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Driven by new developments, trends and technological breakthroughs, the business environment and the corresponding supply chains and networks are changing at an ever increasing pace. For this reason, PMI has developed a strong network of trainers who are experienced supply chain practitioners working in various industries in supply chain management positions.

Our trainers have the insights into current and future challenges and developments as these are part of their daily business. They are working with the concepts and frameworks which are covered in our Supply Chain Education and certification programs as they are working in Supply Chain positions within their organizations. In many cases, they have implemented and / or are managing these processes and systems. Our trainers have acquired problem-solving skills, used various management techniques and developed the required soft skills as they are working in management positions in their companies. The PMI trainers enrich our Supply Chain Education and certification programs by sharing their experiences and best practices from industry.

Our trainers have various professional and trainer qualifications and certifications and are passionate about continuous education and sharing experience.

Julien is Head of Supply Chain Management at Weleda AG Switzerland in Arlesheim. He has been teaching for PMI for 3+ years. Julien has 10+ years experience in production planning processes, material management and logistics. Julien is APICS CPIM, CSCP and CLTD as well as CDDP certified.

He started his career as a Supply Chain Project Engineer and managed the introduction of planning but also master data processes and new ERP as a Business Process Engineer. He now leads a team of 35 people, in charge of the end to end supply chain of a major producer of natural and organic cosmetics and medicines.

Daniel has spent 10 years in the medical and machinery industry in the fields of Finance, Process and Lean Management as well as Supply Chain.

As Procurement and Material Planning Manager, he was responsible for forming a central planning function. His team was in charge of managing the supplier side, reducing raw materials stock and implementing a planning process for MTO products.

In his current role as Head of Materials Management, Daniel is in charge of an organization of 50 employees in logistics, purchasing and planning. He has successfully led the consolidation of the supply chain functions of two production facilities into one.

Daniel is APICS CPIM certified and a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.

Kai heads the supply chain department at BioNTech AG Mainz. He has been teaching for PMI since 2016. Kai has 10+ years of experience in operations but also strategic supply chain management in the pharmaceutical and chemical industry. As engineer in microsystems technology and MBA, he holds an APICS CPIM certification.

Kai started his professional career at Schott AG Mainz as process development engineer for optical coatings. After two years in technical Marketing at Merck KGaA, Kai worked 3 years as inhouse Consultant for Merck on different projects focusing on operations and SCM. He left Merck as head of Demand Management Global SCM Colour Pigments and moved to Boehringer Ingelheim. At Boehringer Ingelheim Kai coordinated global SCM activities for all Americas, Europe and Asia/Australia. The last 2 years at Boehringer Ingelheim Kai lead the supply chain of the biggest Blockbuster Spiriva® focusing on production planning. In October 2017 Kai joined the BioNTech AG Mainz as department head supply chain.

Wolfgang is Senior Supply Chain Manager at Merck KGaA in Darmstadt, Germany. He has been teaching for PMI since 2017 and conducting company internal trainings since 2013. Wolfgang has 7+ years experience in supply chain planning, i.e. demand planning, supply network planning and supply & production planning. Moreover he has experience in logistics and is an expert in the area of supply chain management IT systems. Wolfgang is APICS CPIM certified.

He started his professional career at Unilever as Transportation & Supply Planner. After that he joined Danone, being part of the Junior Management Program as Junior Supply Chain Manager and finally taking over the role as Demand Planning Manager. As Senior Supply Chain Manager at Merck he is responsible for the enhancement and development of the supply chain planning processes as well as the related supply chain IT landscape.

Ramona is an international project manager for major strategic projects and trainings in Supply Chain Management at Voith Group. Among her successful projects are the development of a global SCM controlling, the optimization of purchasing in China and the introduction of a Sales & Operations Planning process. In 2016, she was honored with the Supply Chain Management Award by LOGISTIK HEUTE and PWC Strategy & for the design of a closed-loop planning process, the sustainable roll-out and the corresponding analytics cockpit.

Ramona began her career in operational responsibility as Global Order Manager for a global formwork and scaffolding manufacturer. In 2011, she moved on to Strategic Planning as Demand and S & OP Planner. She then built up the strategic department  ​​supply chain excellence, which accelerated the organization significantly on the topics of process optimization, standards and visionary thinking.

Natalie is Senior Logistics Manager for external warehouses and CMOs at Merck in Darmstadt. She has been teaching for PMI since 2016. Natalie has 20+ years of experience in the pharmaceutical sector, successfully facilitating and linking between regional organizations, third party customers and supply chain organizations. She is APICS CPIM certified.

She started her professional career at Merck as Order Manager and area Operations Manager. Being part of the start-up team she implemented processes necessary for the newly established organization for the 3rd party business. As a Supply Chain Business Franchise Leader and later on a Global Product Supply Leader, she gained experience in the classical tasks of Supply Chain Management as well as steering a cross-functional team. As Senior Logistics Manager, Natalie manages interactions with 3PLs, continuously evaluates and implements improvement opportunities into action. She ensures full GDP compliance of logistic processes.

Thomas is an expert in digitalization and data integration in end to end operations applying Industry 4.0 and IIoT practices. Currently Director Digital Transformation at RFS – Radio Frequency Systems and previously in Operations Innovation at Nokia. He has led various S&OP activities at Nokia while being an educated BPM Business Architect with many years of transformation experience.

He is a member of the board of APICS Supply Chain Council with an engineering degree from the University of Connecticut as well as an executive education from IMD business school in Switzerland.

Stefan is Director of Education and Research at PMI Production Management Institute GmbH, and is responsible for trainer qualification and education program content and didactics. Stefan has more than 14+ years experience in training and education. He holds all supply chain certifications offered by PMI and works as trainer for S&OP and Supply Chain Management. Stefan is an instructor for APICS certifications and the business simulations “The Fresh Connection” and “The Cool Connection”.

In the past, Stefan was Director Education at Inchainge, the company that developed the business simulations “The Fresh Connection” and “The Cool Connection”. He worked as senior lecturer at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences for 7+ years. Prior to this he was employed as regional sales and operations planner at Philips Consumer Electronics Headquarters in Amsterdam and as controller purchasing mainstream CE at Philips Consumer Electronics in Eindhoven.

Andreas spent 30+ years in the Chemical Industry and 20+ years in Supply Chain Management. As a plant Supply Chain Manager dealing with hands-on day-to-day management of raw materials and finished product, as Regional Supply Planner and later as Global Supply Chain Manager dealing with finished product supply, demand and inventory on a large scale. He has worked as an internal Supply Chain Consultant for the plastics, paint and food businesses and as a Regional Project Manager in the enterprise he worked for.

Before he joined the Supply Chain world, his responsibilities were in an Operations environment with improvement tasks as a Process and Quality Engineer. Later he changed to managing Manufacturing units in supervisory roles. During a Continuous Improvement assignment he certified as Six-Sigma Black Belt. Andreas is a qualified Chemical Engineer and completed his Master Thesis at Michigan State University in the USA. He is currently self-employed and works as a SC consultant and APICS/ASCM trainer.

Thilo is Global Senior Expert Business Process Optimization at BASF SE in Ludwigshafen. He has been teaching for PMI and also company-internal for many years. Thilo has 16+ years of experience in process and IT-system design, global implementation projects and continuous improvement projects. Thilo is APICS CPIM and CSCP, CDDP and PMP certified and is certified TFC trainer.

He started his professional career at BASF as global Business Expert and Supply Chain Manager for the Performance Pigments Division. He was for many years global process owner and global gatekeeper for Sales and Operations Planning at BASF Group and led global Supply Chain, S&OP, Planning and Inventory Optimization projects.

Bruno is Director Distribution Europe at Leica Biosystems in Nussloch. He has been teaching for PMI and also company internal for many years. Bruno has 20+ years of experience in re-engineering processes, supply chains and complete businesses. He is APCIS CSCP certified.

Bruno started his professional career at Eckrich+Schwarz, joined the Theo Mueller Group as Process Manager where he contributed by establishing a supply chain management organization and was responsible for the Tactical Planning. He later joined the Lapp Group fostering performance, growth and profitability of the productions plants directly reporting to the owner, before taking over one plant as Operations Manager and leading it to significant performance, winning benchmarks as well as an international innovation award. Now at Leica, Bruno is in charge of Logistics, Warehousing and Trade Compliance across Europe, fulfilling customer’s expectations and developing new services, boosting performance and profitability.

Thomas is Head of Supply Chain and Managing Director Logistics at Sonae Arauco Deutschland GmbH. He has been teaching for PMI for 4+ years and has various APICS certifications. Thomas has 28+ years of experience in business process design, operations and logistics in different branches of industry, e-commerce and retail. He is APICS CSCP and CLTD certified.

Thomas started his professional career as a Project engineer and Head of Logistics in France and Germany. In 2000, he moved from industrial- into project- and customer service related business and developed modern 3-PL concepts and e-commerce processes. For 10 years, Thomas has been Head of Supply Chain and Logistics at Sonae Arauco Deutschland GmbH and responsible for S&OP implementation and profitability business design.

Daniel is a Supply Chain professional who started his Supply Chain career with the Dallas based Chemical company Celanese Corporation. Within Celanese Daniel held various Supply Chain roles with increasing responsibilities. As a project leader he managed various projects resulting in multimillion savings and process optimizations. Currently Daniel holds the position of Senior Specialist OPEX within Celanese. In this role he is responsible for managing the European logistics operational excellence team as well as managing Global (M&A) projects.

Daniel is APICS CSCP and CLTD certified, and part of the instructor development program at APICS. In 2017 he started teaching CLTD courses in Germany and the Netherlands, and serves as a member of the CSCP certification sub-committee in Chicago.

Ramona is Global Materials Manager at Destaco Europe GmbH (Dover Corporation). She has 8+ years of experience in lean manufacturing, global supply chain and S&OP processes. She is APCIS CPIM and CSCP certified.

Ramona graduated B.Eng. (Industrial Engineering) in Romania and MBA in Frankfurt. She started her professional career in 2011 at Eaton, progressing from an Operational Leadership Program into a Material Specialist position role and afterwards into a Lean Engineer role. She joined Destaco in 2015 as Materials Manager Europe being responsible for improving supply chain with a lean approach; centralizing planning and purchasing in Europe (5 locations). In 2017, she was promoted to Global Materials Manager being responsible for S&OP global process implementation and owner of global inventory strategy and budgeting. She developed a tool to drive healthy inventory by treating High Runners and Low Runners differently.

Daniel is the COO of purefood GmbH, a social food startup, and heads Supply Chain Management/Operations, operational Finance and IT. He completed an Executive MBA at  Kühne Logistics University. For his thesis, he did research on the value of the European serialization obligation for the improvement of pharmaceutical supply chains. This research topic was derived from several years  experience in the position of plant manager  with G. Pohl-Boskamp.

Beside plant operations Daniel also gained experience as project manager in strategic supply chain management for emerging markets and in technology transfer of productions to CMOs with Merck Serono. He started his career after graduating as a chemical engineer in R&D with B.Braun Melsungen with focus on pharmaceutical process development, packaging integrity and scale-up for commercialization. In short, by these diverse positions he personally embraces value chain thinking from the customer to R&D and vice versa. Daniel is APICS CPIM and CSCP certified.

Andreas is the Head of Operations at the Thermo Fisher Scientific plant in Langenselbold. He has been teaching for PMI and also company internal for 3 years. Andreas has more than 9 years of experience in Operations Management, Industrial Engineering and Supply Chain Management.

He started his professional career at Airbus as a Consultant and Industrial Engineer for Product Optimization Engineering. As Head of Operations at Thermo Fisher Scientific he has the full responsibility for all end-to-end processes within a multi million plant. He is responsible for the plant wide implementation of the SIOP process, multiple outsourcing projects, OEM and continuous improvement initiatives.

Andreas started his Part-Time PhD in Operations Research at the Durham University Business School in October 2018 with a focus on Supply Chain and Cost Optimization.

Andreas  is Supply Chain Manager at Nexans. He has been teaching for PMI and also company internal for many years. Andreas  has around 20 years of experience in Supply Chain, Purchasing, Logistics & Operations Management. He provides leadership, strategy and coaching for Supply Chain Transformation Projects, SIOP Process implementation and continuous development within volatile and uncertain environments. Steadily striving for differentiation through Innovation completes his profile. He is a certified APICS instructor.

He started his professional career at Siemens AG in various Strategic Purchasing and Sourcing functions within the Communication sector. He led and improved the category management for various segments at Nexans Group and Country level Purchasing. As Supply Chain Manager at Nexans he is responsible for leading and developing the global end to end supply chain operations to reach highest level of customer satisfaction.

Christian is Supply Chain Consultant and Continuous Improvement Coach. He has been teaching for PMI and also company internal for many years. Christian has 25+ years of experience in process reengineering, quality and continuous improvement projects. He is APICS and DDI Instructor, Six Sigma Master Black Belt, Lean Practitioner and Lean Coach.

He started his professional career at Inpro as an Project engineer for production technology for Automotive Application Technology. As head of the Lab Application and the Quality Technology Group at Dupont Performance Coatings he introduced Lean Processes and Cross functional Quality assurance processes including Sales, Technology and Supply Chain. As the Senior Supply Chain Consultant at Axalta Coating Systems he was responsible for the development, implementation and improvement of the Axalta Production System for Europe.

Thorsten Zedel is Leading the Supply Chain Organization for D/A/CH at P&G Health Germany and responsible for S&OP, Supply Planning and Customer Service. He has been teaching for PMI and also for the Provadis School of International Management & Technology, as well as the Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK) for the last five years. Thorsten has more than 18 years of experience in Sales & Operations Planning, Master Planning and Detailed Scheduling and Customer Service.

He started his professional career at Celanese in Customer Service and was leading the demand planning process in his early years. As Supply Chain Planner at Celanese, he became responsible for the managing the regional supply network and inventories in Europe, as well as the S&OP process. In his role as Head of Production Planning at Merck, Thorsten was responsible for the detailed production scheduling and sequencing for complex multi-purpose production units. At Celanese, Thorsten managed a network of 6 production plants across Europe in a complex batch-production environment.

Thorsten is APICS CPIM and CSCP certified.

Mike is Senior Commodity Buyer at Volvo Construction Equipment (VCE), and is responsible for sourcing strategy and management of steel product suppliers for Europe. He has 35+ years experience in purchasing and logistics. He has been an APICS CSCP instructor for PMI since 2014.

Mike started his supply chain career with the U.S. Air Force as a logistics officer. He then worked in the telecommunications, pharmaceutical and education sectors, before joining VCE in 2007. Since then, Mike has served as strategic buyer, Purchasing Manager, and Logistics manager before taking his current position.