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Born 1976 Education Degree in electrical engineering from TU Hamburg Harburg, doctorate in mechanical engineering from TU Munich Profession Engineer Area of responsibility Head of Hybrid and eDrive Development Hobbies Family, travel, sports A perfect workday is: Knowing more in the evening than I did in the morning We have the opportunity to define high-voltage drive systems that authentically transform and reinterpret the performance characteristics of a Mercedes-AMG. You’re probably not the only ones moving in this innovative direction, right? Possibly, but while our competitors are corseted by a number of predefined cornerstones, we can be maximally creative. Mercedes-AMG gives us a great deal of freedom: Instead of primarily having to deal with all kinds of limitations, like our peers who work for other brands, we almost always think only about technologies that are as uncompromisingly oriented toward AMG characteristics as possible. Palpable, unadulterated performance is the most important thing. It is the raison d’être of a Mercedes-AMG, and therefore everything else has to be subordinate to performance. With this objective you have a lot of possibilities. And only very few limitations. This is what makes our job so profoundly exciting. How many employees does your team include? My team is very small, but we are actually in a very special situation: For hybridization and electrification we look at the whole vehicle, so we are in close dialogue with almost all areas of development. There is virtually no area of the vehicle that would not be affected by hybridization. In doing so, we’re assuming a coordination assignment — which is why I like to describe our kind of work as “swarm intelligence”: very strong and creative colleagues, small units in tight tandem, fast decisions. Like in racing. And we are also working rigorously with our Formula 1 colleagues from Mercedes-AMG High Performance Powertrains in England. Could the way your team functions be described as “typical AMG”? Definitely — because our field of activity in high-voltage motors and batteries has a very special dynamic. Experts with 20 years of professional experience are almost nonexistent, so my colleagues and I have to be constantly open to new paths whether we like it or not. And this attracts precisely the communicative, creative personalities that in turn shape our whole way of working. However, our close collaboration with other areas of the company gives rise to a great deal of speed, curiosity and versatility. You don’t hear sentences like, “But last time we did it this way or that way,” because there was no last time. At the same time, open, fast communication, even across hierarchical boundaries, is a strong part of AMG’s corporate culture. Technical problems are also sometimes discussed and clarified at the entrance to the canteen. That’s a joke, right? Not at all. At AMG, we don’t lug around concerns for a long time or exacerbate problems. Our culture is solution-oriented and fast — with a clear goal. For us engineers, this is the ideal environment. What’s next for your team? I can’t go into detail right here and now. But let’s put it this way: I look forward to the moment when our EQ Power+ technology hits the road in production vehicles. And most of all, I would like to be there when a long-time AMG customer drives one of our performance hybrids for the first time. I am positive that all his reservations about hybridization will dissolve in enthusiasm. 131


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