Yet another manager from Germany for Skoda, long-standing head of sales Majer is out
An experienced rail vehicle dealer, the new senior vice-president is to take Skoda to other markets.
We are seeing changes in the top management of the Skoda Transportation Group as Zdenek Majer (44), who was one of the long-standing faces of Skoda, has left the Board of Directors and his position as Senior Vice President for Sales. He left the group after 20 years. Both of his positions have now been taken over by Mike Niebling (55), who worked for Bombardier Transportation for almost 30 years. As an experienced rail vehicle dealer, he is to take Skoda into other markets.
“Our long-term goal is to strengthen our position in key markets, and also to further establish ourselves in Western Europe, where we see great potential. Mike Niebling has very extensive experience of selling rail vehicles across Europe and will be a great asset to the Group,” said Skoda President Petr Brzezina. Mike Niebling will be responsible for global sales at Skoda, where he will focus mainly on rail vehicles (trains, trams, and metro).
Niebling studied mechanical engineering, specializing in rail vehicle technology at the Technical University of Dresden, Germany. Immediately after graduation he joined Bombardier Transportation where he worked for 29 years, mainly in senior management positions. He was responsible for sales of rail vehicles in Europe.
Skoda has not given any reasons for Majer’s leaving. The company has five senior vice presidents for different areas under the president. Niebling will be the second German citizen to hold a top management position; last spring Skoda hired German executive Tanya Altmann for the newly created position of Senior Vice President for Bus Mobility Solutions.