Mr. Dirk Adelmann has taken the reins of smart Europe GmbH as CEO, applying his experience to leverage the full potential of the joint venture between Daimler and Geely for the European markets. Dirk has over 20 years of service with Daimler, having started out in 2000 with an internship in Dubai. Dirk joined Daimler in 2002 as member of the associate management consulting team (AMCT/IMAP). Upon completion of the program in 2003, he joined the former smart GmbH to launch smart as a brand in several new markets. After holding Sales & Marketing functions at Chrysler Europe and Mercedes-Benz Overseas, he was appointed Managing Director of Mercedes Benz Vietnam in 2012. During his tenure, the Vietnamese team significantly increased volume, market share and group contribution which culminated in winning the “Market of the Year” Award in 2015. In 2016, he assumed the responsibility for Retail Strategy & New Business Models Mercedes Benz Cars at headquarter level. His department contributed significantly to the development of VdZ (Vertrieb der Zukunft), the setup of the new EQ contract and margin system and the successful transformation of smart into an electric-only brand. In 2019, he took over the task of preparing the setup of the new smart organization in Europe within the smart.future.project. In his new position, Dirk is responsible for all European markets at smart. He will focus on establishing a cost-efficient and customer-centric business model.
QUANTRON appoints automotive manager and EV pioneer Michael Perschke as CEO and board member, bringing further international EV expertise on board on its way to becoming an independent manufacturer for EV & FCEV buses & trucks. Through his previous roles as Founder-CEO of Automobili Pininfarina, Senior Director at Audi AG, Managing Director Audi India and Director Steering of NSCs in the Volkswagen Group, Perschke brings many years of global automotive and EV experience as well as start-up experience to QUANTRON. He has already worked successfully in numerous functions along the automotive value chain: in central functions at Audi AG - including responsibility for the strategic sales launch of the Audi eTron brand, as Sales Director for Mitsubishi in Europe and Mercedes-Benz in India, and in the areas of finance, IT and organization for Mercedes-Benz in China. As Founder-CEO of Automobili Pininfarina, Perschke also launched a zero-emission luxury car brand, bringing more than 8 years of electric experience in leading roles. The last 1.5 years, Perschke has gained further experience as an EV investor, where he was involved in investments at RIMAC (Croatia) Formula E (UK) and QEV Tech (Spain), among others, as CEO of NAD Capital. Andreas Haller, founder, Chairman of the Board and majority shareholder of Quantron AG: "Michael Perschke brings many years of international expertise from leading automotive and EV companies to QUANTRON. His main focus will be, among other things, the development of QUANTRON into a manufacturer brand, the international market development with a focus on North America and Asia and the expansion of the investor network up to a possible stock market listing." Michael Perschke: "I am proud to be a member of the motivated and competent QUANTRON team and to be able to contribute my expertise. My goal is to make the QUANTRON brand synonymous with Zero Emission Transportation Solution worldwide - both electric and fuel cell propulsion. I see great potential to develop Quantron AG into the European champion in this segment."
Frank Menchaca is President, Sustainable Mobility Solutions at SAE International, the oldest and largest technical organization for engineering in ground and air transportation. Frank incubated and developed SAE's work in sustainability and has also led the organization's product development, marketing, information publishing, professional learning, events and international business. Frank has a deep background in information products and served as Executive Vice President at Cengage Learning. Frank holds degrees from New York University and Yale University and is a candidate in the Chief Sustainability Officer certification program at MIT. A musician and artist, Frank has released ten records of original music under his own name and in the duo Hourloupe; his visual art practice includes painting and digital media.
Marcus Lott began his career at Opel in 1994 as a student with his Diploma Thesis. After his graduation, he started at Opel in 1995 as test engineer for noise and vibration in the vehicle integration department. Following a one year Future Leadership developmental assignment in the United States in 1999 he held different positions with increasing responsibility and international orientation. From 2009, he oversaw the development of various new models in North America, South America, Asia and Europe as Chief Engineer before becoming Vice President Programs & Strategy in 2017. In 2020 Marcus Lott took responsibility as Managing Director Engineering Opel Automobile GmbH. A year later he was appointed Stellantis Senior Vice President Engineering.
Michael Fischer studied mechanical and process engineering at the University of Technology Darmstadt from 2000 to 2006. In 2006 he joined Honda R&D Europe working in the area of powertrain technology research with a main focus on emission reduction of diesel and gasoline engines as well as model based engine control. From 2011 until 2014 Michael Fischer served as section leader “Powertrain Technology”. In 2014, he became department manager of the Automobile Engineering and Research department followed by the management of the Powertrain and Material Research department in 2016. Since 2019 he is Department Manager of the Digital Solutions & Electrification Research department, developing new business models and solutions for E-Mobility.
I started my career at McLaren Automotive where I spent 8 years in purchasing and commercial functions. Amongst other things, I worked on defining the company's vehicle electrification strategy. I had entered the EV world that I became so passionate about until today. In June 2020, I joined Volta Trucks on a 4 months consultancy contract to support the start of the Volta Zero development. It was really exciting to join the business (almost) on the beginning of its journey. I wished I could continue but I was due to start my MBA at INSEAD. I graduated from it in July 2021 and re-joined Volta Trucks. Its future was so promising, there was never any doubt in my mind I wanted to continue be part of it. I now head up the Energy & Charging Infrastructure in the Truck-as-a-Service division. I feel very proud to play my part in the transition of commercial fleets towards clean energy solutions.
Born and raised in Tomsk, Siberia, former USRR, Tamara is founding CEO of VisIC technologies and one of the pioneers in GaN transistors. Tamara's GaN expertise started from PhD study in Tel Aviv, Israel in 2001 for high power GaN transistors and continued through development and qualification of GaN technologies for power and RF applications. Prior Tel Aviv's PhD, Tamara earned degrees in Philosophy and Physics from Tomsk State University, and last 10 years she is leading the VisIC company to be the major player in power electronics for EV market.
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Panel 2: Newest Technologies and Innovations in EV Market
Wulf started his career in 1996 as an IT-Consultant in the Web 1.0 based "Media & Telco" scene in Germany. During this time, Wulf realized projects with the most renowned Global customers and is considered as one of the Media & Telco pioneers in Germany. In 2007, he decided to leave Telefónica to found DXBe Management in Hamburg & Dubai (UAE) – A Strategy & Management Consulting company - focusing on pure Digital business. He is one of the IoT, Smart City & e-Mobility pioneers in Europe with several Advisory & Board Memberships positions. First CTO of Ionity, Advisor to several CPO & eMSP startups worldwide (like &Charge, Switch-EV, ChargeConstruct, …) as well as Management Advisor to large Enterprises worldwide – He and his Team is building new e- & h2-mobility driven ecosystems, eVTOL soultions, Fleet & Sharing and “state of the art” Charge Point Management Systems. Wulf (and his Expert Team) has audited more than 80 Charge Point Systems worldwide in the last 4 years for Investors, OEMs, eMSPs, CPOs, Fleet Operators and Utilities worldwide.
Simon is an eMobility pioneer and sales expert. In 2019, he co-founded the technology company &Charge with two other founders. &Charge aims to play a key role in shaping the transformation towards eMobility with its unique model – the world’s first platform combining user engagement with value-added services around EV charging. In his current role, he is Chief Sales Officer responsible for sales and marketing. Previously, he held various positions in eMobility and digitalization at BMW Group (Project i/BMW i), Porsche Consulting and Porsche AG (Taycan project). He loves to do body weight excersises, MTB and speed roping. Also he loves to deal with "psychological challenges" all around how to achieve the next level ;)
Nina Mangold studied electrical engineering at the University of Applied Sciences in Kempten. After graduation from 2013 she worked in several roles at National Instruments, one of the largest test & measurement companies. She was responsible for the strategic account development in central Europe, driving standardizations in electronics production test and autonomous driving. Following that she worked at Kistler, an internationally active company specializing in the field of measurement technology, where she defined a global strategy for an automotive Tier 1 supplier. Since May 2021 Nina Mangold drives the business in automotive, transportation and energy storage markets in Europe as Sales & Marketing Manager at Dukosi Ltd.
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