Aditya Mittal appointed President of ArcelorMittal

Aditya Mittal appointed President of ArcelorMittal

ArcelorMittal has announced that Aditya Mittal, Group CFO and CEO of ArcelorMittal Europe (pictured at left, with Lakshmi Mittal, Sabine Brauer photo), has been appointed as President, ArcelorMittal, in addition to his current responsibilities.

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This nomination reflects the increasing global strategic role Aditya has across the group, supporting the Chairman and CEO, Mr Lakshmi Mittal.

Commenting, Lakshmi Mittal said: "Aditya has proved himself an effective and accomplished manager as Group CFO and CEO of our European operations, delivering results and creating value for the company. He will continue to work with me in shaping the future strategic direction of the group.

As President and CFO, he will continue to report to the Chairman and CEO. Together, Lakshmi Mittal and Aditya Mittal comprise the Chairman and CEO office.

Global CEO of Citroen brand among winners at UK Institute of the Motor Industry awards

Global CEO of Citroen brand among winners at UK Institute of the Motor Industry awards

Linda Jackson, global CEO of the Citroën Brand at Groupe PSA (pictured) has received the Sue Brownson Award for Outstanding Leadership in Automotive at Institute of Motor Industry annual dinner.

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On March 7, motor industry body, Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI), recognised one of the motor retail sector's most influential leaders at its annual dinner. Linda Jackson, Chief Executive Officer of Citroën Brand at Groupe PSA received the Sue Brownson Award for Outstanding Leadership in Automotive, an award created four years ago in honour of the IMI's former President, the late Sue Brownson OBE.

Having begun her journey in the motor industry with a holiday job at Rover, Linda was sufficiently enthralled with the industry to turn down a University place in order to stay there, and was then sponsored by Rover through her MBA at Warwick Business School, which she pursued through evening classes whilst managing group finances.

Having worked for Rover in the UK and France, Linda was headhunted by Citroën to become Finance Director of its UK subsidiary in 2005. In 2009 she moved to France as Finance Director, returning to the UK in 2010 as Managing Director. Her notable success in that role led to her being called back to the Paris Head Office of Citroën in 2014 as worldwide head of the iconic French brand.

The IMI award adds to the accolades already achieved by Linda Jackson, who was named as the most influential woman in the Great British Car Industry Awards run by Autocar and the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders and as the global industry's most influential Briton in 2017 by Auto Express.

"I believe that Sue Brownson, after whom this award is named, would herself have truly admired Linda Jackson as a role model in general, but especially for her ground breaking achievements in demonstrating that gender should not be a barrier to the very highest attainment in our industry", said Steve Nash, CEO of the IMI.

"And it is a delightful accident of coincidence that we have bestowed the award on the eve of International Women's Day. Linda is a fantastic role model for young people that the retail motor industry provides fantastic opportunities, regardless of gender or background."

Linda Jackson's award came at the end of an evening where a number of industry professionals were recognised. These included:

  • Contribution to the Motor Industry – Andy Tuberfield of Halfords Autocentres for being a tireless supporter and promoter of female apprentices and MOT testers
  • Contribution to the Work of the IMI – Katheryn Beaurain from Pro Align for support of the IMI SkillAuto competitions
  • Outstanding Individual Achievement – Paul Sewell of Chesterfield College for achieving dramatic improvements in results through a new approach to training
  • Key Contact – Paul Jarvis, for his dedication to building support for IMI members in the Birmingham area
  • Three Honorary Fellowship Awards were also given, to John Bloor of Triumph Motorcycles; Andy Goss, Jaguar Land Rover Group Sales Operations Director and Dr Ian Robertson, member of the main board of BMW AG.
CEO Alfred Weber leaves MANN+HUMMEL

CEO Alfred Weber leaves MANN+HUMMEL

Shareholders' representatives of the MANN+HUMMEL Group, Thomas Fischer and Manfred Wolf, and CEO Alfred Weber, have agreed to terminate their working cooperation.

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Weber had already ruled out a contract extension beyond 2018 in the summer of 2017, and has now asked to be released from his duties for personal reasons. He shall resign with immediate effect. Until the appointment of Weber's successor, the group's management board, in close coordination with the two shareholders' representatives, will manage the company.

"On behalf of the shareholders and management board, I would like to thank Alfred Weber unreservedly for his excellent work. In his nine years at the head of the Group, Mr. Weber has been fundamental in the significant development of our company", acknowledged chairman of the MANN+HUMMEL supervisory board, Thomas Fischer, of Weber's work. "Sales more than doubled during his time with us, and earnings developed equally well."

Fischer represents the Mann family; Manfred Wolf represents the Hummel family. Wolf added: "Our CEO, who has been with us for many years, has prepared our company in the best possible way for new challenges – be it digitalisation, new forms of mobility, or the ever-increasing demand for sustainability. With his unerring instincts and impressive energy, he has turned challenges into opportunities and capitalised on them. He is friends with customers and employees all over the world. On their behalf as well, I say thank you." The two shareholders' representatives are already in advanced discussions with potential successors and are confident that a successor for Weber will be appointed in the coming months.

Siemens appoints Phil Banks as Head of Strategy, Integrated Drive Systems

Siemens appoints Phil Banks as Head of Strategy, Integrated Drive Systems

Phil Banks has been appointed as the Head of Strategy, Integrated Drive Systems (IDS), Siemens UK & Ireland.

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As part of his new role, Phil, will be responsible for the development and implementation of the business strategy to drive further growth for IDS solutions.

His new role will see Phil take responsibility for the delivery of the IDS strategy across Siemens Digital Factory (DF) and Process & Drives (PD) divisions, including leading the IDS team and collaborating with the DF and PD sales teams.

Phil Banks, Head of Strategy, Integrated Drive Systems, Siemens UK & Ireland, said: "I am delighted to have been appointed to head up the Siemens UK & Ireland IDS strategic offering. I look forward to further developing the answers our customers are looking for around drive systems and how Siemens' 'one stop shop' for entire drive trains can play a key role for them. Our customers face challenges around digitalisation adoption and adhering to new standards and whether for process applications or in the discrete industries, only the consistent integration into the entire production environment is the answer for future-proofed drive applications.

Brian Holliday, Managing Director of Siemens Digital Factory UK, added: "Phil will prove instrumental in developing and implementing our IDS business strategy across important industrial markets and enable our customers to derive even more value going forward."

MAHLE appoints Dr. Jörg Stratmann as Chairman and CEO

MAHLE appoints Dr. Jörg Stratmann as Chairman and CEO

As of February 1, the new CEO of MAHLE, the fourth-largest German automotive supplier with sales of around €13 billion and 77,000 employees, will be Dr. Jörg Stratmann (pictured).

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When ZF Friedrichshafen AG and Wolf-Henning Scheider, Chairman of the MAHLE Management Board until the end of January, both expressed the desire for a change, the MAHLE Group was able to resolve the matter swiftly.

This quick transition was made much easier because MAHLE had already earmarked Dr. Jörg Stratmann as a possible successor. Dr. Stratmann joined the MAHLE Group after leaving Continental AG in 2008 and has taken on increasingly demanding tasks. Until now, he has been responsible for managing the entire MAHLE Behr Group, now the MAHLE Thermal Management business unit, which comprises a number of operational units and most recently accounted for over 45% of MAHLE's group sales with its future-oriented products.

"Dr. Stratmann brings a wealth of automotive experience—from both a technical and a business perspective. He is the ideal person to head the MAHLE Group," stated Chairman of the MAHLE Supervisory Board, Prof. Dr. Heinz K. Junker.

Following in his footsteps is Bernd Eckl (50), who since April 1, 2017, has been a Member of the MAHLE Management Board with responsibility for the Engine Systems and Components business unit, which generates around 22% of MAHLE's group sales. Bernd Eckl joined MAHLE from Getrag at the start of 2017 and rapidly made an outstanding contribution with his excellent teamwork within the MAHLE Management Board.

Georg Dietz (54) has been appointed a Member of the MAHLE Management Board for the Engine Systems and Components business unit. He has worked at MAHLE for 28 years and has demonstrated his technical and international competence in a wide variety of roles and with long deployments abroad.

MAHLE would like to wish the departing Chairman of the MAHLE Management Board, Wolf-Henning Scheider, who steps down on January 31, 2018, all the best and much success in his future role. "Our thanks go to Mr. Scheider above all for his intensive work during the transformation process that is currently affecting the whole automotive industry," commented Prof. Junker.

Brose appoints Dr. Patrick Popp as new head of electrical drives business division

Brose appoints Dr. Patrick Popp as new head of electrical drives business division

Dr. Patrick Popp (51) became the head of the electrical drives business division on 1 February; he succeeds Reinhard Kretschmer (62) who will leave the company at the end of the year when he retires.

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Frank Lubischer (55) took over responsibility for Brose's North America business from Michael Brosseau (50) on March 1. Niklas Beyes (47) will succeed Volker Herdin (54) as head of Commercial Administration Brose Group on May 1.

"The reorganisation of our company's top management is complete. We will push ahead with the successful development of Brose with a strong management team," said Kurt Sauernheimer, CEO of the Brose Group.

Patrick Popp was appointed Executive Vice President Electrical Drives on February 1 and is responsible for global business with drives while also heading the corporate group's electronics activities. The Würzburg-based business division contributed around €1 billion ($1.23 billion) to the Brose Group's turnover last year. Popp earned a PhD in engineering and has held various management board positions at international companies in the automotive and electronics industries. Most recently he was in charge of the Professional Lighting Systems division at electronics giant Philips. He has more than 20 years of experience in management as well as in product development and digitisation.

Frank Lubischer is the new President of Brose North America effective March 1. The automotive engineer has lived in the United States for 18 years and has nearly 30 years of experience in the automotive supplier industry, among other companies at Lucas/TRW. Lubischer comes from steering systems specialist Nexteer, where he was responsible for strategy, technology and global engineering.

Niklas Beyes will take over as the new Executive Vice President of Commercial Administration Brose Group on May 1. The business administration graduate has over 20 years of experience in finance and the automotive industry. Among other positions, Beyes was CFO Europe at Schaeffler KG, member of the management board of SKF GmbH Germany and most recently CFO of the FTE automotive Group in Ebern.

The changes to the executive management board are complete with these appointments. Kurt Sauernheimer, previously Executive Vice President Door Systems, had additionally been appointed CEO of the Brose Group effective January 1. The executive vice presidents of seat systems and purchasing swapped positions at that time.

Ex-SAIC-VW China VP to lead production and logistics at SEAT

Ex-SAIC-VW China VP to lead production and logistics at SEAT

Dr. Christian Vollmer (pictured) has been appointed as SEAT's new Vice-President for Production and Logistics with effect from July 1, 2018.

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Until now, Dr. Vollmer was the Technical Executive Vice-President of SAIC VOLKSWAGEN, the joint venture created in 1984 between SAIC Motor and Volkswagen Group.

The new Vice-President is taking over from Dr. Andreas Tostmann, who has been appointed as a new Member of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen brand responsible for Production and Logistics.

Dr. Vollmer, who will report directly to SEAT President Luca de Meo, is responsible for leading the management of the brand's three production centres in Martorell, El Prat de Llobregat (SEAT Componentes) and Barcelona. In this period of digital transformation and commitment to Industry 4.0, he will also be in charge of further promoting strategies related to environmental sustainability and the challenges of future mobility.

Dr. Christian Vollmer (48) has a PhD in Mechanical Engineering, and has been a part of the Volkswagen Group since 1999. He began his career at the Group's headquarters in Wolfsburg in Press Planning prior to becoming assistant to the Vice-Presidency. He then moved to Bratislava (Slovakia) in 2005 to head Production there. In 2010 he transferred to China as Executive Director of Production in Shanghai, where he was the Technical Executive Vice-President of SAIC VOLKSWAGEN since 2014.

SEAT President Luca de Meo welcomed the company's new Vice-President for Production and Logistics. "I am convinced that Dr. Vollmer's extensive experience will positively contribute to SEAT's globalisation stage. In addition, he will give an even further boost to the development of our production processes and that will enable us to keep making progress and evolving in such important areas as Industry 4.0, digitisation in the scope of Production and sustainability in SEAT's production plants."

Dr. Vollmer joins SEAT's production area in the year when the factory is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a balance of nearly 10 million vehicles produced.

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