IndustryForum Automotive

November 25 - December 03, 2021


About the Event

The automotive industry is facing change. The traditional car we all know is disputed and alternative drives are being researched, developed and tested to remain competitive. With rising challenges such as the shared economy, new markets and competitors, digital and cultural transformation as well as technological, the big players need to run upfront.

It is time for traditional automotive companies to restructure and align to a fast-moving world. At our IndustryForum Automotive we bring together key automotive executives and decision-makers to open up dialogues and brainstorm sessions with leading experts and solution providers in those fields.


Jochen Polke

Director Quality Management and Purchasing Quality Management Automotive Aftermarket
Robert Bosch GmbH

Vesna Misanovic

Head of Product Development and Strategy, Business Area AUTONOMOUS MOBILITY, Segment ADAS, Market Europe
Continental AG

Tim Schirmer ist seit 2016 Projektmanager im Bereich Business Development und Innovation Management bei der Daimler Truck AG am Standort Gaggenau. Er absolvierte 2013 ein Maschinenbaustudium an der DHBW Mannheim und in 2018 ein berufsbegleitendes MBA-Studium an der Graduate School Rhein-Neckar. Seine berufliche Laufbahn bei Daimler beinhaltet Stationen im Technologiemanagement, in der Produktionsplanung und ein Auslandseinsatz bei der Detroit Diesel Corporation. Aktuell promoviert er berufsbegleitend an der University of Gloucestershire im Themenfeld Leadership und Ambidextrie. Im Product Launch Management ist er zuständig für Business Development und Produktinnovationen im Rahmen von eMobility und Digitalisierung.

Tim Schirmer

Product Launch Management
Daimler AG

Hartung Wilstermann

Vice President Battery Systems
Webasto SE

Oliver Kröll

Werkleiter Getriebewerk Köln und Member of the Board Ford Transmissions GmbH
Ford-Werke GmbH

Olaf Kath

Senior Director, Safe Systems Team
ANSYS Germany GmbH

Burkhard Göschel

Senior Consultant
Ehem. Vorstand der BMW Group für Entwicklung & Einkauf; Ehem. CTO Magna International

Martin Reichle

Leiter Koordination Wasserstoff- / Brennstoffzellenaktivitäten Neckarsulm
Audi AG

Featured Sessions

Panel discussion : The Future Workplace: How do corporate structures and leadership need to look like?
Speakers: Tim Schirmer - Daimler AG, Hartung Wilstermann - Webasto SE, Oliver Kröll - Ford-Werke GmbH
Event Themes

In Discussion

Tightening the Torque: How to Accelerate E-Mobility & Other Alternative Drives?

Test Track or Road: How to Ensure Safe & Sound Autonomous / Automated Driving?

Digitalization in Motion: Pushing towards a Next Level of Transformational Change

Avoiding the Autocalypse: Navigating towards New Businesses & Future Scenarios

Event Partners

Solution Providers

Spotlight Videos


ANSYS Germany GmbH
Helmee Imaging Oy
Bizagi DACH
Google Germany GmbH


The Auto Dealer of Tomorrow - Markets, Services and New Business Models
The Auto Maker of Tomorrow - The Renaissance of The Industry 4.0 Hype or It's Last Days?
The Auto Manager of Tomorrow - Strategies in Times of Uncertainty, Protectionism and Political Instability
The Powertrain of Tomorrow - Overcoming Challenges in Scaling E-mobility
The Car Driving of Tomorrow - Automated or Autonomous?


Andreas Klein
Fraunhofer-Institut für Entwurfstechnik Mechatronik IEM
Michael Würtenberger
Bayerische Motoren Werke AG
Elektra A. Kountouris
Conrad Electronic SE
Lars Eiermann
MAN Truck & Bus SE
Lars Eiermann
MAN Truck & Bus SE
Christoph Riester
Dräxlmaier Group