Head of Ford Germany Bernhard Mattes (R) gestures as German Chancellor Angela Merkel makes an opening tour of the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt, Germany September 17, 2015. Photo: REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski
The former chief of Ford-Werke GmbH, Bernhard Mattes, is the favorite to head Germany’s VDA auto industry lobby when the current chief’s contract expires next year, a newspaper reported on Sunday.
Mattes, currently president of AmCham Germany, is regarded highly because he is viewed as independent of the big three German automakers - Volkswagen, BMW, and Daimler, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung reported.
VDA’s current president Matthias Wissmann, 68, has said he would leave the association when his contract expires in early summer 2018, a spokesman confirmed. He wouldn’t comment on a possible successor.
AmCham Germany wasn’t immediately available for comment when contacted by phone and email after business hours.