Dr.-Ing. Alain Pfouga, born in 1975, studied mechanical engineering and received the Dr.-Ing. degree in 2006 from the Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany. He began his professional career as a consultant in product lifecycle management at PROSTEP AG and has been continuously assigned to management positions since 2008. In 2009, he served as head of the Toulouse office of PROSTEP France Sarl and site coordinator for DMU integration A380 at Airbus. From 2010 to 2014, he was assigned to establish an international distribution channel for PROSTEP with partners from South Korea, Japan, USA, and Nordics. As of July 01, 2017, he was appointed as the general manager of the prostep ivip Association – a community of interest with over 190 organizations joined together to define solutions for industrial digital transformation. He also actively serves in international standardization and as an advisory board member of the research association Smart Engineering.