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This list showcases the top Germany based CFO’ operating in the Automotive space. If you think a CFO’ is missing from this list, feel free to contact our editor on [email protected]
The individuals on this list have been included because of exceptional performance in one of the following categories:
- Innovation – Operating as a key part in an extremely innovative business or startup.
- Growth – Operating as a key figure in the growth and upscale of a market leading business or startup.
- Management – Showing exceptional management skills.
- Societal impact – Putting their business on the map for their positive societal or environmental impact.
Our Data – We source our data from OSINT (open source intelligence) and public directories such as Crunchbase, SemRush and many more. The data from these sources should be treated with a degree of caution and verified yourself.
CFO of Frontier Car Group
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About Frontier Car Group: Frontier Car Group develops, launches, and operates used-automotive marketplaces within emerging market economies.
Chief Financial Officer of AUTO1 Group
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About AUTO1 Group: AUTO1 Group is an online automotive platform that aims to connect buyers and sellers of cars throughout Europe.
CFO, Daimler Trucks & Buses of Daimler
Jochen M. Goetz has served as a member of our board of directors since September 2018. Mr. Goetz has been the Head of Finance & Controlling at Daimler Trucks & Buses, a business unit of Daimler AG, a multinational automotive corporation, since March 2015. Mr. Goetz has worked for Daimler for over 30 years, including in leading positions at Mercedes-Benz Trucks, Powertrain, and Daimler Trucks North America divisions and was the head of Planning and Reporting for Mercedes-Benz Cars and the Daimler Group. Since April 2016, Mr. Goetz served on the board of directors of Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation, a manufacturer of trucks and buses and a majority-owned subsidiary of Daimler.
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About Daimler: Daimler is an automotive company that produces premium cars and commercial vehicles with a global reach.
Chief Financial Officer of Scout24
Dr. Dirk Schmelzer (Born 1967, Nationality: German) is Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the Scout24 Group. In this function he is responsible for Finance, Treasury, Tax, Controlling, Procurement & Facilities and Investor Relations. Dr. Dirk Schmelzer joined Scout24 in June 2019. Previously he was CFO of the NuCom Group, a subsidiary of ProSiebenSat.1 and Private Equity Investor General Atlantic. For more than six years prior to that, he was CFO of the public listed company Tomorrow Focus AG and its spin-off company HolidayCheck Group AG, which operates the largest German hotel rating portal. Prior to this, he was CFO in the telecommunications industry, namely at Telefónica Deutschland GmbH and HanseNet GmbH. With a doctorate in political economy, he began his professional career in 1997 as a controller, and later in various management positions within the finance sector at the predecessor companies of Telefónica O2 (Germany).
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About Scout24: Scout24 operates digital marketplaces in the real estate & automotive sectors.
Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer of ZF Friedrichshafen
Joseph Cantie has been a director since June 2015. He is currently the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of ZF TRW, a division of ZF Friedrichshafen AG, a global automobile supplier. He served in these roles for TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. since April 2004. Prior to that time, he held other executive positions at TRW Inc., which he joined in 1999. From 1996-1999,Cantie served in several executive positions with LucasVarity Plc, including serving as Vice President and Controller. Prior to joining LucasVarity, Cantie spent 10 years with KPMG. Cantie is a certified public accountant and holds a bachelor of science degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo. As a seasoned financial executive of an automotive supply company and global public company, Cantie provides the Board significant enterprise risk management, financial and industry expertise.
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About TRW Automotive Holdings, ZF Friedrichshafen: ZF Friedrichshafen provides systems for the mobility of passenger cars, commercial vehicles and industrial technology.
CFO of OpenSynergy
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About OpenSynergy: OpenSynergy provides embedded software products for the next generation of vehicles.
Veronika von Heise-Rotenburg
CFO/MD of Cluno
Dr. Veronika von Heise-Rotenburg is EU Finance Director and MD Cazoo.
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About Cazoo, Cluno: Cluno is an online car subscription service providing rental cars irrespective of any contracts.
CFO of Torqeedo
As Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Heiko has been responsible for the commercial department at Torqeedo since the end of 2017. Heiko came to Torqeedo from parent company DEUTZ AG, where he was in charge of controlling for products, projects and joint ventures. Together with his team, he drove forward a number of important operational and strategic projects and decisions. He also accompanied the acquisition of Torqeedo by DEUTZ in 2017. Prior to that, Heiko was corporate controller at the listed steel and metal trading group Klöckner & Co., where he was responsible for providing commercial support to several foreign subsidiaries as well as for special subjects. Heiko began his career with auditors PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), where he worked for a number of years in auditing as well as in consulting and was also involved in numerous corporate valuations and transaction projects for a wide range of companies. Heiko is of great importance for integration of our company into the Deutz group thanks to his wide-ranging commercial experience. As part of our innovation-driven growth trajectory, he is continuing to develop the commercial structures and processes of our relatively young company. Heiko studied business administration at the University of Mannheim, graduating with the degree “Diplom-Kaufmann” (cf. MBA). During his time at PricewaterhouseCoopers, he also acquired the additional qualification of Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). And a big plus for us is that, as an enthusiastic tennis player, Heiko keeps his eye on the ball at all times.
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About Torqeedo: Torqeedo develops electric motors for tenders, small boats, dinghies, jollies, canoes, and day sailors.
Co-Founder and CFO of Gapless
Malte Hausler is the Co-Founder and CFO at Timeless.
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About Gapless, Timeless: Gapless is building a blockchain based platform for collectible cars, and later on we want to move into all things collectible.
Chief Financial Officer of Wirelane
Bernhard Seidl is the chief financial officer of Wirelane. Seidl studied electrical engineering at the Technical University of Munich and holds an MBA from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).
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About Wirelane: Wirelane is a full service provider in the field of electric mobility.
CFO (authorized officer) of Urban Drivestyle
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About Urban Drivestyle: Urban Drivestyle focuses on restoring built-tough, easy-to-ride vintage moped-style electric urban motorbikes.
Chief Financial Officer of ElringKlinger
Thomas Jessulat started his career in 1995 at Daimler-Benz Aerospace AG in Ulm, followed by a stay abroad since 1998 as Program Manager at DaimlerChrysler MTU Aero Engines GmbH, Cincinnati, USA. In 2002, he moved to Fairchild Dornier GmbH, Munich, where he initially worked as a Finance Manager Aircraft Programs, later as Commercial Director. Thomas Jessulat joined ElringKlinger AG in 2005 as head of investments. In 2012 he took over the position of Head of Finance and Investments. Thomas Jessulat was appointed Chief Financial Officer of the Executive Board of ElringKlinger AG in January 2016 and is responsible for the central departments Finance, Controlling and IT and the business park Business Parks.
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About ElringKlinger: ElringKlinger is a worldwide development partner and original equipment supplier to all of the world’s vehicle and engine manufacturers.
CFO of NAVENTIK GmbH
Peter began his career as an Audit Associate at Ernst & Young in 2005. After 7 years of service, he joined one of his major clients, the NSH Group, as Head of Group Controlling. There he gained expert knowledge in finance, accounting, taxation and management of small and medium size entities in and outside Germany. Peter holds a diploma in economics from Chemnitz University of Technology.
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About NAVENTIK GmbH: NAVENTIK is enabling satellite navigation for automated driving.
CFO of Tesa
Jan Teetz is a CFO at Tesa.
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About Tesa: Tesa AG manufactures and markets self-adhesive products and system solutions for industry, trade, and consumer sectors worldwide.
Chief Financial Officer of Veact
Constantin Stammen is a Chief Financial Officer at VEACT.
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About Veact: VEACT is developing applications, processes and products to improve sales success in the car trade market using data-based marketing.
Chief Financial Officer of Grammer
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About Grammer: GRAMMER AG is specialized in developing and manufacturing components and systems for car interiors.
CFO of GOVECS
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About GOVECS, SMP – Intelligent Scents (acquired by Symrise): GOVECS is focused on creating zero emission electric vehicles, designed according to the requirements of modern electric mobility.
Christian von der Linde
Managing Director, CFO of The Schlemmer Group
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About The Schlemmer Group: The Schlemmer Group develops and produces cable protection for automotive and industrial applications.
Founder/CFO of bikesale.de
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About bikesale.de: Germany’s biggest marketplace for used bicycles
Co-Founder, CEO, and CFO of Kumpan Electric
aniel Tykesson is the Co-Founder, CEO, and CFO of Kumpan Electric.
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About Kumpan Electric: Kumpan Electric is a manufacturer of electric scooters.
Chief Financial Officer of Uniwheels
Dr. Karsten Obenaus, born in 1964, is CFO of the UNIWHEELS-group. He started his professional carreer in 1994 and obtained accounting and finance positions at Deutsche Industrie-Treuhand, Goedecke AG (Pfizer Group), and EMTEC (BASF Group). In 2003 Dr. Obenaus became Head of Controlling of alloy wheel producer ATS. After the takeover of ATS by UNIWHEELS in 2008, he completed his financial expertise be taking the roles of Head of Accounting, Head of Risk Management, Head of Controlling and CFO Polish operations. In the course of the transformation into a stock company (AG) in November 2014, Dr. Karsten Obenaus was appointed CFO of UNIWHEELS AG.
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About Uniwheels: Uniwheels manufacturers of light-alloy wheels in the European accessory market.
CFO of ARI Motors
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About ARI Motors: ARI Motors offers smart and affordable e-mobiles with specially designed vehicle bodies.
Hans Dieter Pötsch
Chief Financial Officer of Porsche Automobil Holding
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About Porsche Automobil Holding: Porsche Automobil Holding is automobile manufacturers.