.

Ready to help for your S/4HANA transformation journey towards an intelligent enterprise. My expertise is based on more than 20 successful implementations, not on PowerPoint theory.

Boris Zeller, Director Solution Management, Dr. Lauterbach & Partner GmbH

Boris Zeller, Director Solution Management, Dr. Lauterbach & Partner GmbH

Boris is responsible for the development teams with experts in SAP-ERP, SAP-MII and Industry 4.0. at Dr. Lauterbach  & Partner/ delaware Germany. He is leading the solution management, providing advanced solutions focusing on customers in Print & Packaging Industry. For our customers, we generate sustainable value by innovating “next-practices” on top of our “best practices”.

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