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September 1, 2022

Benjamin Krieger becomes CLEPA Secretary General

Europe’s automotive components trade association has a new executive head

By David Leggett

Effective today, the European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA) welcomes Mr Benjamin Krieger as its new Secretary General. Mr Krieger succeeds Ms Sigrid de Vries, who held the position for the past five years.

Benjamin Krieger

The appointment was announced on 9 June in Brussels during the association’s annual General Assembly by Mr Thorsten Muschal, CLEPA President and EVP Sales & Program Management at Forvia Group.

Originally from Germany, Benjamin has led CLEPA’s government affairs department over the last four years, focusing on carbon and pollutant emissions standards, the wider sustainability agenda, digitalisation of mobility, international trade, and competitiveness.

“I am both pleased and honoured to take on the role of Secretary General at CLEPA during such a transformative time. Today, automotive suppliers are confronting unique challenges, undergoing the twin transition towards digitalisation and climate neutrality, in an unpredictable economic environment. The role of the vehicle in society may be changing, but mobility, and specifically personal mobility, will stay important in the future. We stand ready to contribute to a balanced debate on the responsibilities but also society’s needs for mobility.”

About Benjamin Krieger

Benjamin Krieger has worked in EU policy and communications for the past 15 years. A journalist by training, Benjamin started his career in the European Parliament, first managing the office of a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) and later becoming the spokesperson to a delegation of 12 MEPs. He also worked as a consultant advising clients on a broad range of topics at the intersection of sustainability, digitalisation and trade across different sectors. Most recently, Mr Krieger led government affairs at CLEPA.

Originally from Germany, Mr Krieger speaks English, German and French.

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