Schaeffler appoints new sales manager for Central Europe, Middle East and Africa

New appointment to strengthen automotive aftermarket division

Martin Klein is to head Schaeffler’s Automotive Aftermarket Sales in Central Europe, Middle East, and Africa, it has been announced.

The 56-year-old business economist has assumed the newly created position effective as of April 1, 2021 and is responsible for a total of 44 countries.

In addition, Klein will also take over the tasks of Stefan Knaack, Vice President Global Key Account Management Schaeffler Automotive Aftermarket, who has been responsible for the Western Europe region (Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and the Benelux countries).

“The structure of the automotive aftermarket will change over the next five to ten years. The aftermarket ecosystem is evolving rapidly. It is therefore even more important for us to position ourselves in a future-oriented way in order to secure our leading position in the aftermarket,” says Michael Soeding, CEO Automotive Aftermarket at Schaeffler.

“With Martin Klein, we have gained an internationally experienced and customer-oriented sales manager who will lead our business in Central Europe, Middle East and Africa in an even more focused and efficient way,” adds Sascha Lechner, President Automotive Aftermarket EMEA.

The focus of Klein’s business activities will be on sustainable and stable further development of sales activities that are even more closely aligned with customer requirements and needs.

“Our goal is to provide our customers with the best support possible when facing upcoming challenges such as technological change and digitisation.

“Therefore, we are intensifying our collaboration with our customers to understand their respective requirements and needs even better and to derive tailored solutions,” says Martin Klein.

Klein has more than 25 years of international sales and management experience. Most recently, he worked for 17 years as Managing Director and “Executive Vice President” for the Euro-Russia business units at MOTUL Deutschland GmbH, a premium manufacturer of lubricants for automotive and industrial applications.

In his new role, he reports directly to Sascha Lechner, President Automotive Aftermarket EMEA.

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