BMW appoints Vikram Pawah as CEO of BMW Australia and New Zealand

BMW appoints Vikram Pawah as CEO of BMW Australia and New Zealand

Vikram Pawah has been named the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of BMW Australia and New Zealand. The appointment has come into effect since August 1, 2018.

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Vikram was the CEO as well as the President of BMW India prior to this move. He has also been promoted to the position of Chairman of BMW India.

Hans-Christian Baertels, Director, Finance and Administrationof BMW Group India will take over as the President until a replacement is announced.

Hildegard Wortmann, Senior Vice President, Asia Pacific, BMW Group said, "Vikram Pawah brings excellent preconditions to lead BMW Group operations in India and Australia. Under his leadership, BMW Group India has successfully stood ground in a fiercely competitive environment and gained significant momentum in the Indian luxury car market."

Vikram Pawah joined BMW 2017, with a vast experience of 25 years in the automotive sector. Prior to joining BMW, Pawah has served in various leadership roles at Honda Cars Australia and India as well as Harley-Davidson India.

Rumours have been doing rounds that Rakesh Srivastava, Director of Sales and Marketing at Hyundai Motor India is being eyed to fill Pawah's role at BMW India.

Thomas Owsianski named President of Audi China

Thomas Owsianski named President of Audi China

Thomas Owsianski is to take up the position of President of Audi China during the fourth quarter of 2018 as successor to Joachim Wedler, and joined the top management team at Audi China from August 1, 2018.

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The 51-year-old manager was previously the Vice President Sales and Marketing of Volkswagen do Brasil Ltda. and, as First Executive Vice President, responsible for the Volkswagen brand in the South America region. Audi China President Joachim Wedler will be retiring in the fourth quarter after a successful career with the Audi Group spanning 34 years.

"Thomas Owsianski is an acknowledged sales expert and well acquainted with China, making him the best choice to continue the Audi success story in China," said Board Member for Finance Alexander Seitz, who from September 1, 2018 will also be assuming responsibility on the Board of Management of Audi AG for the strategic development of the China business.

From 2014 to 2016, Thomas Owsianski was Executive Director at SAIC Volkswagen Automotive Co., Ltd. with responsibility for Sales and Marketing for the Skoda brand. Prior to that Owsianski, who hails from Lower Saxony, Germany, held senior positions in Sales and Marketing in Europe and the United States, including at Ford Motor Company and General Motors. Owsianski joined the Volkswagen Group in 2012 as Head of Global Marketing for Skoda.

Joachim Wedler took over as President of Audi China in 2015. In 2017 and again in the first half of 2018, Audi sales figures reached new record levels in China. As the highest-ranking representative of Audi AG in China, Wedler has been instrumental in advancing the brand's two-partner strategy.

Together with the partners of the Four Rings, he has defined the parameters for the planned cooperation with SAIC and expanded the successful partnership with FAW. The agreements reached include more than doubling the Audi product portfolio in China over the coming years, along with the localisation of seven new SUV versions and five new energy vehicles.

Faurecia appoints Philippe de Rovira to the Board of Directors

Faurecia appoints Philippe de Rovira to the Board of Directors

Faurecia’s Board of Directors co-opted Philippe de Rovira as a new Board member, effective immediately.

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He replaces Jean-Baptiste Chasseloup de Chatillon.

Philippe de Rovira began his career with Groupe PSA in 1998 as an internal auditor before taking up a number of positions in finance and sales, including an appointment as Group Controller. Since August 2017, he has been Vice President Finance, Chief Financial Officer and Member of the Management Board at Opel Automobile GmbH. He will serve as PSA's CFO and Member of the Executive Committee as of August 1, 2018.

Michel de Rosen, Chairman of the Board at Faurecia, said: "The Faurecia Board is delighted to welcome Philippe de Rovira. We would like to express our thanks to Jean-Baptiste, who has been actively involved in the work of the Board and its Audit and Governance committees since taking up the position, bringing both rigour and a wealth of experience in the automotive industry."

Jürgen Otto to take over as CEO of the Dräxlmaier Group

Jürgen Otto to take over as CEO of the Dräxlmaier Group

Jürgen Otto will join the management board of the Dräxlmaier Group effective January 1, 2019, and will take over the CEO position from Fritz Dräxlmaier.

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Fritz Dräxlmaier, who currently holds both the CEO and chairman of the executive board position, will continue to serve as chairman. He will also remain associated with the company as shareholder representative. With this change, Fritz Dräxlmaier has taken another important strategic step toward a sustainable development of the management of the Dräxlmaier Group.

Fritz Dräxlmaier has been working in the family business for more than 45 years. He first gained management experience right after completing his studies in the late 1970s by managing the expansion to North America with a site in Niagara Falls, Canada. Ten years later. he assumed overall management from his father, Fritz Dräxlmaier Sr.

Fritz Dräxlmaier has shaped the company for more than 40 years. He set the course for global expansion by implementing a premium strategy and promoting innovation and technological trends in the automotive sector, and creating a global production and logistics network as part of the company's development. He has led the Dräxlmaier Group to its present success with entrepreneurial determination and foresight.

As CEO, he made important decisions, such as setting up a technology centre at the corporate headquarters in Vilsbiburg, Germany, and focusing on electric mobility as early as 10 years ago. The decision to focus on e-mobility was the strategic basis for receiving an order from Porsche to develop and manufacture the complete battery system for its first purely electrically-powered vehicle.

Jürgen Otto will be the first non-family member in history to assume overall responsibility and leadership of the company, which has been run by only two generations since it was founded 60 years ago in 1958.

"With Jürgen Otto, I have been able to acquire a very experienced, successful manager from the automotive supply industry for our company," said Fritz Dräxlmaier commenting on the change at the operational top of the company. "As a long-time CEO, can look back on an impressive record in his 12-year appointment as the CEO of Brose."

Jürgen Otto has previously worked for Brose for 27 years and held various management positions in the areas of production, development and sales before being named CEO of the family-owned automotive supplier.

In the Dräxlmaier Group, Jürgen Otto will lead the executive board as the CEO. "In addition to the technical expertise of Jürgen Otto, the fact that he is familiar with the specific framework conditions and the culture of family-owned companies deserves special mention," said Fritz Dräxlmaier, commenting on the prior successes of the new CEO. "He has shown that he can achieve excellent performance in such an environment."

Ralf Brandstätter named COO of Volkswagen brand

Ralf Brandstätter named COO of Volkswagen brand

Ralf Brandstätter (49), Volkswagen brand Board member for Procurement, has been named Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Volkswagen brand effective August 1, 2018.

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In this newly-created function, Brandstätter will lead the Volkswagen brand's operating business. At the same time, he continues as the brand's Board member for Procurement.

Volkswagen CEO Dr. Herbert Diess said: "Ralf Brandstätter has outstanding commercial and technical expertise. In the newly-created function of COO he will make a decisive contribution to taking the Volkswagen brand further forward. I would also like to thank Frank Welsch. In addition to his extensive duties as the Volkswagen brand's Board member for Technical Development, he also assumed many additional functions in an interim capacity to safeguard the successful leadership of brand business in a pivotal phase."

Ralf Brandstätter was born in Brunswick on September 8, 1968. He trained as a shopfitter at the Volkswagen plant in Brunswick. He then studied industrial engineering and joined the Volkswagen Group in 1993. Following positions in international project steering in the procurement division, he became an assistant to the Board of Management in the General Secretariat of Volkswagen AG.

In 1998 he took charge of metal procurement for chassis and powertrain components and was made project manager for new vehicle projects in 2003. In 2005 he moved to Spain as head of procurement. He became the member of the SEAT Executive Committee responsible for Purchasing in 2008.

Brandstätter was named Head of Group Procurement Exterieur in 2010. He was appointed Head of Group Purchasing New Product Launches in 2012 and was made a General Representative of Volkswagen AG in October 2015. Brandstätter became the Volkswagen brand Board member with responsibility for Procurement in December 2015.

BorgWarner makes new appointments to the Board of Directors

BorgWarner makes new appointments to the Board of Directors

BorgWarner announced that Deborah McWhinney and Paul Mascarenas have been named to its board of directors.

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"We are delighted to welcome Debby and Paul to BorgWarner's Board of Directors," said Alexis P. Michas, non-executive chairman of the board of BorgWarner. "Both individuals are recognised business leaders, incredibly talented and bring a broad set of skills to BorgWarner. We are fortunate to add such high-calibre people to our Board."

McWhinney is the former Division CEO, Global Enterprise Payments, Citigroup Inc., one of the largest financial services firms. In this role, McWhinney was responsible for developing and implementing new mobile and online services around the globe for some of the world's largest corporations and governments. Prior to joining Citigroup, McWhinney spent six years as president of Charles Schwab Corp.'s division that serves financial advisors and was a member of the Schwab Bank board of directors.

McWhinney holds a Bachelor of Science in Communications from the University of Montana, and also is a board member of IHS Markit Ltd., Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co., KGaA, Lloyds Banking Group plc and Fluor Corporation. She is also on the Board of Trustees for the California Institute for Technology and the Institute for Defense Analyses.

Paul Mascarenas is the former chief technical officer of Ford Motor Company. In that role, he led Ford's worldwide research organisation, overseeing the development and implementation of the company's technology strategy and plans. He is currently a Venture Partner with Fontinalis Partners LLP and serves on the boards of the United States Steel Corporation, ON Semiconductor Corporation and Spartan Motors Inc.

Mascarenas holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of London, King's College and is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and an Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) International Fellow. In addition, he holds an honorary doctorate degree from Chongqing University and in 2015, was awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his services to the automotive industry.

ZF Appoints new Board of Management Members

ZF Appoints new Board of Management Members

ZF Friedrichshafen AG’s Supervisory Board has appointed Sabine Jaskula and Dr. Holger Klein to the company’s Board of Management.

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Sabine Jaskula, an experienced HR manager and lawyer, will be responsible for Corporate HR and Legal functions from latest January 01, 2019. In this function, she will also be in charge of compliance.

Dr. Holger Klein has been appointed to ZF's Board of Management with effect from October 1, 2018. His responsibilities will include Car Chassis Technology and Aftermarket (service and parts business). In addition, the industrial engineer will head up the growth regions of Asia Pacific and India, taking responsibility for customer key accounts for the passenger car business in these local markets.

Sabine Jaskula will join ZF from Continental AG where she has been employed since 2001 holding various responsible positions in Germany and abroad. After several years in China, she became head of International Assignments and a consultant for Labor Law at Continental AG in 2010, and was then appointed head of Human Resources at Continental Teves' Vehicle Dynamics business unit in 2012. In 2016, Jaskula was appointed senior vice president, HR, at ContiTech AG.

Dr. Holger Klein joined ZF in 2014 as head of Integration Management. In this function, the 48-year-old contributed significantly to the successful acquisition and integration of TRW Automotive. He also played an active part in the strategic re-positioning of ZF and the expansion of its international activities. In 2017, Klein was appointed head of the company's Car Chassis Technology Division.

Dr. Klein was born in Mülheim an der Ruhr in 1970 and completed his training as a banker. After that, he studied engineering management in Darmstadt and Lyon with a focus on mechanical engineering. In 2001, he completed a PhD in technology management at the Technical University of Darmstadt, followed by almost fifteen years of various management functions with the consulting firm McKinsey in Düsseldorf and Chicago.

In the global strategy and management consultancy leadership team, he was responsible for the automotive industry and gathered international experience during various assignments in several European countries, the U.S., China, India and Japan. Klein will manage the newly created Board of Management function from the company's offices in Shanghai.

Relocating the Board function's headquarters to Shanghai represents an important step toward further internationalising the Friedrichshafen-based technology company ZF. In 2015, a Board function was established in Livonia near Detroit. This function is responsible for the North American market and manages the Active and Passive Safety Technology Division, which also includes braking and steering systems.

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