Smart Minds and Winning Personalities – for Any Task
Our goal is simple: we pursue the highest standards in everything we do. Excellence in every respect is our ambition and yardstick. Our team consists of experts and specialists from various fields and disciplines. Each individual can draw on many years of experience in operational leadership positions in industrial companies.
We put together an interdisciplinary expert team geared to the task you have assigned to us and your requirements. This stable team will support you throughout our cooperation. Get to know our team of executives and consultants:
Germany, Austria, and Switzerland
Dr. Peter Orban
Company Owner, General Manager for Germany, Austria, and Switzerland
PhD and MS in Industrial Eng. from RWTH Aachen, MS in Mechanical Eng. from Dartmouth College (USA)
Prior to establishing Orban Consulting GmbH, Dr. Orban held managing director positions in various companies in Germany and Eastern Europe. He also handled restructuring and organizational development projects, drawing on his extensive leadership experience.
Core competencies: restructuring, expert for Eastern Europe
Head of Corporate Affairs
Degree in Business Administration (Dipl.- Betrw.) from the Budapest Business School (BGE)
During her career in the industrial sector in Hungary, Andrea Erőss worked as head of human resources for German, French, and U.S. companies. In this role, she performed a wide range of managerial tasks in human resources and also handled large-scale workforce adjustments.
Core competencies: change management, workforce adjustment
Executive Consultant, Business Development & M&A
Degree in Economics (Dipl.-oec.) from the University of Hohenheim and UCLA (USA)
After working for an international management consultancy, Christian Eckart held the position of managing partner for private equity investors. Later, he acquired several companies, and now contributes his operating experiences as part of our consulting team.
Core competencies: M&A, post-merger integration, restructuring, industry 4.0, expert on France
Dr. Ralf Hunecke
Executive Consultant, Human Resources
MA from RWTH Aachen and a PhD graduate of Leibniz University, Hanover
Dr. Hunecke is an expert in HR and organization. He has gained considerable experience from management roles and consulting projects in various business fields: industrial groups, engineering service providers, SME manufacturers, and startups.
Core competencies: HR and organization within the scope of restructuring projects
Associate Degree from FOF College Shawnee / USA, Construction Mechanic
Willi Isaak was responsible for the setup and specialization of the operational excellence unit at various technology companies. You can benefit from his hands-on mentality in areas such as shop floor management (SFM) in production, logistics and administration.
Core competencies: operational excellence, shop floor management, leadership training
Degree in international management (BSc) and cross-cultural leadership from the University of Bologna (Italy)
Graziella Marsano has supported Italian suppliers with a focus on the automotive industry since the early 1990s, providing end-to-end project support from market analysis and customer acquisition to series supply.
Core competencies: project management, supply chain management, intercultural management
Degree in Engineering (Dipl.-Ing.) from Beuth UAS in Berlin
Thomas Michael’s focus is on the following industries: electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, injection molding, stamping technology, metalworking / machining and precision assembly. He was a management board member and managing director at various German and Eastern European companies and one Japanese group.
Core competencies: operational excellence, production relocation, interim management
Dr. Christoph Reuter
Executive Consultant, Restructuring & Digital Transformation
Degree in Engineering (Dr.-Ing.) from the Technical University of Darmstadt and MBA from Harvard University (USA)
Dr. Reuter has many years of executive-level operating management experience, including as a managing director and CEO for portfolio companies of private equity funds.
Core competencies: automotive, metal production and processing, engineering & machines, MedTec
Executive Consultant, Head of Business Development & Sales
Business Administration Degree (Dipl.-Kfm. t.o.) from the University of Stuttgart, MBA from the University of Augsburg and John Hopkins University (USA)
Andreas Skuin gained crucial experiences: as an executive consultant focusing on lean management at an international consulting firm, in the setup of a systemic consulting firm, and as key account manager at a multinational technology group.
Core competencies: business development, leadership development
Senior Consultant, Restructuring
MBA from Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich
Peter Sperl held various executive roles in highly renowned management consulting companies and interim management roles as COO, CFO, and CEO with a focus on technology-oriented companies. He has international experience working on projects in Eastern Europe, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand.
Core competencies: restructuring, turnaround, and recovery management
Degree in Electrical Engineering (Dipl.-Ing.) from Darmstadt UAS
Jürgen Staub has gained extensive leadership experience and technical expertise in the automotive industry and electronics. Prior to joining us, he worked as managing director, chief operating officer, and plant manager in both German small and medium-sized enterprises and multinational groups.
Core competencies: change management, turnaround management, mergers & acquisitions, restructuring
Degree in Business Administration (BSc) from Ludwig Maximilian University (LMU) Munich
Tobias Treibel supports our team of senior consultants in various customer projects. He gained extensive experience in the semiconductor industry (supply chain management) and at a German car manufacturer (data science).
Core competencies: operational excellence, restructuring
Klaus U. Volstrup
General Manager for Scandinavia and Senior Consultant
Master of Laws (Cand. jur.) from the University of Copenhagen
Klaus Volstrup managed product lines and production sites in Scandinavia and Central Europa for a global rail vehicle manufacturer. He managed large cross-border projects, and international development and transformation projects.
Core competencies: project and program management, business transformation and interim management
BS Electrical Engineering from Aarhus University (Denmark)
Kåre Michelsen held various leadership positions in the rail vehicle technology, wind energy, and telecommunications industries. His focus is on the areas of quality management, shop floor management, and the management of international projects.
Core competencies: quality management, operational excellence
General Manager for Hungary and Senior Consultant
Degree in Engineering (Dipl.-Ing.) from Óbuda University, Budapest
László Frank was responsible for the setup and management of new production sites for renowned German automotive suppliers, where he continuously succeeded in proving the value of his international leadership experience and profound knowledge of the automotive industry.
Core competencies: operational excellence, interim management
Degree in Engineering (Dipl.-Ing.) from the University of Veszprém (Hungary)
Andor Bosnyák has 20 years of experience in quality management in the automotive industry. He is proficient in topics such as the development and monitoring of quality assurance systems, new product introduction and management systems.
Core competencies: quality management, operational excellence, core tools
Dr. Zoltan Hegedus
MSc Eng from Budapest Technical University / INSA de Rennes, PhD from Budapest Technical University / Grenoble University
Dr. Hegedus started his career at a leading global consulting firm, working on topics such as strategy development, restructuring, business modelling and mergers and acquisitions. Subsequently, he was a partner at a European consulting firm.
Core competencies: turnaround management, complexity and portfolio management, supply chain configuration
Degree in Business Administration (Dipl.-Kff.) from the University of Pécs (Hungary)
Ildikó Jakabucz can draw on 25 years of experience in the management of German production companies in Hungary. Her specialty is the setup and further development of controlling, cost accounting, and HR management.
Core competencies: controlling, human resources, change management
Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Miklós Zrínyi National Defense University, Budapest (Hungary)
János Molnár has worked in the automotive supplier industry as a production process development leader and lean management consultant at German and U.S. companies. His responsibilities focused on production areas, restructuring, and the implementation of cost reduction projects.
Core competencies: operational excellence, restructuring, project management, lean management
Degrees in Engineering and Industrial Engineering from János Naumann University (Hungary)
Szilárd Nagy draws on 20 years of experience in manufacturing, gained from several industrial sectors. He has 15 years of leadership experience, from team leader to roles in executive management. He has handled various projects which focused on restructuring, productivity gains, and organizational development.
Core competencies: efficiency enhancement, restructuring, process development
Executive Consultant, Operational Excellence
Degree in Industrial Engineering (Dipl.-Wirt. Ing.) from the Univ. of Rostock / Hogeschool van Utrecht
Mario Schade held the position of managing director in a Swiss technology company’s Hungarian plant and worked as production and supply chain consultant. In addition, he can draw on his multifaceted leadership and project management experience in the automotive, chemical, and FMCG industries.
Core competencies: operational excellence, site search and setup
Degree in Engineering (Dipl.-Ing.) from the Technical University of Budapest, and M.A. from Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
Egmont Schaffhauser held department head and managing director positions at various multinational companies in the rail vehicle and automotive industries. His work mainly focused on Hungary, where he repositioned and realigned several production sites.
Core competencies: change management, restructuring, reorganization
Gábor B. Tóth
Degrees in Engineering from the TU of Budapest and in Business Administration from Corvinus Univ. of Budapest, and an MBA from CWRU Cleveland
After his successful career at Arthur Andersen, Gábor B. Tóth held the positions of Chief Financial Officer, Chief Executive Officer, and Regional Chief Operating Officer at a UK group in Eastern Europe. He then assumed responsibility for operations in the group’s holding company.
Core competencies: restructuring, mergers & acquisitions, post-merger integration
Romania, Serbia, and Bulgaria
Dr. Dan Tulvan
General Manager Romania & Senior Consultant
Degree in Engineering (PhD) from the Technical University of Timisoara (Romania)
Dr. Tulvan worked as a plant manager and managing director for various small and medium-sized enterprises in the automotive supplier industry and companies in the electrical industry. He is an expert in the setup of (greenfield and brownfield) production sites and reorganization.
Core competencies: site setup, restructuring, six sigma, interim management
MS in Engineering from the Technical University of Oradea, and MEng from the University of Targu Mures (Romania)
Cristian Birta gained extensive experience in leadership positions in small and medium-sized enterprises and global companies in the automotive supplier industry. He specializes in site setup and development.
Core competencies: site setup, operational excellence, total productive management
Degree in Engineering (MSc) from the University of Arad (Romania)
Attila Csapó worked previously as a process optimization engineer and team leader in the automotive industry. He has extensive experience in continuous improvement, time study, and production and layout planning.
Core competencies: lean manufacturing, crisis management
Degree in Engineering (PhD) from the Technical University of Timisoara (Romania)
Calin Lupulescu has over 20 years of corporate management experience Electronic Manufacturing Services and automotive industries in several areas: quality, operations, program management, and procurement.
Core competencies: supplier development, operational excellence
Degree in Business Administration (Dipl.-Kfm.) from the University of Arad (Romania)
Florian Ursu held management positions in the automotive, electrical, wood, and textile industries, where he gained experience in the areas of quality management, shop floor management, production relocation, and international project management.
Core competencies: quality management, production relocation, project management
Poland, Czech Republik, and Slovakia
General Manager for Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia and Senior Consultant
Degree in Business Administration (Dipl.-Kfm.) from Helmut Schmidt University in Hamburg
Hans-Peter Engel’s activities have focused on Poland for more than 20 years. Prior to enhancing our team as a consultant, he worked as managing director at German and French industrial companies’ Polish sites. He can look back on wide-ranging and in-depth experience in rail vehicle construction.
Core competencies: interim management, change management, operational excellence
Degrees in Industrial Engineering (Dipl.-Ing.) from the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava and in Management from City University of Seattle, Bratislava (Slovak Republic)
Jarmila Imreová has over 20 years of experience in the automotive industry, where she held leadership positions in global companies. She cooperated with IPA Slovakia (Fraunhofer Institute) in several projects in Slovakia and the Czech Republic as a consultant.
Core competencies: supply chain management, interim management, reorganization
Master’s Degree (Dipl.-Ing.) from the Czech Technical University in Prague (Czech Republic), and a degree in Advanced Business Management from DePaul University (USA)
Robert Kotas has worked in technical consulting and analysis related to process and production digitization. He has led plant setup projects in the area of rail vehicle construction inside and outside the EU. He has held managing positions in many restructuring projects.
Core competencies: site setup, interim and project management, change management, digital twinning
Degree in Mechanical Engineering (Dipl.-Ing.) from West Bohemia University, Pilsen (Czech Republic)
Tomas Polak has gained international experience in project, task force, lean, and launch management, with a focus on OEE increases, automotive and microelectronic technology, production relocation, and plant engineering. He has provided support during high levels of escalation and crisis-induced restructuring.
Core competencies: quality management, operational excellence, project management