14–16 September 2021
Virtual Congress

Thomas Schäfer

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Professional Career

  • Various managerial positions at Daimler AG in the areas of production and quality management in Germany, the USA, South Africa, Malaysia and China (1991–2011)
  • Head of the Group’s International Production at Volkswagen AG; management of xKD projects and leading negotiations on new production sites (2012–2015)
  • Chairman and Managing Director of Volkswagen Group South Africa (2015–July 2020)
  • Chairman of the Board at ŠKODA AUTO a.s. in Mladá Boleslav (since August 2020)

Additional professional commitments

  • President of the African Association of Automotive Manufacturers (AAAM) 2016–2020
  • Board member of the German-African Business Association
  • President of the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber (2017–2018)


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