Dr. Kunibert Schmidt, Managing Director of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA), will be ending his 32 years of work for VDA at the end of the year - having served as a member of the managing board for 19 of these years - and is retiring at the age of 65. Dr. Kay Lindemann (38), currently head of the Berlin Representation of VDA, is joining the VDA managing board and has been appointed Deputy Managing Director with effect as of 1 January 2010.
After obtaining his degree and doctorate in Economics and Social Science at the University of Cologne and working as research officer, Dr. Schmidt joined the VDA in 1978. He first became head of the manufacturing group Trailers, Special Bodies, Containers and of the Traffic Department, and took over the Association's work for commercial vehicles. Dr. Schmidt has been a member of the VDA Managing Board since 1991.
VDA President Matthias Wissmann thanked Dr. Schmidt for his decades of work and his life achievement. "We have to thank Dr. Schmidt for his key role in ensuring that the performance power and competence of this Association is assessed so highly", said Wissmann. "With him we are losing one of our most important knowledge and experience carriers at VDA." Dr. Schmidt has worked on 25 International Motor Shows (IAAs). He himself was responsible for 18 IAAs - for the IAA Commercial Vehicles from 1992 to 2008, and for the IAA Cars from 1993 to 2009. "In all these years without exception he guided the world's most important mobility exhibition to success", stressed Wissmann, who also praised Dr. Schmidt's merits in the commercial vehicle segment.
Dr. Lindemann obtained his doctorate in 1999 after studying Law in Germany and the United Kingdom. After completing his legal clerkship for final qualification, he held various positions for the Federation of German Industries (BDI) and became head of the BDI Transport Division in 2004, and head of the BDI Division Energy, Transport and Telecommunications in 2006. Since October 2008 Dr. Lindemann has been coordinating the political work of VDA in Berlin and Brussels. His new scope of responsibility, commercial vehicles, also includes supporting for manufacturer group II (Trailers, Special Bodies, Containers). He is also responsible for the areas of economic policy, markets, climate protection, transport policy and European policy with the Brussels Office, and for VDA interests in the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association ACEA.
VDA Managing Director Klaus Bräunig (55) will be taking on responsibility for the Human Resources and Finances areas and the VDA Exhibitions in addition to his present tasks as of 1 January 2010. He is thus responsible for the two International Motor Shows IAA CARs and IAA Commercial Vehicles. Bräunig will continue to service manufacturer group III (Parts and Accessories) and is responsible for general issues, small and medium-sized businesses and aftermarket, taxation and customs, law and insurance. He represents the VDA vis-à-vis the International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers OICA, the Suppliers' Association CLEPA, the BDI and DAT.
Dr. Thomas Schlick (47) as VDA Managing Director remains responsible across manufacturer groups for the thematic areas of technology, safety, environmental protection, energy, industrial safety, hazardous materials, research, standardization, quality management - and the new area of historical vehicles and logistics - and represents VDA interests in dealings with DIN, ISO, TÜV, the Donors' Association for the Promotion of Science and the Humanities in Germany, VDI, ODETTE and the German Transport Safety Council DVR.