I am in charge of all technical aspects involved in turning our plants into highly specialized competence centers that can adapt quickly to changing the market requirements.
Q: What was your first automotive job and why were you interested in the industry?
A: I started as a toolmaker trainee for injection molding tools at a German company called Wiesauplast in 1995. I was fascinated with the way parts were produced.
Q: GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT?
A: Successfully restructuring Dr. Schneider's main plant in Neuses to optimize material flow. During this reorientation my team replaced more than 60 injection machines without an effect on deliveries.
Q: WHAT ABOUT THE AUTO INDUSTRY SURPRISED YOU?
A: It's great to have good ideas, but to succeed you have to look at the big picture. That means you must always consider the complete process of the supply chain. This is the only way to be successful.
Q: WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT CHALLENGE AT WORK?
A: I am in charge of all technical aspects involved in turning our plants into highly specialized competence centers that can adapt quickly to the changing market requirements. I also have to make sure we have the right people in the right jobs.
Q: WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE YOU HAVE EVER RECEIVED?
A: It comes from my mentor, Josef Schmidt, the founder of the Schmidt College: "Always remember that machinery, equipment and systems may offer possibilities, but only people perform the actions."
Q: WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO A PERSON CONSIDERING A CAREER IN THE AUTO INDUSTRY?
A: I would provide the same advice I received: Experience shows that only the people determine the success of a company.
Q: IF YOU WERE CEO OF A COMPANY WHAT WOULD YOU DO FIRST?
A: On the first day, I would print out this quote from Hermann Josef Abs, put it on my desk and act accordingly: "To make profits for a company is as important as the air we breathe. It would be sad if we were only on the Earth to breathe air. It would be just as sad to lead companies only to make profits. The profits must be the result of our other aims."
Q: WHAT JOB DO YOU REALLY WANT TO HAVE IN THE FUTURE?
A: I'm very happy in my current job. However, my goal is to have a job that provides me with a lot of responsibility in either the production or technical area.
Q: WHAT DO YOU DO TO RELAX?
A: I like to sit in the garden (sometimes drinking a Bavarian beer) and let my mind run free.
Q: FIRST CAR?
A: VW Jetta.
Q: CURRENT CAR?
A: BMW 3 series.