27-29 April, 2021 | Digital Event

International SAP Conferences for Forest Products, Paper and Packaging

Cross-Industry Event with the SAP Conferences for Building Materials; Chemicals; Mining & Metals

Meet Our Speakers

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. 

Hans-Peter Aregger, CIO, Perlen Packaging and CPH

Hans-Peter Aregger, CIO, Perlen Packaging and CPH

Hans-Peter Aregger is the Chief Information Officer at CPH. He is responsible for the IT strategy of all CPH business units and its implementation at all locations and IT security of CPH.

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. 

 

 

Andreas Bechtloff, Head of IT Application, Heinzel Group

Andreas Bechtloff, Head of IT Application, Heinzel Group

Andreas Bechtloff is responsible for the SAP-CC at Heinzel Group and project manager for the S/4 HANA greenfield project, where group processes are harmonized and separate SAP Systems are merged into one new S/4 HANA system. 

Alfred Becker, Global Lead Project Management, SAP

Alfred Becker, Global Lead Project Management, SAP

After graduating as a Pharmaceutical Engineer in Heidelberg, Germany, in 1988, Alfred Becker has had a long career both in industry (as a Production Validation Engineer at LaRoche, Switzerland) and in the software industry where he has held several roles at SAP. In 2000, he joined SAP as a Developer for the areas of ERP-SD, SCM-APO and in 2005 joined the Industry Business Unit (IBU) Mill Products as a Solution Manager. Since that time, Alfred has progressed to the positions of Global Lead for Paper & Packaging Industry (2009), and Global Lead for Plastics, Foil, Pulp, Wood, Forestry, Furniture, Paper & Packaging (2013). Since 2016, he has been Chief Solution Manager and Global Lead for the Paper & Packaging Industry and Manufacturing within Mill Products IBU at SAP.

Thomas Bloechl, COO, T.CON GmbH & Co. KG

Thomas Bloechl, COO, T.CON GmbH & Co. KG

Thomas Blöchl, T.CON’s COO and managing director, is the next generation of innovation drivers at the company. After receiving his degree in industrial engineering, he built vast expertise as a consultant, head of the MES business unit, MES product manager and member of the management board in the past 15 years. Thomas’ focus is enabling the Intelligent Enterprise through integrated end-to-end process. This reflects in his drive to continuously develop innovative products as a solid foundation for Industry 4.0. In his most current role as COO Thomas ensures T.CON achieves the best operational outcome for its customers worldwide.  

Gary Braunscheidel, Chief Technology Officer Information Technology, Baillie Lumber

Gary Braunscheidel, Chief Technology Officer Information Technology, Baillie Lumber

Gary is a business thinking I.T. Leader with over 20 years of experience buying, building, and deploying technology and business solutions helping business management deliver results which reflected positively on the bottom line. Starting as a Software Engineer working with the military developing and testing software, spending 17 years in wholesale distribution designing and developing ERP and custom applications growing sales and reducing costs, and finally starting a cloud computing company, Gary built talents for bridging the gap between business requirements and technology, developing business cases, and conducting benefits analysis helping executives leverage technology to run their business. 

Alberto Chamoso, IS Business Analyst, SAICA

Alberto Chamoso, IS Business Analyst, SAICA

Alberto Chamoso has worked at SAICA for the last 11 years in several IS projects, for different business areas. He has extensive experience in implementing different ERPs in the company plants. Alberto also spent 9 years working at SAP.

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.

Lon Cohen, Solution Architect Delivery, Illumiti

Lon Cohen, Solution Architect Delivery, Illumiti

Accomplished leader by creating vision and purpose, handling multiple initiatives, and bringing unity to cross-discipline teams. Proficient at building relationships within IT and across the business, to allow people to grow while simultaneously delivering company goals. Experienced in roles from performing configuration to long term strategy. Track record of delivering integrated solutions, across diverse platforms, with cross-functional teams. Over 20 years of experience in SAP, across many modules and products. Always curious. 

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.

Jean Figueredo da Silva, IT Coordinator – Forestry Business IT, Klabin

Jean Figueredo da Silva, IT Coordinator – Forestry Business IT, Klabin

Graduated in business administration, with 27 years of experience in Forestry IT. Performance at Suzano and Klabin, two largest companies in the sector in Brazil. Manager of teams, projects in agile methodology and strong experience in digital transformation.

Karl Fuchs, Managing Director, T.CON GmbH & Co. KG

Karl Fuchs, Managing Director, T.CON GmbH & Co. KG

Striving to join people, processes and technology on the SAP platform has been the driving force behind Karl Fuchs’ career. Getting his start as an industrial engineer at the University of Applied Sciences in Munich, he eventually built his expertise in SAP consulting skills through various career moves. As one of the founding members 20 years ago, he has built T.CON from the ground up to become a trusted SAP Gold partner with a team of well over 300 experts. As CEO and active managing partner, he is pushing forward what is possible with SAP technology.

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.

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.

Dr. Ulrich Hornfeck, Member of Management Board, Sandler AG

Dr. Ulrich Hornfeck, Member of Management Board, Sandler AG

Dr. Ulrich Hornfeck has worked at Sandler AG for 13 years. Starting as Senior Manager of Product Management, he was instrumental in R&D and strategic product development for absorbent Hygiene products. Dr Hornfeck has also held positions as Sales Director and VP of Sales, Logistics and Procurement, and has spent the last 9 years as Member of the Management Board.

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”.

Tom Linton, Board Member, Senior Advisor, Author, Digital Supply Chain Innovator, Linton Advisors

Tom Linton, Board Member, Senior Advisor, Author, Digital Supply Chain Innovator, Linton Advisors

Tom Linton was most recently the chief procurement and supply chain officer for Flex (NASDAQ: FLEX). Flex has more than 220,000 professionals across 30 countries providing innovative design, engineering, manufacturing, real-time supply chain insight and logistics services.

Mr. Linton spent 20 years at IBM, developing and founding several world-wide trading and technical centers. After leaving IBM, Mr. Linton helped found E2Open, Inc., a supply chain software company. He has served as Chief Procurement Officer of Agere Systems, Freescale Semiconductor and Executive Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer at LG Electronics.

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. 

Ulrich Middelberg, Head of IT, Steinbeis Papier GmbH

Ulrich Middelberg, Head of IT, Steinbeis Papier GmbH

Ulrich Middleberg is the IT Lead for Steinbeis since 2017. Steinbeis has been around for more than 40 years and has a portfolio that is 100% made of waste paper and is created in one of the most modern paper mills in Europe in an energy-efficient, low-emission and resource-saving manner. Prior to that, Ulrich was at DuMont Systems and Axel Springer, where he held the functions of Application Lead and IT Operations Security & Projects Lead, respectively.

Phillip Morgenthaler, Chief Operating Officer, Perlen Packaging

Phillip Morgenthaler, Chief Operating Officer, Perlen Packaging

Philipp Morgenthaler is the Chief Operating Officer at Perlen Packaging. He is responsible for five state-of-the-art manufacturing locations in CH, DE, USA, CN, BR, and has additional responsibility for the departments R&D, IT, Engineering and Quality Management.

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.

Sergio Perez Aranda, IS OTC Director, SAICA

Sergio Perez Aranda, IS OTC Director, SAICA

Sergio Perez Aranda has been working for SAICA since 2010 as Business Analyst, Project Manager and IS Director. 

He has previously worked as an Analyst and Project Manager for several companies and, additionally, teacher in the Univerity of Zaragoza. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

Sanjay Srivastava, Senior Director - IT, Evergreen Packaging

Sanjay Srivastava, Senior Director - IT, Evergreen Packaging

Senior IT executive with diverse technology and functional business experience involving Finance, Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Digital Transformation, Analytics, Customer Relationship Management, IT Infrastructure, and Cloud Integration/Migration. I take technology-enabled business initiatives from vision to architecture and from business requirements to global deployment, guided by a strong foundation of Project Management, and Hands-on technical expertise. Exceptional ability to architect business solutions using SAP Applications (ECC, S/4 HANA, Ariba, PO, SLT, SCP, EWM, SAP Persona, Fiori) and deliver large complex IT and business programs requiring significant investment and change. I have worked with multiple non-SAP applications (Microsoft, Oracle, Coupa, Perfect Commerce, etc.) and integrated systems to provide seamless data management across the landscape and improved ease of use for users. I have a collaborative leadership style and entrepreneurial spirit and have proven aptitude in developing and retaining a high performing team in multiple mergers, divestiture, and acquisition scenarios. I am a partner trusted by stakeholders for thought leadership, judgment, driving agility, and business alignment.

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.

Rainer Steffl, Chief Information Officer, Mondi

Rainer Steffl, Chief Information Officer, Mondi

Experienced Chief Information Officer (CIO) with a demonstrated history of working in the paper and packaging industry managing global IT operations and largescale ERP implementations. Skilled in IT Strategy, Business Transformation, Digital Transformation, IT Management, and IT Governance. 

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.

Anoop Thaker, General Manager Procurement, Orora Limited

Anoop Thaker, General Manager Procurement, Orora Limited

Anoop Thakur is a highly qualified supply chain leader with a wide skill set and strong experience. Experience across technology, consulting and industry with experience in Auto, Retail, Oil and Gas, Construction and Packaging Manufacturing.

Jim Thompson, CEO, Paperitalo Publications

Jim Thompson, CEO, Paperitalo Publications

Jim Thompson has been in the pulp and paper industry for 47 years out of a total industrial experience of 51 years. Founded Talo Analytic International in 1992, a boutique consultancy specializing in business and technical issues related to the forest products, basic steel, chemical, and other heavy industry. In this capacity, successfully generated and completed assignments with over 250 clients throughout North America and around the world. Given over 50 speeches in the United States, Canada, Poland, China and South Korea; written hundreds of articles; and cited over forty times in trade, newspaper, and general interest publications. Prior, served as Executive Vice President of Jaakko Poyry, Inc., Raleigh, North Carolina. Served as Mill Manager for Packaging Corporation of America, and enjoyed engineering assignments with Westvaco and Procter & Gamble.

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

Sai Tulluri leads Accenture’s SAP CX practice in Europe. He is dedicated to helping companies across all major markets in their sales and digital transformation journey using SAP CX and other SAP Digital and Cloud solutions as enablers. Sai has held several roles, including application architect, delivery lead and solution development and practice lead on emerging technologies. He has experience across leading platforms that include Salesforce and several Salesforce ISVs, Callidus, Medallia, Qualtrics and the SAP CX portfolio.

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

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”.

Klaudia Szelugowska

Phone: +44 - (2) 0121 200 3810

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