Keynote- and Best Practice Track Speakers
Chief Procurement Officer Airbus
DR. KLAUS RICHTER was appointed EVP Procurement at Airbus in 2007 and is in charge of all procurement across the entire Airbus organization. In January 2015, he was appointed Chief Procurement Officer Airbus Group & Airbus and member of the Group Executive Committee. In parallel, he serves as the Chairman of the Board of Airbus in Germany.
President, Aéro Montréal
SUZANNE M. BENOÎT was appointed President of Aéro Montreal, Québec’s aerospace cluster, at its inception in August 2006. Aéro Montreal brings together major decision makers in Québec’s aerospace sector and aims to optimize the competitiveness, growth and the influence of the industry around the world.
BCA Supply Chain, Director of Systems Strategy, The Boeing Company
SIMONE BERGER is currently the Director of Supply Chain Systems Strategy for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. Simone joined Boeing in 1986 as an Avionics engineer from MIT, and since then has held avionics and engineering leadership positions for the 737, 747, 767, and 777 airplane programs. In December of 2017, Simone was appointed to her current role as Systems Strategy Director.
CEO, Blaser Swisslube AG
MARC BLASER, born in 1975, manages Blaser Swisslube AG, which was founded in. As representative of the third generation, Marc Blaser took over the management of the company in 2010. After completing his studies, he joined the family company in 2003, where the cut his teeth in sales in the US. In 2004 he was chosen as Head of Europe at the headquarters.
Senior Vice President Procurement, ATR
David Brigante was appointed Senior Vice President Procurement in January 2015 leading the procurement strategies. He reports to ATR CEO and is a member of the Executive Committee.
He joined Leonardo in 1988 and worked in various management positions in Aerostructures, Industrial Planning and Control, Procurement and Customer Support.
He holds a University Degree in Economics.
Head of Industrial Solutions & Strategy, Premium AEROTEC GmbH
DR. ARMEL DJEUKOU started working for Premium AEROTEC, an Airbus company, as Head of Industrial Solutions & Strategy in January 2017. He joined Airbus in 2005 und worked in various management positions within Engineering and Flight Physics. Armel Djeukou holds a diploma in Aeronautical Engineering and is doctor of Mechanical Engineering.
CEO, HEGGEMANN AG
DR. CHRISTIAN HOWE joined HEGGEMANN AG 2014 as COO and was appointed CEO 2017. His former background was in the automotive industry at Daimler in the R&D department and achieving his doctor in mechanical engineering. He worked for Benteler Automotive and became Managing director of the Joint Venture Benteler-SGL to set up a new company for a full automated carbon fibre part production.
Executive Vice President Strategy & Fleet, Deutsche Lufthansa AG
DR. DETLEF KAYSER has been Executive Vice President Strategy & Fleet since January 2016. He is responsible for, among others, determining fleet size as well as fleet composition and allocation for the entire Lufthansa Group.
Senior Vice President Global Fabrication, Spirit Aerosystems
KEVIN MATTHIES is Senior Vice President of Spirit Aerosystems’ Global Fabrication business. Mr. Matthies is a 31-year veteran of the aerospace industry in roles spanning Program Management, Operations, Chief Engineer and Fabrication. Mr. Matthies joined Spirit Aerosystems in 2013 serving as Vice President of the Airbus programs and as Vice President and GM of the 787 program.
CEO Avionics GBU, THALES
Executive Vice-President, Avionics and member of the Thales Executive Committee, GIL MICHIELIN pursued an international career in the Avionics industry for the Thales group.
In his different appointments, he played a key role in the rise of breakthrough digital technologies in the Avionics industry. He has been involved in the major European civil and military programs.
Chief Operating Officer, FACC AG
ANDREAS OCKEL, appointed COO in Nov 2017 is in charge of Engineering, Procurement, Manufacturing, Quality, HR, Facilities and Subsidiaries of FACC AG. Previously he was CEO of Airbus Tianjin FAL Co. Ltd., accountable for the A320 and A330 final assembly in China. Prior to that he managed the Cabin Supply Chain having joined Airbus in 2009 from BMW AG.
Chief Executive Officer, Boom Supersonic
BLAKE SCHOLL is Chief Executive Officer at Boom Supersonic, which he founded in September 2014, with the goal of making high speed travel mainstream. Prior to founding Boom, Blake held leadership roles at Amazon.com and Groupon and co-founded mobile technology startup Kima Labs.
Vorstand Technik, Chief Operating Officer, MTU Aero Engines AG
Effective January 2018, LARS WAGNER has been appointed COO and member of MTU Aero Engines’ Executive Board. He oversees the areas of Technology and Engineering, Procurement, Production, Assembly and Corporate Quality. Before joining MTU in 2015, he had held various management positions at Airbus. He has a degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA.
CEO, INFORM GmbH
ADRIAN WEILER, CEO of INFORM GmbH, promotes AI technology for Digital Decision Making to make business operations more efficient and agile. He proposes a new management strategy, Agile Optimization, for smart and fast decision making in today's complex, volatile and sometimes unpredictable business environments.