Bernhard Mattes has been President of the German Association of the Automotive Industry since
March 01, 2018.

From September 2002 until his departure at the end of 2016, Bernhard Mattes was Chairman of the Management Board at Ford Werke. Previously he was Ford’s Head of Marketing and Sales, and also Deputy Chairman from July 2, 1999. From February 2006 Mattes was also Vice President of the European Ford Customer Service Division, where he was responsible for all activities in Ford Europe’s customer services and parts divisions.

At the end of 2016, Bernhard Mattes left Ford’s operating business at his own request. Since January 1, 2017, he has had a seat on the supervisory board at Ford Werke and on the Presidential Board of DEKRA.

From June 2013 he has also been President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Germany (AmCham Germany).

Mattes was born in Wolfsburg on July 8, 1956. He graduated in economics at the University of Hohenheim and joined BMW in 1982. He gained experience in automotive management while working as a business management dealer consultant, as the manager of various sales regions, as head of branch sales and as project manager for international dealer development strategy, support organization and business planning. Most recently, Bernhard Mattes worked as Regional Manager for Sales Dealership Network with responsibility for Germany.

Bernhard Mattes is married and has two children.

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