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Aftermarket executives meet in Germany for executive development series

June 4, 2024

Northwood University in collaboration with Talents4AA is pleased to announce the University of the Aftermarket’s INFUSION 24 Hamburg Executive Development Series hosted by Meyle is underway through June 6.

Executives from the Americas are in Germany this week to collaborate with European partners on challenging topics facing our global industry, sustainability, supply chain, cybersecurity, mergers and acquisitions strategies, and other key topics. Learners will develop a strategic visionary gameplan to bring back to their respective organizations to help achieve better results.

“Northwood acknowledges Talents4AA and their significant contributions in arranging world-class presenters and special accommodations for our global event,” stated Dr. Thomas Litzinger, executive director of the University of the Aftermarket. “We welcome and appreciate our prestigious line-up of presenters.”

The keynote address will be provided by Fotios Katsardis, president and CEO Temot, and Maria Elo, author, speaker, consultant and professor of international business, international entrepreneurship at University of Southern Denmark.

Other agenda items include the following presentations and speakers:

• Global Sales Strategy: Christian Ludwig, vice president, sales, Meyle

• Landscape of the European Aftermarket: Fotios Katsardis, president & CEO Temot

• M&AStrategies and Best Practices in the European Aftermarket: Sebastian Hoff, managing director at IKA Germany

• Supply Chain, Logistics and Innovation Best Practices: Tülay Önder,: VP, supply chain management, Meyle

• Cybersecurity and the Current State of Public Affairs in Europe: Gyula Kimpan, public affairs and sustainability management, Temot International GmbH

• Emotional Intelligence: Dr. Thomas Litzinger, University of the Aftermarket executive director and chair of Aftermarket Education at Northwood University

• Sustainability in the EU, Global Strategy & Best Practices: Stéphane Freitas, senior marketing advisor at NEXUS Automotive International, and Klara Schönfelder, corporate responsibility manager, Meyle

• Digitalization Strategy and Best Practices in the Global Aftermarket: Marius Kaufhold, CEO, ATZ Marketing

• Game Changing Outcomes: Creating a Competitive Advantage: Dr. Clint Longenecker, Distinguished University Professor of Leadership and Organizational Excellence Emeritus, University of Toledo

• Roundtable Discussion: James O’Dell, associate director and professor of aftermarket education at Northwood University

• Warehouse Tour: Team KFZ24

Niklas Arndt, account and online channel manager and CEO, MEYLE North America Inc., emphasized the importance of this collaboration between Meyle, University of the Aftermarket, Talents4AA, and other industry stakeholders, to provide this important programming in Hamburg.

“Over the last couple of years, the aftermarket has become increasingly fast-paced, resulting in different market stages and structures,” he noted. “Developments and changes are happening in ever shorter periods of time, impacting existing processes and structures and posing new challenges for all market participants.”

“In order to play an active role in this exciting change, we want – and need – to bring together young, innovative minds with experienced industry players,” Arndt added. “This is the only way we can continue to meet the unique needs of each market while achieving our common goal: to create the future of the aftermarket.”

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