Michael ten Hompel holds the chair of Materials Flow and Warehousing at the TU Dortmund University, and is managing director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics and Institute Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Software and Systems Engineering. In addition to his scientific activities, Michael ten Hompel has also been active as an entrepreneur. Among other things, he founded GamBit GmbH (now a subsidiary of Vanderlande Industries) in 1988 and managed the company, which primarily deals with the development and implementation of warehouse management systems, as managing partner until 2000. He is author and editor of numerous textbooks on logistics and IT and co-editor of Lecture Notes in Logistics (Springer). He is a board member of BVL and Bitkom. In 2012, he was elected to the Hall of Fame of Logistics and in 2017 he received an honorary doctorate from the University of Miskolc, Hungary.