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Joerg Astalosch was born in Germany in 1972. His career within the Volkswagen Group began in 1988 in Wolfsburg. After an apprenticeship and studies he worked in various roles in Procurement and General Management.
From 1999 he worked for the CEO of the Volkswagen AG, from 2002 for the Chairman of the Supervisory Board. In 2004 Astalosch was appointed Head of Controlling and Finance of Audi of America and Audi Canada; from 2007 he worked as a General Secretary to Rupert Stadler at Audi AG.
Later that year he started to work again for the Chairman of the Supervisory Board. From 2012 to 2014 he was Chief Financial Officer at MAN Truck & BUS AG, Munich, where he was responsible for controlling, accounting, IT, legal, export control & foreign trade issues and treasury.
From mid 2014 to 2015 he worked again directly for Volkswagen Group’s Supervisory Board Chairman.
He has been the CEO of Italdesign since September 2015.
Kristina ChurchDirector, European Equity Research
Kristina Church is a Director within the Equity Research team at Barclays, based in London. She is responsible for the coverage of the European Automotive sector and joined Barclays in June 2009. She has been covering the automotive sector as an equity analyst for 8+ years.
Kristina joined Barclays from Citigroup where she was also responsible for research analysis on the Automotive sector. Prior to that, Kristina qualified as a chartered accountant (ACA) at Deloitte.
She graduated with a Degree in Literae Humaniores (Classics) from Oxford University.
Brigitte CourtehouxHead of Mobility Services BU
Brigitte Courtehoux is Head of the Connected Services and New Mobility Business Unit within PSA Group.
She started her career at PSA Group in 1998. She successively managed new engines and project planning for the Citroën C5. She later worked in the field of quality insurance, for the Citroën C3 Picasso and at a corporate level. Before her current position, she acted as project manager for the Peugeot 2008.
Brigitte Courtehoux is a graduate from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Physique in Grenoble, France.
In 2015 she was awarded ‘Woman of the Year' by Women and vehicles in Europe.
Luca de MeoPresident
Luca de Meo is the President of SEAT, S.A., a position he was appointed to in November 2015.
Mr. de Meo graduated in business administration at the Universita Commerciale Luigi Bocconi di Milano, and has more than 20 years’ experience in the automotive sector.
He started his career at Renault before moving to Toyota Europe and then joined Fiat Group, where he headed the brands Lancia, Fiat and Alfa Romeo. He joined the Volkswagen Group in 2009 as head of marketing for both Volkswagen passenger cars brand and Volkswagen Group. In 2012, he was appointed to the position of board member for sales and marketing at AUDI AG. He is also a member of the supervisory boards of Ducati and Lamborghini and chairman of the board of Volkswagen Group Italia.
Stefano DomenicaliChairman & CEO
Stefano Domenicali is Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Automobili Lamborghini. He has covered several important roles in Ferrari from 1991 to 2014.
He became Vice President New Business Initiatives at Audi in November 2014 before taking over his current role at Lamborghini in 2016. He is also President of the F.I.A. Single Seater Commission.
Ford of Europe
Jim Farley is executive vice president and president, Europe Middle East and Africa, Ford Motor Company.
Previously, Farley served as executive vice president of Global Marketing, Sales and Service. In this role he led the company’s drive to connect more closely with customers through integrated global marketing, advertising, digital communications, brand development and research.
He also was instrumental in leading the ongoing transformation of Lincoln, setting it on a path for growth as a world-class luxury brand and customer experience. He was appointed to lead global marketing, sales and service in August 2010, and it marked the first time Ford had a single global leader for marketing, sales and service. He also held operating responsibility as the senior global leader for Lincoln from December 2012 to August 2014.
Prior to that, Farley was group vice president, global marketing and Canada, Mexico and South America. He had added responsibility for Ford’s operations in Canada, Mexico and South America in September 2009. Farley joined Ford in November 2007. Since joining the company, he led Ford’s drive to connect even more closely with customers through integrated global marketing, advertising, digital communications, brand development, advanced product strategy and research. In addition to his global marketing role, he led the company’s global sales and service operations.
Farley, born in 1962, attended Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., where he earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and computer science, and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where he completed his MBA with a focus in finance. Farley and his wife, Lia, have three children.
Didier LeroyExecutive Vice President, Chief Competitive Officer,
President Business Unit Toyota 1
Mr Leroy began his career in the automotive industry in 1982 with Renault, where he held a number of senior positions at their production plants over a 16-year term.
Mr Leroy joined Toyota Motor Manufacturing France (TMMF) in September 1998 as Vice-President in charge of Manufacturing.
In April 2010, Didier Leroy was appointed Chief Quality Officer, serving as Europe's representative in the newly established Special Committee for Global Quality, chaired by TMC President Toyoda.
In July 2010, he was appointed President of Toyota Motor Europe, also retaining his responsibilities of TMC Managing Officer and Chief Quality Officer.
In April 2015, Mr Leroy was appointed President of Toyota No. 1, which covers R&D, manufacturing and sales for the North American and European regions; the Japan Sales Business Group; and the Product Planning, Design and Motorsports functions related to the Toyota No.1 regional scope. He was also appointed Chairman of Toyota Motor Europe.
In June 2015, he has become the first non-Japanese Executive Vice President of Toyota Motor Corporation and a member of the board of directors of the company.
In April 2016, he was made Chief Competitive Officer of TMC, tasked with boosting the global competitiveness of Toyota.
Born in December 1957, Mr Leroy enjoys playing soccer, test driving cars, jogging, skiing, and river canyoning with his family. He is married with a son and daughter.
Gilles NormandEVP Electric vehicles
Biography coming soon.
Kristin SchondorfGlobal Automotive & Transportation Mobility Leader
Kristin Schondorf is an executive director at EY’s Advisory services practice leading the Automotive and Transportation Mobility practice.
Ms. Schondorf spent over 20 years at Ford Motor Company. From 2012 to 2013 she was the dedicated global lead to define Ford’s overall vision on the future of mobility: determining how to address key macro societal and environmental issues such as “global gridlock” and outlining the fundamental near/mid and long-term technologies required to deliver the plan.
Ms. Schondorf is viewed as a “Mobility Thought Leader” and is asked to speak at numerous events including the 2012 SAE World Congress Panel on Mobility. She is a regular guest lecturer at MIT and her extensive network includes numerous start-ups, small companies, and major technology innovators including IBM, Cisco, Qualcomm, Apple and Google.
Also at Ford, Ms. Schondorf created and restructured groups, and worked extensively with product development processes. Her projects included the rebranding of Lincoln as a luxury brand.
Prior to joining EY, Ms. Schondorf was director of Fiat Chrysler Automobile’s fuel economy and greenhouse gas plan, where she provided direction for a fleet-compliant robust plan to meet future regulations in the most cost-effective manner.
Ms. Schondorf holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in mechanical engineering with a minor in French from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Jochen SengpiehlVice President marketing
Biography coming soon.
Alain VisserSenior Vice President
LYNK & CO.
Born in Belgium, Alain Visser started his career in the automobile industry in 1986, where he worked his way up to various senior positions at Ford, including president and managing director, Ford Benelux. He is now vice president of global marketing, sales, service and PR at LYNK & CO. Before joining Geely, he served as vice president of marketing, sales and customer service at Volvo, globally.
For the last two years, Mr. Visser has been named in the top ten most influential chief marketing officers (CMOs) in the world, by Forbes Magazine – for his honest and forthright approach in making big changes within the automotive industry.
Mr. Visser also worked at General Motors' Rüsselsheim, Germany HQ for eight years. His roles there included chief marketing officer and vice president of sales, marketing and aftersales at Opel/Vauxhall. He was also a member of the board of Adam Opel AG.
Alain Visser holds a masters of science from the University of Antwerp, as well as an MBA from Duke University in North Carolina, and speaks six languages, including Italian, English, French and German.
Hildegard WortmannSenior Vice President Brand BMW
Hildegard Wortmann has a strong international background in global marketing, branding and communication as well as product strategy.
Having studied business science Hildegard also holds an MBA (London).
She started her career with Unilever where she held various positions in product and international brand management in several countries and finally moved on to the luxury goods business of Calvin Klein at Unilever.
Entering BMW Group in 1998 she was in charge of the MINI relaunch and global brand management, which is still considered an iconic brand case. From 2010 until May 2016 she was responsible for the worldwide product management for BMW.
Since June 2016 Hildegard has headed the newly created division “Brand BMW”, which encompasses product management, brand management and marketing services.
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