Jury and Team

Jury and Team

The Lean & Green jury consists of representatives from business, the media and science.

The proven experts in the areas of lean excellence and sustainability determine the annual award winners based on the results of the assessments. All members have extensive know-how from a wide variety of industries and company processes.


The Jury

Die Jury

Prof. Dr. Volker Bräutigam

Since March 2013, Volker Brautigam has been a professor for technical management and planning of technical systems at the University of Applied Sciences in Würzburg/Schweinfurt. During his many years of industrial work at Valeo and Borg Warner, he was entrusted with management, planning and optimization tasks in the production environment.

Since 2014, the entrepreneur and consultant has also been promoting entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial thinking and acting. Current research work focuses on entrepreneurship training, innovation, and the use and effect of cognitive and immersive assistance systems in sustainable, digitized and networked production.


Claus-Peter Köth

Claus-Peter Köth

Claus-Peter Köth has been editor-in-chief of the media brand »Automobil Industrie« since 2011. The graduate industrial engineer has been supporting the automotive industry for more than 20 years as a specialist and business journalist.

Köth is also known as the moderator of the network events " Leichtbau-Gipfel", "Hamburger Karosseriebautage" and "Smart Factory Day" as well as various panel discussions. He is also a member of the “German Car of the Year” jury.


Marek Borgstedt

Marek Borgstedt

Marek Borgstedt was born on October 13, 1978 in Mönchengladbach. After studying electrical engineering in Aachen and an MBA at the University of Lüneburg, he started his career at Robert Bosch GmbH. After positions at T&O management consultancy and the Miele company, he worked as plant manager and managing director at AGC Automotive from 2012 to 2016.

During this time, he and his team received the Lean & Green Management Award for outstanding improvements at the Wegberg plant. After an assignment at the WMF Group in Geislingen, Marek Borgstedt has been back at T&O Management Consulting in Munich since 2018. As Managing Director at T&O, he is responsible for Industrial Excellence.


Prof. Dr-Ing Fottner Johannes

Prof. Dr-Ing Fottner Johannes

Johannes Fottner studied mechanical engineering at the TUM and received his doctorate in 2002. From 2002 to 2008 he held various management positions at the Swiss Swisslog Group. In 2008 he took over the management of the Munich MIAS Group. As part of the sale of the company to Jungheinrich AG in 2015, Johannes Fottner became part of the management team at Jungheinrich Logistiksysteme. In 2016 he was appointed to the professorship for technical logistics at the TUM. Prof. Fottner has been deputy chairman of the specialist society for production and logistics in the Association of German Engineers (VDI) since 2015 and a member of the board of the VDI district association Munich, Upper and Lower Bavaria e.V.. Research at Prof. Fottner's chair focuses on technical logistics. Prof. Fottner attaches particular importance to the practical transfer of the scientifically developed results, especially to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).


Daniel Reichert

Project management

Daniel Reichert

Daniel Reichert is the project manager of the Lean & Green Management Awards. He has accompanied the development of the award since 2012. As an experienced assessor, he has audited over 150 international companies and management systems and has extensive best practice knowledge in relation to Lean & Green.

He was able to gain many years of implementation experience in the field of lean management and corporate sustainability in a wide variety of industries and countries and is specialized in linking sustainability aspects with operational excellence in companies.


Dr.-Ing. Thomas Orten

Dr.-Ing. Thomas Orten

Dr.-Ing. Thomas Orten has been a senior consultant at GEPRO mbH since 2007. As part of numerous consulting projects in manufacturing companies that were characterized by the lean approach, the mechanical engineer was also a registered consultant for the German Material Efficiency Agency (DEMEA) for many years, under whose leadership many projects funded by the BMWi to improve material and Raw material efficiency were carried out.

In addition to his work as a consultant, Dr. Orten is head of the Lean Operations Manager certification course at the Technical Academy Esslingen (TAE).