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Franz-Josef Paefgen Appointed New Chairman of ZF's Supervisory Board

  • Dr.-Ing. Franz-Josef Paefgen succeeds Prof. Dr. Giorgio Behr

Friedrichshafen. At an extraordinary meeting on Monday, December 4, 2017, the Supervisory Board of ZF Friedrichshafen AG appointed Dr.-Ing. Franz-Josef Paefgen as its new chairman. He will succeed Prof. Dr. Giorgio Behr. The renowned automotive expert Paefgen has been a member of the Supervisory Board since 2008. "ZF has successfully embarked on a long-term strategy to address the challenges of the automotive industry, showing excellent developments over the past few years. We want to continue on this course," says Paefgen.

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Franz-Josef Paefgen Appointed New Chairman of ZF's Supervisory Board

"The shareholders welcome the appointment of renowned expert Dr. Paefgen to head up the Supervisory Board," explains Andreas Brand, first mayor of the City of Friedrichshafen and representing the Zeppelin Foundation, together with Joachim Meinecke, representing the Ulderup Foundation.

Since 1976, industry expert Paefgen has held various managerial positions in the automotive industry. He was member of the Board of Audi AG from 1995 until 2002, and from 1997 he was chairman of the Board of Management. From March 2002, he was responsible for the Bentley brand, and as chief representative of Volkswagen AG, was also responsible for Volkswagen's Corporate Research and Motorsports. Between 2003 and 2005, Mr. Paefgen was head of Bugatti Engineering GmbH. From 2007 up to his retirement in 2011, he was president of Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. and Bugatti International S.A.

According to Paefgen, "It is vital to settle down now and concentrate on our business and the future transformation of the automotive industry. I would like to make my contribution to this as chairman of the Supervisory Board."


Thomas Wenzel

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