In his role as Global Head for Watson IoT for Manufacturing, Thorsten Schroeer is responsible for IBM global business within the Watson IoT for Manufacturing division – across all industries. Thorsten has a deep understanding of the key marketplace opportunities and challenges facing manufacturing companies, and consults extensively with senior executives as they look to digitize, optimize and transform their manufacturing operations applying leading edge technology around cloud, analytics, mobility and cognitive. In his previous role, Thorsten led the IBM business for the Electronics Industry in Europe where he led client engagements focused on digitization. Mr. Schroeer holds a Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Technical University of Dortmund and a Masters Degree in Industrial & Systems Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, USA.