When asked if the glass is half full or half empty, Ahmet says it doesn’t matter as in both instances you can fill it up! Pragmatic and forward-looking, he has been contributing to the success of the Transporeon Group since he joined back in 2003.
Passionate about his role as Managing Director, Ahmet doesn’t even recognize this as work. He has particular responsibility for research and development, infrastructure and operations, customer services, customer projects, and IT security. For him, the customer is positioned front and center of the entire chain of operations. For example, he prioritizes the need to optimize customer onboarding, provide all required support, and ensure relevant solutions are available on reliable and secure platforms. He is a firm believer in continuous improvement and collaborative teamwork, stating “We are one team”.
Olaf Demuth is Tax Consultant and Financial Auditor and has longtime leading and practical experience, which he gained amongst others at the Carl-Zeiss-Concern and in the incorporated enterprise of a plant manufacturer listed on the stock exchange. Olaf Demuth works for the Transporeon Group already since November 2012. In his function as CFO he is responsible for the Finance and the Human Resources department and beside of this for tasks like Company investments or further foreign locations.
Along with sales and logistics expertise, active listening is one of Thomas’ particular skills. He believes that you can learn something new from every discussion; the trick is merely to be curious and interested. So it is very unlikely that you will find Thomas and his team talking too much about features and functions. Instead, you will probably notice they are asking questions and listening carefully before considering how to meet customer needs and developing appropriate new products and services.
Thomas is in regular contact with many customers, with direct responsibility for their requirements. While he recognizes the profound benefits of digitalization, he also retains a personal, human approach: “For certain topics, it’s essential to use the telephone or better still arrange a face-to-face meeting”. To achieve a healthy work/life balance, he tries not to be online all the time. Some weekends, he even uses the off button on his mobile phone!
Peter Förster studied industrial engineering in Kempten/Neu-Ulm and Ulm with a strong focus on Marketing. Following graduation he joined Siemens ICN Information and Communications Networks as a Junior Marketing Consultant, at the same time working to set up Transporeon GmbH with friends from his time at university. The company was founded in the year 2000. As Managing Director, Förster focuses primarily on product and innovation management.
Leander Kling began his career at Siemens AG, where he was a Sales Manager for IT solutions and worked with key accounts involved in trade and industry.
From 2005 to 2008 he was a Key Account Manager at Transporeon, responsible for acquiring and looking after new customers as well as project management with the focus on both time slot management and loading management. In September 2008 Kling joined Transporeon as a Product Manager with responsibility for the development and expansion of the new Mercareon platform. When Mercareon was established as a spin-off in 2010, Leander King became Head of Sales with responsibility for the further development of the Mercareon platform. He has been Managing Director of Mercareon since 2011.
After his studies of Business Sciences in Augsburg Mr. Mack, started his professional career at Kässbohrer Fahrzeugwerke in Ulm with a strong focus on SAP Projects nationally as well as internationally. In November 2004 he took over leading tasks for SAP ERP Systems and IT Systems for shipper at Transporeon. In 2010 Mr. Mack became Managing Director for the technical area at Transporeon. Here he can perfectly use his expert knowledge in SAP R/3, mySAP (Module MM, FI, CO, HR, SD, LES, Basis) as well as his experiences in leading positions.
Before he joined the Transporeon Group, Peter Schmidt was at Adobe for six years. He was initially responsible for the reorientation of the business model in Eastern Europe, Russia, Turkey, the Middle East and Africa. Following that, as Vice President Channel & Education EMEA, he very successfully managed the Europe-wide transformation of Adobe from being a desktop and conventional licence provider into a leading enterprise and SaaS software provider for digital marketing solutions. Ultimately, as Director and Vice President, he was responsible for business in Central Europe, Russia, Eastern Europe and the Middle East, focusing on business customers.
Previous to that, Schmidt spent ten years in senior sales management with the product lifecycle management software vendor PTC. Based in Bangalore, India, he was responsible for business in the BRIC countries as Senior VP Worldwide Emerging Geographies. Schmidt graduated from Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences with a degree in mechanical engineering. He likes to spend his free time with his family and stay active cycling and skiing. As CSO for the Transporeon Group, Peter Schmidt has overall responsibility for the Group’s global sales activities.
Marc-Oliver Simon, studied Industrial Engineering at university of applied science Neu-Ulm and university of applied science Ulm. His international experience he got at University of México D.F. and at Lincoln University, Christchurch (New Zealand). Directly after his final degree in August 2000 he founded together with former fellow students Transporeon GmbH in Ulm. They developed the in the today europewide leading internet logistics platform Transporeon, which is focused on optimal completion of operational processes in the transportation logistics. At Transporeon Group Marc-Oliver Simon is today as Managing Director responsible for different strategic initiatives.