Advisory Board 2017

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Highlights 2017

Production of the Future: How Robotics and AI transform Production and Manufacturing

Frank Kirchner is full professor at the Computer Science Faculty of the University of Bremen, CEO of the Robotics Innovation Center and speaker of the Bremen location of the German Centre for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI). Prof. Kirchner is also Scientific Director of the Brazilian Institute of Robotics (BIR). He is a leading expert in research on biologically inspired locomotion and behaviour of highly redundant, multifunctional robotic systems. For a number of PhD students he is the principal supervisor and he regularly serves as a reviewer for a series of international scientific journals and conferences. Frank Kirchner also is author of more than 200 publications in the field of Robotics and AI, including space robotics.

Generating the new ecosystem for Industrie 4.0 – Enabling horizontal cross company value chains by new partnerships and business models

Volkhard Bregulla leads HPE’s Global Industries Manufacturing and Distribution (M&D) for Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Mr. Bregulla and his organisation are responsible for addressing and solving business and technology issues and as a result delivering significant business outcome for HPE’s clients in the M&D Industry. The responsibility includes the entire HPE portfolio of technology products, services as well as business solutions.

Previously Mr. Bregulla managed the Manufacturing and Automotive Industry in EMEA as well as the Internet of Things (IoT) Program, the Global Accounts Organisation in Germany, Central Eastern Europe, Israel and Russia, and Communications Media and Entertainment Industry Vertical, which represent key customer segments for HPE’s Enterprise Group business.

In his current role, he is responsible for the business relationship and industry specific content HPE develops, sell and delivers as solutions together with a select set of strategic partners and channel organizations to enable the New Style of IT and Business in the Digital economy. Since joining Hewlett Packard in 1985 from Siemens AG, Volkhard Bregulla has held a series of executive management positions in regional and global business units, working for more than a decade out of the US West and East Coast as well as the Networking Division in France andhas served on the Board of several of HP’s equity investments and as Chairman of the Board of a HP subsidiary.

Mr. Bregulla has a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering and a Business Master’s Degree in Finance and Quantitative Methods. In his spare time he enjoys the family life and his passion for motor biking, rock climbing and skiing.

Bracing for Impact: How does the industry stack up against IoT?

Keith Shea is vice president and general manager of the Helix Cloud IoT solutions business unit at Wind River, where he is responsible for the company’s SaaS business. His team is chartered with developing and delivering to the market the product portfolio for the IoT, as well as managing key customer relationships across broad markets. Keith is also responsible for the ongoing leadership of the Wind River alliance program. Prior to Wind River, he spent more than a decade at Intel Corporation helping the Wind River parent company grow its revenue through strategic software and hardware ventures.
During his tenure with Intel he held assignments in corporate development, product management, marketing, and sales. Prior to Intel, he worked in the telecommunications software industry with positions in marketing, sales, and product management. He holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Boston College and an MBA from the Wharton School.

IoT - from “Things” to Business Outcomes

Dr. Tanja Rueckert leads the business unit IoT & Digital Supply Chain. She has end-to-end responsibility for all SAP solutions and Go to Market in the areas of manufacturing, supply chain management, connected logistics, asset management and the Internet of Things (IoT) & Industry 4.0.

Supporting customers to accelerate the digital transformation of their business models, processes and assets is at the core of Tanja’s organizational charter. Responsible for driving a compelling portfolio of innovative solutions (SAP Leonardo) that are aimed at turning connected things into outcomes and creating new business value. She manages a global team with main hubs in US, China, India and Germany. Based in Germany having lived for some time in Silicon Valley, she reports to Bernd Leukert, SAP Executive Board, Head of Products and Innovation.

Dr. Tanja Rueckert joined SAP in 1997, and has worked on many different strategic customer projects, held leadership roles in Industries, quality and program management and was the COO of HR and Products & Innovation board areas.

Dr. Tanja Rueckert also has several roles in Business Affiliations:

  • Vice Chair @IIConsortium. (Industrial Internet Consortium)
  • Board Member Muenchner Kreis
  • Council Member - Karlsruhe University

She holds a doctorate in chemistry from the studies at University of Wuerzburg, Swansea & Regensburg. Dr. Tanja Rueckert splits her time between Silicon Valley and SAP’s headquarters in Walldorf, Germany, she speaks English, Spanish and German, and is a mother of two children.


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