ith cars becoming devices-on-wheels, traditional OEM R&D organizations are reaching their limits. The component-focused organizations, that have at their core not changed since the mid-90s, are failing to tackle the complexity of modern, software-defined vehicles, as they were simply not set-up for this – but there is a tried and tested approach they can adopt.
Dr. Jan Burgard (1973) is CEO of Berylls Group, an international group of companies providing professional services to the automotive industry.
His responsibilities include accelerating the transformation of luxury and premium OEMs, with a particular focus on digitalization, big data, connectivity and artificial intelligence. Dr. Jan Burgard is also responsible for the implementation of digital products at Berylls and is a proven expert for the Chinese market.
Dr. Jan Burgard started his career at the investment bank MAN GROUP in New York. He developed a passion for the automotive industry during stopovers at an American consultancy and as manager at a German premium manufacturer. In October 2011, he became a founding partner of Berylls Strategy Advisors. The top management consultancy was the origin of today’s Group and continues to be the professional nucleus of the Group.
After studying business administration and economics, he earned his doctorate with a thesis on virtual product development in the automotive industry.
Timo Kronen (1979) is partner at Berylls Group with focus on operations. He brings 17 years of industry and consulting experience in the automotive industry. His focus is on production, development and purchasing as well as supplier task forces. Some of his recent projects include:
• Restructuring of the Procurement Function (German Sports Car OEM)
• Supplier Task Force for an Onboard Charger (German Premium OEM)
• Strategy Development for the Component Production (German Premium OEM)
Before joining Berylls, Timo Kronen worked at PwC Strategy&, Porsche Consulting Group and Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG. He holds a diploma degree in industrial engineering from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).
Heiko Weber (1972), Partner at Berylls Strategy Advisors, is an automotive expert in operations.
He started his career at the former DaimlerChrysler AG, where he worked for seven years and was most recently responsible for quality assurance and production of an engine line. Since moving to Management Engineers in 2006, he has been contributing his experience and expertise to projects for automotive manufacturers as well as suppliers in development, purchasing, production and supply chain. Heiko Weber has extensive experience in the development of functional strategies in these areas and also possesses the operational management expertise to promptly catch critical situations in the supply chain through task force operations or to prevent them from occurring in the first place.
As a partner of Management Engineers, he accompanied the firm’s integration first into Booz & Co. and later into PwC Strategy&, where he was most recently responsible for the European automotive business until 2020.
Weber holds a degree in industrial engineering from the Technical University of Berlin and completed semesters abroad at Dublin City University in Marketing and Languages.
Sebastian Böswald (1991) joined Berylls in April 2021. He is an Associate Partner and an expert in both transformation and operations. Over the last decade, he has focused his work on strategy and organizational design, as well as on two megatrends shaping the automotive industry: software-defined vehicles and CASE (connected, autonomous, shared, and electrified mobility). In these fields, he has advised our global OEM clients as well as Tier-1 suppliers and tech companies.
Prior to joining Berylls, he worked for PwC Strategy& and started his career at BMW as a project manager for product strategy and digital charging services.
He received a Bachelor of Science in Automotive Computer Science at the Technical University of Ingolstadt as well as a Master of Science in Management from the Technical University of Munich.