Olaf Bongwald Joins AAM as President Driveline – Europe

July 2017

Olaf Bongwald Joins AAM as President Driveline – Europe

American Axle & Manufacturing (AAM) has named Olaf Bongwald President AAM Driveline – Europe. In this role, Bongwald will lead AAM’s European driveline business, succeeding Michael J. Bly who has been appointed AAM’s global sales lead for the Driveline Business Unit. In addition to his leadership of the European driveline business, Bongwald will also be responsible for profitably growing and globalizing AAM’s electric drive and hybrid drive business.

“We are extremely pleased to announce the addition of Olaf to AAM’s executive team,” said David C. Dauch, AAM Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “Electric drive and hybrid drive systems are quickly becoming a critical part of our driveline technology portfolio. Strengthening AAM’s leadership capability in this area of strategic focus is an important priority for us and Olaf’s global technical and operational experience will be instrumental in advancing this global effort as well as our driveline business in Europe.”

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Michael J. Bly named Vice President of Sales for AAM’s Driveline Business Unit

Michael J. Bly named Vice President of Sales for AAM’s Driveline Business Unit

American Axle & Manufacturing (AAM) has named Michael J. Bly Vice President Sales – Driveline. In this role, Bly will oversee all global commercial activities for AAM’s Driveline Business Unit.

“We are pleased to appoint Micky as AAM’s global sales lead for the Driveline Business Unit,” said David C. Dauch, AAM Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “We are confident that Micky will continue to ensure AAM is the supplier of choice for our customers as they look for the smartest, lightest, most powerful and most efficient driveline systems.”

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Dr Harald Ludanek, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, takes early retirement

Dr Harald Ludanek, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, takes early retirement

According to Auto-Medienportal.net, Prof. Dr Harald Ludanek, so far Member of the Board, Technical Development, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, takes early retirement at his own request.

His role will be temporary taken over by Axel Sanders additionally to his responsibilities as Head of Commercial Vehicle Concepts, Simulation and Product Management.

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Steven Armstrong appointed Group Vice President and President of Europe, Middle East and Africa, Ford Motor Company

May 2017

Steven Armstrong appointed Group Vice President and President of Europe, Middle East and Africa, Ford Motor Company

Steven Armstrong is group vice president and president of Europe, Middle East and Africa, Ford Motor Company, effective June 1, 2017. In this role, he is responsible for leading Ford’s European and Middle East and Africa business units, executing the One Ford plan to achieve profitable growth through an unprecedented focus on new products, a strong brand and increased cost efficiency. He reports to Jim Farley, Ford executive vice president and president, Global Markets. Armstrong also will continue to serve on the Ford Sollers and Ford Otosan boards of directors, effective since Oct. 1, 2016. (more…)

Sherif Marakby appointed Vice President of Autonomous Vehicles and Electrification, Ford Motor Company

Sherif Marakby appointed Vice President of Autonomous Vehicles and Electrification, Ford Motor Company

Sherif Marakby is vice president of Autonomous Vehicles and Electrification, Ford Motor Company, effective June 12, 2017. He reports to Jim Farley, Ford executive vice president and president, Global Markets. Marakby joined Ford Motor Company in 1990 and served in a variety of positions in Product Development throughout North America and Europe. His roles ranged from having full responsibility of regional vehicles’ powertrain and lineup to his role as the vehicle line director of all c-size cars globally, including Ford Escape, Focus and C-MAX. Marakby also worked in Plant Vehicle teams for several years, delivering significant quality and financial improvement to the business at two vehicle-manufacturing plants. (more…)

FEV Group Reinforces its Operations in Europe, South America, and Asia

FEV Group Reinforces its Operations in Europe, South America, and Asia

Dr. Ernst Scheid (l.) has assumed the chairmanship of the executive board of the newly-founded FEV Asia GmbH.
Dr. Michael Wilhelm has been appointed executive vice president.

 

Dr. Jens Ludmann (l.) has been named chairman of the executive board at FEV GmbH. Dr. Norbert Alt, vice president business region Europe & South America, has become a new member of the board.

FEV has restructured the global management of its subsidiaries and continues to strengthen the structure of its local sales organizations in Asia, Europe and South America.
The company’s Asian market business will be reorganized under a newly founded company, FEV Asia GmbH, to which all Asian FEV subsidiaries will report. As part of this new Asian business structure, Dr. Ernst Scheid becomes chairman of the executive board and Dr. Michael Wilhelm has been appointed executive vice president.

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Management News related to Delphi to spin off its powertrain business

Management News related to Delphi to spin off its powertrain business

Delphi´s powertrain operations will become a separate publicly traded company.
The business unit works primarily in the optimization of drive systems.

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Bernd Eckl now responsible for Engine Systems, Components BU and group-wide quality assurance at Mahle Group

April 2017

Bernd Eckl now responsible for Engine Systems, Components BU and group-wide quality assurance at Mahle Group

Bernd Eckl, who was appointed by the MAHLE Group’s Supervisory Board to the Management Board of the MAHLE Group, with effect from January 1, 2017, succeeds Dr. Rudolf Paulik, who retires March 31, 2017. Effective from April 1, 2017 Mr. Bernd Eckl is responsible for the Engine Systems and Components business unit and for group-wide quality assurance. Until 2016 Mr. Eckl was Executive Vice President Sales, Marketing, Business Development at GETRAG.

 

Schaeffler appoints Matthias Zink as new member to its management board

Januar 2017

Schaeffler appoints Matthias Zink as new member to its management board

zinkWith effect from 1 January 2017 the Schaeffler supervisory board appointed Matthias Zink (46), Manager of the business unit Transmission Systems, as new member of the management board.

Matthias Zink is becoming successor of Norbert Indlekofer (58) whose contract has not been prolonged. Norbert Indlekofer has left the company on 31 December 2016.

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Dr Peter Mertens to become new AUDI Head of R&D

November 2016

Dr Peter Mertens to become new AUDI Head of R&D

mertensDr Peter Mertens
hitherto Senior Vice President
Research & Development, Volvo Cars, Sweden

moves to AUDI, taking over the same position.

Several media report that Dr Peter Mertens is going to be the new Head of Research and Development at AUDI. When this is going to be is not clear by now.

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November 2016

FEV expands and strengthens its E/E business

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Dr Thomas Hülshorst, Group Vice President Electronics and Electrification, FEV
Jürgen Ogrzewalla, Head of Business Unit Electronics and Electrification Europe, FEV

As a result of further expansion in the fields of alternative drives, connectivity and driver assistance systems (ADAS) at international engineering service provider FEV, Dr. Thomas Hülshorst has taken over global management of the electronics and electrification business unit. In his new position as group vice president electronics and electrification, he will report to the COO of FEV Group Holding GmbH, Dr. Ralf Marquard. FEV’s Jürgen Ogrzewalla has assumed responsibility for the activities of the business unit in Europe and, thus, assumes Hülshorst’s previous position, which he had held since 2012.

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ZF Board Member Rolf Lutz to Retire

August 2016

ZF Board Member Rolf Lutz to Retire

Rolf LutzRolf Lutz
Member of the Board of Management, responsible for Corporate Quality, Commercial Vehicle Technology, and the Region of South America, ZF Group

After 36 years at the ZF Group, Rolf Lutz will retire in the fall of 2016. As a member of the Board of Management, 64-year-old Lutz is currently responsible for Corporate Quality, Commercial Vehicle Technology and the Region of South America. In the last two years he also supervised the establishment of the ZF Real Estate Management. Lutz has in particular left his mark on ZF’s commercial vehicle business by driving internationalization and innovation in a variety of positions.

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July 2016

July 2016

Barb Samardzich Steven Armstrong

Barb Samardzich, Vice President and COO, Ford of Europe
Steven Armstrong, President, Ford South America

Barb Samardzich, Vice President and COO, Ford of Europe, has elected to retire Oct. 1.

Samardzich, has hold several leadership positions at Ford in the U.S. and Europe. As COO since November 2013, she was responsible for many Ford of Europe’s operations, including Manufacturing, Quality, Product Development, Purchasing, and Sustainability, Environment & Safety Engineering.

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Continental Hybrid Electric Vehicle and Transmission Business Units under New Leadership

Continental Hybrid Electric Vehicle and Transmission Business Units under New Leadership

At the international technology company Continental, two Business Units in the Powertrain Division are under new leadership.

Rudolf StarkRudolf Stark
former Head of the Transmission Business Unit taking over the Hybrid Electric Vehicle Business Unit   

Stephan Rebhan

Stephan Rebhan
Former Head of Development  moves to the top of the Transmission Business Unit

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Noel R. Mack

June 2016

mackNoel R. Mack,
was appointed Executive Director Truck Driveline Systems of AAM in June 2016 with global responsibility. Before that Noel Mack held the position of Director – Development of Great Wall Motors in Baoding, China.

Mihir Kotecha

kotechaMihir Kotecha,
CEO of GETRAG, has decided to leave GETRAG on 30 June 2016

Dr. Stephan Weng

GETRAG UntergruppenbachDr. Stephan Weng,
until now COO at GETRAG, is going to take over the responsibility of Mihir Kotecha as Executive Vice President of GETRAG and will be directly reporting to Jake Hirsch, President Magna Powertrain.

Bernd Eckl

ecklBernd Eckl, until now Executive Vice President Sales, Marketing, Business Development at GETRAG has also decided to leave the company. He was appointed by the MAHLE Group’s Supervisory Board to the Management Board of the MAHLE Group, with effect from January 1, 2017. During the first few months, he will familiarize himself before succeeding Dr. Rudolf Paulik (62) on April 1, 2017, following Dr. Paulik’s retirement on March 31, 2017. Mr. Bernd Eckl will be taking over his predecessor’s responsibility for the Engine Systems and Components business unit and for group-wide quality assurance.

Peter Seidl

Peter Seidl, Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing at GETRAG, is taking over the extended global Sales & Marketing tasks of Magna Powertrain, which are now involving the
Sales & Marketing organisation of GETRAG.

Andreas Englisch

April 2016

Andreas-Englisch

Schaeffler is expanding in the electric mobility sector. With the reorganization of Hybrid Drives business unit Andreas Englisch has been responsible for the restructured Hybrid Drives business unit since April 2016. He reports to Matthias Zink, President of the Transmission Systems business division. The Hybrid Drives business unit will comprise the product lines “Electric Axle”, “Hybrid Modules” and “CVT”.

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Chuck Gray, Ram Krishnaswami

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Charles Gray, Ram Krishnaswami

Jim Holland, Vice President, Vehicle Component and Systems Engineering, and Bob Fascetti, Vice President, Powertrain Engineering, appointed Charles Gray as new Director Electrical & Electric Systems Engineering effective April 1, 2016. Charles Gray follows Sherif Marakby who decided to leave the company to join Uber as vice president of global vehicle programs.

At the same time Ram Krishnaswami – until March Product Development Chief Engineer – Powertrain NVH – is appointed Director, Transmission and Driveline Engineering, replacing Charles Gray.

Dr Omar Hadded

March 2016

Dr Omar Hadded Dr Omar Hadded has taken over the position of Director Business Development at the engineering consultancy company Drive System Design Ltd (DSD) from begin of March this year. Before this he acted as consultant on business strategy and business development in automotive engineering and non-Executive Director Libralato Ltd, an innovation specialist in low carbon vehicle technologies. From June 2006 to July 2015 Hadded acted as Vice President of TATA Motors European Technical Centre plc.

Ernie DeVincent

February 2016

Ernest-DeVincentErnie DeVincent has taken over the position as Vice President, Engineering, Quality and Product Strategy of Meritor, Inc., effective Feb. 1. In this role, DeVincent has direct responsibility for Meritor’s global research and development activities, advanced product engineering, quality and product strategy development. Meritor is a global supplier of drivetrain, mobility, braking and aftermarket solutions for commercial vehicle and industrial markets.

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Rolf Najork

Rolf NajorkRolf Najork (53) has taken over the position of Chairmanship of the Executive Board and the responsibility for development at Bosch Rexroth AG at the begin of February this year. He follows Dr. Karl Tragl (53) who simultaneously left the company and followed a new direction. Before moving to Bosch Rexroth Rolf Najork was Managing Director of Heraeus Holding GmbH with responsibility for production, purchasing, and development.

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Jeff Lewis

January 2016

LewisIn January this year Jeff Lewis has taken over the position as Vice President of the Transmission & Driveline Business Unit at Ricardo US, a global engineering and environmental consultancy. Before this Lewis worked for AVL as Director Business Development for passenger car transmissions East Asia at AVL´s Shanghai branch and Affiliate Business Manager at AVL North America in the area of simulation and calibration.

Matthias Zink

Matthias ZinkThe Supervisory Board of Schaeffler AG appointed Matthias Zink (46), Global Head of the business division ‘Transmissions Systems’, as a member of the Executive Board of Schaeffler AG as of January 1, 2017. Matthias Zink will succeed Norbert Indlekofer (58), whose contract was not extended at his own request. Norbert Indlekofer will leave the company on December 31, 2016 and will continue to perform his role as Co-CEO of the Automotive division until that time.

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