Introduction of the Plenary Speakers

Introduction of the Plenary Speakers

SYMPOSIUM, DAY ONE | 5 Dezember 2017

Rolf Najork
President of the Executive Board,
Bosch Rexroth AG, Germany

Rolf Najork studied mechanical engineering at RWTH Aachen and after his examination to Graduate Engineer in 1991 started his career at Ford Werke AG, where he was intensively engaged in the development of automatic and dual clutch transmissions. As Division Manager Transmission Units and Electronic Controls he was also responsible for the electronification of purely mechanical components as well. In 2003, he was appointed as Executive Vice President Engineering at GETRAG Ford Transmissions GmbH. Five years later he accepted the responsibility for product development at GETRAG Corporate Group and in 2011 switched to the Schaeffler Group, where he headed the e-mobility, mechatronics, and R&D transmissions as a Member of the Executive Board Automotive. In 2013, he joined the Executive Management of the Heraeus technology group. As Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer he was responsible for production, purchasing, and development at Heraeus Holding GmbH. Rolf Najork has accepted the position of President of the Executive Board of Bosch Rexroth AG effective February 1, 2016 with responsibility for engineering, where he promotes the electronification of all drive technologies for integrated solutions in mobile and industrial applications.

Prof. Peter GutzmerProf. Dr Peter Gutzmer
Chief Technology Officer, Deputy CEO,
Schaeffler AG, Germany

Peter Gutzmer studied mechanical engineering at the University of Stuttgart, where he received his doctoral degree on the subject of internal combustion engines. After six years of research at the Research Institute of Automotive Engineering and Vehicle Engines in Stuttgart, he began his professional career at Porsche in 1984, where he assumed various project management and leadership responsibilities for engine and vehicle development. In his last position, he acted as deputy to the Member of the Management Board for Development. In 2001, Prof. Dr Gutzmer joined the Schaeffler Group as Member of the Management Board for Technical Product Development. From 2002 to 2006, he also acted as Chairman of the Management Board of LuK in Bühl. From 2009 to 2011, he once again assumed further responsibilities as Head of the Engine Systems Business Unit in Continental’s Powertrain Division. He restructured this unit and initiated various joint strategic projects between Schaeffler and Continental. When the company’s legal entity changed to Schaeffler AG in 2011, he became Chief Technology Officer and, in December 2013, he was appointed as a Member of the Supervisory Board of Continental AG. In June 2014, Prof. Dr Gutzmer was appointed Deputy CEO of Schaeffler AG.

Dr Wolfgang Warnecke
Chief Scientist Mobility,
Shell, Germany

Wolfgang Warnecke studied mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Hannover (specialising in automotive combustion engines), and gained a PhD in Automotive Engineering from Hamburg Technical University in 1987. Since joining Shell on graduation, Dr Warnecke has gained extensive experience both in Germany and the UK as a scientist and business leader in the field of lubricant development, in engine testing and vehicle technology, in technical services for lubricants, and in fuels marketing. He had led both automotive fuels and lubricants development in Hamburg before global management roles in lubricants and, more
recently, retail and automotive fuels development. In 2005, Dr Warnecke, together with Dr Wolfgang Steiger of Volkswagen were awarded the “Professor Ferdinand Porsche Prize” for their work on synthetic fuels development. Dr Wolfgang Warnecke was appointed as Chief Scientist of Mobility for Shell in May 2011. His expertise in all forms of mobility, vehicle technology, fuels and lubricants sees him advising on technology strategy, championing science, R&D and innovation.

beikerDr Sven Beiker
Founder and Managing Director, Silicon Valley Mobility, LLC, USA
Lecturer in Management, Stanford Graduate School of Business, USA

Dr Sven Beiker is the Founder and Managing Director of Silicon Valley Mobility, a consulting and advisory firm serving startups, venture/consulting firms, and corporations to understand trends in mobility. The firm specialises in market sizing and implementation roadmaps for mobility topics. Dr Beiker brings to bear his well over 20 years of experience gained during his tenure at McKinsey & Company, Stanford University, and the BMW Group. In addition to his consulting business, Dr Beiker is a Lecturer at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University where he instructs students on strategies for startups and corporations in the field of automated, connected, electrified, and shared mobility. He also serves as the Automotive/Mobility Advisor for the German American Chamber of Commerce in San Francisco and as a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for the Lecture Notes in Mobility of Springer Science+Business Media.

codaAlessandro Coda
Chief Technology Officer,
CLEPA – The European Association of Automotive Suppliers, Belgium

Alessandro Coda graduated with full marks in electronic engineering at the Turin Polytechnic in May 1987, followed by various positions at the FIAT Research Centre, in Italy, and at FIAT Auto where he worked as General Manager for Methodologies, Intellectual Properties and Regulations (2004 – 2005) and for Innovation Projects (2001 – 2003). Before joining CLEPA, he served, since 2006, as Research Coordinator and temporarily as Acting Director at EUCAR (European Council for Automotive R&D) in Brussels, where he coordinated the research and innovation activities of the European vehicle manufacturers. In 2016 Alessandro Coda joined CLEPA, taking up the new role of Chief Technology Officer. Bringing almost three decades of experience in automotive research and engineering expertise, he
oversees all technical operations at CLEPA, including both the Research and Innovation and Technical Regulations Departments.

Marc Ritter,
EMEA Automotive Partnerships,
Google Germany GmbH

SYMPOSIUM, DAY TWO | 6 Dezember 2017

sommerDr Stefan Sommer
ZF Friedrichshafen AG, Germany

Stefan Sommer completed his studies in mechanical engineering at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum and gained his PhD at the professorship for Process and Control Technology. He began his professional career in 1994 as Development Engineer at ITT Automotive Europe. In 1997 he transferred to Continental Automotive Systems where he had held various positions in the field of Electronics, Sensor Technology and Occupant Protection prior to his appointment as Vice President Profit Center EBS Systems and Senior Vice President EBS Customer Center in 2007. In 2008, Dr Sommer was appointed Member of the Board of Management at ZF Sachs AG where he was responsible for Suspension Division. Afterwards (2010 – 2012) he became Member of the Board of Management at ZF Group with responsibility for Materials Management. Dr Sommer has been Chief Executive Officer of ZF Friedrichshafen AG since May 1, 2012. In this position, he is directly responsible for some corporate functions, the domain function Research & Development and the Division ZF Aftermarket.


nielsenAnders Nielsen
Chief Technical Officer,
Volkswagen Truck & Bus AB, Sweden

Anders Nielsen began his career in 1995 as Plant Manager for gearbox production at Scania, later (1997 – 2002) he overviewed the cab production. In 2002, he became Technical Director at Scania Latin America, before he was appointed Senior Vice President of Chassi and Cab Production at Scania in 2006. From 2010 to 2012, Anders Nielsen was Executive Vice President Production and Logistics, afterwards he became CEO at MAN Truck & Bus AG until 2015. He then changed to Volkswagen Truck & Bus where he was appointed Head of Business Development. Since 2016, Anders Nielsen is Chief Technical Officer and as a member of the
senior leadership team of Volkswagen Truck & Bus responsible for the research & development activities across the Volkswagen Truck & Bus Group.

Lipeng ZhengLipeng Zheng
Vice President and Project Director,
Great Wall Motor Transmission Research Institute, China

Lipeng Zheng started his professional career as engineer at the Great Wall Motor (GWM) R&D Center in 2006. In 2009, he became Section Leader of the GWM Transmission Research Institute before he was appointed Leader of the GWM Transmission Research Institute Technical Development Department in 2012. In the following year, Lipeng Zheng was named Director of the GWM Transmission Research Institute DCT project and he earned the position of Vice-President of Transmission Research Institute since 2015, where he is responsible for automatic transmission and hybrid transmission development.

Tatsuya OsoneTatsuya Osone
Vice President Advanced Technology Development and CTO,
Jatco Ltd, Japan

Tatsuya Osone started his career in 1991 as Engineer of Hydraulic Control System and Electrical Components in Nissan Motor Company and later Engineer of Field Engineering Service in the USA. From 2002 to 2005, he transferred to Jatco as engineer in the CVT unit experimental group. In 2006, he became Chief Engineer of RWD Hybrid Transmission Development at Nissan. From 2011 to 2013, Tatsuya Osone held the position General Manager and Chief Project Engineer of FWD Hybrid Transmission Development at Nissan. In 2014, he took over the position as General Manager of the Hardware System Development Department at Jatco. Last year, Tatsuya Osone was appointed Vice President. In this position, he is responsible for the Advanced Technology Development Department and the Hardware System Development Department. He was also appointed Chief Technical Officer from this April.

ScheiderWolf-Henning Scheider
Chairman of the Management Board and CEO,
Mahle Group, Germany

Wolf-Henning Scheider completed his Master in Business Administration in 1987 from Saarland University in Saarbrücken and Technical University (RWTH) in Aachen. After graduating, he joined Robert Bosch GmbH as a trainee. In 1989, he took over responsibility for several functions at Bosch Power Tools and was promoted to Vice President Sales of Bosch Power Tools in France in 1995. In 1999 he moved on to Bosch Car Multimedia Division, where he first held the position of Senior Vice President (Sales and Marketing) and later was appointed President of the whole division. He then became President of the Gasoline Systems Division. In 2010,
Wolf-Henning Scheider was appointed member of the Board of Management of Robert Bosch GmbH and by July 2013 was responsible for the activities of the Automotive Group. He joined the MAHLE Group in April 2015. Wolf-Henning Scheider was appointed Chairman of the Management Board and CEO of the MAHLE Group from July 2015.