Germany: Bosch top executive quits to lead Mahle rival image

Robert Bosch’s chief of the automotive division, Wolf-Henning Scheider, has opted to resign from the ranks of the largest supplier globally in order to lead its smaller local competitor Mahle, a producer of engine parts.

Scheider, 52, had been working for Bosch since 1987 and became responsible for the entire automotive unit in July 2013, sharing leadership responsibilities with veteran fellow Bosch executives Rolf Bulander and Dirk Hoheisel. The company announced that following the departure of its executive, full responsibility for all automotive activities now gathered under the newly established umbrella of mobility solutions business sector would be given to Bulander, 56. According to the company’s statement, the new head would oversee the supplier’s diesel systems, gasoline systems, and starter motors and generators unit. He also leads the quality and electrical drives division and is another Bosch veteran, having joined the company as a management trainee back in 1988.

Mahle, on the other hand, announced in a separate statement that Scheider – who was not seen as a likely successor for Bosch’s current chief executive, Volkmar Denner – will start working for Mahle in April and then assume the CEO role from Heinz Junker. The latter has been tasked to replace Klaus Bleyer as supervisory board chairman.

Via Automotive News Europe