Germany-based manufacturer Wulf Gaertner Autoparts has created two new board positions. André Sobottka will be responsible for sales, marketing and communications; and Michael Knopf is responsible for company organization, information technology and new business fields. Both appointments are effective July 1.
With responsibility for sales, marketing and communications on the board, Sobottka assumes a role previously allocated to the chairman of the board. He is an expert in his field with many years of extensive experience in the automotive aftermarket, including positions at Philips, Honeywell and most recently, Federal-Mogul, where he was managing director, North Europe.
“We are very pleased to have André Sobottka in our management team. His expertise in the field of sales and the automotive aftermarket will provide important support for the next growth phase of our company,” said Dr. Karl Gaertner, chairman of the board at Wulf Gaertner Autoparts AG.
Knopf has been working at Wulf Gaertner Autoparts for more than seven years. He was responsible for the successful implementation of the new IT strategy based on SAP and for the implementation of the company’s process-oriented organizational structure. In his new role, he will take over the new division of company organization, information technology and new business fields. Knopf is an experienced process, organizational and ERP expert. Before joining Wulf Gaertner Autoparts, he worked at IDS Scheer AG and Eppendorf AG.