ECG Academy

  • ECG Academy
  • Alumni & EAAG
  • Honorary Logisticians
  • Top Students

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
E-mail: mike.sturgeon@ecgassociation.eu

 

 

The EAAG

As the Association of European Vehicle Logistics, ECG represents leading vehicle logistics companies from 27 countries across Europe and has developed in the ECG Academy a bespoke advanced training course for managers in the finished vehicle logistics sector. The only accredited qualification available in this field, the Academy is in its 14th year with more than 250 Alumni that have achieved the high standards required to graduate from this course.

The ECG Academy Advisory Group (EAAG) was established in October 2010 as a means of harnessing the enthusiasm and growing experience in this exclusive club for the benefit of the sector. To this end a number of projects were identified that the group could work on and these were discussed and agreed between the EAAG and the ECG Board. As its main objectives, the EAAG is currently researching innovative projects within the finished vehicle logistics sector, as well as developing a networking programme for the ECG Academy Alumni.

Activities

Innovation in finished vehicle logistics

The ECG Board, in co-ordination with the ACEA Working Group Automotive Logistics, gave the EAAG the assignment to research and investigate the feasibility of “Trailer Shuttle” operations in finished vehicle logistics. Based on the swap-body concept, theoretically there should be possibilities to create such shuttle truck operations within existing logistic networks. But is the European network fit for this kind of innovative operations? And if not, what extra efforts would be needed from both the sides of the OEM’s and the LSP’s to make the project feasible? The presentation of a report, including recommendations for OEM’s, LSP’s and trailer manufacturers, was delivered mid-2013. The EAAG will continue to work on innovative concepts which it believes could serve the sector well in the near future.

Alumni platform and developing networking opportunities

Established on LinkedIn there is now an active ECG Academy Alumni Platform. In addition the EAAG is involved in the organisation of Annual Alumni Meetings to facilitate networking and sharing of experiences. Click here for more details. As the Alumni of the Academy develop their careers and often move around Europe, maintaining communication with everyone will be a challenge and each year another batch of graduates will join the club.

Educational Development

The EAAG is striving for continuous improvement and further developments in education for the finished vehicle logistics sector that will complement the ECG Academy and fulfill other training requirements. In particular the development of relevant on line training modules has been looked at.

EAAG members

Alumni of the ECG Academy may stand for election to the EAAG Board. The elections will be held on a bi-annual basis. These will be publicised to all alumni in advance by the ECG Secretariat. Please feel free to contact us if you are an alumnus/a of the ECG Academy and would consider participating in the ECG Academy Advisory Group in the future. Whoever you are, we are open for all suggestions and ideas and are looking forward to discuss these with you. For further information, please contact the Secretariat.

On 2nd December 2016 during the 4th Alumni Meeting in Bremen the election for the new EAAG (2016-201) took place. The EAAG is composed of 9 members:

Jan Henning Vollmer STVA (Chairman)

Jan Henning Vollmer
STVA (Chairman)

Aleks Časar Milsped Group

Aleks Časar
Milsped Group

Attila Novak

Attila Novák
Lagermax

Filippo Rizzi

Filippo Rizzi Ariani
Grimaldi Group

Tobias Spannbauer

Tobias Spannbauer
Mosolf Group

Sándor Gacsó

Sándor Gacsó
ARS Altmann

Tanja Mattheis BLG Automobile Logistics

Tanja Mattheis
BLG Automobile Logistics

Andreea Maria Serbu ECG (Executive Secretary)

Andreea Maria Serbu
ECG (Executive Secretary)

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.

In the gallery below you will find all those who have received the award so far.

Buenning

Michael Bünning
General Assembly 2018 – Madrid

Moulin

Hervé Moulin
General Assembly 2018 – Madrid

MacDowall

Ray MacDowall
General Assembly 2017 – Malta

Christ

Egon Christ
General Assembly 2016 – Milan

Guetin

Claude Guetin
General Assembly 2013 – Dublin

Cetinkaya

Ilhan Cetinkaya
General Assembly 2012 – Oslo-Copenhagen

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Frits Mehrtens
General Assembly 2009 – Zurich

Yiakoumi

Louis Yiakoumi
Annual Conference 2009 – Rotterdam

Paci

Giovanni Paci
Annual Conference 2009 – Rotterdam

The best student from each Course of the ECG Academy has always been recognised, but since 2010 they have received the Giovanni Paci Award. Giovanni Paci served as an adviser to the ECG Board from 2005 until his sudden and unexpected death in September 2009 while travelling to meet with ECG. He was just 46 years of age. Despite being an external consultant he was very much an integral part of the ECG team. He made an enormous contribution to the Association during the time that he was involved, contributing to the strategy that made ECG what it is today. His presence, passion and vision were second to none and he is missed by all who knew him both as a colleague and as a friend.

In 2010 the Board of ECG decided to honour and perpetuate his memory by inaugurating the Giovanni Paci Award and since then this is awarded each year to the top student on the ECG Academy as adjudged by the Course Director and his team in a process that is completely independent of ECG. The top students are shown below.

2010

2010
Albert Cortés i Mochales
Tradisa LogicAuto S.L.

2011

2011
Maike Ziezolt
Daimler AG

2012

2012
Ugo Gasparri
I-FAST Automotive Logistics s.r.l.

2013

2013
Tanja Mattheis
BLG AUTOMOBILE LOGISTICS GmbH & Co. KG

2014

2014
Lukasz Szutenberg
Adampol S.A.

2015

2015
Christian Paul
Daimler AG

2016

2016
Jessica Leonard
Nissan Motor Manufacturing Ltd

2017

2017
Simone Mullazzani
Grimaldi Group

2018

2018
Andreea Popa & Patrick Palussek
Renault, Nissan, Mitsubishi – Glovis

2019

2019
Dorian Wöhr
MOSOLF SE & Co. KG