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Interview with Marcell Vollmer

by | Sep 24, 2020 | Interviews,

Marcell Vollmer

Marcell Vollmer

Global Partner for Digital Transformation in Procurement & Supply Chain Management at BCG

Key Topics:Digital Transformation, Supply Chain, Procurement, Emerging Tech, AI, IoT, 5G, Autonomous Vehicles, Future Of Work, Industry40, IIoT, Innovation

Marcell is Partner & Director at BCG with over 20 years of experience developing and implementing procurement, supply chain, and digital transformation strategies across industries globally. Prior to joining BCG, Marcell was Chief Innovation Officer at Celonis, the world’s leading process mining software company, where he was supporting customers and partners in developing and executing digital transformation initiatives. In addition, Marcell brings more than 14 years of successful digital transformation and procurement optimization experience gained at SAP ARIBA in various roles as Chief Digital Officer, Chief Operating Officer as well as Chief Procurement Officer and Senior Vice President Global Procurement Organization at SAP. He has also managed various strategy & implementation projects at PA Consulting Group as well as at DHL Express.

Marcell is a wanted speaker at conferences and an active social media influencer with more than 59k followers on Twitter and 32k followers on LinkedIn.

Marcell earned his PhD in Economics from the University of Hamburg in Germany.

How did you get to become an expert in your key topics?

Through my different roles as strategy consultant, chief procurement officer, COO, chief digital officer at SAP and Chief Innovation Officer at Celonis (market leader for process analytics, process mining), I have had the chance to learn a lot about emerging technologies, software, re-organization, post-merger-integration and leading large business organizations with more than 500 people. I am excited by the chances I have had to gain deep insights and practice by leading organizations. In 2019 I started exploring the startup ecosystem for process mining technology solutions, and the opportunities faced by a fast-growing company with a market cap (series-c funding) of 2.5bn. I was also writing more blogs and articles, plus I got invited as keynote speaker for conferences on AI, blockchain, supply chain, procurement, finance and shared services. The exchange and networking with executives around the world gave me deep insights in a lot of content areas, but also deepened my cultural knowledge and opened my horizon. In my current role as global partner at BCG my goal is to support clients defining and implementing digital transformation strategies by leveraging market insights, realized client success stories and my own experience.

What topic areas are you most passionate about?

I am most passionate about emerging technology, which can help the world run better and improve people’s lives. This includes AI, big data, analytics, blockchain, IoT, 5G and process mining. I focus on supply chain, procurement, share services and finance across all industries and geographies.

Which influencers influence within those key topics?

There are many brilliant minds within our community that are inspiring, that includes (but not limited to) Ronald van Loon, Kirk Borne, Paula Piccard, Harold Sinnott, Kash Sirinanda, Mike Hudema, Jean-Baptiste Lefevre, Spiros Magaris, and Danielle Guzman. There is also a bunch of brilliant minds who are not active on social media, but are equally influential in shaping my thoughts.

Outside of key topics, who else influences you?

Every day I have the opportunity to engage with someone who enriches my thinking and impacts my perspectives. First – besides my family and friends, I work with the most talented global community of individuals at my company. Second, I meet impressive individuals with our customers, partners and suppliers. I read a lot: newspapers, magazines, books – focusing on economy, politics and non-fiction as well as the areas I am interested in.

How would you describe your offline influence?

Most of my passions outside of work are related to meeting interesting people, spending time with my family, reading and writing. I am also an advisor for other software companies and NGOs focusing on education of people, like ISCEA (International Supply Chain Education Alliance).

If a brand wanted to work with you, which activities would you be most interested in collaborating on?

I am somewhat limited as to outside engagements I can handle. I am speaking at podcasts and provide webinars as well as speaking opportunities at conferences.

What’s your best source of information for getting ahead of a story?

There is no limit to the resources I use to build a story for my articles. Due to time, I focus on the most relevant and thought provoking insights.

What brands have you worked with?

Forbes, Medium, SAP, DigitalEurope, SAP Ariba, Hackett Group, CIPS, Celonis, BME, BMÖ, Conference Board, Procurement Leaders, Operation Hope, IOPC, SSON, BVL, …

Which non-paid activities would you be keen to take part in if the opportunity raised your profile or delivered value to your audience? 

  • Co-Create long form content (blogs, white papers, ebooks, research)
  • Provide a quote for content or news article
  • Share / create a social post
  • Speak at or attend an event
  • Participate in a podcast or webinar
  • Participate in online chat (e.g. Twitter chat, Crowdchat, Google Hangout)
  • Create video content
  • Write a product review

What are your passions outside of work?

Meeting interesting people, spending time with my family, reading and writing.

What business/organisations are you affiliated to?

SAP, ISCEA, OpusCapita and BCG.

What would be the best way for a brand to contact you?