MESA World Conference 2012

13-14 September
Coventry, United Kingdom



Christopher Biddle, Manufacturing Systems Executive, Rolls-Royce Plc.

Christopher leads the Manufacturing Systems Centre of Competence for Rolls-Royce Plc., a central Business Process Improvement function that is accountable for delivering process and system solutions to manufacturing applications across all product sectors globally.

Christopher's career in Rolls-Royce Plc. spans 19 years, mostly in process improvement roles. Following a Batchelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Nottingham University, his early career was spent working on standardisation of programme management tools and processes. He subsequently undertook a role in IT Operations Management for one of the Business Units, and then moved on to programme manage the delivery of a number of ERP implementations.

Christopher moved into manufacturing 6 years ago, and as well as being a key part of the team that established the Centre of Competence, started the process of modernising and standardising Shop Floor Systems, and more latterly defining the strategy for extending PLM from the "top floor to the shop floor" through the Manufacturing Execution System.

Christopher presented the Rolls-Royce Plc. vision for "Manufacturing Operations Management" at the MESA Conference in Prague in 2008, and gave one of the key-note presentations at PLM Europe in Paris last October.

Valentijn de Leeuw, Director of Consulting, ARC Advisory Group

Valentijn's focus areas include Organizational Change and Effectiveness, Business Process Improvement, Value-based Performance Management, Governance, Project Management, Knowledge Management, Operations Management, Asset Management, Innovation and Engineering, and Manufacturing IT.

Extensive experience in best management practices in process industries. These include chemical, polymer, metals, energy, food, pharmaceutical and petroleum manufacturing. Experience includes knowledge of unit processes, simulation and modeling and business practices utilizing application software designed for manufacturing operations.

At ARC, responsibilities include research and consulting in process industries, with focus on clients in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Technology focus is on manufacturing operations management, performance management, knowledge management and the role of the knowledge worker in manufacturing. Valentijn is focal point for the ARC Benchmarking Consortium in EMEA.
Valentijn holds a PhD of technical sciences from Delft University of Technology (NL) in cooperation with Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Paris and IFP and also holds a Masters in Chemistry from Utrecht State University located in The Netherlands.

Valentijn acts as independent expert-evaluator of research projects for the European Commission in the Information and Communication domains.

Research Reports and Publications
- Adaptation: the Key to Business Performance from Manufacturing IT
- Plant Asset Management Best Practices for the Process Industries
- REACH: EU Chemicals Legislation Will Have Positive Impact on Global Market
- Operational Excellence: Creating More Value
- Business Case for Real Benefits: Assessing real value from business optimization
- Facilitating Property Calculations within the Product and Process Lifecycle
- Model Predictive Control in Polymer Plants

Jean-Luc Delcuvellerie, Technology Watch & Innovation Manager, Enterprise Senior Expert & Architect for Manufacturing Applications, AREVA - Corporate Information Systems

Jean-Luc Delcuvellerie leads the Technology Watch & Innovation (TWI) process and team of AREVA Corporate Information Systems. TWI proactively identifies and tests new IS/IT usages of emerging technology trends, evaluates possible impacts, and contribution to performance and value for AREVA.

Jean-Luc's career spans 25 years of knowledge and experience in Enterprise Information Systems with a focus on Manufacturing Operations Execution (MES, LES, WMS) for process, batch and discrete industries.

Starting with a PhD in Manufacturing Systems Architectures, Jean-Luc's early career was spent on System Integration & Consulting with Euriware as Consultant and Project Manager in charge of AI, Expert System, and CIM & MES projects. Jean-Luc moved to AspenTech in 1998 as Batch Industries Pre-sales EMEA Director for process engineering, supply chain and MES software for the process industries. He joined Apriso in 2003 to become MES FlexNet Product Director for discrete industries.

In 2009, Jean-Luc joined AREVA to work as Senior Expert & Architect for Manufacturing Applications to define Master Plans, work on pre-studies and architectures for manufacturing projects in various AREVA Business Units including Nuclear Fuel Manufacturing, Enrichment, Power Plant Equipment, Recycling, and Renewable Energies. Jean-Luc continues to work closely with the AREVA Manufacturing Solution Center to define standard software company policy.

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Michel Devos, Owner and Consultant, M.E.S. Consult

Michel Devos is managing the Belgian consultancy company M.E.S. Consult. He is active in:

- Building strategic plans for manufacturer/producer production sites in the context of Industrial and Technical software.
- Preparation requests for proposals on behalf of end user, describing features for production management (MES/MOM), Scada and/or PLC applications, that match with end users' requirements.
- Analyzing the process with the objective of increasing the energy efficiency

Michel's career spans almost 30 years of knowledge and experience in Enterprise Information Systems and Process Control Systems. Michel started his career implementing Scada solution from CIMTECH, and continued as a product marketing manager (Information Management products) with ASPENTECH.

Until recently, he was part of the management team at SYNTHETIS, a MES software supplier located in Belgium. Michel is a board member of both MESA EMEA and Club-MES (France) organizations.

Mike James, Group Managing Director, ATS International BV

Mike has spent his whole career in manufacturing and at ATS specializes in sustainable solutions for the manufacturing industry. Mike is a member of the MES Governance Boards at Rolls-Royce Aerospace and at Carlsberg Breweries whilst also leading a number of initiatives in the Automotive, Food and Pharmaceuticals industries. MES or Manufacturing Execution Systems connect shop floor systems with ERP or Enterprise Resource Planning systems.

The concept of MES encompasses, production, quality, maintenance and inventory management, not new, yet by focussing on real-time information MES makes an enormous contribution to sustainable manufacturing. Mike is a Board Member of MESA International, a non-profit making, global organisation for producers and suppliers sharing best practices and knowledge of Manufacturing Execution Systems. He is Chairman of the MESA Global Education Program and MESA EMEA.

Mike started his career at Plessey Electronics as a trainee accountant in a Research and Manufacturing environment. He gained his first international experience with Allen-Bradley's CNC division and then moved to The Netherlands to lead Allen-Bradley's expansion into Europe. At Indivers and Intech NV Mike gained experience in the aerospace, defence and semi-conductor manufacturing industries working closely on USA / Dutch Government contracts. ATS was founded in 1986. As co-founder, Mike has been instrumental in growing ATS into a global Independent Solution Provider.

Mike is a regular speaker at international events and specialises in combining Lean, Six Sigma and MES techniques to improve sustainability, productivity and quality, a combination which Mike refers to as "Sticky Lean".

Uwe Kueppers, Director of Information Solutions EMEA, Rockwell Automation

Graduate in Automation Technology from the Krefeld university, Uwe Kueppers started his professional career 1986.

Uwe has more than 20 years experience in the manufacturing environment and with industrial automation products. He spent 5 years as an application engineer with Schiess, a major manufacturer of heavy machine tool builder before he started to be involved in developing the first Industrial pc and the use of pc equipment to control and optimize palletize systems. Prior to Incuity and Wonderware, Uwe had built up the sales area for an engineering company and sold automation solution to all kinds of manufacturing segments. After running his own business, Uwe joined Wonderware in 1994 as a regional sale manager in the west part of Germany. In 1995 he moved to the head quarters in the US to develop the OEM program. In this timeframe Uwe gained international expirience in Asia. Since 1997 he was leading the sales organization of the German operation including the ERP and Maintenance sales, which came through Wonderware in 1999. In January 2001 he took over the position as managing director in Scandinavia where he was building up the new entity which was created in April 2001 with a clear focus on adding value to their customers business. In 2003 Uwe had additional responsibility of the German operation as the Managing Director. In April 2005 he accepted the position as Director of Business Development and Marketing EMEA where he was responsible for extending the established markets and grow new emergency market segments or area. Together with his Marketing Manager he developed the marketing strategies for Wonderware in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. His primary goal was to grow significant business in EMEA in the areas of Production and Performance Management, Scada and HMI as well as identify new potential business segments.

In April 2006 he opened Incuity Systems GmbH and is now representing Incuity Software Inc. in Europe. His primary goal is to grow the business with Incuity in the area of Business Intelligence for Manufacturing with its' product Incuity EMI. It has been a real challenge to build up a company with a new product for a new market segment with a new company name. In a very short time he and his team have built up a strong customer and partner base. He now has Value Added Reseller (VAR) in other parts of Europe and the Middle East. Incuity Systems GmbH now provides service, support, sales and marketing for all European and Middle East countries.

Since the acqusition of Incuity by Rockwell Automation on May 15th, Uwe is now the VP of EMEA sales for Inquity. In October 2008 Uwe was appointed Director of Software for the EMEA region for Information Solution and is now focusing on the CPG segment within EMEA.

Uwe Kueppers is married and has a son and a daughter.

Simon Lawson, Product Marketing Manager for Operations Management Systems at GE Intelligent Platforms

Simon Lawson is Product Marketing Manager for Operations Management Systems at GE Intelligent Platforms. Simon has fulfilled a variety of manufacturing roles including, design engineering, production engineering, and software sales and as General Manager for a manufacturing company in a career spanning 25 years.

Pierfrancesco Manenti, Head - Europe, Middle East & Africa, IDC Manufacturing Insights

Pierfrancesco Manenti leads the IDC Manufacturing Insights research practice in EMEA and is the global lead for the Operations Technology Strategies advisory service.

In his role, Mr Manenti provides insights, consulting and advisory support to leading manufacturers and specialty IT vendors into the key challenges and trends affecting manufacturing industries, including Automotive, Machinery, Wearing Apparel/Fashion, CPG, and High-Tech - with a particular attention to the EMEA region.

Among the process domain areas, Mr. Manenti specializes in Manufacturing Operations, Supply Chains, and Product Life-Cycle strategies.

Mr. Manenti regularly contributes to the Operations Technology blog on the IDC Manufacturing Insights Community ( and tweets (@PierManenti) about business and IT issues relevant to Manufacturing Operations, Supply Chain, Product Lifecycle, IT strategies.

A senior executive with about 20 years of industry experience in manufacturing operations and supply chain strategy consulting and IT solutions, as well as product management, marketing, and business development, Mr. Manenti is a thought leader with a strong focus on the business value of technology in manufacturing.

Prior to joining IDC, Mr Manenti spent many years with TXT e-solutions, a Europe-based SCM software vendor, where he held increasing roles and responsibilities, including: industry business unit manager for automotive, business development manager for manufacturing industries, and U.K. operations director.

Manenti has a degree in computer science from Pisa University (Italy).

John McNiff, Business Development, SAP Manufacturing Solutions

John McNiff is currently responsible for business development of the manufacturing solutions at SAP, covering the region EMEA (Europe, Middle East, & Africa). He joined SAP during the acquisition of leading Manufacturing Execution Software provider Visiprise in 2008, and now works extensively with SAP customers and partners to help bring SAP's strategy for manufacturing to realization. Since graduating in 1992, he has worked in a variety of roles exclusively within the manufacturing industry. His roles have included everything from business development to consulting, application implementation and training, and even some development and delivery of "turn-key" manufacturing solutions.


Emmett O'Conner, Senior Software Engineer, TQS Integration Ltd.

Emmett has worked for TQS Integration Ltd. for over eight years during which time he has been involved in every aspect of design and integration of PI Systems from architecture design to Software configuration alongside Quality Control and Assurance. He also has vast experience in the development of software applications utilizing the PI System including involvement in the creation of an interface from PASXv2 to OSI PI.

John Robinson, Business Development Lead for Manufacturing, Atos

- Manufacturing expert with primary focus on Manufacturing Excellence enabled by IT
- Long standing involvement in SAP 'Perfect Plant' - ERP, SAP MII, SAP ME, Wonderware
- Strong knowledge and working relationships with Manufacturing IT vendors such as SAP, Invensys, Siemens, Rockwell, GE, Aspentech
- Excellent knowledge of Manufacturing IT solution delivery partners - Atos, Tata, Logica, Cognizant, Accenture, Cap Gemini
- Extensive experience of Manufacturing - Continuous Improvement, LEAN, Six Sigma

From a career starting in Manufacturing, John was seconded onto an ERP implementation team in the mid 1990's and shortly after made the career move into Manufacturing IT. After five successful years with a traditional Automation Systems integrator providing PLC, SCADA, Vision and Validation solutions he then made the move to Invensys Wonderware eventually progressing to MES Business Developer for EMEA. A strong working relationship with SAP was developed from 2006 onwards. John's final year in Invensys was in the Business Value Solutions group before joining Atos in June 2011.

Michael Schwarz, MES/EMI & Batch Product Marketing Manager, Invensys Operations Management

Michael comes with 20+ years of experience in Industrial Automation and Industrial software. He started his career working for AEG-Telefunken in Germany, mostly serving Steel- and Metal industries with electrical equipment and automation solutions. After a degree in electrical engineering and automation, he joint Wonderware in Germany 1996 as an Application Engineer with a focus on HMI and Historian software. Michael moved to a product marketing position with responsibility of EMEA market requirements, rollout, training and information needs for the whole Wonderware software portfolio. In September 2009 he joined the Invensys Operations Management global portfolio management team as Product Marketing Manager for MES/EMI & Batch products. He is an early member of the MESA Europe (now MESA EMEA) and MESA EMEA board member since 2007. Michael is based in Düsseldorf, Germany.

Dave Shaw, Independent MES Consultant
With over 30 years' experience in manufacturing industry and 20+ years in the design, delivery and support of MES solutions Dave Shaw has a wealth of experience and knowledge across all facets of the manufacturing IT landscape. From computer controlled facilities such as rolling roads and wheel alignment to automated finite resource scheduling and in-process test solutions and has several published articles around the use of IT in Automotive Manufacturing.

Dave studied Production Engineering at the Manufacturing Engineering Department of Rover Group before moving into Plant Floor Automation and IT. Dave is a member of the BCS for Chartered IT Professionals and the MESA UK working group. He lives in Stourbridge in the UK and is married with two children.

Jan Snoeij, Principal Consultant, Logica

Jan Snoeij is a principal member of the consultancy team of Logica's MES Centre of Excellence. He is contributing to Logica's position as all-round Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions specialist and as one of the largest Systems Integrators on Manufacturing IT in Europe. In the 1980's, Jan was active in assisting companies to improve their production and business performances making use of information systems and other innovative technologies. He has broad experience in many different industry sectors, varying from textiles and clothing to metals, steel and automotive and from high tech electronics to food and pharmaceuticals. Jan holds a MS degree in Applied Physics. Currently, Jan is a MESA International Board Member at Large, Chairman of the MESA EMEA Board, Chairman of MESA's EMEA Expansion Committee, and past Chairman of the MESA European Conference. Jan served as the Chairman of the MESA EMEA Board from 2007-2011.

Ralf Sonnefeld, Director MES Zone Central Europe, Siemens

Ralf Sonnefeld, Director MES Zone Central Europe at Siemens Industry Automation, started his career in 1994. He has spent most of his years in Automation and Industrial IT, mostly working for Siemens. Through many MES and Plant IT projects he has gained expertise in how to apply IT technology in order to add value to businesses in Discrete Manufacturing, Continuous and Batch Process Industries. He gained broad international experience when he served as the CEO of IndX Software Inc., a Siemens company, out of the U.S. managing a worldwide P&L with customers in Asia, the Americas, Europe and the Middle East. Mr. Sonnefeld subsequently became responsible for Siemens' MES business in the Americas, and after having relocated to Italy, he became responsible for Siemens' MES business in Europe. Today Mr. Sonnefeld manages Siemens' MES business in the German speaking markets in Central Europe out of Germany. Sonnefeld served on MESA's International Board of Directors as a Board Member at Large from 2006 - 2008 and, in addition, he has been serving on the MESA's European Board since 2010.