Skoda has appointed a brand new CEO to exchange Bernhard Maier and his title is Thomas Schäfer, a former chairman of Volkswagen Group South Africa.
Thomas Schäfer, who takes over as Chairman of the Board at Skoda Auto with instant impact, has been with Volkswagen AG since Might 2012, the place he headed the Group’s Worldwide Manufacturing and was liable for xKD initiatives and negotiations on new manufacturing websites.
Since 2015, he has served as Chairman and Managing Director of Volkswagen Group South Africa, liable for the event of the Group manufacturers within the sub-Saharan Africa area. Throughout his time there, he led the Volkswagen, Audi and VW Business Autos manufacturers to the present document market share of 23.5 per cent.
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After 5 years of pioneering progress, it’s with a heavy coronary heart that we bid farewell to Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) Chairman & Managing Director Thomas Schaefer.
He’s now the International CEO for @skodaautonews.
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— VWSAnews (@VWSAnews) August 3, 2020
Schäfer has additionally overseen the Volkswagen Group’s growth and consolidation of its place in sub-Saharan Africa. The corporate constructed new manufacturing websites, entered into new cooperation agreements with importers and developed mobility concepts for Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda and Ghana.
Previous to his transfer to Volkswagen AG in 2012, Thomas Schäfer labored for Daimler AG, the place he started his profession within the automotive business in 1991 as a professional mechanical engineer. Till 2002, he held numerous administration positions within the areas of manufacturing and high quality administration in Germany, the USA and South Africa. From 2002 to 2005, he was a founding member of DaimlerChrysler Malaysia as Board Member for Know-how, the place he expanded and restructured the corporate’s gross sales, manufacturing, and provider base.
From 2005 to 2012, he labored for Daimler AG in Germany the place he was liable for automobile deliveries, buyer facilities and the worldwide xKD enterprise in rising markets. His obligations included organising new crops, planning and technique, in addition to worldwide logistics for all overseas crops. In 2011, his foremost duties included managing the Mercedes-Benz plant construction project in cooperation with BAIC in China.
For now, not a lot is thought about Schäfer’s plans for Skoda. In line with labor unions, which are traditionally strong at Skoda Auto, it’s unclear what his appointment will imply for the route of the Czech carmaker.