Bosch Automotive Aftermarket under new leadership

Dr. Uwe Thomas hands over to Manfred Baden

Effective February 1, 2017, Manfred Baden (54) will be assuming the leadership of Bosch Automotive Aftermarket in Karlsruhe, Germany. Baden is currently the president of Robert Bosch Car Multimedia GmbH in Hildesheim, Germany. A business graduate, Baden will succeed Dr. Uwe Thomas (59), who is retiring.

Thomas has been president of Bosch’s aftermarket business since July 2013. “Over the past few years, Dr. Uwe Thomas has played a major part in helping to make Bosch Automotive Aftermarket a supplier of mobility services. The same goes for making the division more international. We would like to thank Dr. Thomas, and wish Manfred Baden every success in pursuing this path further,” said Dr. Markus Heyn, member of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH.

Baden has been with Bosch since 1996. During this time, he has held various positions within the company, also in the Automotive Aftermarket division. Before becoming president of Robert Bosch Car Multimedia GmbH, Baden was a member of the executive management of the Electrical Drives division.

Baden’s successor at Robert Bosch Car Multimedia GmbH will be Dr. Steffen Berns (53). An engineering graduate, Berns is currently president of the Bosch Group in India and managing director of Bosch Limited, Bengaluru. His successor will be Soumitra Bhattacharya (56), who has up to now been a member of the executive management of Bosch Limited.

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The Automotive Aftermarket division (AA) provides the aftermarket and repair shops worldwide with modern diagnostic and repair shop equipment and a wide range of spare parts – from new and exchange parts to repair solutions – for passenger cars and commercial vehicles. Its product portfolio includes products made as Bosch original equipment, as well as aftermarket products and services developed and manufactured in-house. About 17,000 associates in more than 150 countries, as well as a global logistics network, ensure that spare parts reach customers quickly and on time. AA supplies testing and repair-shop technology, diagnostic software, service training, and information services. In addition, the division is responsible for the “Bosch Service” repair-shop franchise, one of the world’s largest independent chains of repair-shops, with some 15,000 workshops, and more than 1,000 “AutoCrew” partners.

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The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 410,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2018). The company generated sales of 78.5 billion euros in 2018. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. As a leading IoT company, Bosch offers innovative solutions for smart homes, smart cities, connected mobility, and connected manufacturing. It uses its expertise in sensor technology, software, and services, as well as its own IoT cloud, to offer its customers connected, cross-domain solutions from a single source. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to deliver innovations for a connected life. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.” The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 460 subsidiary and regional companies in over 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing, engineering, and sales network covers nearly every country in the world. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. At nearly 130 locations across the globe, Bosch employs some 68,700 associates in research and development.

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