The ECG Academy and its Certificate in Automobile Logistics Management was developed in response to demand for specialist training for junior and middle managers working in the finished vehicle logistics sector. The certificate provides those managers with the fundamental business knowledge and skills to maximise their potential, and enables them to become experts in analysing and executing complex global logistic networks.

The course programme was originally designed and run by the Executive Education arm of the European Business School and it is today managed by the Education Unit of KPMG. Moreover, the deployment of the course is managed by the Academy Director Dr. Christian-Titus Klaiber and, until his recent untimely death, Prof. Dr. Josef Decker who acted as the Dean for the Academy since the very beginning.

The Certificate in Automobile Logistics Management is suitable for anyone involved in the sector whether they work for an LSP, OEM or even a supplier to the sector who wants to broaden their understanding and expertise. This is a unique certificate of excellence which we believe is the only formal qualification in vehicle logistics available anywhere in the world.

The course itself includes around 24 days split into 5 modules at different locations in Europe which allow for broadening of sectorial expertise with site visits to manufacturing plants and logistics facilities. The course is taught by academic scholars and industry experts in order for students to learn key leadership and management skills in areas such as negotiation skills, risk and project management, as well as contract law just to name a few. Work during the course will be prepared individually, but there will also be team work assignments including a business case on innovation management. The final assessment includes oral and written exams as well as preparation and defence of a thesis which can be of particular interest to the student’s parent company.

In 2010 the Board of ECG decided to honour and perpetuate the memory of Mr. Giovanni Paci for his contribution to the Association. Mr. Paci, who passed away suddenly and unexpectedly at a fairly young age, shared a presence, passion and vision second to none and is greatly missed by all who knew him both as a colleague and as a friend. Since 2010 the Giovanni Paci Award is granted each year to the top student on the ECG Academy as adjudged by the Course Director.

Following agreement by the Board of ECG the Internal Rules of the association were amended to incorporate the potential to recognise people who have made an exceptional contribution to the sector. The title of Honorary Automobile Logistician may be awarded once per year with the unanimous consent of the ECG Board and the Director of the ECG Academy.

It is not awarded every year but, when it is, the presentation will normally be made at the annual graduation ceremony of the Academy which traditionally takes place in front of the members following the Welcome Dinner during the ECG Spring Congress & General Assembly.

During the past years, the ECG Academy has seen over 200 alumni graduate from more than 50 different companies. The knowledge gained during the course has equipped them with the skills to increase efficiency and reduce costs for their organisations in complex business processes, and the certificate itself has offered graduates a wide range of potential areas of application as well as opportunities for career advancement.

If this is something that would greatly interest you or your company and you would like to know more about the degree or enroll to the next course, please have a look at the brochure and application form below. For further inquiries and enrolments please do not hesitate to contact us.

Mike Sturgeon
Executive Director, ECG
Phone: +32 2 706 82 82