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Wissmann: Robert Rademacher – successful in business and honorary post

Berlin, 23 June 2014

New ZDK President

“The German automotive industry thanks Robert Rademacher for his many years of intensive and constructive cooperation. The dialog between the VDA and the ZDK has always been characterised by openness and the search for common solutions, even in times of economic difficulty. We are sure that this close cooperation will continue with the newly elected ZDK president, Jürgen Karpinski”, stressed Matthias Wissmann, President of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA). The members’ meeting of the German Federation for Motor Trades and Repairs (ZDK), held in Bremen, unanimously elected Jürgen Karpinski (64) to succeed Robert Rademacher (74), who stood down after eight years in the top post.

“The ZDK is an important association – and a ‘born partner’ for the VDA. Industry and trade are two sides of the same coin: they need one another. Customers will only be satisfied if both sides deliver excellent quality. When drivers buy a new car, they enter into a ‘long-term relationship’, and part of that is good and reliable service,” Wissmann emphasised.

“Robert Rademacher is not only active in the ZDK – above all he is an entrepreneur in the best sense of the word. For more than three decades he was executive chairman at the large automotive trading group Gottfried Schultz, before joining the board of directors. Anyone who, like Robert Rademacher, is a successful entrepreneur over years and decades, understands leadership as a strategic core task and also has a keen appreciation of entrepreneurial opportunities,” Wissmann underlined.

“Robert Rademacher is also known as an art expert – for over three decades he has held one of the most important honorary posts in North Rhine-Westphalia, as chairman of the Friends of the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen (supporting the museum of the same name). We in the VDA have also benefited from his expertise: only recently a number of items from the Schultz collection were exhibited at the VDA-Haus in Berlin – all of them with an automotive connection,” Wissmann explained.

“Robert Rademacher was the credible and convincing voice of the ZDK. His work and his personality reveal that today a president can be very successful in voluntary work. We wish his successor, Jürgen Karpinski, every success in the exciting job of ZDK President,” Wissmann stressed.

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