May 15th Extended deadline for proposals submission
June 15th – Notification of the acceptance
July 15th Extended deadline for Early Bird conference registration
July 15th – Deadline for handout submission
September 14th – Conference opening

One of the perennial highlights of ISPI EMEA conferences, the Senior Executive Panel, is scheduled for Saturday, September 16th. Participants at the conference will have the opportunity to hear from and interact with a panel of senior executives with diverse backgrounds in a special two-hour session. We are inviting respected senior executives from a cross-section of well-known organizations, who are willing to share their thoughts and insights with our conference participants. Participants will hear directly from experienced senior executives about the challenges and opportunities facing organizations today, their thoughts on how different performance approaches affect different operational contexts, and how we as performance improvement professionals can potentially contribute to organization results in a meaningful way. Questions to guide this discussion are created from ideas suggested by conference registrants in advance of the conference. There is also time within the two-hour session for questions and comments directly from session participants.


Giorgio Ferrandino

Giorgio Ferrandino

General Manager - Sew-Eurodrive Italia

Giorgio Ferrandino has served as General Manager for SEW-Eurodrive Italia for the past four and half years.  Immediately prior to joining SEW-Eurodrive Italia, Giorgio was CSC Factory Automation – Global Industry Sales and IKAM for more than four (4) years at SICK AG, one of the world’s leading producers of sensors and sensor solutions for industrial applications.  Notably, in 2015, under Giorgio’s leadership, SEW-Eurodrive together with SICK Spa presented, Intralogistica 4.0, “Smart Factory,” focused on “smart” solutions to increase productivity, flexibility and efficiency in the factory.  Representing SEW-Eurodrive, General Manager Giorgio Ferrandino, together with the Managing Director at SICK Spa, illustrated the great change that is affecting the manufacturing sector, highlighting the strategic position of intralogistics and presented the solutions offered by their companies to meet the needs of customers in the future.

Prior to his tenure at SICK AG, Giorgio was Business Unit Manager for Bosch Rexroth S.P.A., Commercial Director at Motorpower Company and Regional Sales Manager at SMC Italia.  Giorgio is known for his social competence and strategic vision, which directly support his dedicated customer orientation.  He believes that when you combine competence and respect for others with a willingness to continuously improve, you have the ingredients for success.

SEW-Eurodrive has long since expanded beyond the little motor company it started out as, when the original company, Süddeutsche Elektromotorenwerke (Southern German electric motor works), was founded in 1931. From that garage workshop in the Baden region, SEW-Eurodrive has grown into a global technology company.  Operating in 51 countries, with 15 production plants and 77 Drive Technology Centers on 5 continents, this owner-operated, global leader in the production of drive technology, is always there for its customers.  It is a truly global family business.  SEW-Eurodive, with16,000 employees and 2.8 Billion Euros in annual sales, has made a clear commitment to inclusion and diversity, fair treatment of partners and suppliers and the efficient use of resources.

Francesco R. Frieri

Francesco R. Frieri

General Manager of Resources, Europe, Innovation and Institutions of the Emilia-Romagna Regional Government

Francesco Raphael Frieri is currently the General Manager of Resources, Europe, Innovation and Institutions of the Emilia-Romagna Regional Government, a role held since March 2016. He is responsible for the management of human and financial resources, logistics, real estate, procurement, the organization and coordination of European policies, their evaluation, negotiated and international territorial cooperation, the development of the ICT, statistics, internal communication and the deployment of policies for institutional reorganization of the Regional Administration. As part of these responsibilities, he supports the administrative functions of the Emilia-Romagna Regional Government in the Conference of Regions (Rome) and in Brussels for the European Union, as well as in other institutional venues as necessary. He is involved in the management and development of regional “instrumental public companies,” which provide products and/or services in the public interest, and in which the Region Emilia Romagna owns all or part of the company’s stock.

Over the past seven years, he has served as Director General of the Union of Municipalities of the Lower Romagna Area (near Ravenna, Adriatic Coast, Italy), one of the largest, wealthiest, and most well-known and visited parts of Italy. The Union of Municipalities has achieved major results in terms of integration and collaboration between Municipalities, transferring many of the functions originally carried out by nine Local Governments to the Union of Municipalities, and, at the same time, developing a well-integrated process of change management. This has resulted in remarkable increases in efficiency for the more than 100,000 local inhabitants, guaranteeing the highest level of service for all citizens of all communities that are part of the Union.

Oronzo Lucia

Oronzo Lucia

Corporate Automation and Control Manager - Fameccanica Group

Oronzo Lucia has held increasingly senior-level leadership roles within Fameccanica, beginning as Head of Automation Software in 1989. In the last 13 years he has had strategic responsibility for Automation and Control for the entire Fameccanica Group

Fameccanica.Data Spa was the founder of the now global Fameccanica Group and the centre of excellence for the development and design of all the Fameccanica technological platforms and for the production of top performing, high innovation level machines in the field of hygienic and disposable products. The integration of evolved technology, experience, human capital, and a permanent client-oriented strategy, has allowed the Italian company to position itself as an undisputed market leader in the sector.

Today, Fameccanica Group relies on four companies, Fameccanica.Data in Italy, as key point of reference, Fameccanica Machinery Shanghai, Fameccanica do Brasil and Fameccanica North America, to enable its very successful client-centric global strategy that allows Fameccanica to be close to its clients, not just logistically but also culturally, with a system of relations that overcomes barriers, making the most of local resources, while maintaining a central coordination of its projects.

Before joining Fameccanica, Oronzo co-founded (1984) an information technology, research and development company in Padova, Italy and in 1986, also in Padova, he joined Saet, Industrial Automation Company, as an Automation Specialist.

Ganni Raspanti

Ganni Raspanti

Change management lead EMEAI – Sherwin-Williams

Gianni Raspanti acts as a liaison between the project team and business to ensure Business Transformation Program & Change initiatives, as a result of new ERP technology introduction, meet business requirements on time. The Change Management Lead position is focused on the people and process side of change, including changes to business processes, job roles and organizational structures. The primary responsibility is creating and implementing change management strategies and plans that maximize adoption and usage, minimize resistance, and minimize customer impact both in the short-term and in the long-run

Professional background:
• IT management and strategy,
• Multiple ERP rollouts both in a technical role and as a business partner,
• Experience in Business Process re-engineering,
• M&A, consolidation and rationalization

The Sherwin-Williams Company is an American Fortune 500 company in the general building materials industry. The company, with headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio, primarily engages in the manufacture, distribution, and sale of paints, coatings and related products to professional, industrial, commercial, and retail customers.


Juan Pablo Ortiz

Juan Pablo Ortiz

Partner and Senior Consultant - YESP Consulting - Sweden

Juan Pablo has worked as a Senior Consultant at YesP AB since 2003. During the past 10 years he has been responsible for numerous successful performance improvement interventions and change processes in Europe, Asia, and North and South America. Juan Pablo is a valued partner in helping organizations, teams, and individuals achieve measurable and meaningful results. His experience includes work with large multinationals, the public sector, and NGOs. Juan Pablo combines theoretical and empiric knowledge with strong training, speaking, and facilitation skills.

Previously, Juan Pablo held executive positions in the IT industry between 1998 and 2002, and worked with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) between 1990 and 1997. He has formal education in journalism and communication. Juan Pablo has lived in Mexico, Colombia, Sweden, and China, and is fluent in English, Spanish, and Swedish.

As a member of the International Society for Performance Improvement since 2004, Juan Pablo has attended many of their conferences. He has been facilitating the Senior Executive Panels of the ISPI EMEA conferences since 2010 in Sweden.


Mardia Niehaus

Sr. VP, International Carrier Sales & Solutions
Deutsche Telekom

Bonn, 2016

William Bowers

Global Vice President Commercial Sales

Bonn, 2016

Ahmet Hancer

CEO and Founding Partner

Istanbul, 2015

Lingun Langenberg

Managing Director
Korn Ferry – Turkey

Istanbul, 2015

Mumin Kaveci

General Manager

Istanbul, 2015

Robert Grader

General Manager
Warsaw Marriott

Warsaw, 2014

Dorota Dabrowski

Executive Director
American Camber of Commerce, Poland

Warsaw, 2014

Adam Tomczak

Founder and CEO
Xpress Courier

Warsaw, 2014