About us

Dipl.-Inform. Christian Hocken, MBA

Managing Partner
Christian.Hocken@i40mc.de

Fone +49 241 47705-503

As a managing partner, Christian Hocken is responsible for the strategic direction of the Industrie 4.0 Maturity Center and for the development of customer and partner relations. As the coordinator of the acatech study, he has developed a deep understanding of the Industrie 4.0 transformation of manufacturing companies and applied his expertise in several projects with customers. Prior to the launch of the Center, Christian Hocken was Deputy Head of Information Management at FIR, the Institute for Industrial Management at RWTH Aachen University, a role in which he supported companies in the development and implementation of digitalization strategies. Already during his time as a Computer Science and MBA student at RWTH Aachen University, he has developed a strong interest in the transformation of companies.

Dipl.-Inform. Violett Zeller

Managing Partner
Violett.Zeller@i40mc.de

Telefon +49 241 47705-502

As a managing partner, Violett Zeller is responsible for the strategic direction and further development of the Industrie 4.0 Maturity Center. In addition, since 2015, she has been Head of Information Management at FIR, the Institute for Industrial Management at RWTH Aachen University, a role in which she is responsible, among other things, for the strategic development of the acatech Industrie 4.0 Maturity Index. Previously, she has provided advisory services as a project manager, supporting customers in the selection and implementation of IT solutions and in the development of strategic frameworks for company IT infrastructures. She has developed an enthusiasm for questions surrounding corporate IT during her time as a student of Computer Science at RWTH Aachen University.

Martin Bleider, M.Sc.

Manager Business Development
Martin.Bleider@i40mc.de

Telefon +49 241 47705-522

Martin Bleider is responsible for establishing and maintaining the Industrie 4.0 Maturity Center’s relationships with partner companies and for building collaborations for the joint application of the Industrie 4.0 Maturity Index. Moreover, he is a project manager and a PhD student at FIR, the Institute for Industrial Management at RWTH Aachen University, focusing on the fields of digital networking and information management. Martin, who has a degree in Business Administration & Engineering: Mechanical Engineering from RWTH Aachen University, was actively involved in projects with companies such as RWE Consulting, Goodyear Dunlop Tires Europe, Roland Berger Strategy Consultants, and Daimler Trucks.

Tobias Harland, M.Sc.

Manager Industrial Practice
Tobias.Harland@i40mc.de

Telefon +49 241 47705-223

Tobias Harland is responsible for the practical application of the Industrie 4.0 Maturity Index as well as for supplementary services surrounding the Industrie 4.0 roadmap. Over the last two years, he has significantly contributed to the development of the Maturity Index, and he has led a number of Industrie 4.0 Roadmap projects in the manufacturing sector and for industrial service providers. Tobias, who has a degree in Business Administration & Engineering: Mechanical Engineering from RWTH Aachen University, is also the Head of the Lean Services Unit and a PhD student at FIR at RWTH Aachen University. He has industry experience with companies such as Audi AG and Staufen Shanghai.

 

Sebastian Schmitz, M.Sc.

Manager Industrial Practice
Sebastian.Schmitz@i40mc.de

Telefon +49 241 47705-505

Sebastian Schmitz is responsible for the practical application of the Industrie 4.0 Maturity Index and accompanying services for customers in the manufacturing sector. Over the last two years, he has significantly contributed to the development of the Maturity Index; moreover, he has led a number of Industrie 4.0 projects with manufacturing companies from different sectors. Sebastian, who has a degree in Business Administration & Engineering: Mechanical Engineering from RWTH Aachen University, is a project manager and a PhD student at FIR at RWTH Aachen University, with a focus on digital networking. He has gained project experience with companies such as Voss Automotive and Claas of America.

Moritz Schröter, M.Sc.

Manager Research Affairs
Moritz.Schroeter@i40mc.de

Telefon +49 241 47705-404

Moritz Schröter coordinates the further development of the Industrie 4.0 Maturity Index. As part of the model development activities, he was responsible for the areas of production and logistics; furthermore, he has supervised a number of Industrie 4.0 Roadmap projects. In addition to these roles, he is a project manager at FIR and a PhD student in production management, with a focus on production control. Moritz has a degree in Business Administration & Engineering: Mechanical Engineering from RWTH Aachen University. He has gained industrial experience at companies such as Porsche AG and Miele Professional.