After the completion of a Depositor programme, far more than 20,000 prospective buyers had signed up for the Taycan. Orders received to date also indicate strong demand. As part of the new introduction of the Taycan, the sports car manufacturer is creating a total of 2,000 new jobs at its headquarters in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen.
Taycan’s original production capacity was 20,000 units. This continues to be the requirement for the first year of production. By increasing its workforce by the end of the second quarter of 2020, Porsche is providing itself with the necessary flexibility to be able to produce more units if necessary.
Andreas Haffner, Member of the Executive Board for Human Resources and Social Affairs at Porsche, said: “With the Taycan, we are showing that e-mobility is by no means a job killer. Rather, we are underlining its future viability, especially in the sports car segment. In addition, more than 32,000 applications show how great the interest is in shaping the future of the sports car together with us.”
The filling of the originally planned 1,500 new positions will be completed in the coming days. The first recruitment activities were started in May 2018. The first standardised application days took place at the end of November 2018. When putting together the Taycan production team, Porsche is relying on a healthy mix of new colleagues and internal changers from the production of the two-door sports cars. To date, around 600 Porsche employees have taken advantage of the opportunity to make internal changes.
The recruitment is accompanied by the largest qualification offensive in the company’s history. Since February 2019, all Taycan production employees have been trained for their new jobs in temporary qualification halls and other training centres specially constructed. For this purpose, there are 45 different training plans with a training duration ranging from one month to six months.
The Porsche learning platform is also open to all Porscheans in order to get fit for e-mobility. It currently comprises 380 hours of digital learning time and, as a central and user-friendly learning portal, guarantees that the high complexity and quantity of qualification hours can be mastered efficiently and effectively.
Dr. Jörg Mull, former Chief Financial Officer at Bugatti, is relocating within the Volkswagen Group. After five years with Bugatti, Dr. Mull is leaving the French hyper sports car manufacturer to take on a newly created strategic leadership role at Volkswagen China Investment Corporation. Dr. Mull already worked in Asia for several years before joining Bugatti. “I would like to thank Jörg Mull for his extensive support and excellent work at Bugatti. In recent years, he has helped to make the Bugatti brand what it is today: a successful French manufacturer of exceptional hyper sports cars,” said Stephan Winkelmann, President of Bugatti.
Dr. Jörg Mull’s work will be taken over by Rico Kreyenberg. Going forward, he will head the Finance and IT departments, reporting directly to Bugatti President Stephan Winkelmann. The industrial and mechanical engineer and economist has held a variety of positions at the Volkswagen Group over the past 20 years and is a proven expert in finance. Bugatti has known Rico Kreyenberg for quite a long time: he has been responsible for cost control at Bugatti for the last four years.
There is also a structural change for Dominique Künzel, Head of Procurement. He will also report directly to Bugatti President Stephan Winkelmann from now on. Dominique Künzel has many years of experience in the automotive industry, including 18 years with the Volkswagen Group. Before joining Bugatti, he worked in different managerial positions within the Group Procurement until 2018.
“Realigning our organisation is allowing us to streamline our structures so that we can work more quickly and more efficiently. Hence we are positioning ourselves robustly for the future,” said Stephan Winkelmann. “I am really pleased for Rico Kreyenberg and Dominique Künzel, two experienced automotive enthusiasts who are perfect for Bugatti and who will help to shape our future in their new positions, taking on even more responsibility.”
"Professor Gutzmer is a man of considerable innovative capacity who has made a lasting contribution to our organisation. On behalf of the Supervisory Board and the entire Schaeffler family I would like to thank him for his passion, commitment and dedication. We wish him all the very best for the future," said Family Shareholder and Chairman of the Supervisory Board Georg F. W. Schaeffler.
Klaus Rosenfeld, CEO of Schaeffler AG, added: "During his tenure, Professor Gutzmer has constantly expanded and developed Schaeffler's technology portfolio, ushering in new mobility concepts, laying the groundwork for the establishment of our electric mobility business and initiating new partnerships. Under his leadership we successfully futureproofed our company-wide IT organisation and established a digitalisation department. Exercising great foresight and vision, he made a decisive contribution to the Schaeffler Group's successful alignment with the challenges of the future." Professor Gutzmer will, for a certain time, continue to support the company in an advisory capacity.
Career with Schaeffler began in 2001
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Peter Gutzmer can look back on a distinguished career. He completed an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Stuttgart before gaining a doctorate in internal combustion engine technology. After six years in research followed by 17 years in various leadership and project management positions at Porsche, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Peter Gutzmer joined Schaeffler in 2001, where he was appointed to the Management Board with responsibility for technical product development.
From 2002 to 2006 he also served as Chairman of the Management Board of LuK, a Schaeffler company based in Bühl that has since been renamed Schaeffler Automotive Buehl GmbH & Co. KG. Following that, from 2006 to 2009, he served as Deputy CEO of Schaeffler's Automotive division. From 2009 to 2011 he again took on additional responsibilities as Head of the Engine Systems business unit in the Powertrain division of Continental AG. He restructured the unit and initiated various strategic joint projects between Schaeffler and Continental.
In 2011, when Schaeffler changed its legal name to Schaeffler AG, he was appointed Chief Research & Development Officer. In June 2014 Prof. Dr.-Ing Peter Gutzmer was appointed Chief Technology Officer and Deputy CEO of Schaeffler AG.
Uwe Wagner appointed to Board as Chief Technology Officer
At its meeting on October 1, 2019, the Supervisory Board of Schaeffler AG appointed Uwe Wagner (54), currently Head of Research & Development, Automotive OEM and Industrial, as Professor Gutzmer's successor on the Board of Managing Directors for a term of three years, effective October 1, 2019. Mr. Wagner will serve on the Board as Chief Technology Officer.
"We are delighted that we have been able once again to fill a key position in the Schaeffler Group with a top performer from within our own organisation. Uwe Wagner has demonstrated, most recently in his role as Head of Research & Development, how innovation and efficiency can go hand in hand. On behalf of the entire Supervisory Board I would like to wish Mr. Wagner every success in his new and challenging role," said Georg F. W. Schaeffler, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Schaeffler AG.
Cardew will succeed Jeffrey H. Vanneste who currently serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. After more than 20 years with the company, Vanneste has elected to retire, effective October 31, 2019. He will continue in a non-executive, consulting and advisory role to Lear's senior management team through February 2020.
"I would like to thank Jeff for his leadership, dedication and commitment to Lear. He played a crucial role in the development and execution of fundamental business strategies for the company, and I wish him all the best in the next chapter of his life," said Scott. "I also want to congratulate Jason, who brings deep knowledge of our company's global finances and strategy. I look forward to working closely with him as Lear continues to focus on investing in profitable growth, further improving operational efficiencies and delivering superior value to our shareholders."
In his new role, Cardew will be responsible for Lear's global financial strategy and financial activities, including Accounting, Financial Transactions and Controls, Financial Reporting, Corporate Business Planning and Analysis, and Treasury and Tax matters worldwide. Since joining the company in 1992, Cardew has served in various operational and commercial finance roles with increasing responsibility, including Vice President of Financial Planning and Analysis, Interim CFO and, most recently, Vice President of Finance for Lear's Seating and E-Systems businesses.
"I am excited to be appointed to this role and help guide Lear through a period of extraordinary opportunity in the auto industry," Cardew said. "I would also like to thank Jeff for developing an exceptionally talented Finance team at Lear. I am motivated to continue to build on the foundation he provided. With Lear's product quality, innovative technology, global manufacturing footprint and commitment to operational excellence, we are well positioned for continued growth and value creation."
Call has nearly a decade of financial leadership experience within the maritime industry. Prior to being appointed as Chief Financial Officer, he served as Vice-president of Finance for ZEAMARINE and its legacy company Intermarine. Chad holds an MBA degree from Brigham Young University and is responsible for all financial, legal, and administrative aspects of the company.
Dumas served as the CFO at Intermarine for over 20 years. He will continue as a board member and shareholder of the parent companies of US Ocean and Maritime Holdings, said Zeamarine.
Rudat brings with him exceptional experience at the forefront of the electric vehicle revolution over the last decade, having most recently occupied the role of Director, Central Europe with Tesla.
After the successful introduction of the most powerful Italian sports car of all time – the 1,900 PS Battista pure-electric hypercar – earlier in 2019, Automobili Pininfarina recently announced its intention to develop an all-new high-performance electric chassis and powertrain that will underpin its future vehicle portfolio. The collaboration* with German technology specialists Bosch and BENTELER is anticipated to produce an EV platform that will also be available as a flexible technical concept and offered to other carmakers requiring exceptional performance in a future vehicle line.
Automobili Pininfarina CEO Michael Perschke said: “I am delighted to welcome Jochen Rudat to our growing team of exceptional designers, engineers and marketing specialists. His experience is unquestionable. We are now presenting him with the opportunity to make a significant leap into the ultra-luxury automotive sector with Automobili Pininfarina.
“We are looking forward to giving Battista hypercar clients the opportunity to drive this Italian design masterpiece in 2020. Alongside this momentous event, we will enter the next phase of our global corporate growth plan through considered investments in industrial partnerships and new facilities. Our clients will then be delighted to see a beautiful inspiration piece for our future range of Automobili Pininfarina electric cars, the PURA Vision design model, which will make its world debut next year.”
Client management experts lead Automobili Pininfarina into the luxury EV market
Automobili Pininfarina’s sales team has grown with three further significant appointments, each ready to deliver a first-class customer journey under the leadership of new Chief Sales Officer Jochen Rudat.
Starting on October 1, Rudat brings with him a wealth of experience in the premium EV world, having spent nearly ten years with Tesla Motors, where from 2016 he held the position of Director, Central Europe. He is a graduate of the BMW Academy and was Dealer Development Manager for BMW Group Switzerland from 2006-2009, before joining Tesla Motors.
Automobili Pininfarina Chief Sales Officer Jochen Rudat said: “Joining Automobili Pininfarina as this new company begins its journey as a creator of pure-electric luxury and sports cars is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
“I am proud to lead a sales team that will convince clients ranging from car collectors to world leaders to move on from their ICE hypercars. Our main motivation is to conquer an untapped market segment at the pinnacle of automotive luxury in the same way my previous employer transformed the mass market.”
Supporting Jochen as Director Client Relations, Gösta Henning will lead the Client Relationship Team to focus on sales of the Battista. Henning’s stellar curriculum vitae includes seven years at Bentley Motors Ltd, where he rose to become Head of Marketing, Europe.
Also joining Rudat’s team are Anthony Tocco and Philipp Hempel as Global Sales Managers. Tocco’s experience includes three years with McLaren Automotive Ltd, where he held the position of Regional Sales Manager, Southern Europe, whilst Hempel brings with him intimate knowledge of the premium EV world, having also worked for Tesla Motors, where he was Head of Enterprise Sales DACH.
Automobili Pininfarina also welcomes a new Chief of Staff, Sabine Morlock. Morlock will support Michael Perschke, CEO, and the Leadership Team in the areas of strategic initiatives, communications and rhythm of the business.
Automobili Pininfarina Battista wins luxury electric hypercar award in Canada
An exceptional summer of activity in Europe and North America for Automobili Pininfarina and the new Battista culminated with a win in the Hypercar of the Year category at Vancouver’s Luxury & Supercar Weekend in September, where its stunning Italian design and engineering brilliance were praised by judges who said: “The Battista truly brings EV performance, innovation and vehicle design to a whole new level.”
Dan is an experienced executive within the automotive industry, having fulfilled commercial, operational and technical roles in both development and manufacturing.
He has held senior commercial and programme roles at Williams Advanced Engineering and Prodrive Automotive Technologies, as well as serving as Operations Director for a small group of engineering companies. In recent years Dan has completed an MBA, and prior to joining Lotus Engineering was running his own consultancy supporting strategic growth in technology focused SMEs.
Lotus Engineering is an internationally recognised consultancy which has provided comprehensive and versatile services to many of the world's OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers for almost 40 years. Committed to driving forward technology with precision and passion, Lotus Engineering is spearheading pioneering research into areas such as advanced powertrain design and validation, lightweight advanced material research, and ride and handling optimisation.
While the automotive industry is the heartland of Lotus Engineering, as a consultancy its innovative approach and problem-solving expertise has been used by clients from many other sectors. These have included elite sporting performance, aerospace, medical research, boat-building, furniture, a watch and even a shopping trolley!
Dan commented: “I’m delighted to be joining Lotus Engineering at such an exciting time for the whole Group Lotus business. I will be working to further develop the structure so we can commercially exploit the strong technical capabilities within Group Lotus, creating strategic relationships to support our growth.”
Dan will be co-located, spending time at Hethel – the historical home of Lotus in Norfolk – and the recently opened Lotus office in Warwick, West Midlands.
(Dan Burge will be speaking at the Automotive EV Live conference in the Powertrain session, at 11.30 on October 8, along with: David Hudson, Head of Propulsion, Tata Motors (TMETC), Eman Martin-Vignerte, External Affairs, Governmental and Political Relations, Bosch, and Kevin Kelly, Senior Consultant Powertrain & EV, Frost & Sullivan) https://www.automotiveev.live/
In his new function, Große-Loheide succeeds Dr. Stefan Sommer, who was previously in charge of this brand function in addition to his responsibilities as Group Board member for Components and Procurement. As a result of Große-Loheide’s appointment, Sommer can now concentrate fully on his extensive tasks as a member of the Group Board.
Dirk Große-Loheide is a graduate economist and trained banker and has been with the Volkswagen Group for 28 years. He has extensive industry knowledge and experience in the field of procurement. Having joined Volkswagen in 1990 he began his career in machinery procurement.
From 1995, he held various management posts, initially in general purchasing at SEAT in Martorell, and from 2000 at the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles brand in Hanover, where he was named Board member for Procurement and Production in 2007.
Große-Loheide was appointed Board member for Procurement at Volkswagen de México in Puebla in 2011, becoming Head of General Group Procurement in 2014, Board member for Procurement at MAN Truck & Bus in 2017, and finally Head of Group Operations Procurement in April 2019.