Learn from the most influential tech leaders, as they share knowledge, and resources to enable you to become a more effective leader.
Dr. Bernhard Kirchmair is leading the corporate digital strategy, transformation agenda, data-driven value propositions, digital partnerships and venture investments across VINCI Energies. Before joining VINCI, the world’s largest concession and construction company (€48bn rev 2019, Euro Stoxx 50-listed), he headed New Business Strategy & Planning at O2 Germany, was project leader with an international management consulting firm and founded two Internet companies following his time in Silicon Valley. Educated at business and engineering schools in the US (UC Berkeley), Asia (HKUST) and Europe (IMD, TUM, LMU) he is passionate about technology advancement for purpose.
Thomas Zinniker joined BKW in 2016. As a CIO he is responsible to further develop the ICT services supporting the change of BKW from a pure utilities company to an international Infrastructure Services Supplier. Thomas Zinniker has a degree in Computer Science and Business Administration. Prior to BKW Thomas worked in different global companies as software engineer, consultant and CIO.
Dr. Hans Pongratz is Senior Vice President for IT-Systems & Services and the Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the Technical University of Munich (TUM), Germany. He studied informatics and economics at TUM and received a doctorate degree for his thesis "IT architecture for the digital Higher Education Institution". After his studies he worked as consultant and journalist, before he returned to TUM. In 2011 Hans Pongratz got Senior Vice President "IT-Systems and Services" and Chief Information Officer (CIO) at TUM and is responsible for the consequent implementation of TUM’s IT-Strategy "Digital University". He is a member of numerous boards, committees, and reviewer groups.
Harald Greiner has been Vice President IT, Technology & Sourcing in the Holtzbrinck Publishing Group since 2015. Before that, he was responsible for the redesign of the global shared service organization GTS as Deputy CIO Group Technology Services.
After studying business administration in Stuttgart, he worked for 7 years as a publishing consultant.
During his two years working for the portal service provider UP2GATE, a Siemens company, as a member of the executive board, he gained extensive experience in the internet environment. In 2003 he moved to Siemens Business Services in Munich where he was responsible for business development in the media sector in Germany.
From 2006 he was Director Business Development Media for the international media activities of Siemens IT Solutions and Services and Atos
Born in Berlin. Graduate IT on Technical University of Berlin. Experienced Technology Leader in setup of corporate digital technology innovation teams with the entrepreneur mindset (“act as a growth accelerator by proactively utilize modern technologies to implement new business models) for different industries such as healthcare, automotive, airspace and industry.
Lars Hinrichsen has studied Mathematics and Computer Sciences. He started his career in the professional IT 1997 as software developer at Citibank Germany. After some years Lars moved to an international consulting company. As a consultant he works on IT strategy, Enterprise IT-Architectures and IT governance across industries. Later he ran the center for Managed Testing with labourforces in Europe and India. 2016 Lars moved to the public transportation industry. Today he is the CIO of Transdev GmbH which is the largest private-owned provider for public train and bus services in Germany. Transdev GmbH runs services worth 1+ Billion EUR in 60+ service companies and 6.000+ employees in Germany.
Stefan is the global CIO of TÜV SÜD, one of the leading global testing, inspection and certification companies with over 25.000 employees, since 2016. Prior to that, he had senior executive positions at ERNI, BMW and Accenture, where he started his career in 1998. He has deep expertise in Digital Transformation, IT Strategy, Digital Strategies, IT Operations and Process Optimization. His industry focus is in Automotive, Financial Services and Consulting Services.
Karin Immenroth, born in Munich in 1980, studied Communication, Analytics, Insight, Econometrics,and Data Analysis at Ludwig-Maximilians Universität in Munich. She started her career in Munich in 2006, first at the Mediaplus Group and then at Burda Forward Advertising. From 2011 to 2017 she held various positions within the Analytics & Insights department at the media agency MEC, most recently as Chief Analytics Officer. In 2018 she was responsible for the Analytics & Insights department at Wavemaker, working subsequently as Chief Analytics Officer and managing director of Science GmbH, the central market and media research organization of GroupM Deutschland. Since October 2019 she has been Chief of Data & Analytics at the Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland, where she is responsible for data strategy, analysis, and science as well as viewer, market, and media research for the entire Mediengruppe RTL. In addition, she and her team are a competence center for data and research for the cross-media marketer Ad Alliance.
Joerg Hellwig is Chief Digital Officer of LANXESS, and Founder of CheMondis, an online chemicals marketplace. His focus areas include the digitalization of production and the introduction of new tools and systems throughout all value chains, as well as promoting the value of data as an institutional asset for the entire company, and the use of advanced analytics such as artificial intelligence to increase the speed of development and sustainability.
Before taking over the CDO role, Joerg held a number of global roles for LANXESS, RELIANCE INDUSTRIES and BAYER. He had foreign assignments in the US and in India.
As CTO - SAP Germany, Glenn González is an expert for digital Transformation. He leads a team of experts helping customers executing innovation projects and serves as a direct link to SAPs product development to ensure SAPs innovation portfolio is of best value. Before he joined SAP 2012, he worked for many years in the cloud business and the e-commerce as entrepreneur and consultant. As consultant and project lead for e-commerce and the producing industry he looks back on an experience of 25 years where he executed projects along the whole value chain.
Dr. Florian Baumann works as a CTO specializing in Automotive & AI at Dell Technologies. He is an industry-recognized expert for the development of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, self-driving cars and Artificial Intelligence who chairs many industry events and frequently visits with leading OEMs and Tier 1s. His responsibility is to support companies in the development process of ADAS functionalities and self-driving cars. Previously, he was the technical director of ADASENS Automotive in Germany and focused on ADAS development. Florian received his PhD with a focus on Machine Learning applied to scene understanding. He has published more than 20 papers and patents.
Esteban completed his studies at the Australian National University with a Degree in Economics with International Economics Honors and a Degree in Science majoring in Computer Science and Psychology.
After this he moved to Germany where he did an Internship in the European Headquarters of IBM in Boeblingen and Stuttgart area.
In 1997 Esteban joined ZF Friedrichshafen AG and has since worked in International assignments specializing in IT strategic leadership issues worldwide.
Previously based in Shanghai in ZF HQ as Regional CIO with responsibility over 108 ZF Legal Entities in the Asia Pacific Region.
Today he is the Global CIO for IOCHPE MAXION a global leader in Automotive Structural components and the World Largest Manufacturer of Steel and Aluminum Wheels.
Florian is the Chief Technical Officer at DAZN Group and oversees the management of DAZN’s technology portfolio which includes development, IT services and video architecture. Florian joined DAZN Group in 2014 following the merger with Opta, the sports stats and analyst company, where he had been the Chief Technical/Operating Officer for over seven years. Before that he spent 11 years at IMP in Germany as the Chief Technology Officer.
Mr Milan Kumar is a ”Global Speaker, Author and Startup’s Mentor”. He is the CIO
member of “Forbes Technology Council”. He has published three “CIO Series”
books on Smart Factory, Augmented & Immersive Analytics, Intelligent RPA.
Mr. Milan Kumar is working as a Global CIO of WABCO (NYSE : WBC) a leading
global supplier of technologies and services that improve the safety, efficiency and
connectivity of commercial vehicles headquartered at Bern, Switzerland. He also plays
the role of Chief Digital Officer of the company and part of Leadership Board.
Before joining NTL, Milan held a number of senior IT leadership positions in Europe and
India within the VOLKSWAGEN Group, including serving as Director and Board
Member of VOLKSWAGEN IT Services IPL where he was responsible for setting up
Volkswagen’s global IT delivery center in India to support the group’s brands including
Audi, Porsche, Bentley, Scania, MAN etc. for their manufacturing plants and
Dealership network across regions.
Mr. Kumar has also held roles at Electronic Data Systems (EDS), T-Systems and
supported FORTUNE 500 companies like BMW Group, General Motors, British
Airways, VISA, NASPERS gr, Old Mutual gr, Atlas Copco, Morgan Stanley etc .
Mr Kumar holds a Masters degree in Computer Management from Pune University and
completed the Harvard Business School's Driving Growth Through Innovation
Mr Kumar is the Winner of “Global Digital CIO” 2018 , Economics Times “CIO –
NextGen Technologies” , SWISS “Top CIO” 2019
Mr Kumar is a passionate about technical writing, his articles has been published in
various CIO Magazines globally.
Joseph Reger is Fujitsu’s Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for Europe. Since 2002, Dr. Reger has been the CTO for various areas of the company. In August 2015, he was awarded the title of Fujitsu Fellow.
As CTO, he advises both the company and its customers in the implementation of new technologies. In this role he is the driving force for Fujitsu’s portfolio and technology strategy. Currently he is focusing on the topics of Quantum Computing, Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, Industry 4.0and Blockchain.
A renowned industry expert and visionary,Joseph is recognized for his ability to understand and predict the IT trends that will most impact the future of business. Working with Fujitsu’s customers, he helps to determine and implement the innovations most appropriate to their strategy. His role is paramount in helping Fujitsu choose wisely when deciding on technology directions.
He obtained his PhD at the University of Cologne, and received the highest German academic degree (habilitation) at the University of Mainz.
Mr. Boris Awdejew is the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) of the Lekkerland Group. In this capacity he is responsible for the information security in all Lekkerland’s subsidiaries in five European countries. In the first place Mr. Awdejew is responsible for developing and improving the Lekkerland’s cyber security strategy based on its corporate values. In addition to the classic information security issues such as ISO 27001, Incident Response, Security Awareness, Network Security, SAP Security and Cloud Security his area of responsibility also implies maintaining security of personal data processing in accordance with the GDPR as well as notifying the supervisory authority of a personal data breaches. Business Continuity Management is Mr.Awdejew’s next priority.
Dr. Gabriele Compostella received his Ph.D. in Particle Physics from the University of Trento, Italy. He worked for over 10 years as an academic researcher, at the University of Padova and at the Max-Planck-Institute for Physics in Munich, contributing to physics experiments at Fermilab and at CERN, and was a member of the ATLAS collaboration during the exciting times of the discovery of the Higgs boson in 2012. In 2015 he joined the Volkswagen Data:Lab in Munich, where he is now CTO. His research interests are focused on big data analytics, machine learning, applied AI and the technological aspects behind their industrial implementations.
Balancing Agility with governance while building innovation, people and technology focused digital security ecosystem. Engaged in providing transformation and strategic leadership in information security management with regard to adaptive and proactive threat intelligence insights, risk prioritization, technical and organisational countermeasures.
Perform electronic discovery of documents, investigate spear phishing, intellectual property theft, blackmail, defamation, fraud and various other forms of corporate misconduct where crucial evidence exists in digital form
Hands-on in digital investigations from legislation and crime scene processing to digital forensics, reverse engineering, and forensic reporting.
Strategic approach to preventing re-occurrence of incidents by applying appropriate information security countermeasures using key technical and modern network security technology, information security program management, personal data protection, vulnerability management, security audit and role-based awareness training.
Since 2009, Dr. Thomas Mannmeusel is responsible as Group CIO for the information systems of Webasto SE. In addition, he is leading a global organization to optimize and standardize the business processes of the company.
After his Ph.D. at the University of Bamberg, where he researched self-organizing production systems, Dr. Mannmeusel held various management positions in production control, supply chain management and IT at the semiconductor company, Infineon Technologies AG. Between 2005 and 2009 Thomas was working for ADVA AG Optical Networking as CIO and Head of HR.
Patrick Sturm (48) has been the new CIO at the Pay-TV broadcaster Sky in Unterföhring,
near Munich since July 2018. He started January 2017 working for Sky as Senior Vice
President of the department Product Development & Innovation. Since July 2018 he changed
departments to Information Technology. Sturm reports to Matthew McDonald, CTO of Sky
Before joining Sky Sturm was the founding partner of a technology and implementation-
oriented consulting company ("Mücke, Sturm & Company") with an industry focus on telecommunications and the media industry.
He starts his career as a consultant with A.T. Kearney after visiting the WHU - Otto Beisheim
School of Management. Sturm mentioned his most important upcoming tasks
• Leadership in information technology
• Scaling the infrastructure and processes for further growth
• Transformation of customer relationship management towards cloud architecture
• Big data
• Automation & AI
Hristo’s current focus at rtv media group (Bertelsmann SE) is on digital transformation, technology transfer, IT strategy and new business development in the publishing sector. Previously, he founded a digital transformation outlet, built a nearshoring technology center for Rocket Internet, had a business consulting stunt at Google, and held technology positions at KPMG and 3M. He believes in Curiosity, Learning, Collaboration, Speed, Autonomy and Creativity as crucial organisational behaviours in the Digital age.