Philip von Schmeling
Chief Executive Officer
Philip von Schmeling has over twenty years of experience as a consultant, corporate manager, and entrepreneur. During his time at BCG in Munich and Los Angeles he worked in various industries, focusing mainly on strategy, process optimization and growth. After his time with BCG, he continued to work for his client Dole Food in Los Angeles and Costa Rica, at first assuming responsibility for the fresh fruit supply chain before becoming CFO of the North America division. Back in Germany, Philip joined the solar pioneer Conergy in 2006, initially as Head of Sourcing, tasked with setting up the company’s own PV module production. In 2007, he joined the Conergy board as CSO, at the time responsible for just over 1 bn Euro of sales. After Conergy, Philip supported a small PV developer in the successful implementation of several PV projects throughout Europe. In 2014, he joined PRESPARTNERS, a boutique consulting firm, focusing on transformation, restructuring, project and interim management. Since 2020, he has also been a member of the advisory board of the Inuwat AG, a German medium-sized company, active in automation and water treatment.
Philip holds an engineering diploma (TU Munich) and an MBA (INSEAD). He lives with his family in Hamburg.
Chief Operating Officer
Chief commercial Officer
Chief Technology Officer
Head of Business Development, Asia
Head of Business Development
Erica De Vos
Chief of Staff
Dr. Jens Riedl
Christian W. von Ahlefeld
GLOBAL ADVISORY COUNCIL
Tom’s unparalleled experience, relationships and knowledge of the global shipping industry make him an invaluable member of the SecureSystem advisory board. Tom will focus on helping the company shape and execute its strategy to work with the U.S. government and industry to improve security and transparency of the global supply chain.
Tom’s career in the customs world took him from starting as a Customs Inspector in Los Angeles in 1978, to port director in Los Angeles and Miami, Director of Field Operations south Florida, assistant commissioner for Field Operations, Deputy Commissioner, and ultimately culminated with Tom serving as acting commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, overseeing the 60,000-person, $11.5 billion agency.
Throughout his service in customs Tom has been a champion for innovation and technology, including inspection imaging systems, radiation portal monitors, biometrics and establishment of the renowned National Targeting Centers for passengers and cargo. Among his responsibilities overseeing Field Operations, Tom was responsible for the operation at 331 Ports of Entry, including 58 Container Security Initiative ports.
Tom Winkowski is the only person to have served in the top leadership role in both the U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agencies.
Tom was awarded the Meritorious Presidential Rank Award by President Bush and the Distinguished Executive Presidential Rank Award by President Obama.