As the customer can buy any car, never forget that you carry a great responsibility to the people who buy the cars and drive them.
Q: What was your first automotive job and why were you interested in the industry?
A: I started with Daimler in 1991. In my first job, I joined the planning team that was in charge of the production lines for the S-class bodyshop.
Q: GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT?
A: Launch of the Mercedes S-class hybrid (S400).
Q: BIGGEST FAILURE AND WHAT IT TAUGHT YOU?
A: Failures are to learn from not to dwell upon.
Q: WHAT ABOUT THE AUTO INDUSTRY SURPRISED YOU?
A: What amazes me is the everyday flexibility and willingness to optimize and reinvent the most complex and innovative product in the industry for the customer. That makes things fun and challenging.
Q: WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT CHALLENGE AT WORK?
A: To build up a new manufacturing plant, in a new location for Mercedes, with new people and with two brand-new Mercedes models. In Hungary we will produce an excellent quality from the start. In order to achieve this, we are currently setting up a benchmark production facility while also training our new employees very intensely.
Q: WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE YOU HAVE EVER RECEIVED?
A: The people you work with are your most valuable asset.
Q: WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO A PERSON CONSIDERING A CAREER IN THE AUTO INDUSTRY?
A: Be passionate about cars. Enjoy working with people. As the customer can buy any car, never forget that you carry a great responsibility to the people who buy the cars and drive them.
Q: IF YOU WERE CEO OF A COMPANY WHAT WOULD YOU DO FIRST?
A: Analyze, plan then work all the while making sure that I keep both feet on the ground.
Q: WHAT JOB DO YOU REALLY WANT TO HAVE IN THE FUTURE?
A: I am focused on doing my current job well. The future will take care of itself.
Q: WHAT DO YOU DO TO RELAX?
A: I like to run and spend time with my family.
Q: FIRST CAR?
A: Dark red 1968 VW bug.
Q: CURRENT CAR?
A: Mercedes S350.