Press release #Bosch Group

Dr. Christof Ehrhart takes lead of Corporate Communications, External Relations and Brand Management at Bosch

Melita Delic

Melita Delic


Stuttgart – Dr. Christof E. Ehrhart (52), since 2009 Head of Corporate Communications & Responsibility at Deutsche Post DHL Group, joins Robert Bosch Group as of January 1, 2019 to head Corporate Communications, External Relations and Brand Management for the global supplier of technology and services. Ehrhart takes over from Dr. Christoph Zemelka leaving Bosch after 14 years upon own request and for personal reasons. Zemelka who holds a doctorate in journalism has been in charge of Corporate Communications and Brand Management of Bosch since 2014. In his tenure Zemelka has advanced significantly the digitization of the Corporate Communications function. He and his team have been awarded the Thought Leadership Award for digital communication in 2018.

In his new position, Ehrhart will be in charge of internal and external communications, public affairs, corporate responsibility and brand management for the Bosch Group. He reports directly to the CEO of Bosch, Dr. Volkmar Denner. Before joining Deutsche Post DHL Group Ehrhart had been in charge of global Corporate Communications at European Aeronautic Defense and Space Company (EADS) and of Corporate Communications & Public Affairs at pharmaceutical company Schering AG. Earlier positions include Head of Corporate Affairs and Public Relations at JT International Germany and communications responsibilities for various media businesses with the Bertelsmann Group. He looks back on more than two decades of experience in international leadership in communications.

Ehrhart holds a doctorate in political science and has been named adjunct professor for international corporate communications at the institute for communications and media science of Leipzig University in 2013. Denner said: „Christof Ehrhart is an acknowledged expert in strategic corporate communications and sustainable stakeholder management. We are happy to get him on board. We are grateful for Christoph Zemelka´s extraordinary efforts, his farsight in communications and his integrative management style. Especially in the area of digitization he has made an important contribution in getting Corporate Communications at Bosch ready for the future“.

“Bosch is a fascinating company which has a long track record in combining innovation and sustainability for the good of its customers. I am very much looking forward making a contribution to the future development of the company in the light of that unique tradition”, said Ehrhart.

“It´s tough to say goodbye to the team. But given the reorganization of the headquarters this is the right time for a change. In the new set up the function will be able to further drive the transformation of the company in the direction of new mobility and IoT”, said Zemelka.

Contact person for press inquiries:

Prof. Dr. Christof Ehrhart
phone: +49 171 35 59 725

About Bosch

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 429,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2023). The company generated sales of 91.6 billion euros in 2023. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. With its business activities, the company aims to use technology to help shape universal trends such as automation, electrification, digitalization, connectivity, and an orientation to sustainability. In this context, Bosch’s broad diversification across regions and industries strengthens its innovativeness and robustness. Bosch uses its proven expertise in sensor technology, software, and services to offer customers cross-domain solutions from a single source. It also applies its expertise in connectivity and artificial intelligence in order to develop and manufacture user-friendly, sustainable products. With technology that is “Invented for life,” Bosch wants to help improve quality of life and conserve natural resources. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 470 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. Bosch’s innovative strength is key to the company’s further development. At 136 locations across the globe, Bosch employs some 90,000 associates in research and development, of which nearly 48,000 are software engineers.

The company was set up in Stuttgart in 1886 by Robert Bosch (1861–1942) as “Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering.” The special ownership structure of Robert Bosch GmbH guarantees the entrepreneurial freedom of the Bosch Group, making it possible for the company to plan over the long term and to undertake significant upfront investments in the safeguarding of its future. Ninety-four percent of the share capital of Robert Bosch GmbH is held by Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH, a charitable foundation. The remaining shares are held by Robert Bosch GmbH and by a corporation owned by the Bosch family. The majority of voting rights are held by Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG. It is entrusted with the task of safeguarding the company’s long-term existence and in particular its financial independence – in line with the mission handed down in the will of the company’s founder, Robert Bosch.

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