Change in the VDA executive:
Hans-Georg Frischkorn is the new VDA director for Technology and Environment
Berlin, 6. Mai 2010. On June 1, 2010 Hans-Georg Frischkorn (53), will take over as Director of Technology and Environment in the Verband der Automobilindustrie (VDA). He succeeds Dr. Thomas Schlick (47), who will move on to Roland Berger after serving six years in the VDA. Frischkorn hails from Cologne and studied computer sciences at the University of Stuttgart. The computer scientist started work for the VDA on May 1, 2010. He has many years of experience in leading positions in R+D in the automobile industry at BMW, General Motors and Opel.
Frischkorn began his career at IBM after completing his studies in 1978, moving to McKinsey in 1995 as Senior Engagement Manager before he started work in the automobile industry. Frischkorn worked for BMW AG from 1997 to 2006 – as Director of Inhouse Consulting for R+D, project manager for the BMW Z4, and Senior Vice President for Electrical and Electronic Systems. In 2006 Frischkorn assumed the function of Executive Director For Global Electrical Systems, Controls and Software at General Motors, with responsibility for seven large development centres. He is one of the initiators of the electro-mobility program at GM. His last position in the industry was as Executive Director Vehicle Electrification at Adam Opel GmbH.
VDA-Präsident Matthias Wissmann had this to say about the appointment: "With Hans-Georg Frischkorn, VDA has gained an extremely competent man with international experience for the VDA executive, a man who for many years successfully held crucial leading positions in R+D departments for large manufacturers. With his expertise in the coming electro-mobility technology Mr. Frischkorn represents a clear strengthening for VDA."
As VDA Director of Technology and Environment Frischkorn has group wide responsibility for the manufacturers for the areas of technology, safety, environmental protection, energy, occupational safety, hazardous materials, research, standardization, quality management, logistics and historical vehicles. In addition he will represent VDA interests with the DIN, ISO, and TÜV organizations, the Stifterverband für die deutsche Wissenschaft (German Science Foundation), the VDI, ODETTE and the Deutschen Verkehrssicherheitsrat DVR (German Traffic Safety Council).
Wissmann thanked Dr. Schlick for his successful activity for the VDA: "For more than six years in the VDA, in the not always easy area of ‚Technology and Environment’ Dr. Schlick conducted business professionally on behalf of automobile industry. The VDA is grateful to Dr. Schlick for his commitment and wishes him much success in his new position."
Klaus Bräunig and Dr. Kay Lindemann continue without change in status in the VDA executive.