Symposium Speaker

Dr. Wolfgang Bernhart Dr. Wolfgang Bernhart
Symposium Chair
Automotive Competence Center
Roland Berger Strategy Consultants

Dr. Wolfgang Bernhart has been working in the automotive industry for 17 years. In 1993, he earned his Ph.D. from the University of Karlsruhe's Institute of Production Science (thesis paper on Calculation In Parallel To Development). After serving as Key Account Director Daimler at COVISINT in Amsterdam, he managed the European automotive activities at Arthur D. Little between 2003 to 2006. He has been Partner at Roland Berger Strategy Consultants GmbH since 2007.

He consults German and international companies on topics ranging from operating processes and organizational issues to global strategic realignment. He is a specialist on development and technology topics. Wolfgang Bernhart has clients in Germany, France, Italy, Russia, the US, China, etc.

Dr. Bernhart has written various articles and lectured on various hot topics, e.g. new powertrain concepts (incl. electric and hybrid vehicles) CO2/consumption reduction, low-cost business models and challenges and opportunities in emerging markets (esp. Russia and China).

David A. Fulton David A. Fulton
Director, Advanced Engineering
Remy International

David A. Fulton received B.S. and M.S. degrees in mechanical engineering from Valparaiso University and Northwestern University, respectively. He joined Delco Remy Div. of GM in 1986, as a product engineer in starters. After moving to Remy International in 1993, he worked as quality manager and design analysis manager. In 2000, he became Remy's director of advanced engineering, responsible for development of starters, alternators, and electric machines for hybrid and electric vehicles. David has 13 patents in the area of electric machines. He is also a licensed professional engineer, and a member of SAE.

Jack Lifton Jack Lifton
Founding Principal
Technology Metals Research LLC

Jack Lifton is a Founding Principal of Technology Metals Research, LLC. He is also a consultant, author, and lecturer on the market fundamentals of the technology metals, the term that he coined to describe those strategic rare metals whose electronic properties make our technological society possible. These include the rare earths, lithium and most of the rare metals.

Educated as a physical chemist, specializing in high-temperature metallurgy, Jack was first a researcher before becoming both a marketing and manufacturing executive. Finally, he became a metal trader specializing in the field of technology metals and of rare metals.

Today, after 48 years of industry involvement, he advises both OEM high tech industry and the global institutional-investment community, on the natural resource issues that impact either a proposed business model or a high-volume manufacturing plan for the mass market.

His work today is principally as a due-diligence consultant for institutional investors, looking into opportunities where rare and technology metals availability are a factor in determining the probability of commercial success of a metals-related venture.

Jack is a Senior Fellow of the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security.

David Woessner David Woessner
Head of Business Development and Sales
P3 North America

David co-leads P3 North America's Strategy Consulting Practice and heads up business development and sales. David works closely with P3 leadership and client teams to develop strong client relationships while continuing to grow P3's footprint in North America. Simultaneously, he is focused on building P3's strategy and management consulting capabilities with a particular focus on global mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, alternative powertrain and e-Mobility, and Connected Car topics.

He is an expert in leading and managing transformative global programs and initiatives with senior client executives having worked on multiple divestitures and integrations in the manufacturing, consumer product, and technology sectors. He has advised senior executives on transaction strategy and execution, program management, functional blueprinting, transitional services, and integration/carve out readiness.

While at P3, David has advised and supported clients in the automotive and aviation space . He is currently working with a leading automotive battery maker in defining their M&A strategy and evaluating a new manufacturing facility in Europe. In 2011, he was instrumental in leading a premium European OEM in its efforts to develop an e-Mobility demonstration project in California by forming a consortium of stakeholders including utilities, EVSE providers, universities, national laboratories, and government entities.

David presents frequently on topics of globalization and emerging technologies and has written articles and whitepapers on e-mobility and battery topics; he earned his MBA and MS in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology while serving multiple terms on the National Society of Black Engineers National Board of Directors. He also received his BA in Physics and German from Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana.

Timothy George Thoppil Timothy George Thoppil
Government Grant Engineer
P3 North America

Timothy has worked with the Tauber Institute Consultant for the General Motors Chevrolet Volt Program, developing battery refurbishment model based on test data and component failure rate information. He also developed algorithm for re-engineering the battery for secondary (non-automotive) use.

Timothy was a Research Associate for an Economic Development Administration (EDA) funded business assistance program. There he assessed operations of distressed manufacturing plants, identified implementable projects and prepared proposals for receiving Federal Government funding.

He held the role of Key Account Manager at TVS Group for Cummins Engines and Cummins Fuel Systems, managing a launch of key engine components for ISX, ISM, LDD and other programs. Timothy's strengths include capacity management, global logistics and phase-out planning for regular production components.

Tim holds a Masters in Engineering (Manufacturing/Industrial) from the University of Michigan and a Bachelors in Engineering (Mechanical) from Anna University.