Axel Schmidt leads as Senior Managing Director the Global Automotive practice at Accenture. He studied mechanical engineering at the University of Stuttgart, as well as in Paris and Melbourne, and graduated in 1991. Mr. Schmidt has over 25 years of experience as a strategic management consultant to leading Automotive manufacturers and suppliers. He frequently advises, writes and talks about the implication of technology on the automotive industry and how businesses can leverage new technologies. He has led multiple large and complex projects, and worked extensively in Europe, US, South America, Japan and China.