EV start-up Sono Motors makes new appointments

EV start-up Sono Motors makes new appointments

The mobility provider Sono Motors has appointed Thomas Hausch and Isa Krupka as Chief Operations Officer (COO) and Chief Communications Officer (CCO) with immediate effect. This expands the current management board from four to six positions.

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In the newly created role of COO, Thomas Hausch (52) will take responsibility for the development and implementation of business strategies and production decisions. Furthermore, he will be responsible for the management of strategic partners and suppliers. He brings more than 25 years of experience from the automotive industry in the areas of development, production, and sales to his new role as COO.

After holding senior management positions at Daimler and Chrysler, Thomas Hausch moved to the California-based Start-Up Coda Automotive, a company specialising in electric mobility. For the last five years, he was CEO of Nissan Centre Europe, during which time he continuously pushed for advancing the topic of electromobility.

In the newly created position of CCO, Isa Krupka (56) will lead the corporate communications department, where she will be responsible for the strategic orientation of communications and the company's reputation management. She has
many years of experience in the areas of communication, strategic marketing and brand management, including more than 15 years in the international financial sector.

In various management positions at Dow Jones Indexes and STOXX Ltd., she led the European and worldwide marketing. Most recently, she worked for the internationally active American asset manager VanEck, where she was responsible for all marketing and press activities outside of the United States.

"With our new colleagues, proven experts in their respective branches, we will take Sono Motors to the next stage of development and strategically align ourselves with the planned growth course of the coming years. With the deep expertise and broad experience of our management team, which is now complete, we are well-prepared to meet the challenges on the way to becoming a global mobility provider," says Laurin Hahn, founder, and CEO, Sono Motors.

"With over 6,000 vehicle reservations and in preparation for series production and market entry at the end of 2019, we are increasingly focusing on topics related to production decisions, brand development, and communication. We are very pleased to have Isa and Thomas on board for this crucial period and are looking forward to leading Sono Motors into the future together with them," continues Laurin Hahn.

The Management Board will hereafter consist of the founders and CEOs Laurin Hahn and Jona Christians as well as of Roberto Diesel (CTO), Thomas Hausch (COO), Isa Krupka (CCO) and Martin Sabbione (CFO).

Rolls-Royce names John Beckley as Head of Bespoke

Rolls-Royce names John Beckley as Head of Bespoke

Rolls-Royce has appointed John Beckley as Head of Bespoke from 1 August 2018. He will lead the Rolls‑Royce Bespoke Collective from the the Home of Rolls-Royce at Goodwood, West Sussex.

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Beckley joined Rolls-Royce in 2008 and has held several senior roles including Sales and Marketing Manager, UK and South Africa, then more recently the position of Regional General Manager, Sales UK, Western & Southern Europe, Russia. Since the beginning of 2018, he has overseen the launch of the new Rolls-Royce Cullinan. He has extensive knowledge of the unique Rolls-Royce Bespoke business and meeting the exacting demands of our discerning patrons.

John embarked on his career with BMW Group in 1996 as an Apprentice Technician at a BMW dealership in the UK, and was awarded BMW Apprentice Technician of the year in 1999. He progressed to Senior Technician and Field Product Engineer prior to joining Rolls-Royce.

Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, said, "I am delighted to appoint John Beckley as our new Head of Bespoke. John has an exceptional track record and his broad experience, combined with extensive regional experience, makes him ideally suited to his new important role for Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. Bespoke is the jewel in the crown of the Rolls-Royce Motor Cars business and I have no doubt that John is the right person to lead our Bespoke Collective through to our next successful chapter."

The Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Bespoke Collective is a team of designers, engineers and craftspeople at the core of the business who bring patrons' visions to reality, ensuring that Rolls-Royce remains at the pinnacle of the luxury world.

John replaces César Habib who has been appointed as Regional Director, Middle East & Africa.

Volvo Trucks names Edward Jobson as Vice-President of Electromobility

Volvo Trucks names Edward Jobson as Vice-President of Electromobility

Volvo Trucks is reinforcing its electromobility organisation with the arrival of Edward Jobson, who will serve as Vice President of the new Electromobility function.

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In his new role he will develop and lead work in Volvo Trucks' unified function for development of electrified solutions for goods transport, Electromobility.

Edward Jobson comes most recently from a position as Chief Engineer at Volvo Buses and has long and renowned experience of sustainable transport and electromobility.

Edward Jobson has a Master of Science degree from Chalmers University of Technology and a PhD from ETH in Zürich, and has been Associate Professor at Chalmers.

In spring 2018 Volvo Trucks introduced two all-electric trucks for urban operations, the Volvo FL Electric and Volvo FE Electric.

Guido Hanel appointed Chairman of the Management Board of Kiekert

Guido Hanel appointed Chairman of the Management Board of Kiekert

The supervisory board of Kiekert AG, the technology company manufacturing automotive locking systems, has made changes to the Kiekert management board effective July 1, 2018 and reduced the board from three members to two.

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Guido Hanel (50) has been appointed as new Chairman of the Management Board. He follows Dr. Karl Krause, under whose leadership the long-established company developed to become a global automotive supplier and who will leave Kiekert at the end of the month.

Guido Hanel has held senior positions at Kiekert since 2006. He was appointed to the management board in September 2017 as Chief Operating Officer (COO). Prior to that, Hanel served as Executive Vice President for Program, Planning and Quality.

He began his career at Kiekert in Works, Fabrication and Production Planning with subsequent roles including that of General Manager of Kiekert's largest plant in Czech Republic. Hanel also garnered experience in a management function serving as General Manager of the Stahlwille Group in Wuppertal, Germany.

He studied mechanical engineering at RWTH Aachen University, Germany, and received his doctorate (PhD) at the Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering (WZL).

The supervisory board also commended the success of outgoing Chairman of the Management Board Karl Krause. It thanked him for his long and successful leadership of Kiekert, particularly in respect of the company's far-reaching globalisation. Karl Krause was appointed Chairman of the Management Board in 2007 and successfully restructured Kiekert with a new growth strategy

Rolls-Royce names César Habib as Regional Director for Middle-East and Africa

Rolls-Royce names César Habib as Regional Director for Middle-East and Africa

Rolls-Royce announced that César Habib has been appointed as Regional Director, Middle East & Africa from 1 August 2018. He will be based in Dubai.

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Habib joined Rolls-Royce from BMW in 2015 as Head of Ownership Services, and oversaw the development and growth of the company's aftersales business. More recently, in his current role as Head of Bespoke, he has overseen record sales and continued development of the unique Rolls‑Royce Bespoke business. The Middle East is one of the company's leading regions for Bespoke orders.

Prior to Rolls-Royce, Habib held a number of BMW Group senior positions in Sales, Aftersales, Sales Channel Development and Business Development. This included five years based in the regional BMW office in Dubai.

Born in Lebanon, Habib graduated from the University of Passau in Germany with a Diploma in Business Administration. He started his BMW career in 2000 as a Parts Business Consultant.

Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, said, "I am delighted to announce that César Habib has been appointed as Regional Director, Middle East & Africa. César has an exceptional track record and, with his broad experience and in-depth knowledge of the business and the region, he is ideally positioned to take on this new role."

Habib replaces Brett Soso, who will leave the company in August to pursue alternative business interests.

Ziad Ojakli, Ford’s vice president for government affairs, to leave the company

Ziad Ojakli, Ford’s vice president for government affairs, to leave the company

Ford Motor Company announced that Ziad “Z” Ojakli, group vice president, government and community relations, has elected to leave the company effective July 15.

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Since joining the company in 2004, Ojakli has overseen Ford's global government affairs and its philanthropic arm, the Ford Motor Company Fund. His work to establish Ford as a trusted source to governments around the world and his support of the company's global community efforts will continue to serve the company in the future.

"Z has been a valuable member of the Ford team for nearly 15 years," said Executive Chairman Bill Ford. "During this time, he has been instrumental in driving global policy outcomes and leading philanthropic programs that support Ford's vision for growth and a better world."

For the immediate future, the work of government and community will continue under the leadership of Stephen Biegun. Ojakli's permanent replacement will be the subject of a future announcement.

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