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Glenn González
CTO
Gerhard Mack
CTO
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Dr. Joseph Reger
CTO EMEIA
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Dr. Gabriele Compostella
CTO
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Florian Baumann
CTO - Automotive & AI
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Florian Diederichsen
CTO
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Milan Kumar
Global CIO
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Dr. Thomas Mannmeuse
Group CIO
Christoph Kleinsorg
Group CIO
Roman Kornauka
CIO EMEA
Henning Krüger
CIO
Sinanudin Omerhodzic
CIO
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Patrick Sturm
CIO
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Hristo Odiseev
CIO
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Esteban Remecz
CIO
Bernhard Goetze
CIO
Joanna Karajanov
CIO
Hans Pongratz
CIO
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Joerg Hellwig
Chief Digital Officer
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Boris Awdejew
CISO
Marcel Zumbuehl
CISO
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Chuks Ojeme
CISO

Joerg Hellwig

Chief Digital Officer at LANXESS

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.

Glenn González

CTO at SAP Germany

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.

Florian Baumann

CTO at Dell Technologies

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 Remecz

CIO at Iochpe-Maxion S.A.

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 Diederichsen

CTO at DAZN

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.

Milan Kumar

Global CIO at Wabco

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
executive program. 

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.

Dr. Joseph Reger

Chief Technology Officer EMEIA at Fujitsu

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.

Boris Awdejew

CISO at Lekkerland Group

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

CTO at Volkswagen AG

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.

Chuks Ojeme

CISO at Gebauer & Grille

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.

Thomas Mannmeusel

Group CIO at Webasto SE

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

CIO at Sky

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
Germany.

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 Odiseev

CIO at RTV Media Group Media

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.