Our Leadership Team

View the profiles of the CHEP Automotive and Industrial Solutions Leadership Team.

Murray Gilder

Murray Gilder
Murray Gilder

Vice President
CHEP Automotive Europe

Murray joined CHEP in November 2017 as Vice President of CHEP Europe, Automotive and Industrial Solutions. Murray has overall responsibility for the financial and commercial performance of the Automotive business within the EMEA region, collaborating closely with the Country General Managers of the local businesses to ensure both strategic & operational alignment. His previous role included full accountability for UK, Italy, and the Netherlands. Amongst other roles, he also led the sales team and headed up the European Finance team.

Safak Aktekin

Safak Aktekin
Safak Aktekin

Senior Commercial Director
CHEP Automotive Europe

Since 2014, Safak Aktekin has been responsible for various positions under the Brambles umbrella. In November 2018, he became the Senior Commercial Director of Europe in Automotive and Industrial Solutions, based in Germany.  Aktekin leads the transformation process of the sector, customer portfolio management and new business development models. Aktekin worked as General Manager of CHEP Turkey for 4 years and as the Managing Director of CHEP Turkey and North Afric since February 2018. Prior to joining the CHEP family, Safak Aktekin worked in various positions in one of the leading logistics companies for 12 years.
 

Isabel de Miguel Sacristan

Isabel de Miguel Sacristan
Isabel de Miguel Sacristan

Supply Chain Senior Manager
CHEP Automotive Europe

Isabel joined CHEP in 2006 and became Automotive Supply Chain Senior Manager in 2015. Prior to this role Isabel held several positions within the Central Planning team, in both Pallets and Automotive. Previous to her career in the Brambles Group, Isabel worked in several Supply Chain positions in the Industrial Manufacturing and in the Catering sectors. Isabel holds an Industrial Engineering degree from Santander University, Spain, and from ENSAM Paris.

Simone Koch

Simone Koch
Simone Koch

Director Customer Service
CHEP Automotive Europe

Simone joined CHEP in 2005 and has had numerous roles across the Automotive and Pallets business units. She has worked in various departments within the customer service area with a strong focus on improving customer loyalty and customer satisfaction. During the last six years Simone has contributed successfully in several roles, supporting and leading the customer experience program for Automotive Europe. Simone holds a degree in Business Studies, majoring in tourism, and more than 12 years of customer service experience in the Automotive and FMCG (fast moving consumer goods) industries.

Sanjiv Takyar

Sanjiv Takyar
Sanjiv Takyar

Head of Innovations, Solutions & Implementation
CHEP Automotive Europe

Sanjiv joined CHEP in 2007 and became Director, Global Packaging Solutions in May 2016. Prior to this role, Sanjiv held a variety of positions in product development, and was promoted to Director, New Products and Innovation for the pallet business in 2012. Before joining CHEP, Sanjiv has development experience in a variety of industries including Automotive, Consumer Electronics and Marine products. Sanjiv holds a degree in Product Design from Bournemouth University, UK.

Maximilian Hartmann

Maximilian Hartmann
Maximilian Hartmann

Finance Director 
CHEP Automotive Europe

Maximilian Hartmann is the Finance Director for Automotive Europe and  joined CHEP in October 2015 as a Finance Manager responsible for Germany, CHAT (Switzerland and Austria), Nordics (Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden) and Russia. Prior to joining CHEP, Maximilian held a senior position in finance with a leading global company providing paper-based packaging solutions. Maximilian holds a degree in business management from the Cologne University of Applied Sciences, specializing in finance, and is also certified as an accountant by the German chamber of commerce (IHK).

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