Game Advisor Ltd
Stefan Lampinen, Managing Director, Game Advisor Ltd
Managing Director at Game Advisor Ltd, previously general management in European and worldwide roles, at Electronic Arts, Nokia, Microsoft and Warner Bros. After rising to the role of Vice President at EA, Stefan was headhunted by Nokia in 2003 to be part of the Global Games Leadership. In 2005 he was hired by Microsoft to launch Xbox 360 in Europe and later spearheaded their Consumer Entertainment entry into the Emerging Markets. Advisory Board at Minecraft 2011. Joined Warner Bros 2012 with the key task to develop the Film/TV Digital Strategy for the Nordic Region. Now at Game Advisor Ltd, key focus is customised advisory with a speciality on new platforms and Virtual Reality.
Fred Brown, Partner, The Sightline Group
Fred Brown possesses over 25 years of executive leadership in the personal computer industry. His expertise in developing channels for technology companies has helped many successfully bring their products to market. With a track record of achievements and a network of relationships with key industry decision-makers, Fred has served as a retained consultant for more than a decade.
Toni Hannott, CEO, snakebyte
Toni Hannott is CEO of Snakebyte Distribution GmbH and has worked for the company since 2014. Established in 1997, with offices in Germany, Shenzhen, the US and Hong Kong, Snakebyte develops and distributes a wide selection of gaming hardware as well as well as branded consumer electronics. Snakebyte is a hybrid between a traditional manufacturer
and a distributor. Prior to joining Snakebyte, Hannott’s professional experience included positions at 1000deals.de, European Representation Agency, Roxio, CARDEXpert, ELSA, Mitsumi and Vobis.
Karsten Micke, Head of International Sales, hotsplots GmbH
Karsten Micke has been active in the ICT industry for over 20 years. His responsibility at HOTSPLOTS, a leading provider of wireless internet communication, is the strategic expansion of the company’s stationary and mobile solutions into international markets. One focus lies on the development of the cooperation between HOTSPLOTS and Robert Bosch Car Media in the area of wireless internet and entertainment for buses and coaches. 2017 will see Karsten Micke’s fifteenth participation at DISTREE.
Stephanie Alys, Co-Founder & Chief Pleasure Officer, MysteryVibe
Stephanie is a Co-founder and Chief Pleasure Officer (CPO) of MysteryVibe, the award-winning British pleasure brand behind the world’s first body-adapting smart sex toys. As CPO, Stephanie is focused on changing perceptions around pleasure in a positive and empowering way. A strong advocate that pleasure is a beautiful part of the human experience, and fundamental to our happiness, Stephanie is MysteryVibe's spokesperson on the role of technology within sex and relationships. She has been featured in major publications such as the Times, Guardian, Economist, CNBC, TechCrunch and WIRED and regularly appears as a keynote speaker on international stages. Stephanie's work has won her numerous nominations and awards including the Europas, Young Guns and PathFounders Top 100 European Founders.
Michael White, General Manager, Quadmark
Michael White is General Manager EMEA of Quadmark, a specialist channel strategy and sales enablement consultancy. Michael White is a marketing and sales professional with over 25 years cross-industry sales and marketing experience, consulting on distribution channels for both commercial and consumer markets, in industries including technology hardware and software, telecommunications, capital equipment, building materials and consumer durables. He has consulted at worldwide and regional level on optimizing all types of channels, with a focus on Marketing and Channel Strategy, Key Account Management, Channel Management and Return On Marketing Investment. His clients include Apple, Cisco, Electrolux, Fujitsu, Hewlett-Packard, Logitech, Microsoft, Nokia, Orange, Procter & Gamble, SanDisk and Tefal/Groupe SEB.
Laurent Eymard, Co-Founder & CEO, Red Dolphin
Laurent has been involved in wearables for two years and technology, channel and distribution for 25 years. He founded RED-DOLPHIN in 2013 (based in Switzerland). RED-DOLPHIN is first, a community (news, forum, discussions) dedicated to wearable technology; and second, a shopping platform for end-users opened to start-ups offering innovative wearable solutions. Prior to RED-DOLPHIN Laurent held various senior European positions in multinational companies like HP, Iomega and Tech Data.
Pradip Somaia, Partner, Regent
Pradip is an experienced investment banker within the technology sector. Since joining Regent in 2000 he has completed numerous assignments including the recent divestment of Altimate, from DCC Plc to Arrow Electronics Inc. Other transactions include the sale of PSCAL (financial management software) to Civica; the sale of Codework (Security distribution) to Altimate Group; the divestment of IQ-Sys (a virtualisation and network management provider) from QA to SCD; the sale of Talisman Software S.A (IT resourcing) to Vedior. Prior to joining Regent, Pradip served as chief financial officer within a number of large European and US multinational IT corporations. He has worked for EDS, International Data Corporation, Science Applications International Corporation and Equant Integration Services. Pradip is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and a Chartered Global Management Accountant.
Choice in eCommerce
Oliver Prothmann, President, Choice in eCommerce
Choice in eCommerce is an eCommerce sellers’ initiative founded by Oliver Prothmann in May 2013. Mr Prothmann, President of Bundesverband Onlinehandel and General Manager of p.digital, has been close to the business seller community for several years and has profound
experience with doing business via online marketplaces. Over the last two years, Mr Prothmann and many members of the seller community have become increasingly concerned by the negative impact of platform bans, especially on small and medium-sized sellers. As a marketplace expert, him and his team act on behalf of more than 15,000 online retail business across Europe against any kind of discrimination against eCommerce in order to preserve innovation and growth in the sector. Consequently, he launched the Choice in eCommerce Initiative, and later has received support from other industry stakeholders including BVOH (Bundesverband Onlinehandel). Choice in eCommerce has created a petition with the objective of ensuring that all online sellers, particularly SMEs, can benefit from a political and legal situation where sales bans on online platforms are not tolerated.
Ryan Mackey, Consultant
Ryan Mackey is a regular speaker and facilitator at DISTREE events. His involvement with DISTREE stems from over 10 years working with leading vendors, distributors and retailers across EMEA's technology channels. Ryan has studied at universities in both the US and Europe, and he holds an MBA in business strategy.
Chris H Petersen, CEO of Integrated Marketing Solutions and Strategic Partner, CONTEXT
A consultant who specializes in omnichannel retail, leadership, marketing, and measurement. He has built a legacy of working with Fortune 500 companies to achieve measurable results in improving their performance and partnerships. Chris is the founder of IMS Retail University, a series of strategic workshops focusing on the critical elements of competing profitably in the increasingly complex omni-retail marketplace.
Adam Simon, Global Managing Director, CONTEXT
Adam joined CONTEXT in February 2013 to develop the company's research coverage of ICT and technology, working with the industry to achieve new & measurable business outcomes. Recently he has pioneered research into the opportunities for retailers selling technology to small businesses ('R2B') and has formed a pan-European Smart Home Research Group including Smart Home Associations, retailers and manufacturers. He is leading research into Omnichannel best practices in EMEA and regularly brings together industry roundtables on this and other technology issues. Prior to joining CONTEXT, Adam spent his career in professional services, introducing operational best practices in large retailers. He has worked with many of the largest retailers in Europe at senior executive level.
Robert Kaufhold, Senior Marketing Consultant IT, GfK
Robert is taking care of GfK's Point-of Sales and Distribution tracking services with focus on IT Peripherals and IT Communication product categories. Before joining GfK, he worked in product marketing and sales in the automotive industry and was involved in several strategic research projects about high tech markets in Korea and Asia. Robert graduated from Korea University (Global MBA) and University of Mannheim (B.Sc.) with emphasis on Strategy and Marketing.
Gernot Teufel, Global Director IT & Distribution, GfK
Gernot Teufel, Global Director IT & Distribution at GfK Retail and Technology, the global leader in market tracking service for Sell-through & Sell-out data for all kind of HighTech Markets. Gernot is leading the IT Division at GfK considering GfK's Point-of Sales and Distribution tracking services on global level. Before joining GfK, he worked in different senior managing positions at Philips, Samsung, Panasonic as well as Sony Mobile. Overall Gernot has over 25 years’ experience in local and global functions in the Tech Industry.
Tatjana Wismeth, Senior Marketing Consultant IT, GfK
Tatjana is taking care of GfK's Point-of Sales & Distribution Tracking services for Computing. Working for several years with many major Computer Hardware Clients, Tatjana has a profound knowledge of the EMEA IT Markets. Before joining GfK, she has worked several years within the energy and technology industry focusing on Smart Home solutions. Tatjana has graduated in
International Business Studies in Germany and Australia.
Julia Ruf, Senior Marketing Consultant IT, GfK
Julia is taking care of GfK's Point-of Sales & Distribution Tracking services with a special focus on Computing and Software. Working on a day-to-day basis with major Hardware and Software vendors, Julia has profound experience within EMEA IT markets. Before joining GfK, Julia has worked for several years in a technical consultancy with focus on b2b markets. Further experiences include partner management within the airline industry and working in a market research agency. Julia holds a Master in International Cultural and Business studies acquired in Germany, Spain and China.