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Skoda Auto appoints Thomas Schäfer as Chairman of the Board

New Delhi: Skoda Auto on Monday introduced that Thomas Schäfer has taken over as the Chairman of the Board with instant impact.

In this place, he succeeds Bernhard Maier, who’s handing over the workplace to his successor after nearly 5 years at the helm, the carmaker said in a launch.

Schäfer started his profession in the automotive business at Daimler AG in 1991. He held numerous administration positions in the areas of manufacturing and high quality administration in Germany, the USA and South Africa till 2002.

From 2002 to 2005, he was a founding member of Daimler Chrysler Malaysia as Board Member for Technology, the place he expanded and restructured the company’s gross sales, manufacturing, and provider base.

At Daimler AG in Germany, Schäfer was answerable for automobile deliveries, buyer centres and the world xKD enterprise in rising markets between 2005 and 2012. In addition to establishing new vegetation, he was additionally answerable for planning and technique and worldwide logistics for all international vegetation.

In 2011, his principal duties included managing the Mercedes-Benz plant building mission in cooperation with BAIC in China. In May 2012, Schäfer moved to Volkswagen AG, the place he initially headed the Group’s International Production and was answerable for xKD tasks and negotiations on new manufacturing websites.

Since 2015, he has served as Chairman and Managing Director of Volkswagen Group South Africa, answerable for the improvement of the Group manufacturers in the sub-Saharan Africa area.

Throughout his five-year tenure, he persistently promoted the growth of the gross sales community, elevated vendor profitability and led the Group manufacturers Volkswagen, Audi and VW Commercial Vehicles to the present file market share of 23.5 p.c.

The company said that under the management of Thomas Schäfer, the Volkswagen Group has considerably developed and strengthened its place in sub-Saharan Africa. “Building new production sites, entering into new cooperation agreements with importers and developing mobility concepts for Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda and Ghana have also contributed to this,” added the automaker.

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