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Speaker Spotlights

Martin Behnke - Roche Diagnostics

Martin Behnke has more than 20 years of experience in aerospace and healthcare industry. For the last two years he is leading divisional and global Configuration Management at Roche Diagnostics.

Previously, he was leading Business Process Management and Quality Management System at RUAG Space division. There he was responsible for the development, implementation and certification of a QMS system according to ISO 9100.

He studied Aerospace Engineering at the University of Stuttgart and gained valuable experience at Airbus in product development as a stress analyst and in A330/340 Program Management as Configuration Manager and Project Manager.

Peter A. Bilello - CIMdata

Peter Bilello, President & CEO of the strategic management consulting and research firm CIMdata — an internationally recognized authority on Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) — has more than 30 years of experience in the development of business-enabling information technology (IT) solutions for research, engineering, and manufacturing organizations worldwide.

He has participated in PLM analysis, selection, implementation, and training; CAD/CAM/CAE/CIM implementation and management; synchronous and lean manufacturing consulting; software engineering; and general data management strategy development and support. He has authored numerous papers and research reports on PLM and related topics, and his articles, commentaries, and perspectives have appeared in publications throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia.

Mr. Bilello holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science with a minor in Physics from the California State University, Fullerton, and a Master of Science in Engineering degree, in Manufacturing Systems Engineering, from The University of Michigan.

Ezgi Kalaycıoğlu - SEMPRO

Ezgi was born in 1993 in Ankara, Turkey. Graduated in Electronics & Automation Engineering in 2015 from Université Paul Sabatier (Toulouse, France), she completed her master’s degree in Real-Time Systems Engineering in the same university.

After her graduation, she worked for Safran Ventilation Systems as an Intern for 6 months and as Power Electronics Engineer for 3 months.

Since February 2019, Ezgi is working for Sempro Consulting & Engineering as the Project Manager.

David Kraus - AIRBUS

David Kraus started his carrier at Airbus Helicopters in 2000. He had several transnational management positions in Configuration Management within engineering, production and support and service activities.

As Head of Technical Data- and Configuration Management he was accountable for the global Airbus Configuration Management process and operations. In 2007 CMII has been chosen as basis for the Airbus Helicopter Configuration Management standards.

Since 2019, David is leading the Aviation Safety and Quality directorate within Industry Site Donauwörth.

Over the course of his carrier David acquired senior expertise in product configuration along the product life cycle of vertical lift solutions.

Barış Kocabaşoğlu - FNSS Defense Systems

Born in 1978, Ankara, Turkey, Barış Kocabaşoğlu holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering.

He started his professional career as a Configuration Manager at Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI). In the final 9 years of his 12 year journey in TAI, as the Chief of Configuration Management, he was responsible for all project Configuration Management issues including realization and continuous improvement of Configuration Management processes, procedures, and methods.

Since 2017 he has been working in FNSS Defense Systems as the Configuration Management Unit Manager.

As a CM2-Professional (first in Turkey), IPX Global Congress Member and Global Congress Operations Sub-Committee Chair he is actively involved in raising awareness about Configuration Management and the betterment of its processes.

Christian Muggeo - CONTACT Software

Christian Muggeo studied Industrial Engineering and Electronics before he was Research Assistant at the Institute for Virtual Product Development at the Technical University of Kaiserslautern.

Today Christian works as a MBSE and PLM Analyst and Consultant at CONTACT Software, a leading, independent PLM vendor.

He is part of different Working Groups around MBSE and PLM. He Co-Chairs the Manufacturing Technology and Industrial Systems Domain Task Force at the Object Management Group (OMG ManTIS DTF) and is part of the SysML v2 Submission Team.

Patrick Preto - umlaut

Patrick preto have 20 years’ experience in various industries including fireworks, military, helicopters, thermoplastics, aerospace, railway and automotive.

From manufacturing to engineering and program management, he discovered configuration management as a change leader in 2004 first and become a CM2 trainer and evangelist since 2011.

After a career from manufacturing engineer to operations director, he loves to connect people and values focusing more and more now on people and project performance.

Continuously developing different expertise, he is acting currently as senior consultant in digital transformation projects and as “business facilitator”.

Andreas Renker - allvisual

Andreas Renker was the Executive Vice President for research and development of a Swiss high-tech company prior to becoming CEO of allvisual ag (former Marenco Swissconsulting) in 2012.

Previously, as Senior Manager Marketing, he was responsible for the international sales and marketing of technical systems.

After completing his studies as a mechanical engineer, he gained valuable experience in product development as a project manager and as a development and compliance verification engineer.

Gustavo Santos - BOMBARDIER

Gustavo Santos has a Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering.

From 2012 to 2016 he was Change and Configuration Manager for Airbus A350 XWB at SOGECLAIR aerospace.

Until 2018 he worked for Diehl Comfort Modules as team leader Configuration Management.

Since 2019 he is the head of Configuration Management in the product family Talent 3 at Bombardier Transportation. His mission is to deliver Configuration Management deliverables on time and cost and ensure customer satisfaction and process adherence.

Jan Sonder - Thales Netherlands

Jan Sonder (54) has a career of 30 years of Support and Improvements within Engineering and Manufacturing Industry (CAD/CAM/CAE/PDM/ERP):

  • Delaval Stork,
  • Mannesmann Demag,
  • Siemens Oil and Gas.

Currently Configuration Manager at Thales Netherlands.

Guido Weischedel - IpX Europe

Guido Weischedel (Graduate Electronics Engineer) has written several articles and one book on configuration management. He is a well-known speaker on conferences and is CM2 Professional certified. He began teaching CM2 courses in the German language in 1998. His company ESM Software was renamed to GfKM in 1999. GfKM began offering public CM2 courses in most of Europe in 2004.

Based on more than 30 years of practical experience in Configuration Management and by providing CM2 trainings to hundreds of students he is the lead instructor and lead assessor of the European CM2 initiative. Guido has trained people from all types of industry in Configuration Management (CM2) around the globe in countries like Germany, UK, The Netherlands, Canada, Sweden, Thailand, South Korea, Spain, Italy, Finland, Norway, Etc.

In addition to trainings Guido has executed several process assessments in organizations to help them with process improvement initiatives. In 2018 the company name got changed from GfKM to IpX Europe - The Institute for Process Excellence.

Ray Wozny - IpX

Ray has over 25 years of experience in high technology firms with 19 years in various management positions and was directly involved in the implementation of three PDM/PLM Solutions.

He received CM2 certification in 1989 and joined IpX in 2003.

He was on the Association of Configuration and Data Management's founding Board of Governors.

Ray assumed the role of CEO of IpX on January 1, 2017. Ray has trained over 2,000 individuals on CM2 and is passionate about the new offerings that IpX is bringing to our customers. 

Semiha Yaşar - SEMPRO

Semiha Yaşar graduated in 1983 from the Mechanical Engineering Department of the Middle East Technical University. While doing her graduate studies in the same department, she started to work as a Mechanical Design Engineer in Aselsan.

She completed her master studies in 1986.

In 1990, she started to work as an expert engineer in FNSS, Engineering and R & D department.

Then she continued as a chief and a manager in the same department. In August 2009, she was assigned Director of Development Programs at FNSS. As Director of Development Programs, she managed Mobile Flood Attack Bridge, Amphibious Armored Combat Construction Machinery, Air Defense Platform projects and Malaysia AV-8 Project Technical Management.

At the same time she found and managed the FNSS R&D Center. In February 2014, she was assigned as Product Engineering and R & D Director. In March 2015, she left FNSS and founded her own consulting company, SEMPRO.

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