Top Level Speaker

Top-Managers of OEMs, suppliers and governmental authorities will speak. The CAR-Symposium in China follows the German edition, which is one of the most important annual congress events in Germany with top-speakers like Dieter Zetsche (Daimler), Norbert Reithofer (BMW), Carlos Ghosn (Renault-Nissan), Mark Fields (Ford) or Volkmar Denner (Bosch). 

Past keynotes at the CAR-Symposium in China were among others the management board members Ola Källenius (Daimler), Hubertus Troska (Daimler) or Dr. Ian Robertson (BMW), Dr. Ralf Speth (Jaguar Land Rover), Prof. Rupert Stadler (Audi).

Keynote 2019

We feel honored to welcome important CEOs and Top Managers of the automotive industry to share insights and trends of the Chinese Car Market during the congress on April 17th.

Chairman of the Executive Board

Porsche AG

Following his studies in Mechanical Engineering at TU Braunschweig, Blume began his professional career at Audi AG. After various roles in the production department, Blume moved to SEAT in 2004 and from 2009 headed up production planning for the Volkswagen brand. Four years later he was appointed as Member of the Executive Board for Production and Logistics, and became Chairman of the Executive Board at Porsche AG in 2015. Since 2018, Blume has been a Member of the Executive Board of the Volkswagen Group and in this role is responsible for Group Production. Blume also heads up the “sport/luxury” VW brand group, which includes Porsche, Bentley and Bugatti.

Chief Executive Officer of ZF Friedrichshafen AG

Responsible for Corporate Research & Development, Corporate Sales, Human Resources and Legal (interim)


1987Graduated in Business Administration, Universities of Aachen and Saarbrücken in Germany
1987Joins Robert Bosch GmbH as a trainee
1989 – 2010

Bosch Group, amongst others as

  • Vice President Power Tools, France
  • Senior Vice President Sales and Marketing, Car Multimedia Division, Hildesheim/Germany
  • CEO, Car Multimedia Division, Hildesheim/Germany
  • CEO, Gasoline Systems Division, Schwieberdingen/Germany
2010 – 2015Member of the Board of Management, Robert Bosch GmbH;
effective July 2013 overall responsibility for the activities of the Automotive Group
2015 – 2018CEO of ZF Friedrichshafen AG



Member of the Board of Management of AUDI AG Finance, China, Compliance and Integrity

Alexander Seitz was born on February 21, 1962, in Lahnstein, Germany.

Seitz studied business administration at the Saarland University in Saarbrücken, with a focus on auditing and trusts as well as commercial law.

After completing a Master of Business Administration degree, Seitz began his career at what was then Daimler-Benz AG. He assumed various positions in the Accounting, Controlling and Procurement departments, from 1995 onwards at Mercedes-Benz do Brasil in Brazil.

In 2000, Seitz moved to Auburn Hills, Michigan, where he held executive positions in Procurement for the then DaimlerChrysler AG and the Chrysler Corporation.

Alexander Seitz joined Volkswagen AG in 2005 and, based in Wolfsburg, headed Groupwide Procurement for powertrains, among others. In 2008, the manager returned to Brazil and joined the executive management of Volkswagen do Brasil.

In 2013, Alexander Seitz was appointed First Vice President & Commercial Executive Vice President of SAIC Volkswagen Automotive Co., Ltd. in Shanghai. As Co-General Manager of the Joint Venture, Seitz was responsible in his specialist function for Finance, IT, Procurement and Human Resources for the expatriates.

On September 1, 2017, Alexander Seitz joined the Board of Management of AUDI AG and assumed responsibility for Finance, IT and Integrity. With effect from September 1, 2018, Seitz became Board Member for Finance, China, Compliance and Integrity.

Member of the Board of Management

Robert Bosch GmbH

Dr. Stefan Hartung has been a member of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH since January 2013. Since January 2019, he has been chairman of the Mobility Solutions business sector, and responsible for the Powertrain Solutions and Electrical Drives divisions. Prior to this, he was responsible for the Energy and Building Technology as well as the Industrial Technology business sectors, in addition to the Bosch Connected Industry business unit.

Born in Dortmund in 1966, Stefan Hartung is married and has two children. He studied mechanical engineering, specializing in manufacturing technology, at RWTH Aachen, where he also submitted his PhD on quality management methods in 1993.

He joined Bosch und Siemens Hausgeräte GmbH in Munich in 2004. Before that, he worked for the Fraunhofer Society and the management consultants McKinsey & Company in Düsseldorf.

Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG,

Sales and Brand BMW,

Aftersales BMW Group

1989Master’s Degree in Business Administration, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands
1990 - 2005Unilever
2005 - 2010Chief Marketing and Innovation Officer, Beiersdorf AG, Germany
2010 - 2017Royal Philips
since January 2018Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Sales and Brand BMW, Aftersales BMW Group

Keynotes and Dinner Speech of the past


Dr. Dieter Zetsche has been a member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG since December 16, 1998, and Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG since January 1, 2006. He is also Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars Division.

WM Motor

Mr. Freeman H. Shen is the founder, Chairman and CEO of WM Motor. WM Motor is an emerging EV products and mobility solution provider in China. He was the Group Co-founder and CEO of Pateo Group, a leading vehicle connectivity, telematics and smart car technology company. Before that, he was the Board Member and Group Vice President of Geely Holding Group.

Member of the Board of Management
ERGO Digital Ventures AG

Karsten Crede is CEO of ERGO Mobility Solutions and Board Member of ERGO Digital Ventures AG. Prior to this Crede has been a member of the Management Board of Allianz Versicherungs-AG and CEO of Allianz Global Automotive. Before, he was responsible for global insurance business of Volkswagen Group. Since over 13 years Crede is working on shaping innovative cooperation models between the automotive and the insurance industry.


Dr. Carsten Breitfeld is a world-renowned expert in electric mobility with a PhD in mechanical ,engineering. He spent the past 20 years at BMW, leading a range of key engineering divisions within chassis development, powertrain development and corporate strategy, for more than 10 years as a BMW Group Vice President.

General Manager Global Automotive Industry

In January 2012, Dirk Wollschlaeger was appointed IBM General Manager, Global Automotive Industry. Dirk is now based in Germany after returning from Shanghai at the beginning of 2014.

Vice President Engineering

Dr. Detlef Juerss, born in 1966, is Vice President Engineering & Chief Technical Officer for Adient Ltd. & Co. KG. He has been with Adient and former Johnson Controls since 1995.

Vice President Advanced Engineering

Torsten Gollewski studied at
University of Cooperative Education Ravensburg (Graduate Degree in Telecommunications/Electrical Engineering)
University of Münster (Master of Laws (LL.M.), Mergers and Acquisitions)
Henley Business School (Great Britain Master of Business Administration (MBA))
Torsten Gollewski worked at
DASA (now EADS) Aerospace Industry
TEMIC Automotive (now Continental) Business Development
Industrial Engineering und International Junior Research Group
ZF Friedrichshafen AG

General Manager, Autonomous Driving Series Production and Commercialization

Dr.Xing Yuan, the General Manager of Strategy and Head of Automotive Services of Baidu Intelligent Vehicle, is in charge of the overall strategic planning, business structuring and automotive enterprise services. Under his leadership, Baidu Intelligent Vehicle has established partnership with more than 60 OEMs and multiple upstream/downstream companies.



Bruno Lambert is the CEO of ICONIQ MOTORS. As the previous Asia President of Magna Steyr, Bruno brings with him a wealth of experience, knowledge and OEM best-practice from Product Planning through to Manufacturing strategy.

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