Güray Karaca is a new Senior Partner at Kerkhoff Consulting

Güray Karaca is a new Senior Partner at the Düsseldorf-based management consultancy Kerkhoff Consulting which specializes in procurement and supply chain management. Mr. Karaca had last been Vice President at JENOPTIK Laser GmbH in Jena and Berlin.

At Kerkhoff Consulting, Güray Karaca will expand and be responsible for national and international consulting activities in the area of Supply Chain Management. There is a steadily increasing demand for integrated supply chain management projects going beyond the purchasing and procurement area. Reasons for it are increasing competitive pressures, the dynamic development of international markets as well as the demand for higher rates of supply readiness and flexible delivery times. With the employment of Güray Karaca, Kerkhoff Consulting will react to these market requirements.

The 46-year-old initially completed his technical vocational training and subsequently earned graduate degrees for his studies of industrial engineering management as well as business management at the University of Applied Sciences in Esslingen and at the University of Applied Sciences in Nürtingen.

After his studies, he worked as a lead buyer for steering and switching systems at Daimler AG and, there, also carried out synergy projects with Chrysler. As Manager Corporate Audit at Daimler, he was in charge of the areas Purchasing and Logistics and of conducting audits domestically and abroad. Other career milestones brought Güray Karaca to the position of Principal Purchasing & Compliance at MBtech Consulting as well as Chief Operating Officer of Mercedes Benz Technology Turkey, an engineering and consulting services provider.  

At JENOPTIK, he managed the Business Unit Laser and encouraged a reorganization of the operative business units. Moreover, he promoted the internationalization of the company and developed a growth strategy which contributed to an increase in profitability. During his management period, JENOPTIK Laser established, inter alia, production facilities in the U.S.A.

"It is a great pleasure for us to be able to welcome Güray Karaca to our Senior Management", said Gerd Kerkhoff, Managing Partner of Kerkhoff Consulting. "With Mr. Karaca, we will have a member in our team who can show more than 25 years of professional experience, even internationally, in the automotive and high-tech sector as well as in the consulting industry. Thanks to his expertise, we will be able to help our clients even better, in the future, to optimize their entire supply chain and thus remain competitive."

On Kerkhoff Consulting:

Kerkhoff Consulting is the numerous awards winning quality leader of consultancies for purchasing, procurement and supply chain management. In 2012 and 2009, Kerkhoff Consulting was honored as the "Hidden Champion of the Consultancy Market" by the professional journal CAPITAL. In the years 2013, 2011 and 2010, the German business weekly Wirtschaftswoche presented Kerkhoff Consulting with the award "Best of Consulting" in the category of supply chain management. The consultancy with headquarters in Düsseldorf is represented in nine countries worldwide – the locations are covering Europe, North and South America, Africa and Asia. Kerkhoff Consulting primarily provides its services for clients from small and medium-sized businesses, but also for corporate groups and public sector organizations. Kerkhoff Consulting projects are characterized by their high orientation towards implementation: The work of its consultants will not end with the presentation of a concept, but rather when it has been fully implemented at the client's.

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