The team

Prof. Dr. Bernd Gottschalk

Founder and Managing Partner AutoValue GmbH
Automotive Consultant

  • 40 years of experience in the German and international automotive industry
  • comprehensive network of business, financial sector and political contacts
  • experience as Plant Manager in Mannheim and President Mercedes-Benz do Brazil
  • former member of the Board of Management of Mercedes-Benz AG, responsible for the worldwide Commercial Vehicle business
  • various supervisory board roles and executive directorships in Germany and abroad (primarily supplier industry) in
    • listed companies: Schaeffler AG, Compagnie Plastic Omnium, Jost Werke AG
    • supplier industry: Woco Group
    • in enterprise costing company: Facton GmbH
    • former board memberships: Delphi Corp., Voith AG, Fuchs Petrolub AG, ThyssenKrupp Steel AG
  • Senior Advisor or Chairman Germany of key institutions in the financial sector

Professor Dr. Bernd Gottschalk may be reached at

Dr. Ralph Onken

  • actively involved in the automotive industry for 18 years
  • high level of specialist project expertise (including industrialisation, joint ventures, due diligence, etc.)
  • particular understanding of the component and supplier sector (esp. axles and transmissions)
  • experience with overseas projects, esp. China, Russia, India
  • wide-ranging experience as Management Board Member of various overseas subsidiaries in e.g. Iran, Nigeria etc. for many years

Dr Ralph Onken may be reached at

Dr. Matthias Häberle

  • More than 25 years of international experience in medium-sized companies in the sectors
    • automotive supply,
    • metallurgy and plant engineering,
    • wholesale for construction industry and
    • mobility services
  • Worked more than 15 years as CFO with strong market and technology background
    in listed companies as well as private equity and family-owned businesses.
  • Extensive experience in managing corporate crises
    • Regaining of customers` trust with suppliers, funding partners and credit insurers
    • Closing restructuring contributions of customers and employees, including staff reductions
    • Stabilization of order intake
    • Relocation of production abroad
  • Implemented a global sales and growth strategy including
    • Realignment of product portfolio
    • Strengthening of customer relationships at decision-making level
    • Alignment of sales and development projects
  • In-depth experience in managing global M&A processes as an investor as well as target;
    Successfully acquired equity
  • Developed and realized international structured financing
  • Implemented an integrated ERP system (SAP)
  • Smoothly integrated a subgroup into a newly created international group

Wendelin Wolbert

  • more than 35 years experience in the automotive industry (Daimler), thereof more than 17 years in Level 1 position
  • broad knowledge, especially in the areas sales, strategy, controlling and procurement
  • more than 30 years international expert knowledge in examination and execution of complex projects, i.g. merger and acquisitions, industrializations, cooperations, Board of Director memberships, restructuring and turn around management
  • more than 10 years international experience in leading global organisations in the areas of Controlling and Procurement at group level
  • former president of Daimler Commercial vehicles China. More than 15 years experience (thereof 6 years as former president of Daimler commercial vehicles China located in Beijing) in various China projects especially in establishment, negotiation und leading of Joint Ventures.

Siegfried Bruckner

  • more than 40 years experience in the automotive industry (OEM and sales organization)
  • profound experience in project management, restructuring and turn around management
  • broad experience in marketing- and sales-systems
  • operative knowledge in finance and controlling
  • many  years of experience in operational management of sales subsidiaries  
  • wide-ranging experience in leading national and international sales-organizations
  • specified knowledge of restructuring-processes of sales-organizations

Siegfried Bruckner may be reached at

Wolfgang Widlewski

  • more than 30 years experiences in German and international Automotive Industries , passenger cars, light commercial vehicles, buses, trucks, trailers (OEM and Supplier)
  • former CFO of Daimler Northeast-Asia (Beijing)
  • more than 9 years experiences in foreign countries, especially in China and South Korea with local Joint Venture partners.
  • profound experiences in restructuring and turn around management
  • distinctive capability in global product projects
  • long-standing mandates in supervisory boards in Asia

Peter Schabert

  • more than 30 years experience in the German and international Automotive Industry (OEM)
  • many years of experience in the operational management of several plants (OEM)
  • CEO of a Joint Venture in China
  • pronounced knowledge in the design of a production chain
  • successfull design and implementation of efficiency programs
  • comprehensive knowledge in engine production and design

Bettina Kupferberg

Automotive Research

  • holds a degree in Economics
  • many years of industry association experience
  • expert in market analyses and statistical evaluation
  • close links to a circle of experts with wide-ranging expertise across the automotive industry

Bettina Kupferberg may be reached at

Thomas Stoeckel

  • over 25 years of experience in the automotive and aerospace industries
  • former member of the management board of EvoBus GmbH and Daimler Buses
  • over 3 years of experience in management and insolvency consulting in various projects
  • comprehensive knowledge in the field of corporate planning, M&A projects
    and restructuring projects including insolvency management
  • experience with foreign projects in particular USA, China, Brazil, Turkey, European region
    many years of membership in boards of various domestic and foreign companies

Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Runge

more than 35 years of competence in electronics, chassis and drive technology, change management

  • Pioneer of Digital Transformation
    • As “Head of Electronics at ZF Friedrichshafen AG”, he developed and implemented a strategically disruptive strategy for software and mechatronics competence as early as 1990. Basis for the noiseless takeover of TRW. Process leader for software development in Germany.
  • “Golden Daimler-Benz-Maybach Medal of Honour” of the VDI
    • for “Services to the Development of Mechatronics in Automobiles”. 16 laureates since 1986.
  • Integration of Technology and Economy
    • Managing Director Technology” of ZF Lenksysteme GmbH and, together with Managing Director Production, “Result Responsibility for Passenger Car Steering Systems”.
    • Development of electromechanical steering for all vehicle classes – basic actuator for all driver assistance systems up to “fully autonomous driving”.
    • Product cost optimization and integrated modular concepts = basis for the sales increase from 1.8 billion in 2003 to currently > 6 billion € and technological world market leader for electromechanical steering systems.
  • Association of German Engineers VDI
    • 20 years member and 10 years chairman of the program advisory board of the VDI conference “Electronics in Vehicles” now ELIV(1500 participants – largest conference on automotive electronics worldwide)
  • Supervisory Board of technology service provider

Sven Schneider

  • over 20 years of successful business development and leadership competence in globally active upper midsize companies (automotive, aerospace, chemicals, metal processing, electronics)
  • long-standing General Manager and CFO in the listed and private equity environment
  • long-standing member of boards and various committees (e.g. Audit Committee) in Germany and abroad
  • experience in implementing complex cross-national and cross-departmental projects, such as mergers and acquisitions (buy and sell side), integration and carve-out, strategic realignment, restructuring, working capital optimization
  • change management with high socio-cultural sensitivity
  • organizational and executive development
  • Dipl.-Betriebswirt (BA); Six Sigma Black Belt; Languages: German and English

Tom Graf

  • more than 20 years actively involved in the automotive supply industry
  • active as CEO and CRO in larger industrial mid-caps since more than 30 years
  • more than 25 years of experience in successful restructuring, turnaround and change management
  • implementation of comprehensive and global control and management systems
  • since 30 years Broad experience in structuring company financing, partially in critical situations and with international banking consortia and PE
  • responsible for more than 15 M&A-projects (sell and buy, MBO)
  • long lasting experience in family owned businesses
  • MBA, languages German, English and French


… with a further team of staff, all of whom are characterised by their considerable experience in the automotive industry, in most cases themselves having held management responsibility.