A strong team to revolutionize the supply chain.
Chief Executive Officer & Co-founder
Michael is co-founder and CEO, leading the team and strategic direction of Forto. A true entrepreneur with a strong passion for innovation in global trade and e-commerce, Michael was part of the founding team at KONUX, an early pioneer in industrial IoT.
Michael frequently speaks on the future of logistics at conferences and in the media. Originally hailing from Munich, he is a fervent cyclist, keen investor and champion for grassroots political engagement.
Chief Technology Officer & Co-founder
Erik is Forto’s visionary and technical lead with Engineering, Product and Data teams under his purview. Someone who always explores new technologies, Erik is an entrepreneur at heart and previously co-founded three companies in the B2B space, the first at age 19.
Originally from Rostock by the Baltic Sea, Erik comes from a family of seamen and is a passionate sailor. He also loves animals, and other Forties are used to regular visits from his dog Plato at the office.
Dr. Michael Ardelt
Chief Operations Officer
As a long-term COO and MD at Forto, Michael is responsible for all global operations and sustainability initiatives. Michael brings strong entrepreneurial credentials as founder and CEO of TheAmazeAPP, acquired by Zalando.
With a doctorate in automation technology and previous experience being a consultant at BCG, Michael combines a keen eye for operational detail with a strong interest in strategy and organisational design. Originally from Bavaria, he divides his spare time between mountain and sea in the pursuit of adrenaline sports.
Chief Financial Officer
Guillaume manages financial planning & processes, legal and compliance at Forto. Before joining Forto, Guillaume was an Investment Banker with J.P. Morgan for 18 years, where he advised companies on mergers & acquisitions, debt and equity raises, across multiple sectors and geographies.
Guillaume grew up in Burgundy (France), and over the past 20 years has lived in Paris, London and New York. When not behind his computer, Guillaume can be found playing with his 2 children, snowboarding, sailing or playing the piano.
Kenneth De Spiegeleire
Chief Revenue Officer
Kenneth relishes the challenge of bringing innovative technologies to new customer segments and markets. In addition to executive roles at Cisco and Vodafone, he has scaled field operations at security, IoT and cloud start-ups, such as Dropbox.
Having returned to Europe after 5 years in Silicon Valley, he is now putting all of his energy into expanding our customer outreach and growing our market presence globally. When not forecasting or evangelizing, he indulges in skiing, tennis, non-fiction and Belgian pastry.
Chief Product Officer
After 18 years in Silicon Valley, Kamil joined Forto to set the strategic direction for its product suite. Based on his experience at Lyft, Glassdoor and Microsoft, Kamil is no stranger to companies that have changed the course of traditional markets through technology and innovation.
At Lyft, Kamil held the position of Vice President of Product for Fleet Technologies, and was the General Manager for the Express Drive business, leading the technology, operations and vehicle supply chain teams. On the personal front, Kamil is proud of his vinyl collection, loves the great outdoors and practices jiu-jitsu.
Chief People Officer
Anne-Marie is passionate about driving change and making an impact by developing sustainable employer brands, strong leadership, and engaged employees. Previously Vice President People and Organization for Husqvarna, she has held similar roles for such companies as Sanofi, BD, GE Healthcare, Microsoft, Bisnode (Dun & Bradstreet), and iZettle (today PayPal).
She is also one of the co-founders of HR the Real Deal, a non-profit HR organization sharing learnings from HR practitioners. Anne-Marie was born and raised in Stockholm, Sweden but her origin is from the Balkans and she refers to that duality as one of her biggest strengths. When not working, Anne-Marie is devoted to her family, enjoys traveling, and interior design.
Executive Vice President Procurement and Business Development
Jochen is Executive Vice President Procurement and Business Development, driving global procurement of transport capacities, management and growth of the Forto partner network, and strategic business development. He has led both commercial and operating functions on a global scale for leading logistics companies.
Originally from the North of Germany he has worked in different continents and in his free time you will find him out in nature, traveling or sailing.
Executive Vice President Engineering
Alex focuses on building and delivering high-quality software and technologies that delight customers and provide insights into their supply chains. He joined Forto with over 20 years of experience in software engineering at Microsoft and Amazon, across areas such as developer APIs, eCommerce, online advertising, and cloud computing services.
Alex grew up primarily in Germany and Ghana, and has also lived in the US, South Africa, and Luxembourg. Most of his free time is spent cycling, reading a book, or programming.
Dr. Fabian Struck
Executive Vice President Strategy
Fabian drives strategic business initiatives for Forto that fuel the next phases of Forto’s growth. He draws upon many years of management consulting experience from McKinsey, where he advised leading transport and logistics companies.
In his free time, Fabian plays tennis, supports his favorite soccer club and enjoys a sunny day at the river Alster in his hometown Hamburg.