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11 October 2022 - 12 October 2022
Zilina, Slovakia
CEE Automotive Supply Chain 2022

Speakers & Special Guests

Ivan Štefanec

Member of the European Parliament, member of the IMCO committee, president of SME Europe


Ivan Štefanec has been a member of the European Parliament since 2014, where he is still an active member of the Committee for the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO). He is also a substitute in the Committee for Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) and in the EU Delegation - Ukraine. As chairman association SME Europe focuses on small and medium-sized enterprises, employment, entrepreneurship and the (digital) single market. Before entering politics, he worked at Coca-Cola Beverages Slovakia, first as financial director and then as executive director. He later became director of European integration for Coca-Cola HBC in Vienna. He was the first Slovak to receive the Dale Carnegie Leadership Award, which is considered the most important award in the field of management.

Sigrid de Vries

Director General, ACEA


Sigrid de Vries is the Director General of the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA), having taken up position in September 2022. Ms de Vries has long-standing experience working for strategic EU industry sectors – from automobile manufacturers to automotive suppliers, to the construction equipment sector. She has held various external affairs and leadership roles, and has a strong track record in representing industries in times of fast-paced transformation. Prior to her current appointment at ACEA, Sigrid de Vries was Secretary General of the European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA). She also led the Association of the European Construction Equipment Industry (CECE), and headed the external relations and communications department at CNH Industrial. De Vries previously acted as ACEA’s Director of Communications and Public Relations between 2006 and 2012. A Dutch national, Ms de Vries studied journalism in the Netherlands. She worked for over a decade as a correspondent for a major financial newspaper, reporting from Amsterdam, Brussels and Berlin.

Robert Kiml

Vice President, Automotive Industry Association of the Czech republic & Production Vice President, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Czech Republic


Experienced General Manager with 18 years history of working in many manufacturing and administrative positions within Toyota Corporation. Skilled in Engineering, Quality, Project, Manufacturing and Administration management.

Alexander Matušek

President, Automotive Industry Association of the Slovak republic


He heads the External Relations / Environment / Social Services department at Volkswagen Slovakia, a.s. In the past, he was responsible for the management of the entire logistics at Volkswagen Slovakia and also held several management positions within the Volkswagen Group in Portugal and the USA. Since 2018, he is the President of the Automotive Industry Association of the Slovak Republic (second term). In 2018, he was elected Vice President of the Federation of Slovak Industrial and Transport Associations.

Marián Mikulec

Suppliers Performance Management, Senior manager Procurement, Volvo Cars


Volvo Car Košice, our sustainable growth in the future

Transformation from traditional OEM to future mobility provider with clear purpose and commitments. Why we see the need for transformation and how we as a company want to achieved it. Our future presence in Slovakia will help to boost our ambitions and goals. Beside of Quality and Costs we put on the same level also Sustanability. Future collaboration and cooperations with our suppliers and partners should be based on common goals to make sure that our industrial operations or products will not harm our enviroment. Working to gether on sustainable business and growth in the future.


Studied at Slovak Technical University. Faculty of Material science and technologies. Working in automotive industry since 2001 when he started career in Valeo Climate Control Czech Republic where he worked in area of process engineering and supplier quality assurance. Before Volvo Cars he worked for Hewlett Packard Procurement and Supply Chain. Since 2009 he is working for Volvo Cars. Main area is Suppliers Quality, Supplier development and performance management. In 2019 he moved to Sweden and was appointed as Senior manager for Interior Procurement.

Erik Ivaničko

Director Slovakia, Panattoni


Sustainability through the lens of the new reality - What is the role of industrial real estate?

Erik Ivaničko has been in business since 2008 and has experience in several areas of real estate, such as the office, retail, residential and especially industrial segments. In 2019, he became the first and founding employee of Panattoni Slovakia Development in Slovakia. With this step, he started the operation of Panattoni in the new market and represents the person responsible for the Slovak branch. Erik came to Panattoni with experience in development and construction. He graduated from the Technical University and previously worked as a sales director and member of the board of directors of a Slovak construction company.

Pavel Juříček

Chairman of the Board and CEO of BRANO GROUP


Pavel Juříček is a Czech businessman and politician, chairman of the board and general manager of the company BRANO GROUP. The company represents the largest purely Czech manufacturer of auto parts (door systems and locks, engine and transmission parts, jacks and closers). In February 2007, he received the Entrepreneur of the Year 2006 award. From 2011 to 2017, he served as a member of the board of directors and vice president of the Confederation of Industry of the Czech Republic. He has also been involved since 2004 as vice president of the Association of the Automotive Industry of the Czech republic. From 2017 to 2021, member of the Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic, since 2018 representative of the city of Opava, former vice-president of the Confereration of Industry and Transport of the Czech Republic.

Zdeněk Tůma

Chairman of the Supervisory Board, ČSOB bank & former guvernor of Czech National Bank


Zdeněk was the governor of the Czech National Bank in the period 2000 - 2010. In the following  a decade he was a partner at KPMG. Since 2019, he has been the chairman of the ČSOB Supervisory Board and a member of thePresidium of the Czech Banking Association.

Petr Knap

Leading partner for automotive sector in CEE Europe, EY Czech Republic


Petr Knap is the leading partner for the automotive industry at EY for CEE and is also responsible for supply chain and manufacturing solutions. He gains professional experience mainly from work in the automotive and manufacturing industry sectors, in the past he also worked for clients in the telecommunications, pharmaceutical and public sectors. Over the years, he has led senior management consulting projects focused on preparation strategy, organizational change management, process improvement and cost optimization. His clients included and include, for example, Asahi Breweries, Budvar, BMW, Johnson&Johnson, Porsche CEE, Porsche CR, SKANSKA, ŠKODA AUTO, T-Mobile, Toyota or OrlenUNIPETROL. Petr actively participates in initiatives focused on the innovative future production trends and on the automotive industry such as digitalization, automation, electromobility, shared mobility and autonomous vehicles. He is also a founding member of the Czech Chamber PMI (Project Management Institute) and a member of the Scientific Council Faculty of Business Administration at the University of Economics in Prague.

Stefan Hoffmann

Head of Department, Powertrain System Development, Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Center


Strategy changes of Hyundai Motor Group with the view of powertrain transition

After giving some general background about influencing factors and challenges to be overcome in terms of the worldwide powertrain strategy of the Hyundai Motor Group, the current powertrain strategy is explained in detail. It’s foundation rests on the diversification of propulsion systems and includes electrified, fuel cell electric and also battery electric line-ups. This enables to react easily to the needs of the different global markets. Finally, a short outlook will be given on alternative powertrain system approaches such as the use of low carbon fuels and hydrogen combustion engine before the presentation ends with the overall conclusion.

Studied Mechanical Engineering at the Technical University in Kaiserslautern. Began career in 1999 working in different positions in Diesel Engine development @ ISUZU Motor Company & Opel. In 2004 moved to Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Center as Senior Engineer in Advanced Diesel Development before taking over the lead of the team as a Manager in 2010. In 2020 promoted to lead the Powertrain System Development Department. This department deals with combustion engine development and 48V Mild Hybrid pre-development also taking care of powertrain control functions.

Ivan Hodáč

Founder & President, Aspen Institute Central Europe
Former ACEA Secretary-General

Special Guest & Event Host

Ivan Hodač is a Founder and President of the Aspen Institute Prague. He was Secretary-General of the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) from 2001 until October 2013. He is the Chairman of the Board at cabinet DN. The Financial Times listed him among the most influential personalities in Brussels politics. Before joining ACEA, he was Senior Vice-President and Head of the Time Warner Corporate office for Europe. Previously he was Secretary-General of the trade organization IFMA/IMACE, Senior Economist at Didier & Associates, and Assistant Professor at the College of Europe, Bruges. He was born in Prague, where he studied mechanical engineering. He completed his education in economics and political science at the University of Copenhagen and the College of Europe in Bruges (European studies).

Martin Soukup

Head od FESH ( Facility Management, ESH ) and Energy Manager, Continental Automotive Czech Republic


Vladimír Toman

Managing Director, Miba Sinter Slovakia


Michal Lábaj

Parts Development/Head of Department, Senior Manager, Kia Slovakia


Head of Parts Development and procurement in Kia Slovakia, responsible for development of suppliers, sourcing activities, pricing, cost evaluation and new project application.

Philip Smitka

Partner, Squire Patton Boggs


Increasing ESG requirements and practical challenges for companies in the automotive supply chain

The lecture will be about the increasing importance of ESG and the growing ESG-related regulation and its practical impact on companies in the automotive supply chain. We will namely have a look at the German Supply Chain Due Diligence Act, the European Supply Chain Act, the EU´s Fit for 55 legislative package and evaluate its implications for the supply chain.

Philip Smitka is a litigation partner at Squire Patton Boggs. He is dual-qualified and admitted as an attorney in both Germany and the Czech Republic. His litigation practice ranges from commercial disputes over to product liability disputes and to investment disputes under bilateral investment treaties. He has a broad commercial practice with an international focus and advises clients namely on commercial contracts, compliance related issues and internal investigations. He has acted for clients in the automotive industry for many years.

Petr Sodomka

Head of Supply Chain, Vitesco Technologies


A total of 22 years of experience in Automotive in various positions, both with the supplier and the final manufacturer. He has been working for Vitesco Technologies since 2018. Before that, he worked for 15 years at Toyota Peugeot Citroen Automobile. He started his career at Witte Automotive.

Closed since 11 October 2022
Location Holiday Inn, Žilina
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Participants 193
Meetings 488
Slovakia 213
Czech Republic 62
Austria 6
Germany 5
Sweden 5
Hungary 3
United Kingdom 3
Finland 2
Italy 2
Belgium 2
Serbia 2
Romania 2
France 1
China (Hong Kong) 1
Spain 1
Poland 1
Total 311