Škoda Group, owned by PPF Group and Europe’s leading manufacturer of public transport vehicles, announced changes in its organisational structure and senior management.
As it seeks expansion into new markets, the group, which includes Plzeň-based Škoda Transportation, is presenting itself as Škoda Group and has also changed its web domain. The changes are effective from 1 June, 2022.
The new organisational structure establishes four geographical units and four product lines, including two new lines (Bus and Components). These will complement the already existing Rolling Stock & Digital and Service lines.
The management of all regions and product lines Bus and Components will be responsible for their own economic performance and the entire project lifecycle, from initial consultation, through the tendering process to final delivery of all products and other services.
Research and development will have a vital function in the group’s future direction as Škoda delivers new solutions for modern and sustainable transport in cities and beyond. This year will feature new products in the group’s portfolio.
“We have very ambitious goals, and therefore improving our organisational structure was a logical step. We will also be focusing significantly on expansion into new markets. The new structure will improve our approach to customers and customer proximity, as teams will have a better understanding of customer needs and be able to create appropriate solutions,” Didier Pfleger, CEO of Škoda Group said.
The group recently established its Sales & Project Office to support worldwide sales, coordinate projects and provide resource planning to deliver greater efficiency across the entire bidding process. Its strategy department is now headed by Martina Casanova, Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Anna Vaschenko will take up the position of Senior Vice President of Sourcing from 1 July and will be responsible for purchasing components, raw materials and supplies for the entire group.
The main change to the Škoda Group is division according to individual regions and product lines. Finance, legal service, human resources, communications, strategy and the Sales & Project Office will be managed centrally for the entire group. Some positions under these central functions, however, will be specialised for certain regions or product lines.
Škoda Group has several production sites in the Czech Republic and one in Finland and there are also companies in Germany, Hungary, and other countries. Škoda employs over 6,000 people in its companies.