Schaeffler AG has announced the appointment of Dr. Astrid Fontaine as Chief Human Resources Officer and as a full member of the Board of Managing Directors of Schaeffler AG, effective January 1, 2024.
“We are extremely pleased that we have succeeded in recruiting Dr. Astrid Fontaine, a proven HR expert described by Automobilwoche magazine as being ‘one of the most influential women in the automotive industry’”, says Georg F. W. Schaeffler, Family Shareholder and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Schaeffler AG.
“Thanks to her extensive experience and know-how within large international automotive groups, she will also play a particularly important role in the anticipated task of integrating Vitesco Technologies Group AG,” Georg F. W. Schaeffler added.
“At the same time, I wish to thank Ms. Corinna Schittenhelm most sincerely for her great personal commitment during the past eight years”, Georg F. W. Schaeffler said.
Georg F. W. Schaeffler further said, “She did an excellent job of setting up the HR function at Schaeffler, which will allow her successor, assisted by a first-class team, to build on a very good foundation.”
Prior to Schaeffler, Dr. Astrid Fontaine was associated with the Volkswagen Group. Here, she was most recently responsible for “People & Transformation” on the Board of Management at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles since September 2021. Her earlier stints include working with Bentley Motors, Porsche Cars, DaimlerChrysler and Mercedes-Benz AG.
Dr. Astrid Fontaine holds a degree in business administration and mechanical engineering and was awarded a doctorate in the field of “Information Systems” after completing a PhD program in the US.
She has been a member of the Expert Group on the Transformation of the Automotive Industry at the German Federal Ministry of Economics since 2022.