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ZF Friedrichshafen AG

Dr. Stefan Sommer
Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Stefan Sommer

Responsible for: Corporate Market, Corporate Research & Development, ZF Services, ZF Steering Systems

January 7, 1963 born in Münster, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Mechanical engineering studies, specialized in automation technology Ruhr-Universität, Bochum, Dipl.-Ing., (graduate engineer). PhD studies at the Chair of Control Engineering and Embedded Systems, Ruhr-Universität, Bochum (Dr. Ing.)

1994 Development engineer ITT Automotive Europe GmbH, Frankfurt/Main

1997 Director Electronics & Sensor Development Continental Automotive Systems, Hannover

2001 Vice President Engineering for Electronic Airspring Systems, Continental Automotive Systems, Hannover

2003 Vice President, General Manager Occupant Safety Systems Continental Temic, Ingolstadt

2005 Vice President Profit Center EBS Systems Continental Automotive Systems, Frankfurt/Main

2007 Senior Vice President EBS Customer Center Continental Automotive Systems, Frankfurt/Main

2008 Member of the Board of Management,, Suspension Division ZF Sachs AG, Schweinfurt

2010 Member of the Board of Management, ZF Friedrichshafen AG January

2012 Deputy Executive Vice President, ZF Friedrichshafen AG

Since May 2012 Chief Executive Officer, ZF Friedrichshafen AG

Spotlight on ZF Friedrichshafen AG

ZF is an innovative company that invests into the future by creating series ready products based on results generated by its own research and development. Thanks to ZF technology, individual mobility and driving pleasure can be combined with reduced fuel consumption, preservation of resources, as well as additional safety and comfort.

ZF offers mobility technologies in line with market requirements around the globe, and combines these where necessary with engineering and industrialization know-how locally. As one of the ten largest automotive suppliers worldwide, ZF develops and produces driveline, chassis, and steering technology as well as electronic systems for passenger cars, commercial vehicles, and offroad machinery. ZF is also an important transmission specialist for special and rail vehicles, marine craft, and helicopters. ZF is setting the pace for the future, too – with electrified drivelines and automotive lightweight construction. In 2012, the technology company achieved a sales figure of EUR 17.4 billion with about 75 000 employees and 121 production companies in 26 countries.

High technology at the heart of developing successful vehicles.

Whether for energy efficiency, safety, reliability, driving dynamics and comfort, or simply being economical to purchase and operate, the standards for all ZF development activities are set by the benefits to our customers – vehicle manufacturers and users. Technology leadership is our claim. ZF products set standards in driveline and chassis technology. In order to continue to be successful with innovative products, ZF annually invests about five percent of its sales in research and development.

Attractive opportunities for highly qualified workers.

Highly motivated and qualified employees have every possibility at ZF to develop their skills and expand their knowledge. The basis therefore consists of the most modern development tools available, extensive technical exchanges in a company that operates around the world, and a management style that requires a high degree of self-responsibility.

There are about 7 500 employees working in ZF Research and Development worldwide. The bases for cooperation among locations are the common standards for data exchange, coordinated training, and central support to accompany processes. The major ZF Engineering Centers are located in Friedrichshafen, Dielingen, Passau, Schweinfurt, Schwäbisch Gmünd as well as in Northville, Michigan, USA, Pilsen, Czech Republic and Shanghai, China.

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