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Stefan Putzlocher, Director Logistics, Mercedes-Benz Manufacturing Hungary Kft.

Stefan Putzlocher graduated in micro and precision engineering at the Georg-Simon-Ohm Fachhochschule Nuernberg, Germany and started his career at Mercedes-Benz in 1994 within the Mercedes-Benz Graduate Programme. Later he gained experience in several logistics projects at the Sindelfingen plant in Germany. In 2000 he was appointed as Manager Supply Chain Management before he moved to McLaren Cars Ltd. in the UK in 2003 as Logistics Manager. Later he was promoted to Head of Purchasing and Logistics at the HighPerformanceEngines Ltd., UK which is producing the Mercedes-Benz Formula 1 race car engines for Team McLaren Mercedes. There he was overlooking Purchasing, Product Data & Engineering Change Management, Materials Control, Stores and Transport & Trackside Logistics Support. In 2007 Stefan Putzlocher returned to Sindelfingen as the Head of Logistics Planning/ Industrial Engineering managing the department, including Logistics Series Planning for S-, E-, C-Class, Supply Chain Planning, Workforce Calculation and Efficiency Controlling for Logistics Operations (1.700 direct & 450 indirect staff), running of all operational IT-systems for goods receipt, warehousing, line feeding and delivery call-offs. In December 2008 he was promoted to Head of Quality Management and Logistics at the Mercedes-Benz Kecskemét Plant in Hungary. There he was building up and leading the Quality Management and Logistics Operations with a planned 800 staff members in both functions by 2011. Since March 2010 Stefan Putzlocher has held his current position as Director Logistics at  Mercedes-Benz Manufacturing Hungary Kft. In 2002 he was appointed to the Advisory Board of the Masters-Programme “Executive MBA in International SCM” offered by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, Switzerland. 

Dr.  Johann Seif, Executive Vice President Supply Chain, Henkel CEE

Dr. Johann Seif graduated in Chemical Engineering at the Technical University of Vienna in 1985 and received his PhD in 1987. Following his studies he developed his professional career within Henkel holding positions such as Production Manager at sites in Germany, Austria and Slovakia. Furthermore he was the Head of Material and Production Management CEE for four years before he became the head of Material Management for Cosmetics Global and the Head of Global Supply Chain Laundry & Home Care. Dr. Johann Seif holds his current position as Executive Vice President Supply Chain Henkel CEE as of 2002 overlooking 32 countries in CEE and Central Asia.


András Buzinkay,  Logistics Operation Manager, South-East Europe, Unilever Supply Chain Company AG

András Buzinkay graduated in Civil Engineering at the Technical University of Budapest. He joined Unilever 18 years ago, starting his career in manufacturing and gaining experience in the manufacture of both frozen food and homecare products before later becoming responsible for supply planning of the personal care division in Hungary. He gained experience liaising with customers as the head of the order-taking and invoicing department of Unilever in Hungary before then receiving additional responsibility for warehousing and distribution activities in Hungary. From 2005 András Buzinkay gained more business insight as the supply chain manager of the Algida ice cream business unit of Unilever Hungary,  where supply chain became a key contributor to the success of the Algida business.  In 2009 he gained regional responsibility when tasked with organizing the full warehousing and distribution activities of Unilever in Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and the Adriatic countries.  In 2010 he moved to a European role in Unilever Supply Chain Company AG, being responsible for Unilever’s warehousing and transportation activities in Italy, Greece and Romania. Further to this role he is also the logistics business partner for the European Personal Care Category within Unilever. András Buzinkay is a member of the Hungarian Association of Logistics, Purchasing and Inventory Management (HALPIM) and active in the field of logistics education.

Péter Kiss, President, Hungarian Association of Logistics, Purchasing and Inventory Management (HALPIM) and Head of Supply Chain Management and Logistics, Mylan

Péter Kiss received his master in chemical engineering from the Technical University of Budapest Hungary in 1980 and started his career in 1976 at CHINOIN Ltd. Co. in Hungary as the Head of a laboratory in the pilot plant. In 1992 he was promoted to the Head of domestic sales and wholesales where he established the administrative, economic and financial system for that new division. Between 1994 and 2002 he was the Head of Logistics responsible for the implementation, direction and development of purchasing, production planning, warehousing, transports and customs. In 2003 he was promoted to Director of Distribution. In 2010 he moved on to Mylan Hungary Kft. as the Head of Supply Chain and Logistics. In his current position he takes an active role to build up the new pharmaceutical packaging company, is establishing and managing the Supply Chain and Logistics organisation, is heading purchasing, production planning, warehousing and distribution and is the business head of the SAP implementation. On top Péter Kiss is the President of the Hungarian Association of Logistics, Purchasing and Inventory Management (HALPIM) since 2002 and is teaching logistics at several management schools and at the Corvinus University of Budapest since 1995.

Pascal Männche, Senior Vice President Logistics, DEUTZ AG

Pascal Männche graduated in Business Administration at the University of Applied Science in Fulda, Germany in 1999 and started his career in several management functions at ALCAN Singen GmbH, for example as the Head of Logistics for the ALCAN Plant in Neckarsulm, Germany. He was also actively involved in the restructuring of the entire supply chain management and the set-up of the logistics control centre for the AUDI A2. In 2001 Pascal Männche joined the company ZF Friedrichshafen AG as Project Manager, Supply Chain Management where he managed several national and international logistics projects at corporate level. In 2004 he was appointed as the Director of Logistics and Member of the Board at ZF Hungária Kft. in Eger, Hungary. Pascal Männche has held his current position as the Senior Vice President Logistics overlooking global logistics at DEUTZ AG since 2009. Besides his strategic responsibility at corporate level he also runs the operative logistics at the engine production plant in Cologne, Germany.

Zoltán Gábor, General Manager, Site & Operations, GE Healthcare

Zoltán Gábor graduated from the Faculty for Mathematics and Informatics at Babes Bolyai University Romania in 1993. He completed his postgraduate studies in Economics and Applied Logistics at Budapest’s Corvinus University in 2000. In 1993 he joined GE Lighting Budapest as a logistics trainee and inventory planner. In 1995 Zoltán Gábor became the Supply Chain Manager, responsible for PSI and OTR. In 1998 and 1999 he worked in the Netherlands, being responsible for distribution and quality management at GE Plastics in Bergen op Zoom and in 2001 he became the Transfer Project Leader at GE Medical Systems in Buc, France. There he managed development and transfer projects coming to Hungary from all over the world. Coming back to Hungary he led a major greenfield investment, building up from zero a complete new factory and raising it to a world-class standard. Zoltán Gábor has held his current position as General Manager responsible for site and operations at GE Healthcare since 2003. There he is responsible for the systematic development and standardization of the main operational processes, manufacturing methodology and strategies as well as the whole supply chain with the aim of improving efficiency and costs. Zoltán Gábor is also actively involved in corporate social responsibility in his role as President of the group ‘GE Volunteers in Hungary’.

Werner Eberhart, Director Supply Chain Management & Logistics, Globus

Werner Eberhart started his career with Globus Germany, working from 1988 to 1993 as Deputy Head of the IT department. During that period he developed and implemented software solutions for several warehouse management functions. Between 1994 and 1998 he was promoted to various managerial positions within the IT department, for example implementing scanner checkouts with a 100% scanning quote. In 1999 he moved to the Czech Republic and became the Head of Inventory Management and the Organisation department. In his new position he implemented several IT warehouse management tools and was also responsible for supplier management. Since 2005 he has been the Logistics Director and was appointed to set-up the Globus Dry Food warehouse. In 2010 Werner Eberhart was appointed to his current position in which he is responsible for developing and implementing an integrated supply chain management concept for Globus’ entire operations in the Czech Republic. 

László Urbányi, General Manager, Raba Components Manufacturing Ltd. & Managing Director, Fehrer Raba Automotive Ltd.

László Urbányi received his degree in mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Budapest in 1990. He later went on to complete his degree as an engineer economist in 1993 and his MBA in 2003 with a focus on management, production and quality management. He started his career at Csepel F+K Machine-tool Production Co. in 1990 and moved on to GE Lighting in 1992 where he held several management positions including Material Manager, Deputy Production Manager, Transfer Manager and Manager of Shop Operation. In 1998 he joined Thomas&Betts where as Managing Director and Plant Manager he set up their second plant and implemented the QS 9000 and ISO 9001/2000 standards. In 2003 he moved on to Flextronics International as Director of Operations before being promoted to role of Assistant General Manager of WHIP Enclosure. László Urbányi has held his current position as General Manager at Raba Components Manufacturing Ltd since 2005 and his position as Managing Director at Fehrer Raba Automotive Ltd since 2008. Besides his management task at Raba he is also responsible for setting-up a new German-Hungarian joint venture to support the growth of OEMs in the CEE region.

Zsolt Hergyó, Supply Chain Manager CEE Region, BBraun Medical Ltd.

Zsolt Hergyó graduated from the Szent István University and College. Afterwards he continued his studies at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics where he obtained his Masters of economics and his MBA. Zsolt Hergyó spent ten successful years in a multinational environment at 3M and Levi Strauss in the field of Supply Chain Management before he joined the BBraun Group as the Supply Chain Manager in 2003. At BBraun he established the Shared Logistics Service Center to consolidate and manage all Supply Chain Management related activities of the BBraun Group in Hungary. In 2008 he was promoted to the Regional Supply Chain Manager responsible for the Central and South East European supply chain activities of the BBraun Group. After establishing the regional distribution center in Timisoara in 2009, his team is nowadays responsible for the supply of the BBraun affiliates and dealers in the Balkan and Adrian Region. Beside his tutorial activities, Zsolt Hergyó is taking an active part of the professional work of the Pharmaceutical section of the Hungarian Association of Logistics, Purchasing and Inventory Management.

Marcin Hajdul MSc. Eng., Project Manager & Deputy Head of the Logistic Expertise Department at ILiMand  Board Member of the Polish & European Logistics Association

Marcin Hajdul graduated at the Poznan University of Technology, specializing in road transportation in the faculty of Working Machines and Transportation. As a recognized specialist in the field of logistics he is a board member of the European Logistics Association and of the Polish Logistics Association (PTL), while as project manager and deputy head of the Logistic Expertise department at the Institute of Logistics and Warehousing (ILiM), he is involved in research projects, EU projects and commercial projects. Furthermore, Marcin has participated and managed several projects of the EU’s Framework programme including those co-funded by FP5, FP6, FP7 and INTERREG IIIB&C. At the moment he is finalizing his PhD thesis concerning the coordination of processes according to the concept of sustainable development.

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