Oliver Wight appoint new consultant for Germany

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May 2013

Oliver Wight appoint new consultant for Germany

Business improvement specialists, Oliver Wight EAME have appointed a new
consultant, for their European operation. Birgit Breitschuh who joins the consultancy
firm from Wrigley (part of the Mars Group) will be based in Munich, Germany.

Oliver Wight CEO, Les Brookes says, “Birgit has huge experience in innovation and supply
chain management from her 20 years working for major FMCG companies, and we are
delighted to have her join our team.”

Before joining Wrigley, Breitschuh worked at Unilever and Kraft, and has held roles spanning
research & development, new product introduction and process development, demand and
supply planning, master scheduling and third-party manufacturing. When it comes to the
pursuit of business excellence, she believes that personal engagement at all levels of the
organisation is key to success: “When you are working with suppliers across different cultural
and geographical boundaries, you have to create strong, mutually beneficial relationships if
you are to secure the best long-term utilisation of your assets,” she says.

At Wrigley, Breitschuh led a major regional deployment of Integrated Business Planning
throughout the organization’s supply network and 35 markets across Europe, providing
process, structure, coaching and guidance to all business units.

Breitschuh who studied at the Technical University of Berlin and the Federal Institute of
Technology in Switzerland, has a Ph.D. in Food Engineering, which she says inspired her
passion for innovation. “It was an applied research doctorate and I was able to immediately
transfer what I’d learned to industry,” she explains.

Breitschuh speaks fluent Dutch, Greek and English as well as her native German.
Notes to editors

About Oliver Wight

Oliver Wight has a 40 year track record of delivering business improvement to some of the world’s best-known
organisations. With a team of professionals offering a wealth of experience, Oliver Wight is the largest consultancy
of its type, with offices throughout Europe, South Africa, North and South America, and the Asia Pacific region. We
believe that sustainable business improvement can’t be delivered by external consultants but only by our clients’
own people, so unlike other consultancy firms, we transfer our knowledge to them, helping deliver performance
levels and financial results that last.

Integrated Business Planning
At the leading edge of management thinking and practice, our Integrated Business Planning (IBP) model lies at the
heart of our clients’ journey to outstanding business performance. Oliver Wight are the originators of sales and
operations planning (S&OP) and IBP can most simply be described as advanced S&OP. However, unlike S&OP,
IBP brings a truly strategic perspective, integrating diverse processes - in the extended supply chain, product and
customer portfolios, customer demand and strategic planning - into one seamless management process.

Supply Chain Design and Optimization
Oliver Wight supply chain design and optimization allows organisations to understand their position within the
extended supply chain; identify where value is being created and destroyed; develop profitable relationships with
suppliers customers and consumers; and optimize their supply chain (however complex) for the ultimate in
customer service and business performance.

Performance Benchmarking for Supply Chain
Oliver Wight Performance Benchmarking provides a qualitative and quantitative assessment of supply chain
performance, allowing organisations to identify opportunities for improving customer service at the same time as
dramatically reducing supply chain costs.

Meeting the Class A Standard
The Oliver Wight Class A Checklist is the longest standing and most successful business assessment tool. The
latest, Sixth Edition, raises the bar, and sets ever more demanding standards for companies on their journey to
business excellence and the Oliver Wight Class A standard.

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Carol Collins                                                           Steve Lipscombe
Oliver Wight EAME                                                       RONIN Marketing Limited
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Description: Birgit Breitschuh, based in Germany, is the newest recruit to join business improvement specialists, Oliver Wight EAME.