Schaeffler says Martin Klein is heading its Automotive Aftermarket Sales in Central Europe, Middle East, and Africa.

The business economist assumed the newly-created position effective 1 April, 2021 and is responsible for a total of 44 countries.

In addition, Klein will also take over the tasks of Stefan Knaack, VP Global Key Account Management Schaeffler Automotive Aftermarket, who has been responsible for the Western Europe region (Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the Benelux countries).

“The structure of the automotive aftermarket will change over the next five to ten years,” said Schaeffler Automotive Aftermarket CEO, Michael Soeding.

“The aftermarket ecosystem is evolving rapidly. It is therefore even more important for us to position ourselves in a future-oriented way in order to secure our leading position in the aftermarket.”

For his part, Automotive Aftermarket EMEA president, Sascha Lechner, added: “With Martin Klein, we have gained an internationally experienced and customer-oriented sales manager, who will lead our business in Central Europe, Middle East and Africa in an even more focused and efficient way.”

The focus of Klein’s business activities will be on sustainable and stable further development of sales activities.

“Our goal is to provide our customers with the best support possible when facing upcoming challenges such as technological change and digitisation,” said Klein.

“Therefore, we are intensifying our collaboration with our customers to understand their respective requirements and needs even better and to derive tailored solutions.”

Klein has more than 25 years of international sales and management experience. Most recently, he worked for 17 years as managing director and EVP for the Euro-Russia business units at Motul Deutschland, a manufacturer of lubricants for automotive and industrial applications.

In the new role, Klein reports directly to Sascha Lechner.