The Supervisory Board of Schaeffler AG has agreed the appointment of Jens Schüler as the CEO of the Automotive Aftermarket division with effect from January 1, 2022.
He will succeed Michael Söding who is retiring at the end of the year, at his own request, after working for Schaeffler for 20 years.
Michael studied industrial engineering and began his career at a renowned tyre manufacturer in 1989. After various positions in the aftermarket sector, he joined the Schaeffler Group in 2002 where he initially assumed management functions in the fields of sales and marketing. From 2009 to 2017, he was responsible for Schaeffler’s replacement parts business at a global level. With the establishment of Automotive Aftermarket as the company’s third division with an Executive Board function in 2018, Michael was appointed as a member of Schaeffler AG’s Executive Board.
Michael said: “Schaeffler Automotive Aftermarket has risen to become a global market leader and makes a very successful contribution to the results of Schaeffler AG. The unprecedented need for a transformation to data-based business models, digitalisation, and an enhanced customer experience means that now is an ideal time for passing the baton to the next generation.”
Jens joined Schaeffler directly after completing his studies in economics in 2003. He began his career as assistant to the President and CEO of Schaeffler Automotive Aftermarket. In the following years, his focus in the aftermarket business included strategic planning, before he assumed leadership positions in the Americas region, initially as President Automotive Aftermarket North America in 2011 and then as President Automotive Aftermarket – Schaeffler Americas from 2014. Since 2018, Jens has been in charge of Global Sales and Marketing in the Automotive Aftermarket division.
Georg F. W. Schaeffler, family shareholder and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Schaeffler AG, commented: “Michael is an acknowledged and very well-connected industry expert who has played a formative role in shaping the Automotive Aftermarket division during his 20 years of work at Schaeffler and has developed the division into an important pillar for the Schaeffler Group. He deserves special thanks for this achievement. As much as we regret his decision to begin his well-earned retirement, we wish him all the best for the future. I am therefore very pleased that we are able to appoint Jens as a very well qualified successor from our own ranks and have been able to decide on a successor to lead the Automotive Aftermarket division at an early stage. I wish him every success with the challenges that lie ahead.”