Maren Gräfová will become the very first female director of Škoda. Gräfová is a Czech lawyer, and she will be filling in this position on the 1 of March 2021.
Martin Jahn will also become a member. Gräfová will be replacing Bohdan Wojnar, who is responsible for human resources, while Jahn will be replacing Alain Favey, who is in charge of sales and marketing. Jahn will also be filling in this position on the 1 of March.
Favey will soon be entrusted with new tasks in the Volkswagen Group, and Wojnar will continue to be president of the Automotive Industry Association. He decided to leave his position after ten years.
Gräfová is a lawyer who started her career at the Volkswagen Group. Firstly, she was in the legal department before she became the assistant to the CEO. In November 2018, she was appointed head of the human resources department of the VW Group’s top management.
Gräfová is a human resources expert with international experience, and the chairman of the Board of Directors at Škoda, Thomas Schäfer, has personally commended her.
The chairman has also disclosed Gräfová’s tasks at the automobile company and said, “her task now will be to take this area to a new level. Our goal is to offer all Škoda users a long-term job, significantly strengthen and expand our expertise in e-mobility and software solutions while supporting the Škoda family’s diversity in all areas. At all levels.”
On the other hand, Jahn will be responsible for the digitization of sales, development of new business models, development of the automobile company’s business through integration into new markets, and the strengthening of customer orientation.
Last year, Škoda Auto delivered over a million cars worldwide. It operates three production plants in the Czech Republic, produces in China, Russia, Slovakia, and India, primarily through group partnerships and Ukraine and Kazakhstan in cooperation with local partners.
It is active in more than 100 markets. It employs almost 39,000 people, of which nearly 34,000 in the Czech Republic.