Learn from esteemed experts

Renowned fleet experts and award-winning international fleet managers will deliver their insights in a programme designed by the Nexus Communication and Bobit Business Media teams, in collaboration with the Global Fleet Advisory Board – a team of internationally recognised fleet leaders.  

The Global Fleet Conference brings to you an exciting 2 days of networking and sharing. On the one hand plenary sessions will tackle key issues in fleet management. On the other hand we have planned smaller group sessions where fleet owners will be able to interact with fleet experts active in emerging markets.

Programme at a glance

18:00 - 19:30

Welcome reception                                          


07:30 - 08:30

Registration & Welcome breakfast, tea and coffee corner

Welcome Breakfast with tea and coffee corner
sponsored by LeasePlan, Foyer Ballroom Floor 1

08:45 - 09:00

Opening Address

by Caroline THONNON (CEO and Head of Business Development, Global Fleet)
and Thierry DEGIVES (CEO and Managing Partner, Global Fleet)

Programme introduction by Steven SCHOEFS (Chief Editor, Global Fleet)

09:00 - 10:40

Outlook and Impact on Global Fleet Management

  • Global economic prospects and developments
    Presentation by Ivan VAN DE CLOOT(Chief Economist, Itinera)

  • Understanding the impact of the economic outlook on global fleet management
    Q&A with Ivan VAN DE CLOOT
    Moderator: Martin JAHN (Managing Director, Volkswagen Group Fleet International)

  • Insight in the dynamics of today’s global car fleet trends
    Presentation by Marc ODINIUS (Managing Director, Dataforce)

  • GLOBAL FLEET SURVEY 2012-‘16: Identifying key elements in global fleet management best practices
    Presentation by Caroline THONNON

    Q&A with audience Global Fleet Conference
    Moderated by
    Steven SCHOEFS and Mike ANTICH (Editor and Associate Publisher, Bobit Business Media)


10:45 - 11:15

Coffee Break

sponsored by LeasePlan

 11:15 - 12:45

Drivers in Global Fleet Management Strategy

  • Detecting changes in company car taxation across the globe, and the effects on global fleet management and business models
    Presentation by Erwin BOUMANS (Partner - Tax & Legal Services, BDO)

  • Securing efficiency: Fleet Management to Mobility Management
    Case study Pfizer by Ivor JOHNSON (regional Fleet Director - Global Procurement, Pfizer)
    Case study L'Oréal by Romain TREBUIL (Purchasing Manager, L’Oréal)

  • IFRS and New Lease Accounting Standard: impact for global fleets
    With Norman DIN (Vice President of Strategic Sales, Wheels) and Jef VAN OOSTERBOS (Finance Director and Global Coordination, LeasePlan International)
12:45 - 14:00

Networking Lunch

sponsored by LeasePlan

14:00 - 15:25

Translate COP21 into Global Fleet Management Efficiency

  • The Paris Climate Change Agreement as an engine for alternative powertrain integration in fleets
    Presentation by Bert WITKAMP (Secretary-General, AVERE)

  • Insight in fuel supply management and fuel network development
    Presentation by Matt NICHOLSON (Vice President – Partner Strategy, Fleetcor)

  • Developing a comprehensive TCO model for electric vehicles
    Interactive presentation by Sven VAN ROSSUM (Business Partnerships Director, Athlon International)


 15:30 - 16:00

Coffee Break

sponsored by LeasePlan

 16:00 - 17:40

Impacting Global Fleet Management Today and Tomorrow

  • PART 1:

    Successfully embracing Telematics as a fleet management solution

    • Engage stakeholders
    • Manage internal resistance
    • Rethink internal communication
    • Use Big Data safely and efficiently

      Presentation by Paul GOURLET (General Manager, Artel) followed by a Case Study by Marina OSTOJIC (Commodity Manager, NCR Corporation)

  • PART 2: Are you ready for a self-driving fleet by 2020?

    • Self-driving vehicles in your next fleet renewal?
    • Opportunities & threats of self-driving vehicles
    • Can legislation, infrastructure, insurance and lease suppliers catch up?

      Panel Discussion with Knut KRÖSCHE (Director – International Fleet, After Sales & Used Car, Volkswagen Financial Services), Davide GHIONE (EU Fleet Sales Manager, Tesla), Denis BICHERON (Head of Broking & Services and Network Country Manager, Gras Savoye) and Geert BEHETS (Head of Global Travel, Meetings & Fleet Management, UCB)

  • Innovation in Telematics and Connectivity
    Presentation by Edward KULPERGER (Vice President Business Development, Geotab)

Wrap-up Conference Day 1

19:00 - 22:30 Cocktail Reception & Official Dinner
07:30 - 08:30
Welcome Breakfast

Welcome Breakfast with tea and coffee corner

08:45 - 10:40
  • The global roadmap of the car manufacturers
    Presentation by Steven SCHOEFS
  • Today and Tomorrow’s Global Presence of the International Fleet Management Companies

    ALD International – Kent Bjertrup, Chief Commercial Officer
    ARI – Mark Bryan, Senior Vice President Europe
    Arval – Alessandro Pigazzi, Director International Business Office
    Athlon International – Michiel Alferink, Vice President International Commerce & Sales
    Fleet Logistics International - Rainer Laber, CEO
    LeasePlan International - José Luis Criado, Managing Director
    Sixt Leasing – Vinzenz Pflanz, Chief Sales Officer

    Volkswagen Financial Services – Knut Krösche , Director - International Fleet, After Sales & Used Car

  • Global Fleet Management Optimisation
    Case Study by Alexandra TARMO (Global Sourcing & Category Lead, Unilever)

  • The Global Fleet Directory: your solution to finding suppliers worldwide
    Presentation by Sigrid NAUWELAERTS (International Key Account Manager, Global Fleet)


 10:45 - 11:15  Coffee Break
 11:15 - 13:30
  • Successfully approaching Markets in AsiaPacific
    Presentation by Frederick OOI (Managing Director, LeasePlan Malaysia)

  • U.S. and the Rest of the World: understanding key differences to take full advantage of the opportunities
    Presentations by Steven SCHOEFS and Mike ANTICH

    Followed by a case study by John DMOCHOWSKY (Senior Sales Fleet Manager, Mondelēz International)
  • LatAm: much more than just Mexico and Brazil
    Presentations by Joao ANDRADE (Managing Director, LOcaliza Fleet Solutions), Gabriel ANDRADE (Head of Marketing and Innovation activities, Localiza Fleet Solutions) and Alvaro MARTINEZ (Regional Sales Manager, ALD International)
    Followed by a case study by Montse EMPEZ VIDAL (Chief Purchasing Officer, Applus)

13:30 - 14:45 Wrap-up & Closing Networking Lunch
Sponsored by Localiza

 Sessions subject to change