Each automaker and Tier 1 supplier organizes logistics differently within its corporate structure, especially multinational operations. Here are many of the top logistics decision makers in Europe. The focus is not necessarily on the highest-ranking executives, but on those who make operational decisions.
Here's some of the key decision makers in Europe
The key figure in BMW's new logistics organization is Günter Klamer, responsible for logistics, customer process and information technology.
DaimlerChrysler global logistics is run by a committee chaired by David Hodson, vice president of worldwide supply for the US-based Chrysler unit. In Europe, the most influential figure is committee member Eberhard Haller, vice president of production planning for Mercedes-Benz passenger cars.
Alliance partners General Motors and Fiat share many of their purchasing operations. But Fiat's logistics management has evolved into a unified operation that manages the entire supply chain, including inbound, outbound and aftermarket distribution. Since 2001, the top logistics manager is Gianluigi Seri.
Ford Motor Co. has reorganized logistics at the global corporation level, reducing the function from vice presidential level and having the top logistics position report to the head of manufacturing. But the structure of European logistics operations has been more stable.
Bill Gurmin, executive director, material and logistics
Michael Kluger, manager of inbound material flow and logistics
Hans-Bert Bong, manager of vehicle logistics.
GM is undergoing a lot of change in logistics.
In Europe, Dirk Lembregts is executive director of order-to-delivery.
Elliot Swiss is European head of operations for GM lead logistics provider Vector. When and if Vector's European operations match its role in North America, Swiss would become the primary contact for logistics service providers.
Michael McEnaney is director of business administration at Honda Motor Manufacturing and oversees all inbound and plant logistics at Swindon, England. Sean Willis is logistics manager for Honda Europe, responsible for finished vehicle deliveries to national distributors.
Gilles Mechel, vice president of purchasing oversees logistics at PSA. Herve Guyot has executive responsibility for logistics in his purchasing role. PSA subsidiary GEFCO is effectively the lead logistics supplier.
The top logistics decision-maker at Renault is Bruno Ancelin, vice president, logistics, production control and planning. Ancelin reports directly to Pierre-Alain DeSmedt, Renault executive vice president, technology, engineering, manufacturing and purchasing.
Within Nissan in Europe, Colin Dodge has a newly created post of supply chain manager. His responsibilities include purchasing and logistics. He reports to the European vice president of purchasing, manufacturing and logistics, Shingo Sato.
Toyota Motor Europe coordinates the activities of both manufacturing and sales companies. Takeshi Koyabashi, vice president of production control for Toyota Motor Manufacturing, has overall responsibility for manufacturing logistics. Outbound logistics and aftermarket is the responsibility of Ludo Vandervelden, vice president, information systems and logistics.
As Volkswagen group's lead logistics provider, VWTransport is probably the most influential single element in the automaker's logistics operations. Besides buying transport services itself, VWTransport has expanded into areas such as packaging control and coordinating group purchasing of logistics services. Managers at the brand level handle inplant logistics.
VW Transport: Johannes Fritzen, president.
VW: Bernd Wilhelm, director, logistics
Audi and Seat: Ernst Krog, director, logistics
Skoda: Karl-Günter Buesching, director, production and logistics.
Gerhard Kuemmel is deputy board member, planning and control, purchasing and logistics.
Robert Bosch GmbH
70049 Stuttgart, Germany
Tony Humphreys is director of production control and logistics for all divisions of Delphi Europe.
European, MidEast and African Regional Headquarters
117 Avenue des Nations
Zac Paris Nord II B.P. 60059
95972 Roissy Charles de Gaulle
Phone: 33 149 90 49 90
Logistics responsibility is split between Gerard Breining, executive vice president of group purchasing, and Patrick Bikard, executive vice president for production activities.
276, rue Louis Blèriot
92641 Boulogne, France
Johannes Rotters, vice president of operations is responsible for just-in-time and logistics operations.
Overall responsibility for logistics is handled by Serge LeBerre, vice president of technology and kaizen. Logistics Director Stephen Blunden coordinates logistics between divisions.
43, rue Bayen , 75848 Paris
Cedex 17, France
Phone: 33 140 55 20 20
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