The Škoda Group kicked off to a strategic transformation of its top management and organizational structure. The goal is to optimize operational performance and adapt to changing market dynamics. Effective Wednesday, October 11, 2023, Didier Pfleger was appointed Executive Chairman and Petr Novotný became the new CEO of the Škoda Group. In addition, to increase efficiency, the group is also merging its four business regions into two and appointing a new COO.

The new organizational structure focuses more on operational performance management and the resulting increase in responsibility for individual departments and divisions. As part of this change, the group’s top management has been realigned in two key positions.

Didier Pfleger, previously CEO, has been appointed Executive Chairman. In this role, he will provide strategic leadership and define the overall vision of the Škoda Group. He will use his extensive experience and expertise to shape the future direction of the group, promote innovation, and strengthen partnerships and public affairs.

“Our group has experienced unprecedented growth and expansion over the past three years. This is thanks to a management team that has faced challenging market and supply chain conditions. And my goal is to enable Škoda to continue this growth. The organisational change that has taken place means we are ready to adapt to market dynamics and navigate a rapidly changing environment. Our vision is clear – to continue to be a leader in advanced and sustainable public transport solutions”, Didier Pfleger commented on the changes.

Petr Novotný assumes the role of CEO of the Škoda Group. He will be responsible for the management of all group divisions and production sites, as well as the strategic implementation of all group activities. “The role of CEO of the Škoda Group is both an honor and a burden for me. Our mission is to provide the world with public transport solutions that are at the forefront of technology and bring benefits to our customers and citizens,” Petr Novotný concluded.

Zdeněk Sváta will move to the role of COO of Škoda Group. As COO, he will cover all activities related to Operations, Sourcing and Project Management Office.


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