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46-year-old Jörg Grotendorst is Head of the E-Mobility division of ZF. The graduate engineer born in Borken, Westphalia, joined ZF on November 1. He will be in charge of the newly created division, in which ZF will bundle its e-mobility activities as from the beginning of 2016.
“Mobility in the future will increasingly be about electrification, digitization, and interconnectedness. Jörg Grotendorst has 20 years in automotive electronics under his belt, and he’s a proven expert in the field,” says ZF CEO Dr. Stefan Sommer. “His knowledge and experience make him ideally qualified to lead our new E-Mobility division and inject the crucial impetus we need in digitization and electric drives. We’re looking forward to working with him.”
Mr. Grotendorst comes to ZF from Siemens AG in Erlangen, where he managed the e-Car Powertrain Systems business unit in the Digital Factory division as from June 2012. Previously, Mr. Grotendorst spent twelve years at Continental AG in various functions, including most recently Head of Strategy and Technology. Before that he was Head of the Hybrid & Electric Vehicle business unit. After studying Electrical Engineering at the former Gerhard-Mercator University, Mr. Grotendorst embarked on his career in 1996, working on electronic brake control systems at the former DaimlerChrysler AG in Stuttgart.
“I’m impressed at how many good examples I’ve already seen at ZF for digitization of mechanics,” says Grotendorst. “Combining logic and hardware and developing a broad portfolio in the field of electromobility with this comprehensive expertise will be an extremely exciting challenge I am very much looking forward to.”
By creating its E-Mobility division at the beginning of 2016, ZF is acknowledging the enormous significance of future technologies in this field. In this sixth division, the company is bundling all its activities in car and commercial vehicle electrification at its Schweinfurt location. So far, activities regarding the future business of e-mobility have been allocated to different organizational units. The Electronic Systems and Electric Drive Technology business units are the core of the new E-Mobility division. Also included is the E-Mobility Project House that bundles various e-mobility projects from the entire company.