Bohr has run Bosch's automotive operations for the past 10 years (Photo: Bosch)

Bernd Bohr is leaving his post as the head of the automotive division of Robert Bosch.

Bohr, 56, has been in charge of the biggest division of the German automotive supplier for almost 10 years and has worked for Bosch since 1987. He is leaving the company of his own accord and plans to pursue personal interests and perform a range of advisory and supervisory-board activities, Bosch said in a press release.

The departure of Bosch's most prominent automotive executive follows the appointment last year of Volkmar Denner as CEO of the world's biggest supplier group. Bohr was one of the top candidates for the position.

With the departure of Bohr, the company is making several changes to its top management structure. In particular, Bosch is spreading responsibility for the various parts of its core automotive activities across different senior executives.

  • Wolf-Henning Schneider, 50, will coordinate the group's automotive technology businesses, assuming responsibility for marketing, sales and sales to automakers. Bosch said Schneider, who will also be responsible for aftermarket, electrical drives and steering systems divisions, will be "the most important contact person for automotive customers from around the world"
  • Rolf Bulander, 54, will become the board member responsible for quality, gasoline systems, diesel systems, starter motors and generators as well as for the Bosch Engineering division
  • bosch-schneider-150x150 Wolf-Hennning Schneider (Photo: Bosch)

    Dirk Hoheisel, 54, will be responsible for car multimedia, chassis systems control and Bosch's automotive electronics divisions. In this role, he will also hold responsibility for systems integration

  • Peter Tyroller, 55, will move to Shanghai to take over Bosch's growing Asia-Pacific operations. Tyroller succeeds Uwe Raschke in Shanghai. In addition, Tyroller takes over Bohr's responsibility for the Indian market. Tyroller is currently in charge of marketing, sales and the aftermarket
  • Stefan Asenkerschbaumer, 56, will become deputy chairman of the Bosch management board. Asenkerschbaumer is in charge of finance, purchasing, logistics and IT at Bosch.

All changes take effect July 1