Rehm picked to lead new ZF division
By Mike Brezonick29 July 2021
ZF has appointed Wilhelm Rehm to head its new Commercial Vehicle Solutions Division that will officially begin operation Jan. 1, 2022. The new division combines ZF’s Commercial Vehicle Technology and Commercial Vehicle Control Systems Divisions.
Rehm, a member of the ZF Board of Management since 2012, currently oversees the commercial vehicle business in addition to industrial technology and materials management.
“ZF’s Commercial Vehicle Solutions Division, on schedule to launch January 1, 2022, will be uniquely positioned to support the ambitions of truck, bus, coach and trailer OEMs, as well as fleets, worldwide,” said Rehm. “With well-defined strategies to mobilize commercial vehicle intelligence, the Commercial Vehicle Solutions Division will be structured to maintain close proximity to customers in every region.
“We believe this approach, combined with the breadth and depth of capability we can bring to innovate, supply and integrate onboard systems and technology, will offer new levels of benefit and value-enhancing synergies for customers.”
Within the leadership team for ZF’s new Commercial Vehicle Solutions Division, the following lead roles and regional customer business specificities have also been announced. They are:
R&D and Systems Solutions –: Dr. Christian Brenneke.
EMEA – Nick Rens and Kleber Vinhas,
APAC – Sujie Yu.
The Americas – Julien Plenchette.
India – P. Kaniappan.
Together, ZF’s current Commercial Vehicle Technology and Control Systems divisions are supported by approximately 25,000 employees networked across 61 locations in 28 countries.
“Bringing together ZF’s expertise and capabilities, the Commercial Vehicle Solutions Division will further build on our combined technology successes,” Rehm said. “This includes the recent launch of OnGuardMAX, our most advanced autonomous emergency braking assistance system and ZF’s first complete ‘in-house’ system integrating camera, radar, ECU and actuation for commercial vehicles. In line with ZF’s ‘Next Generation Mobility’ strategy, the division will also help ZF leapfrog towards market leadership in e-mobility, vehicle operating systems, autonomous driving and digitalization,” added Rehm.
Alongside announcing the division’s new leadership team, Rehm acknowledged both leaders of ZF’s commercial vehicle divisions who strongly supported the acquisition’s strategic logic and integration efforts. Andreas Moser, who led ZF’s Commercial Vehicle Division as executive vice president was appointed to lead ZF’s Industrial Technology Division from April this year. Fredrik Staedtler, executive vice president of the Commercial Vehicle Control Systems Division, has elected to leave ZF for personal reasons and by mutual agreement.