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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.

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.

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.

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.

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 in the enterprise he currently works 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. In addition, Andreas is APICS CPIM, CSCP and SCOR-P certified. Andreas is a qualified Chemical Engineer and completed his Master Thesis at Michigan State University in the USA. His current job responsibility is Regional Project Management for Capital Engineering Projects.

Thilo is Global Supply Chain Consultant and Senior Business Planning Expert 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 as well as CDDP certified.

He started his professional career at BASF as global Process Expert and Supply Chain Manager for the Performance Pigment 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.

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.

Martin is Director Supply Chain Academy at PMI Production Management Institute GmbH. He has 20+ years of professional experience as manager and trainer and is an expert in lean, continuous improvement and operational excellence implementation, training programs and methods. He is APICS CSCP certified.

Martin started his professional career as an engineer in a mid-sized packaging company, leading the introduction of group work. In his function as head of assembly and production optimization at Gildemeister, he introduced Lean Management at the production sites. He also worked as a consultant in Germany, Europe and United States in mechanical engineering, automotive and aerospace industries. Martin introduced and led the Airbus Lean Academy Germany and has actively coached and trained executives and employees. He also acted as Head of Operational Excellence and Quality at Bombardier Transportation with the focus on initiatives to improve the performance and quality of Bombardier production plants.

Daniel is researching the value of the European serialization obligation for the improvement of pharmaceutical supply chains at the Kühne Logistics University. He focusses on an operational level with respect to production planning, inventory management, sales and marketing effectiveness as well as optimizing financial KPIs. The ambition derived from experiences with a former position as plant manager for several years with G. Pohl-Boskamp.

Beside plant operations he has 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 Supply Chain Manager at Nexans in Mönchengladbach. He has been teaching for PMI and also company internal for many years. Andreas has 18+ years of experience in Supply Chain, Purchasing, Logistics & Operations Management. He has provided leadership, strategy and coaching for Supply Chain Transformation Projects, S&IOP Process implementation and continuous development within volatile and uncertain environments. Steadily striving for differentiation through Innovation completes his profile. He is APICS CPIM certified.

Andreas 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 Head of Supply Chain Management at Nexans he is responsible for leading and developing the end to end supply chain operations to reach the highest level of customer satisfaction.

Christian is Supply Chain Consultant and Continuous Improvement Program Lead in Wuppertal. He has been teaching for PMI and also company internal for many years. Christian has more than 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 he is responsible for the development, implementation and improvement for a Production System for Europe.

Christian is Director of Strategic Purchasing at MELECS EWS GmbH in Györ Hungary. He has been teaching for PMI and also company internal for many years. He has 20+ years experience in strategic purchasing and supply chain management.He is APICS CPIM and CPSM certified.

Christian started his professional career at Philips as an initial buyer for strategic components. For 10 years, as Head of Supply Chain Management , he managed the complete supply chain group of Robust Electronics in Hungary including planning, purchasing, warehouse management and customs department. Successful implementations of consignment stocks with far east suppliers and outsourcing of warehousing were key parts of his activity. Now, he is responsible for a group of purchasing managers in the area of electronics, electro mechanics and PCB. Main focus is the continuous improvement of the purchasing strategy, category strategies and selecting and developing of the respective purchasing managers. He has a strong background in sourcing for automotive projects and customers.

Thorsten leads the Production Planning & Scheduling Teams for Europe at Celanese Engineered Materials in Frankfurt. He has been teaching for PMI and also for the for MSc. in Production Planning & Scheduling at Provadis School of International Management & Technology during the last 5+ years. Thorsten has 15+ years of experience in Sales & Operations Planning, Master Planning and Detailed Scheduling. He is APICS CPIM and CSCP certified.

He started his professional career at Celanese in Customer Service and led the demand planning process in his early years. As Supply Chain Planner at Celanese, he was responsible for 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 multi-purpose production units. Thorsten is currently managing a network of 6 production plants in a complex batch-production environment.

Michael is currently Logistics Manager at Volvo Construction Equipment Germany in Konz. He has been an associate instructor for PMI since 2014. Michael has extensive supply chain experience and knowledge, particularly in strategic purchasing and logistics. He is APICS CSCP certified.

Michael started his professional career over 30 years ago in the United States Air Force as a Communications-Electronics Officer, Logistics Officer and then Department of Defense Procurement Program Manager. In 1998 he transitioned to European employment, working in Luxembourg for Embry Riddle Aeronautical University as Country Center Director, and in Germany as Purchasing Manager of Painex Pharma GmbH. Finally, in 2007 he joined Volvo as a Senior Strategic Buyer, progressing to Regional Commodity Buyer, Purchasing Manager and Logistics Manager.