He follows in the footsteps of Frank Klein, who has been in this function since April 2014 after various roles in the Group and is now leaving the company at his own request.
“I am delighted to have gained an experienced operations colleague as a new Member of Management at Mercedes-Benz Vans in the form of Ingo Ettischer, and I wish him all the best and lots of success in his new role,” commented Wilfried Porth, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG responsible for Personnel and Labour Director, Mercedes-Benz Vans.
“I would like to thank Frank Klein for his commitment as Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans Operations and I wish him all the best for his future outside the Group,” Porth continued.
Ingo Ettischer began his career in August 2002 at the then DaimlerChrysler AG as Centre Head for Quality Management at the Mercedes-Benz Berlin plant. After various management roles, including in C-Class Assembly Logistics and E-Class Production, in 2008 he took over as Head of C-Class Assembly at the Mercedes-Benz Sindelfingen plant. Following various posts in E-Class Assembly Management and in Assembly and Logistics Planning in Sindelfingen, in 2015 he moved to the Daimler Trucks Division and took over as Head of Production. In 2017, he became Head of Production and the Mercedes-Benz Wörth plant.
Wilfried Porth added the following comment on the new Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans Operations: "I am very much looking forward to working with Ingo Ettischer. With his many years of experience and expertise in various areas of production he brings with him the requisite know-how to lead the global production activities of Mercedes-Benz Vans successfully."
The Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans Operations is responsible for all departments contributing to production, such as Manufacturing, Engineering, Logistics and Quality Management. Mercedes-Benz Vans has production locations in Germany, Spain, the USA, Argentina and, via co-operation partners, in China and Russia.
Colin Maddocks, currently Chief Financial Officer at MME, will take on the newly appointed role of Vice President and Chief Sales Finance Officer for Europe and North America with immediate effect.
In his new role, Colin will have responsibility for leading the development and implementation of Mazda’s strategy on retail, lease and wholesale finance across all of Mazda’s North American and European businesses, as well as managing the relationships with all current and potential bank partners.
Colin started at Mazda in 2005 as Director Network Development and Financing. In 2009, he became Director Financial Services responsible for the company’s new financial services strategy, focusing on relationships with bank partners. He has been part of the company’s executive team since 2014 and been MME CFO since October 2015. In his new position, he will report to Jeff Guyton, President and CEO of MME, and Masahiro Moro, President and CEO of Mazda North American Operations.
As a result of the new appointment, Giovanni Barbieri, currently Director of Finance at MME, will be appointed Vice President and Chief Financial Officer MME with immediate effect and be responsible for leading the finance function at Mazda Europe.
Barbieri joined Mazda in 2006 and has a background in several finance areas at both Mazda Italy and more recently the European headquarters.
"Erwin has done an exceptional job leading the GMA team, engaging our US retailers and inspiring our partners," said Manfred Fitzgerald, Executive Vice President and Global Head of the Genesis Brand. "When building a brand, you need an executive team that is just as strong on sales as they are on brand, product and marketing. Erwin has proven to be just that entrepreneurial-minded person for us in the US market and therefore I'm proud to announce his promotion.”
Raphael has led all Genesis operations in the United States since March, 2016. In 2018, he orchestrated the Genesis Brand's retail network transition process securing distribution licenses in 50 states and Washington D.C., and improving customer engagement. Erwin has also enabled the brand's ability to win many awards and accolades including top brand rankings in the annual J.D. Power IQS and APEAL reports, MotorTrend 2019 Car of the Year, and the 2019 North American Car of the Year award for the Genesis G70, in addition to several other prominent awards.
"With Erwin's tireless and excellent efforts these last few years, the foundation for Genesis operations in the United States is now firmly in place," said William Lee, President and CEO of Hyundai Motor North America, "Erwin and his team can now progress the Genesis brand ever-forward in the luxury market and realize it's bright future.”
Before heading Genesis operations in the United States, Raphael successfully led a variety of critical business units for Hyundai Motor America including General Manager of the Western Region and Director of Engineering and Quality.
Prior to joining Hyundai, Raphael held a number of leadership positions in vehicle development, engineering, manufacturing, quality, sales and marketing with Chrysler LLC, Toyota Motor Manufacturing, and the International Truck and Engine Company.
The 55-year-old, who studied mechanical engineering, brings with him over ten years of management experience from thyssenkrupp Materials Services. Among other things, he has headed the materials distributor's Eastern European subsidiaries since 2012. He has also been responsible for the business units in the Western Europe region and of Technical Services since 2018. He will continue to hold these positions. Before joining thyssenkrupp, Stillger worked for Barmag AG for 17 years, five of which as Sales Director and Chief Executive Officer.
"With Martin Stillger, we are counting on an experienced and competent manager for thyssenkrupp Schulte. He knows the business very well and has many years of sales experience," says Dr. Klaus Keysberg, Chairman of the Executive Board of thyssenkrupp Materials Services.
thyssenkrupp Schulte GmbH is a materials partner for carbon and stainless steels and nonferrous metals, providing made-to-measure products for over 70,000 customers.
In this position, the experienced manager will be responsible for human resources management and the implementation of the HR strategy within the framework of the ‘India 2.0’ project, working alongside a newly established management team. He will also be responsible for collaborating with social partners and implementing HR synergies among the Group brands in the Indian market.
As part of the ‘India 2.0’ project, Škoda continues to allocate responsibilities at the management level. Jan Frydrych will be the HR Director for the Volkswagen Group’s Indian operations, effective as of 1 April 2019. In this role, the 40-year-old will report directly to the Managing Director of Škoda Auto India Private Ltd. and Volkswagen India Private Ltd. (VWIPL), Gurpratap Boparai.
Škoda Auto Board Member for Human Resources, Bohdan Wojnar, emphasised: “Jan Frydrych’s many years of experience in HR will help us introduce a sustainable human resources concept in India. With his expertise, he will ensure that talented new employees are won over to the project and that the potential of the local workforce is utilized optimally.”
Gurpratap Boparai adds: “For the India 2.0 project to be implemented successfully, we need a new approach to human resources. The project brings with it new responsibilities as well as a much broader array of activities, and it will develop dynamically. We are currently recruiting a lot of new employees to complete the project in a short time. I am convinced that Mr. Frydrych will be a valuable member of our management team in the future.”
Frydrych has worked in various positions for Škoda Auto since 2004. He began his career in Sales and marketing. Since 2007, he has held leadership positions in the field of human resources and has worked both in the Czech Republic and abroad since then. After working at Volkswagen China Investment Co., he returned to Škoda, becoming head of Recruiting and HR marketing in 2015.
Since September 2016, he has been responsible for HR management at the Kvasiny plant. Throughout the course of the SUV campaign, the site was extensively modernised and expanded; the number of employees grew by 3,000 under Frydrych’s leadership. Kvasiny currently produces the Škoda Kodiaq and Škoda Karoq SUV models as well as the brand’s flagship, the Škoda Superb.
After two and a half years as Sales Director for Groupe Renault UK, Nick Tame will be taking up a new strategic management role within Groupe Renault.
Louise O’Sullivan commented: “I’m delighted to become Network Operations Director at such an important time for our brands. I’ve worked closely with our dealer partners throughout my time with Groupe Renault, not least in my most recent role as Dacia Brand Manager, listening to the network’s invaluable insight and feedback to develop the Dacia brand together in the UK. The Groupe achieved a lot in 2017 and 2018, as part of our Drive The Future Mid-Term Plan, and we are now ready to build on these foundations and accelerate in 2019 and beyond.”
Vincent Tourette, Managing Director, Groupe Renault UK and Ireland, commented: “Louise has considerable experience in working with our dealers and has a strong track record through delivering the Dacia Acceleration Plan and so I congratulate her on a worthy promotion. Her appointment as Network Operations Director will strengthen an already extremely capable team and allow us to focus on our business targets for the years to come. I would like to thank Nick for the energy, passion and commitment he brought to his sales role during the last two and half years and I wish him all the very best for his new role.”
Louise joined Groupe Renault UK in 1995 on the Graduate Scheme having graduated from Lancaster University with a degree in Marketing and French. From there, she moved up the ranks through market analysis, product marketing, sales, after-sales, fleet business and marketing communications.
Amongst much more, Louise had responsibility for Renault’s high-end vehicle range in the mid-2000s, as well as the LCV range and then oversaw successful marketing campaigns such as Renault’s sponsorship of ITV’s Jonathan Ross Show. She became Head of Dacia for the UK, Ireland, Malta and Cyprus in October 2015. Louise has overseen Dacia’s impressive retail market share growth and has also recently celebrated with over 140,000 Dacia vehicles sold since Dacia launched in the UK six years ago. Louise retains responsibility for the Dacia brand in the UK and Ireland until a successor to her former role is announced in the near future.
His appointment expands the board to nine members and fills an open vacancy.
Kanen currently serves as the managing member of Kanen Wealth Management, LLC, a registered investment advisor, and is the largest stockholder of U.S. Auto Parts. Prior to founding Kanen Wealth Management, he held several investment advisory positions over the course of his career, including serving as an independent advisor for Aegis Capital and financial advisor for A.G. Edwards & Sons.
Kanen also serves on the board of directors for Famous Dave's of America, Inc., which develops, owns, operates and franchises barbeque restaurants.
"We are delighted to welcome David to our board. David brings nearly three decades of advisory and leadership experience," said Barry Phelps, Chairman of the Board for U.S. Auto Parts. "His strategic insight will be an invaluable asset as the company looks to capitalise on the growing online demand for aftermarket auto parts. And with the addition of our largest stockholder to the board, we believe our stockholders' interests will be very well-aligned with the strategic direction from our board."
Kanen commented: "U.S. Auto Parts is uniquely positioned to serve today's consumer with a robust e-commerce platform and marketplace business that provides affordable aftermarket auto parts to consumers across the country. I look forward to collaborating with the rest of the board and management team as we develop and refine leading strategies to return U.S. Auto Parts to growth and deliver stockholder value."
About U.S. Auto Parts Network, Inc.
Established in 1995, U.S. Auto Parts is a leading online provider of automotive aftermarket parts, including collision, engine, and performance parts and accessories.