Philippe Aumont is a highly experienced executive with 40 years in the automotive interior supplier industry. Both engineering & business graduate, completed by many general management programs. He’s currently General Editor for DVN Interior, a weekly newsletter reporting about automotive interior technology, regulations, congresses and auto shows.
He acted as Chief Technology Officer at Faurecia Seating, between 2011 and 2017. Previously he worked for Roth Frères, Johnson Controls and Faurecia, with various position in R&D, Marketing, Strategy, new product development, Open Innovation, start-ups, university, and earlier in JIT, Production, Program Management, Costing, Sales… with permanent assignment in France, Belgium, The Netherlands and Germany, and frequent travels in the US, Japan, China & India.
CTO & Group Vice-President Strategy & External Relations, Valeo
Geoffrey Bouquot has joined Valeo in December 2015 as Group Vice-President, Corporate Strategy & External Relations. In June 2020, Geoffrey Bouquot has been appointed Group Senior Vice-President R&D and Product Marketing in addition to his current role.
Since 2014, he was Technical Advisor for Industrial Affairs of the French Minister of Defence. Previously, he was Chargé d'Affaires of the Aerospace & Defense sector within the French Agency of State Participation (Agence des participations de l'État, APE). He was also Project Manager Purchasing and Subcontracting within the Latécoère Group, and served as Head of Mission to the CEO of the OCP Group.
Born in 1985, Geoffrey Bouquot graduated from the prestigious Ecole Polytechnique (2005) and the Ecole des Mines de Paris, distinguished for the outstanding performance of its research centers.
David Muyres is an experienced innovation and product development leader with global insight and both a technical and creative perspective. He has held functional and executive management positions in Europe, Asia and North America. In addition to his broad corporate experience, has also held leadership positions in academia, started non-profits, and partnered in a consulting office in Washington, DC. He is very passionate about the role design and design thinking can play in transforming business. His diverse skills and people focused leadership also has contributed to his success in attracting diverse talent and building dynamic teams through his extensive network of great people.
David Muyres most recently was responsible for Global Product Innovation, Consumer Research and Advanced Technology teams at Yanfeng Automotive. In this role, he was responsible for three regional development teams located in Michigan, Neuss, Germany, Shanghai, and Silicon Valley. Prior to this role, he was a Director at the Corporate Innovation Center at Johnson Controls Global HQ in Milwaukee, WI. David previously held the position of Vice President, Educational Initiatives, for Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. In this capacity, Mr. Muyres was responsible for developing new strategic offerings for the college and directed Art Center’s Sustainable Mobility Summits.
His vision and passion has resulted in him being asked to speak at a wide range of design and innovation industry events in eight different countries. In December 2008, Mr. Muyres was asked to provide testimony on the future of the automotive industry to Rep. Ed Markey’s House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming in Washington, DC.
Graduated from the University of Electro-Communications in 1988. Majored in mechanical engineering. Graduation thesis: “A study of the mimicry robot using the image processing”.
Professional career: Joined Honda motor since 1988 (After graduating from the university). Designer of electrical equipment part, promoted to Chief engineer of lighting parts design and then appointed to Manager all exterior lighting parts.
Current job position: Manager of the all interior part development (includes the lighting system).
Georges de Pelsemaeker
THS Health and Well Being Director, Valeo
Covestro, VP, Global MKT Automotive & Head Polycarbonate Industrial Marketing, Mobility
LL.M - Corporate Law / M & A, University of Applied Sciences, Cologne, Germany
MBA - General Management / Finance, Edinburgh Business School, Edinburgh, UK
Certificate in Polymer Chemistry and Processing Technology, Bayer AG Tech. Center
Jul. 2015 – present - Covestro Deutschland AG, Leverkusen VP, Global MKT Automotive + Head of Industrial MKT EMEA.
Jan. 2011 – Jun. 2015- Bayer Material Science AG, BU Polycarbonates, Leverkusen Director, Marketing Automotive EMEA / LA.
Jan. 2006 - Dec. 2010-Bayer International SA, Fribourg, Switzerland Head of BU PC, Region EEMEA (Eastern Europe-Middle East-Africa).
Carsten Befelein is an expert for automotive lighting with enthusiasm for styling aspects. He likes to work out cognitive and connected lighting innovations and concepts with feasibility and economic studies for a successful serial implementation.
Carsten Befelein started his professional career as soldier, teacher for Physics and Sports and worked from 1987 to 2009 at BMW as Dipl. Physicist in the departments for lighting, electronics, interior components and styling.
In 2010 Carsten Befelein founded his own engineering office “CB-Lichtdesign” to create styling and customer relevant lighting solutions for automotive and general lighting. From 2012 to 2019 he additionally worked at Toyota Boshoku Europe and Techniplas-Weidplas to develop “smart trim parts” with innovative lighting and electronic integrations in plastic components. As pensioner he continues working at “CB-Lichtdesign” for different companies and DVN & DVN-I on the latest lighting technologies, trends and innovations.
Dr. Matthias Lust
Head of Pre-Development and Patent Management, Preh
Mr. Geert Trossaert holds a PhD in polymer chemistry from the University of Ghent (Belgium), a post-graduate in business management from the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium), and a post-graduate in middle management from the Vlerick Business School (Ghent, Belgium).
After a joint development project between Recticel and the University of Ghent on “Thermoplastic Polyurethanes for Automotive Interiors”, Mr Geert Trossaert joined Recticel in 1995 as Group Leader Colo-Fast Chemistry. After becoming R&D Manager for automotive chemical developments in 1999, he switched to Business Development Interiors in 2004 as Materials Manager. In this function he was globally responsible for the introduction and validation process of the Recticel Automotive surfaces at different OEM’s, as such building up his network in the automotive world but keeping close contact with Recticel’s R&D, technical and operational departments.
In 2010 he was appointed Quality and Materials Manager.
In 2014 he became VP R&D and Quality and is since then a member of the executive management committee of Recticel Automotive. He also manages the Recticel Automotive polyurethane system house in Belgium.
Since July 1st 2020 Recticel Automotive is a joint venture between Admetos and Recticel.
Dr. Wolfgang Clemens is an authorized signatory with PolyIC and Head of Applications. In line with this, he is responsible for implementing printed electronics into products for new mass markets.
Dr. Wolfgang Clemens studied physics at the University of Cologne, where he specialized in solid state physics. After finishing his studies, he earned his doctorate at the research center in Juelich researching in thin, magnetic films. After earning his doctorate, Dr. Clemens worked with Siemens Corporate Technology as leading project manager. He was in charge of the development and application of magnetic sensors. Subsequently, he became project leader for the development of integrated polymer circuits (IPC). Therewith, he belonged to the PolyIC team right from the start in November 2003 and is responsible for implementing the new technology into products. Focusing on the application of transparent conductive films (brand Name PolyTC) for touch applications (and more).
Innovative result oriented executive product and business leader with wide international experience in companies such as Microsoft, Nokia and Nokia Networks. Inspiring and visionary people leader of high performing teams. Extensive experience in product and program management, product making, portfolio planning, business management and strategy creation.
Strong track record in innovation leadership and bringing innovations to the market. Global experience in collaborating successfully with mobile operators, partners, suppliers and making exciting conference and executive sales presentations. Leading highly successful teams in US, Europe, China and Japan.
As part of the EPIC mission, Carlos works closely with industrial photonic companies to ensure a vibrant and competitive ecosystem by maintaining a strong network and acting as a catalyst and facilitator for technological and commercial advancement. He brings with him a strong background in microelectronics which was acquired through 15 years of management positions held at the global industry association SEMI. Carlos puts his extensive network and experience to the benefit of EPIC’s members to support companies accelerate their growth and technological advancements through industry collaboration. www.epic-assoc.com
Dr. Ana Bizal studies Mechanical Engineering at University of Ljubljana. During her thesis she worked with various Automotive suppliers mostly focusing on fatigue and durability.
In 2013 she joined Hella Saturnus Slovenija as one of the first members of Interior Lighting Group in Ljubljana. In 2014 she relocated to Hella Innenleuchetn-Systeme GmbH in Wembach where she is now heading departments for optical development and lighting innovation.