We are very pleased to host a 1st IBF Chapter in Germany, Frankfurt for all experienced S&OP, IBP, Demand Planning, Supply Chain, Forecasting, and Data Science professionals. This will not only be an informal meet-up to connect with local professionals interested in networking and developing their careers, but you also can swap your ideas with professionals from many of the best global companies across different industries.

In order to give you the chance to take the most from that exciting networking opportunity, we are proud to introduce you to our newest approach called:

Fast Facilitated Mentoring (FFM)

  • Do you have any business problem you cannot solve for a long time or any professional dilemma you are stuck with?
  • We would like to give you a chance to put that problem in front of the best brains of the industry and get their quick mentoring advices on how they would recommend to approach the solution.
  • We hope that you get many brilliant inputs. And that is free of charge!!
  • To enable us in getting these best brains around the table – we will group participants by the types of the dilemmas they will be bringing.
  • To achieve that, we will be asking you to answer few questions upon registration on the landing page, so we can prepare for the topics.
  • *To secure confidentiality and openness of the discussion we will be asking every participant to agree to Chatham House Rules**

We will host you in fantastic venue – HOLM – House of Logistics and Mobility. That is a cool place in itself and especially for all Supply Chain & Logistics professionals and we will be serving drinks & snacks.

**From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Chatham House Rule is a system for holding debates and discussion panels on controversial topics, named after the headquarters of the UK Royal Institute of International Affairs, based in Chatham House, London, where the rule originated in June 1927.

At a meeting held under the Chatham House Rule, anyone who comes to the meeting is free to use information from the discussion, but is not allowed to reveal who made any comment. It is designed to increase openness of discussion.

  • 2:00pm - 2:30pm: Registration and Networking
  • 2:30pm - 2:45pm: Welcome, Introduction to IBF Chapter Germany, Agenda
    Thorsten Mebs, Global Manager Integrated Business Planning
  • 2:45pm - 3:00pm: HOLM – Introduction. Activities of the House of Logistics & Mobility, Hessen & Potential for customers & companies
    Juergen Schultheis, Clustermanager Mobility, Manager Working Group "Energy&Climate Change", Moderator, Author
  • 3:00pm - 3:20pm: Keynote:
    Demand & Supply balancing – Turning around the traditional challenge.
    Timur Gostik, Supply & Demand Planning Director EMEA , KAO Corporation.
  • 3:20pm - 3:40pm: IBP Implementation – Success to lead the change
    Shirley Smith, Merckgroup
  • 3:40pm - 4:00pm: Next-gen IBP, when Technology finally make it happen
    Tanguy Caillet, Vice President Industry Solutions, 09 Solutions (Sponsor of the event)
  • 4:00pm - 4:15pm: Break
  • 4:15pm - 5:00pm: Roundtable workgroups per topic
  • 5:00pm - 5:45pm: Roundtable workgroups per topic (change group participation)
  • 5:45pm - 6:00pm: Break
  • 6:00pm - 6:30pm: Summary of Chapter & results (workgroup chairs) and closing remarks, Thorsten Mebs & Timur Gostik
  • 6:30pm - 7:30pm: End and after work networking
Thorsten Mebs
Global Manager Integrated Business Planning

Thorsten is Global Manager Integrated Business Planning at a premium Chemical Industry Corporation, where he is responsible for the company’s transition from S&OP to IBP. He has broad experience across the entire Logistics & Supply Chain having worked in various functions and leadership roles in the Chemical & Pharmaceutical Industry, his experience covering roles within Procurement Logistics, Material Planning, Transport Management and being Head of Imports as well as Head of Supply Chain Management. He has successfully developed strong capabilities in strategic and conceptual design of Supply Chains End-to-End (e.g. Organization, Planning, Processes and People). Thorsten is a certified professional forwarding agent and a certified expert in Logistics Management. He holds a Diploma in Business Administration of the University of Applied Science in Mainz, Germany.

Timur Gostik
Demand & Supply Planning Director, EMEA
KAO Corporation
Timur is experienced Operations Director with broad cross-functional experience, including Demand & Supply planning, S&OP, Inventory, Marketing and Portfolio planning, working and living in Poland, Germany, Russia, UK, Brazil. In his current role of Demand & Supply Planning Director, EMEA in KAO Corporation, Timur is leading capability improvement of regional Planning organization, processes and overall supply chain agility. Timur’s previous roles were with Avon - Global S&OP Director and EMEA Demand Planning Director. Timur earned a master's in Engineering at Moscow State Technical University and MBA degree in Moscow International University. Timur is certified in Production and Inventory Management (APICS CPIM) and Coaching (Erickson Professional Coach).
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