There were many very interesting new challenges. BU ES became BU EE and we as the strategy team had to take over tasks for the whole new Division E as an intermediate solution. I was responsible for the first strategy being developed for Division E and coordinated the work of the formerly separate BU’s, which now had to act together as a team.
Only a few months later, I got the incredible chance to take over the newly set up position of “Head of Strategy, Business Development, M&A” for Division E and thus, I moved from Auerbach to Schweinfurt. This was a big step for me as I was suddenly responsible for more than just the former EE business and I had to establish network and rapport with the new colleagues. Since this time I faced a lot of very interesting topics and I love to be involved in shaping the future of ZF. Because the project-load and the topics in Division E have now reached a level where I cannot do everything by myself, it is time to build up my team and from November 2017 onwards I will have two colleagues on my side to face the new challenges. I’m looking forward to the new chances and opportunities that e-mobility brings to the automotive industry, to ZF, to Division E and also to myself. I am convinced that the automotive industry faces imminent disruption from connectivity, autonomous driving, and electrification, as well as shared mobility that will offer opportunities we cannot even visualize today. This is exactly the reason why we need a solid strategy and good business development capabilities!
By doing my work I always try to live the new leadership logic: agile, fast and innovative. I believe in young creative thinkers. Ideas should not be limited by department borders or responsibilities; rather, they should be supported by the entire organization.