ZF Friedrichshafen AG’s Supervisory Board has appointed Dr Martin Fischer (49) as a new member of the ZF Board of Management. He holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering, is expected to join the Board on November 1, 2019, and will take over from Dr Franz Kleiner at the start of 2020, who will then retire.
“Dr. Martin Fischer has worked in leading functions with major automotive suppliers for around two decades, many years of which were also spent in the USA. During this time, he gathered extensive experience in electronics,” explained Dr Franz-Josef Paefgen, chairman of the Supervisory Board. “Following his positions in the areas of body electronics, chassis electronics and driver assist systems, he most recently shaped the transformation from conventional to electrified transmissions and as such is very well versed in the challenges facing our industry today.”
Dr. Martin Fischer studied engineering at the Technical University in Darmstadt and received his doctorate in electrical engineering from the same university in 1999. Following a graduate program at Siemens Automotive, he took over a range of responsibilities including the product areas of chassis electronics and wireless products at Siemens VDO Automotive, before joining automotive supplier Hella in 2006. At Hella, Fischer held a range of top management roles in the Electronics business – initially in Germany and then from 2007 in the USA.
In 2014, Fischer joined listed U.S. automotive supplier BorgWarner where he served as vice president and general manager of the turbocharger division for Europe and South America. In 2018, he became president and general manager of the group’s global Transmissions Systems business unit headquarted in Detroit, USA.
Dr. Martin Fischer will take over his responsibilities for Electronics and ADAS as well as Active and Passive Safety Systems, the North and South America regions, as well as Corporate Quality.