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Kevin Gaskell
Youngest ever MD Porsche, Lamborghini, BMW; Business leader, Team builder. KEYNOTE SPEAKER
An extraordinary leader who led iconic brands Porsche, BMW and Lamborghini to unprecedented levels of success. A corporate trailblazer, serial entrepreneur and world class team builder.

As a CEO, chairman and founder Kevin has enjoyed success in sectors including automotive, data, technology, manufacturing, brand marketing and professional services. He has repeatedly led teams to achieve extraordinary performance in companies ranging from 7 to 7,000 employees. One of his companies was recognised as the best private equity investment of the year, another nominated as the World’s 7th most innovative business. Passionate about the development of leadership skills he is frequently sought to reinvigorate teams and companies. 

Leading the turnaround of Porsche from close to bankruptcy to market leader saw Kevin Gaskell, at the age of 32, recognised as one of the most capable leaders of his generation. He consolidated that recognition with 4 years as Managing Director of BMW (GB) during which he led the business to record growth and a 500% improvement in profitability. 

Since his roles in the automotive sector he has led businesses to massive success in the digital, technology, data, brand marketing, market research, construction, retail, professional services and manufacturing sectors. Such flexibility and adaptability has confirmed his position as an extraordinary and inspirational leader.

 A highly motivational and engaging speaker, he believes that ordinary people can achieve extraordinary results — and he has the experiences to prove it. He has led global corporations, start-ups, private equity portfolio companies and organisations large and small to create shareholder value in excess of $5Billion. He has also found the time to walk to both the north and south poles and climb the world’s highest mountains to fund the construction of a cancer treatment unit.
Felix Plötz
Graduate business engineer (TU), Entrepreneur, Best-selling Author. KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Felix Plötz is a graduate business engineer (TU), entrepreneur, author of three best-selling books and an internationally sought-after keynote speaker.

His lectures and books bring creativity, courage and the "just do it" spirit of start-ups back into big companies and the established economy. He is regarded as an expert on the topics of "digitisation & new business models" and "leadership & motivation in times of upheaval."

He has quickly become the shooting star of the speaker scene thanks to his captivating style, his authentic appearance and his charisma. He inspires employees and managers alike — whether in corporations such as BMW, E.ON or Lufthansa, medium-sized family businesses or at large events with several thousand spectators. 

His first book on motivation was a surprise hit in 2013, and was a best-seller on Amazon. His business best-seller Palmen in Castrop-Rauxel, celebrated by a broad audience, followed in 2014. RTL, Welt am Sonntag, Spiegel Online, Impulse, and many other national media and blogs reported on this exceptional, crowdfunded book project. Shortly after its publication, the book became one of the most sought-after "entrepreneurship" publications on Amazon; just four months later it officially reached "Best-seller No.1" status. 

His current book Das 4-Stunden-Startup has been on the best-seller lists for more than 19 months and is already one of the best-selling business books in Germany. Among other accolades, it has been dubbed a "SPIEGEL financial best-seller," "Manager magazine best-seller," "Amazon Best-seller No.1," "Handelsblatt best-seller," as well as a "Top 10 audiobook of 2016" on Audible.

For his achievements, Felix Plötz was nominated for the "Börsenblatt Young Excellence Award" from the German book industry in 2016. Shortly thereafter, Plötz was able to celebrate another success: the renowned Handelsblatt speaker agency included him in their exclusive portfolio, making him the youngest speaker in their company's history.

Alon Bar-Shany
General Manager, HP Indigo. KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Alon Bar-Shany is the general manager of the Indigo Division at HP.

Based in Nes Ziona, Israel, he has held worldwide responsibility for the HP Indigo Division since 2004. Alon oversees all aspects of the development, marketing and deployment of HP Indigo solutions to an installed base of over 4 thousand customers in 120 countries. 

A strong advocate of close customer relationships, he also sits on the Global Board of Directors of Dscoop, the independent users association of HP Graphic Arts solutions. 

Prior to this role, Alon ran the HP Indigo business in the Europe, the Middle East and Africa region (EMEA), and served as the chief financial officer of HP Indigo from 1998 until 2002 as well as corporate vice president of finance for HP Indigo from 1995.

Alon joined HP Indigo from Israel Chemicals Ltd. in 1995, where he held various executive positions in finance, strategic planning and business development.

Alon holds a master’s degree in business administration and a bachelor’s degree in history and economics from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He is married to Cathy and has four children, and enjoys music, reading, gardening and travel.
Andrew Davis
Conference Master of Ceremonies
Andrew Davis is a best-selling author and internationally acclaimed keynote speaker.

Before co-founding, building and selling a thriving digital marketing agency, Andrew Davis created programming for local television, produced for NBC’s Today Show, worked for The Muppets in New York and wrote for Charles Kuralt.

He has marketed for tiny start-ups and Fortune 500 brands. In 2016, Davis founded Monumental Shift, the world’s first talent agency for marketing thought leaders.