The head of sales of ZF TRW, Peter Lake, has become a new member of the board of management of ZF Friedrichshafen AG and is now also responsible for corporate market in the ZF Group. Lake, 59, has been head of sales and business development at what is now ZF TRW in Livonia near Detroit since 2002. He contributed significantly to the integration of the British automotive supplier Lucas-Varity into what was then TRW Automotive.

“We are pleased that an absolute sales and integration expert is taking over this important position on the board of management,” said ZF chief executive officer Stefan Sommer. “Thanks to his long-standing experience in international customer business, he is the perfect fit for the worldwide marketing of ZF’s product portfolio which was expanded through the acquisition.”

Sommer remains responsible for ZF’s service business as well as for research and development of the technology company but is handing over responsibility for corporate market to Lake.?

Lake started his career at Lucas in 1978.

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