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New CEO of ŠKODA AUTO

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From 1 July 2022 , the new Chairman of the Board of Management of ŠKODA AUTO a . s . will be Klaus Zellmer , who is currently the Volkswagen brand Board member responsible for sales , marketing and after sales . Current ŠKODA AUTO CEO , Thomas Schäfer , will take over as Chairman of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen brand on 1 July 2022 , at the same time moving up to the Group Board of Management and becoming head of the ‘ Volume ’ brand group .
“ Thomas Schäfer has guided the company safely through two extremely challenging years and at the same time formulated a clear plan for the future with the NEXT LEVEL – ŠKODA STRATEGY 2030 . Today , ŠKODA AUTO is more electric , digital and international than ever . Thomas Schäfer has laid the foundations for a promising future for the ŠKODA brand by successfully launching the electric ENYAQ iV and other planned e-models , taking on responsibility for regions and platforms for the Volkswagen Group and successfully implementing the INDIA 2.0 project . I would like to thank him for this on behalf of the entire Supervisory Board ,” said Murat Aksel , Chairman of the ŠKODA AUTO Supervisory Board .
“ At the same time , I am delighted that we have been able to recruit one of our most high-profile managers to ŠKODA AUTO . Klaus Zellmer has more than 20 years ’ experience in the industry . During this time , he has not only distinguished himself as a leading automotive expert but has also demonstrated great strategic and entrepreneurial foresight . I am convinced that , alongside the Board team , he will do everything in his power to continue to systematically advance ŠKODA AUTO ’ s successful development ,” he added .
Klaus Zellmer , who earned a degree in business administration , began his professional career in 1997 as an assistant to a Member of the Board of Porsche AG . In 1999 , he moved to Porsche France to work in sales network development , subsequently taking over as area manager for North America . In 2000 , as project manager , he oversaw the development of the sales and marketing areas relating to the new Porsche plant in Leipzig . After managing the customer centre at the Porsche plant , Zellmer became head of marketing at Porsche Germany in 2007 . He then rose to the position of Chairman of the Board of Management in 2010 .
In 2015 , Zellmer joined Porsche Cars
Klaus Zellmer .
North America in Atlanta , USA , as President & CEO . Since 15 September 2020 , Klaus Zellmer has been the member of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand responsible for sales , marketing and after sales .
Despite the semiconductor shortage and coronavirus pandemic , ŠKODA AUTO delivered 878,200 vehicles to customers worldwide in the 2021 fiscal year . Newly launched models include the FABIA and the refreshed KODIAQ . The ENYAQ iV is the brand ’ s first all-electric SUV ; an added coupé variant is the ENYAQ COUPÉ iV . n

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Joe Potesta , of Indianapolis , for more than two decades . In and Craig Reehten , of St . Louis , addition to an associate degree were selected earlier this year in applied science from Ivy for two positions on the field Tech Community College and a staff of the International Training Bachelor ’ s Degree in Education Institute ( ITI ), the education arm from the National Labour of the unionised sheet metal , College , he holds multiple air conditioning and welding industry certifications . For the industry ( in the USA ). past several years , Potesta has
Potesta will serve on the been a consultant for ITI as an welding team , working to OSHA instructor . educate instructors and training Reehten has been a member directors across the country of Sheet Metal Workers Local as well as with Accredited Test 36 in St . Louis since 2004 Facilities ( ATFs ) in the Northeast after serving a decade in the Welding Region . Reehten will U . S . Navy . After working as a provide curriculum support and foreman and testing , adjusting training to educators at the and balancing ( TAB ) technician training facilities across the and supervisor , Reehten United States and Canada , in was hired by Local 36 to addition to working on Ventilation become an apprenticeship Verification and indoor air quality programme instructor . He initiatives . earned an associate degree Potesta , a second-generation from Southwestern Illinois sheet metal worker , was College and maintains industry previously the director of certifications . training at Sheet Metal Workers In 2021 , Reehten was elected Local 20 in Indianapolis and vice president of Local 36 . n has been active with the local

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