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Björn Albers

After his apprenticeship as IT specialist for software development he is working with Schmitz RZ Consult for more than 6 years. Starting as a software developer, he quickly gained extensive experience in the field of backup (IBM Spectrum Protect & Spectrum Protect Plus, Dell EMC NetWorker, Veeam and Rubrik) and is now Senior Consultant for BACKUP EAGLE®. His experience is permanently incorporated into the ongoing development of BACKUP EAGLE®. He is certified trainer for BACKUP EAGLE®.


Thomas Bak

Thomas Bak, founder and CEO of the software company Auwau. Thomas has been active in the storage and data protection market for more than 15 years. Thomas is specialized in data protection as-a-service delivery models. He is the idea-man and architect behind the Auwau Cloutility software platform which enables managed service providers and large enterprise businesses with automation of business processes around data protection as a self-service. Thomas is an entrepreneur with a Master (M.SC) in Business Administration and Information Science and an experienced speaker.

Markus Bote

Markus Bote is working in IT the sector for the last 16 years. Approx. 9 years’ experience in IT-Distribution, developing and selling complex datacenter solutions.

Craig Bungay

Craig Bungay, Vice President Sales, EMEA & India, Spectra Logic Corporation

Craig Bungay joined Spectra Logic in 2001 and currently serves as Spectra Logic’s as Sales Vice President for EMEA and India. In this position, he manages staff, budgets sales execution and strategic planning for the EMEA region. Craig brings more than25 years’ experience in the tape and disk markets and is a specialist when it comes to when it comes to Backup, Archive, File or Object based storage. Before entering into sales management, Craig held systems and application engineering and professional services roles, where he traveled the world to provide ITadministrators with strategic counsel on content backup and archive strategies. Craig earned an ordinary national certificate and higher national diploma (ONC/HND) in digital electronics and engineering from Reading University in the United Kingdom.


Stéphane Cardot

Stéphane Cardot, Director Pre-Sales EMEA Data Protection
With more than 20 years’ experience in backup and archive technologies and with
expertise in deduplication, disaster recovery, data management and Cloud,
Stéphane Cardot is Director of Pre-Sales for EMEA, Data Protection at Quantum.
In this role he’s responsible for growing the Quantum brand across key
EMEA regions, while also maintaining and enhancing the Pre-Sales teams and
customer pre-acquisition processes. He reports directly to Gilles Gabriel, VP Sales
Prior to this role, Stéphane also worked at Quantum as a Pre-Sales Manager and
before this, as a Field Engineer. Before joining Quantum he worked in various
technical support roles, focusing on archive optical systems for companies including
HP, Plasmon, Ricoh and Nikon.
Stéphane holds a degree in Robotic Design from Léonard de Vinci St Germain en

Tino Drowatzky

Regional Manager (Geschäftsstellenleiter) managing Cancoms branch office in Dresden, Germany

Bruno Fries

Bruno has studied computer science and started with ADSM advancedtechnical support in IBM 23 years ago. His work was mainly supportfor big ADSM/TSM installations in EMEA. Since 2005 Bruno isfounder and owner of the company eXstor which is focused onsolutions around TSM, especially high availability solutions.

Lars Henningsen

Co-founder of General Storage in 2001. Almost 30 years of TSM experience as a systems engineer, consultant and software developer.

Anders Klamer

Anders Klamer has a very solution oriented mindset and loves to help customers find new solutions to run their business in a more effective way. In the mid 90-ies he helped large car manufacturing companies in Sweden to implement SAP on a global basis, from an infrastructure standpoint. He has now been in the industry for 25 years and worked both with large global companies as well as smaller local ones. Since a couple of years back Anders is acting as a CEO on both Delecsys AB as well as Repostor AB. Both are business partners to IBM in Sweden.

Petra Kuhnert

Petra Kuhnert joined Cristie Data GmbH in 2004. Starting mainly in the technical department, she is currently Senior Consultant specialized in Storage and Data Management & Protection – in addition to the Cristie Backup Solutions like TBMR and CBMR.

Pawel Maczka

Entrepreneur, CTO, VP at Storware Company. Addicted to storage and data protection solutions serve in every combination - cloud, hybrid, on premise.

More than 10 years work with enterprise backup & recovery platforms. Technology evangelist, always with strong cooperation among IBM Spectrum Protect team.


Alina Mot

Alina Mot is CEO and shareholder at Empalis Consulting GmbH in Stuttgart, with over 20 years of experience in product and project management, software architecture, design and development. Even if she is meanwhile mainly involved in the strategic orientation of Empalis, managing also new ideas like Empalis Service Plus or supporting the sales team in their development, now and then she prefers also to work on customer oriented projects with fokus on security, cryptography or storage encryption.

Markus Stumpf (Service Operations Manager at Empalis Consulting GmbH)
Markus Stumpf is responsible at Empalis for the managed service team. He has 15 years of experience with the IBM backup landscape supporting customers with medium up to complex environments from the designing up to the implementation phase of their backup infrastructure. Already valued as trainer also for IBM Spectrum Protect, his focus is additionally on upcoming Spectrum Protect Plus and future cloud architectures.

Richard Reich

Richard Reich has been in the software business for more than 30 years, with a focus on business continuity. His stations in IT include well-known manufacturers such as Siemens, Lotusand IBM, before he became responsible for the software area at PROFI. Together with the customers, PROFI develops the technical and business management view of IBM Spectrum Protect. Particularly in the business continuity environment, the value of the solution used must match the company and its budget. The PROFI intensively deals with the customer here, brings in current product knowledge and makes suggestions to the customer on how he can find an optimal orientation and balance in the environment of business continuityin the future.

Greg Tevis

Greg Tevis - Cobalt Iron, VP of Strategy
With over 37 years of experience in storage hardware and software development, Greg is a globally recognized expert in data protection and recovery. Prior to joining Cobalt Iron, Greg was Storage Software Technical Strategist and Customer Solution Architect at IBM, where he was responsible for leading the technical strategy for IBM’s storage software, driving portfolio technologies, roadmaps, and integrations. Greg worked extensively with IBM partners and clients worldwide designing strategic storage infrastructure, data management, and cloud strategies. Greg was an IBM Master Inventor for over 15 years and has 34 patents issued or pending.

Michael Todt

Michael Todt (System Vertrieb Alexander GmbH) has more than 20 years of experience in data protection and IT contingency planning and is co-author of several IBM Redbooks on these topics. At SVA, he is responsible for the development of the IDR Manager, a software solution for IT emergency planning, and heads the business continuity department. He also serves as Vice Chairman of the GSE Working Group BCM and as a member of the Business Continuity Institute.