The Supervisory Board of Volkswagen AG appointed Dr. Stefan Sommer as Member of the Board of Management with responsibility for Components and Procurement effective latest January 1, 2019. Sommer assumed responsibility for the Board of Management function as from September 1, 2018.
Dr. Stefan Sommer was born on January 7, 1963 in Münster/Westphalia. He holds a Ph.D. in engineering, specializing in automation technology. After graduating in 1989 from the Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, he completed his Ph.D. at the Chair of Control Systems and Control Engineering at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum in 1993.
He began his professional career in 1994 as a development engineer at ITT Automotive Group Europe GmbH in Frankfurt am Main. In 1997, he moved to Continental Automotive Systems in Hanover as Director of Electronics & Sensor Development.
After several positions of responsibility within the Continental Group, lastly as Senior Vice President EBS Customer Center, Sommer was appointed to the Board of Management, Chassis Division, at ZF Sachs AG in Schweinfurt.
In 2010, he took over responsibility for Materials Management on the Board of Management at ZF Friedrichshafen AG. In January 2012, Dr. Sommer was appointed Deputy Chairman of the Board of Management at ZF Friedrichshafen AG and served as Chairman of the Board of Management at ZF Friedrichshafen AG from May 2012 until the end of 2017.