Stefan Sommer

Stefan Sommer

Former ZF CEO Stefan Sommer (55) has been appointed as VW Group member with responsibility for Procurement effective latest January 1, 2019.

Sommer was Chief Executive Officer of ZF Friedrichshafen AG until the end of 2017. In his new function he succeeds Dr. Francisco Javier Garcia Sanz, who left the company in April at his own request. ZF described Sommer's swift exit at the end of last year as "separation by consensus."

Volkswagen has overhauled its management board in the wake of the 'dieselgate' scandal. Also, last week, it said it was reorganising its components business to become an independent corporate entity under the umbrella of VW AG from January 2019.

"The realignment process which is currently in progress is focusing on aspects such as changes in the structure of the business areas, slimmer management and board systems and a group-wide added value strategy," the automaker said in a statement.

Dr. Stefan Sommer holds a Ph.D. in engineering, specialising in automation.

He began his professional career in 1994 as a development engineer at ITT Automotive Group Europe GmbH in Frankfurt am Main. In 1997 he moved to Continental Automotive Systems in Hanover as Director Electronics & Sensor Development. After occupying several positions in the Continental Group, the last of which being Senior Vice President EBS Customer Center, he was appointed to the Board of Directors at ZF Sachs AG in Schweinfurt, taking charge of the suspension division. In 2010 he became the member of the Board of Management of ZF Friedrichshafen AG with responsibility for materials management. Sommer was named Deputy Chief Executive Officer of ZF Friedrichshafen AG in January 2012, and served as Chief Executive Officer of ZF Friedrichshafen AG from May 2012 until the end of 2017.

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