Dynamics expert joins ZF’s board


ZF’s supervisory board has appointed Dr Martin Fischer as a new member of its board of management. The 49-year-old, who holds a PhD in electrical engineering, is expected to join the board on 1 November, 2019, and will take over from Dr Franz Kleiner at the start of 2020, who will then retire.

“Dr Martin Fischer has worked in leading functions with major automotive suppliers for around two decades, many years of which were also spent in the USA. During this time, he gathered extensive experience in electronics,” stated Dr Franz-Josef Paefgen, chairman of ZF’s supervisory board. “Following his positions in the areas of body electronics, chassis electronics and driver-assist systems, he most recently shaped the transformation from conventional to electrified transmissions and as such is very well versed in the challenges facing our industry today.”

Dr Fischer studied engineering at the Technical University in Darmstadt, where he also received his doctorate in electrical engineering in 1999. Following a graduate programme at Siemens Automotive, he took over a range of responsibilities including the product areas of chassis electronics and wireless products at Siemens VDO Automotive, before joining automotive supplier Hella in 2006. At Hella, Fischer held a range of top management roles in its electronics business – initially in Germany and then from 2007 in the USA.

In 2014, Fischer joined US automotive supplier, BorgWarner, where he served as vice president and general manager of the turbocharger division for Europe and South America. In 2018, he became president and general manager of the group’s global transmissions systems business unit, headquarted in Detroit, USA.

Based in Livonia, Detroit, Dr Fischer will succeed Dr Franz Kleiner on the ZF board of management from January 1, 2020, and will take over his responsibilities for electronics and ADAS, as well as active and passive safety systems, the North and South America regions, as well as corporate quality.

“As a Member of the board of Mmanagement for ZF’s US location, Dr Franz Kleiner made crucial decisions concerning the rapid integration of TRW, acquired in 2015. He therefore made a significant contribution to ZF’s corporate success,” said chairman of ZF’s supervisory board, Dr Franz-Josef Paefgen. “On behalf of the entire supervisory board, I would like to offer my sincere thanks and wish him all the best for this new stage in his life.”

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