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Horstmar, January 2016 – The Schmitz Cargobull AG Supervisory Board has appointed Boris Billich to the company’s board of directors. He assumed his new role on 1 January 2016. Following an introductory settling-in period, he will assume overall management responsibility for sales as part of the Schmitz Cargobull AG succession programme. Billich will succeed long-serving Sales Director Ulrich Schöpker, whose contract will expire on 15 December 2016. Two other directors, Andreas Klein (Operations) and Andreas Busacker (Finance), were appointed in the first half of 2015 as part of the same succession programme.
“Boris Billich has extensive management and sales experience in the commercial vehicle sector. We are also very pleased that we have been able to bring in someone with his level of expertise in the Eastern European and Middle Eastern markets,” explains Prof. Dr. Jürgen Kluge, Chairman of the Schmitz Cargobull AG Supervisory Board.
The 47-year-old studied business administration and information technology in Stuttgart, and began working at Daimler Chrysler AG in 1993, taking on a variety of roles managing the Eastern European and Middle Eastern markets. From 1998 to 2000, he led the commercial vehicles sales team for the Middle East from the company’s Dubai offices. He then took on further roles as a sales director in Prague and Moscow. He became CEO of Mercedes Truck Vostock in 2009 before being appointed CEO of Mercedes Benz Romania in Bucharest in 2013.
Boris Billich is 47 years old, married, and the father of three daughters.
About Schmitz Cargobull AG:
With an annual production of some 45,000 vehicles and around 4,900 employees, Schmitz Cargobull AG is Europe's leading manufacturer of semi-trailers and trailers for temperature-controlled freight, general cargo and bulk goods. The company achieved sales of €1.6 billion in the 2014/2015 business year. As a pioneer in the industry, the German company developed a comprehensive brand strategy early on and consistently established quality standards spanning every level: from research and development, to production and specialist services such as trailer telematics, financing, used vehicles, spare parts and Full Service.