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The Lean & Green jury consists of representatives of business, media and sciences.

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.

Prof. Dr. Volker Bräutigam

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

Since 2014, the entrepreneur and consultant has also been promoting entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial thinking and acting. Current research focuses on entrepreneurship training, innovation, and the use and effect of cognitive and immersive assistance systems in sustainability, digitalisation and productions with networks.

Claus-Peter Köth

Claus-Peter Köth has been editor-in-chief of the media brand "Automobil Industrie" since 2011. As industrial engineer, he 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-Gipferl", "Hamburger Karosseriebautage" and "Smart Factory Day", as well as various podium discussions. He is also a member of the “German Car of the Year” jury.

Marek Borgstedt

Marek Borgstedt was born on October 13, 1978 in Mönchengladbach. After studying electrical engineering in Aachen and doing an MBA at the University of Lüneburg, he started his career at Robert Bosch GmbH. After positions at T&O Unternehmensberatung 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 some time 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 the Industrial Excellence division.

Prof. Dr-Ing Johannes Fottner

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 sales work for the company 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 numerous focal points of technical logistics. Prof. Fottner attaches particular importance to the practical transfer of the scientifically developed results, especially to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).


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