The CEO roles for TRATON Group and Scania have been merged, with Christian Levin appointed to lead the group.
TRATON CEO Matthias Gründler and CFO Christian Schulz finished up at the company yesterday – with Levin, who is already president and CEO of Scania, appointed to head TRATON SE as the new CEO as of today.
Annette Danielski, who was head of corporate finance at TRATON SE, also becomes the new CFO.
“I am honoured to take on the role as CEO of the TRATON Group while continuing on as CEO of Scania. Looking ahead focus will be on transforming business into new technology areas and geographies, whilst leveraging further synergies through modularisation and scalability,” said Levin.
“The evolution of the TRATON Group continues and builds on the TRATON strategy which the current management team established and which is now pushed into a different gear. The strategy includes a stronger focus on sustainability not the least through e-mobility, digitalisation and connectivity; continued integration of Navistar and growth in the North American market, as well as continued investments in China over the next few years. This change will comprise of several steps over time and by the end of the year a fuller plan will be presented.”
Brands in the group include MAN, Navistar, Scania and Volkswagen Caminões e Ônibus.
“We were able to implement the Global Champion strategy faster than expected. This means that TRATON is now on stable footing internationally. The task now is to lead TRATON into a sustainable future beyond conventional business models and ways of thinking. With Christian Levin at the helm, the TRATON Group can now benefit even more from its lead brand Scania. Christian Levin is exactly the right person for this task and I wish him and the entire TRATON team every success,” said former TRATON Group CEO Matthias Gründler.
Chairman of the TRATON Supervisory Board, Hans Dieter Pötsch, added, “I would like to expressly thank Matthias Gründler and Christian Schulz on behalf of the entire Supervisory Board for the work they have done and the mutual successes achieved. Both of them pushed the implementation of the Global Champion strategy massively and thus achieved major milestones for the TRATON Group in a short time. I see Christian Levin as a strong leader to execute on the next chapter for the group. He has my full support to lead the journey towards stronger profitability and growth. Christian Levin and Annette Danielski will consequently implement the jointly developed new TRATON strategy.”