Schaeffler divides business into three groups and extends executive board
At its meeting on October 5, the Presiding Committee of the Supervisory Board of Schaeffler accepted the proposal of the Board of Managing Directors to separate the Automotive Aftermarket from the Automotive division of Schaeffler and to set it up as a stand-alone division, as of January 1, 2018.Read Now
As a consequence the Schaeffler Group will divide its business into three divisions – Automotive OEM, Automotive Aftermarket and Industrial.
On that basis the Supervisory Board of Schaeffler decided to appoint Mr. Michael Söding (pictured) to become Member of the Board of Managing Directors, effective January 1, 2018. From there on he assumes responsibility for the Automotive Aftermarket business on board level. Michael Söding has been Head of Automotive Aftermarket within Automotive division since 2009. He holds a degree in business and engineering from Darmstadt Technical University. Prior to joining Schaeffler Group he served among others at Pirelli Germany and Exide Automotive Batterie in various management positions.
Georg F. W. Schaeffler, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Schaeffler, said: "With the appointment of Michael Söding we have again promoted an internal top manager to become Member of the Board of Managing Directors of Schaeffler. In the last years Michael Söding has contributed significantly to successfully develop our Automotive Aftermarket business. With his experience and know-how across technological, operational and strategic issues he will enrich the Executive Board. On behalf of the Supervisory Board I wish Mr. Söding all the best and every success in his new role."
The three divisions of the Schaeffler Group will in future be managed from Divisional Headquarters located in Bühl, Langen and Schweinfurt. The Automotive OEM division will be headquartered in Bühl. The new Automotive Aftermarket division will be managed from Langen. The Industrial division continues to be located in Schweinfurt. The Corporate Headquarter of Schaeffler Group will remain in Herzogenaurach.
Klaus Rosenfeld, CEO of Schaeffler, said: "The decisions taken today by our Supervisory Board further underscore our ambitions to shape the future of Schaeffler Group in a fast-changing market and competitive environment and to become even more customer-oriented. These steps shall contribute to further strengthen our global Automotive Aftermarket business, simplify our structures and enable faster decisions."
Michael Söding becomes Member of the Board of Managing Directors of Schaeffler, effective January 1, 2018.
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles announces new head of fleet
David Hanna has been appointed to the role of Head of Fleet for Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, replacing Chris Black who left the brand earlier this month to pursue interests outside the Volkswagen Group.Read Now
Hanna will join Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles from his current role as National Fleet Sales Manager for Audi UK. Prior to joining the group in 2014, David worked for Nissan GB and Mitsubishi UK where he held various sales, marketing and fleet roles covering both cars and light commercial vehicles.
Hanna will report to Head of Sales Operations, James Douglas, and will be responsible for all fleet sales, including those sold through the area fleet managers, national sales team, contract hire and leasing, rental and Motability.
Hanna will formally take up his new role by the start of November. His successor at Audi will be appointed and announced in due course.
Gentherm appoints industry veteran Phillip Eyler as new President and CEO
Gentherm Incorporated has announced that its Board of Directors has selected Phillip Eyler as the organisation's next President and Chief Executive Officer and member of the Gentherm Board of Directors.Read Now
Since 2015, Eyler has served as President of the $3 billion Connected Car division at Harman, a subsidiary of Samsung. At Harman, Eyler oversaw an organisation of more than 8,000 employees dedicated to the development of highly integrated connected car systems encompassing infotainment, telematics, connected safety and cyber security solutions, among others. Joining Harman in 1997, Eyler took on roles of ever-increasing responsibility.
Prior to his current role, Eyler was Senior Vice-President and General Manager of Harman's Global Automotive Audio business starting in 2011, where he led a doubling of the business to over $1 billion through organic growth, acquisition and technology expansion. He has also led Harman's North American Automotive business and the North American and Asian Manufacturing group.
Eyler, 46, began his career at Siemens AG in the electromechanical components division. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University and an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.
Eyler will start in his new position with Gentherm on December 4, 2017. As previously announced, current Gentherm President and CEO, Daniel R. Coker, will retire at that time. Coker expressed confidence in the Board's choice. "Phil is a remarkable leader and extraordinary person and I expect he will do very well in his new position at Gentherm," said Coker.
New head of technical development at Audi Sport
Oliver Hoffmann (pictured) took over as Head of Technical Development at Audi Sport on October 1.Read Now
He succeeds Stephan Reil in this role, and is now responsible for the upcoming product campaign from the Audi subsidiary brand. By 2020, the number of Audi Sport series production models is set to increase from 11 to 16.
Most recently, Oliver Hoffmann worked on powertrain development at Audi. His previous professional roles both in Germany and abroad include quality management at Automobili Lamborghini and at the Audi factory in Györ, Hungary, as well as the development of the V-10 high-performance engines used in the Audi R8. Hoffmann was born in 1977 in Hanover and studied mechanical engineering.
"With the appointment of Oliver Hoffmann, we have gained a highly qualified manager for the Technical Development division," said Stephan Winkelmann, CEO of Audi Sport. "With his experience and skills, Hoffmann will help to realise the expansion of the Audi Sport brand."
Hoffman has taken over as Head of Technical Development at Audi Sport GmbH from Stephan Reil. Part of the 'foundations' of Audi Sport, Reil has been responsible for the development of all vehicle projects since the first Audi RS 4 Avant in the year 1999. "Through his dedication and hard work over many years, Stephen Reil has contributed significantly to the growth and success of Audi Sport," emphasised Stephan Winkelmann. Reil is taking on a new role within Audi.
One management for Koopman Car Terminal Amsterdam and Automotive Solutions
Paul Wortelboer, Managing Director of Koopman Car Terminal Amsterdam since June 2016, will also be in charge of Koopman Automotive Solutions in Born and Dent Art Automotive Solutions in Vilvoorde, Belgium.Read Now
Wortelboer (pictured) takes over the duties of Guy van Gaever, who leaves the company after four years at Koopman Logistics Group. All automotive compounds of Koopman in Amsterdam, Born and Vilvoorde are now under the responsibility of Wortelboer. Paul Wortelboer has broad management experience. He used to work at Athlon Car Lease Nederland and Volkswagen Pon Financial Services. He also had some national and international executive positions. Paul Wortelboer followed various management and marketing studies, including Nyenrode Business University and INSEAD.
Management compounds with one head
Jon Kuiper, CEO Koopman Logistics Group: "Paul Wortelboer is the right person to further develop our Born branch and to take charge of Dent Art Automotive Solutions in Vilvoorde. With this, our three automotive compounds are placed under one management. "The layout of the terminal in Born has already been optimized and expanded. "We have already taken important steps on the various compounds, with Paul Wortelboer we continue on the road," said Kuiper.