Curriculum vitae

Thomas Forchert



Manager with strong analytical and strategic competences. Expert in lithium battery technologies and design, fire protection, electrical vehicles and automotive electronics. Held leading positions in the automotive industry. Strictly focused on the challenges of the dedicated position. Worldwide business and cultural experiences.




2008 – today    Celono, Berlin, Germany

Founder and chief engineer

  • Engineering company
  • Technology and innovation consulting
  • Managing of large industrial cooperation projects
  • Consulting of german agencies and authorities
  • Design of high power Lithium batteries
  • Production planning of cell and battery assembly lines
  • Fire protection solutions for storage and transport cases


2003 – 2008    Daimler AG, Stuttgart, Germany

Business unit Mercedes Benz Cars – Production

Manager Assembly planning

  • Assembly process planning and optimization
  • Plant and equipment planning for large scale production lines at USA, South Africa und Germany
  • Risk analysis, Test planning, Quality inspections


1996 – 2002    Daimler-Benz AG, Stuttgart, Germany

Group Research

Manager Diagnostics and configuration

  • Vehicle electronic architecture
  • Vehicle communication bus systems
  • Diagnostic interface, Software system for Workshop diagnosis


1999 – 2002    Stanford University, Palo Alto, USA

Project manager Global Learning Networks

  • International research project at the School of  Engineering
  • Organization concepts for global operating engineer teams


1984 – 1995    Daimler-Benz AG, Stuttgart, Germany

Business Unit  Mercedes Benz Trucks

Project engineer vehicle electronics


1983 – 1984    Harrandt GmbH, Schorndorf, Germany

Project engineer automation


Academic education

2005 – 2009    University of Karlsruhe und Stanford University

Phd in mechanical engineering

“Risk analysis based test planning”

Degree:  Dr.-Ing. Maschinenbau


1978 – 1983    University of Stuttgart

Master study Electrical engineering

Elektronik und Informatik

Degree:  Dipl.-Ing. Elektrotechnik


Additional competences

Languages                English language – business level, French language – basics


Conference presentations, Publications, Patent owner