Sprecher 2021

19. - 20. April 2021
Sofitel Shanghai Hongqiao


Hubertus Troska

Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG & CEO and Chairman of Daimler Greater China Ltd.

Hubertus Troska has been a member of Daimler AG’s Board of Management since December 13, 2012. Mr. Troska is CEO and Chairman of Daimler Greater China Ltd., making him responsible for all of Daimler’s strategic and operating activities in China. Mr. Troska joined Daimler over 30 years ago. Throughout this time, he has served Daimler AG in various national and international management positions. Prior to his being appointed to China, he was Head of Mercedes-Benz Truck, President of Mercedes-AMG GmbH, and before that Head of Product Marketing Passenger Car Sales. He had also worked for Daimler in management positions in Turkey, the USA and Mexico.

Yang Hongxin

Partner & President SVOLT

With 18 years of experience in OEM, automotive battery R&D and management, Mr. Yang was previously in charge of the development for battery, e-motor, and electric control system for NEV. Led by Mr. Yang with the focus on innovations in materials, process, mechanical structures, and equipment, SVOLT endeavors to become a pioneer in cobalt-free NMX batteries, high-speed stacking processes, and automotive-grade AI Smart Manufacturing.

Stephan Wöllenstein

CEO Volkswagen Group China

From January 2021, Dr. Stephan Wöllenstein took on a further role as CEO of Volkswagen (Anhui) Automotive Company Limited, in addition to his existing role as CEO of Volkswagen Group China since January 2019, and Member of the Board of Management, Volkswagen Passenger Cars Brand since February 2019. His leadership at Volkswagen Passenger Cars Brand for China and all associated activities remain unchanged.

Dr. Stephan Wöllenstein has served as CEO of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars Brand for China and Executive Vice President at Volkswagen (China) Investment Co. Ltd. since August 2016.

Wöllenstein joined Volkswagen in 1995 and has gained rich experience across branding, sales, marketing and product management at a strategic level.

From 2012 to 2016, Wöllenstein served as Executive Vice President at FAW-Volkswagen and Managing Director of the Volkswagen brand at FAW-Volkswagen.
From 2007 to 2012, he held multiple positions in business development and product management at Volkswagen AG in Germany.

From 2004 to 2007, Wöllenstein served as Executive Director Sales & Marketing for SAIC Volkswagen, and Deputy Managing Director of SAIC-Volkswagen Sales Company. This was followed by a 4-month stint at Volkswagen Group China as Vice President Sales & Marketing for the Volkswagen brand, to design and implement a new country strategy.
From 1995 to 2003, Wöllenstein took on management roles in marketing and sales in Volkswagen brand in European regions.

Wöllenstein graduated in economics and business administration from the Universities of Wuppertal and Münster in 1988. From 1989 to 1994, he worked as an assistant professor at the Westfälische Wilhelms University in Münster. In obtaining his PhD, he undertook marketing projects in the automotive, retail and travel industries.

Wöllenstein is married and has two daughters.

Tong Xiangbei

CEO, smart Automobile Co., Ltd.

Mr. Tong Xiangbei has been appointed the Global Chief Executive Officer of smart Automobile Co., Ltd. and will oversee all operations relating to the brand including sales, marketing, R&D, production and after sales. Mr. Tong has 24 years of experience in automotive industry. Before joining the smart joint brand, Mr. Tong Xiangbei has worked for global automotive OEMs both in the United States and in China.

Holger Klein

Member of the Board of Management of ZF Friedrichshafen AG

Dr. Holger Klein has been a member of ZF Friedrichshafen AG’s Board of Management since 2018. Based in Shanghai, Dr. Klein leads the Asia-Pacific and India regions. He also assumes several global leadership roles including corporate production, Chassis Technology and Aftermarkets divisions.

Dr. Klein joined ZF from McKinsey in 2014, when he was appointed Head of Integration Management upon acquisition of TRW. Dr. Klein has brought to ZF more than 15 years’ experience from leading consulting company’s automotive practice, and global engagement in Europe and North America. Dr. Klein is an engineer by training; he is a Ph.D. in Technology Management.

Daniel Lescow

Vice President of global Sales, Marketing & After-Sales, smart Automobile Co., Ltd.

Mr. Daniel Lescow took over the global responsibility of Sales, Marketing and After-Sales of the smart brand in June 2020. Prior to that Mr. Lescow has held several management positions in Sales, Marketing and Product Management in Mercedes- Benz AG, both in Germany and internationally.