Details of the new function will be announced at a later date. The new CEO at MOIA is the former Chief Operating Officer Robert Henrich (pictured), who was instrumental in developing MOIA’s ridesharing service. He is joined by CFO Frank Dilger to make up MOIA’s new leadership team.
“We would like to thank Ole Harms for his very successful leadership of MOIA over the last three years”, Thomas Sedran, Chairman of the Supervisory Board at MOIA, said. “MOIA has come far since it was founded in December 2016. A small team has grown into a company with several hundred employees and drivers. The groundbreaking electric ridesharing service in Hanover, Hamburg and soon also in London has met with a very positive response from the public and customers. The time has now come to develop the service further. Robert Henrich brings exactly the right experience to this new phase.”
Prior to joining MOIA, Robert Henrich already held the post of CEO at various mobility companies such as moovel and car2go. He has been with MOIA since January 2017. He began by managing pilot operations in Hanover and then played a key role in launching the MOIA service in Hamburg in April 2019. “Our service in Hamburg is experiencing strong growth in terms of customers, drivers, fleet and infrastructure”, Robert Henrich said. “We are already expecting one million customers in the fourth quarter of this year, that is more than 10,000 customers per day.”
Ole Harms: “Over the last three years we did some truly pioneering work for a new mobility offering. My thanks go to our great team for these exciting and successful years, and I am looking forward to bringing the experience I have gained in some 20 years working for the automotive and technology industry to my new role in the Volkswagen Group.”
As Europe’s largest ridesharing project, MOIA has become a visible part of everyday mobility in Hamburg and Hanover in just a few months and is generating strong interest from cities, transport experts and customers. Through the further expansion of the service in Hamburg and by optimizing software and operating processes, MOIA is gearing up to offer safe, convenient and eco-friendly mobility in further cities going forward, thereby improving the quality of life for many people.
Habib’s appointment will enable Kia to continue enhancing the design competitiveness of its brand and products. He will take up his new post at the start of October and will be based at Kia’s global design headquarters in Namyang, Korea.
Responsible for the design of Kia vehicles, Habib will oversee the work of Kia’s exterior, interior, colour, and material teams, and help determine the future design strategy and direction of the Kia brand, reporting to Luc Donckerwolke, Executive Vice President and Chief Design Officer of Hyundai Motor Group.
Renowned for his exceptional ability to reflect brand identity in his designs, Habib brings with him more than twenty years’ experience leading major design projects at premium brands. His most recent role was as Executive Design Director at INFINITI Motor Company, overseeing the design of brand’s latest concept vehicles. He worked previously with both BMW Group and Daimler Group. Born in Lebanon, Habib studied Mechanical Engineering at McGill University in Canada, as well as Transportation Design at the Art Center College of Design in California. He is fluent in English, French, German, and Italian.
“Kia is a growing, ambitious brand on a determined path toward electrification and mobility innovation,” said Habib. “I am thrilled to be a part of this transformation to strengthen the Kia brand further into the future of the automotive industry, which promises to be full of challenges and opportunities. I look forward to working with CDO Donkerwolke whose work I have admired for many years, as well as the Kia design team that has created some truly remarkable designs.”
“SVP Habib will be an asset for the Kia brand with his international background and global experience,” said Donckerwolke. “We highly appreciate Karim’s talent and experience. He is joining Kia at a crucial moment to project the brand into the future of mobility and to reinforce the young-spirited and motivated design team which has won numerous international design awards.”
The Kia Design Center is the birthplace of Kia’s global models, responsible for overseeing all aspects of vehicle design – from conceptualisation and modelling to styling and development of colour and materials. Based in Namyang, Korea, Kia’s Design Center operates as part of the brand’s global design network, with regional design centres in the US and Europe.
Ryabov moves from his role as vice-president for vehicle production and takes over the new role from Ales Bratoz.
Ales Bratoz will further develop his carrier in Groupe Renault.
Ryabov began working for Avtovaz in 1986 as a mechanical assembly operator and has worked his was up through a series of senior positions including vice-president for products and programs between 2012-2014, after which he was general director of Lada Izhevsk.
At the same time Marc Dardanelli has moved to the supporting role of vice-president of supply chain management at the company, replacing Paul Miller. Dardanelli moves from his role as global director of supply chain in Europe at the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance. The Alliance has a joint venture with Russian conglomerate Rostec, called Alliance Rostec Auto, which oversees Avtovaz.
Dardanelli has worked in various positions in logistics, supply chain and manufacturing at Groupe Renault and was the company’s supply chain director in Russia between 2012 and 2017.
Avtovaz’s president, Yves Caracatzanis, thanked Bratoz and Miller for their work in the company. “Ales and Paul joined Avtovaz in difficult times, when our company needed emergency measures to overcome the crisis,” he said. “I thank both of them for their huge work and contribution to the achievement of the initial steps of our mid-term plan. I also wish Mikhail Ryabov and Marc Dardanelli success. With their professionalism, they will strongly contribute to the execution of the mid-term plan and the development of Avtovaz and the Lada brand.”
“Mary Barra said from the outset of these talks that we will stand up as we tackle a changing industry. We are ready to stand strong for our future,” said Jones.
Detroit Big 3 contracts all expire at midnight the evening of Sept. 14. UAW GM local unions have all voted and sent a national bargaining team supported by the UAW International Union and their UAW GM Department.
“We are focused. We are prepared and we are all ready to stand up for our members, our communities and our manufacturing future,” added Jones.
The UAW also announced the total votes for strike authorisation of the Detroit Big 3.
The UAW Constitution requires members to vote and give authorisation in order to strike if necessary. The vote does not mean there will or will not be a strike. It gives authority to the UAW International President and International Executive Board to call for a strike. Locals have also elected National Bargaining Representatives as part of the national bargaining team.
“No one goes into collective bargaining taking a strike lightly. But it is a key tool in the tool belt as our bargaining team sits across from the company,” said Gary Jones, UAW President. “Ultimately, the company holds that destiny in their hands as they bargain. Clearly the UAW stood up for them in a very dark time, now that they are profitable it is time for them to stand up for all of us.”
Each local voted independently. The aggregate totals by automakers are:
Contracts expire at midnight on Sept. 14. The UAW President is expected to announce in the coming days the first company to proceed with bargaining a final agreement that will set the pattern for 2019 Detroit Big 3 contracts.