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Sturm (pictured) is succeeding Peter Kraus, who is retiring (Photo: ZF)

Juergen Sturm, currently CIO of the Bosch-Siemens domestic appliances joint venture, will become CIO  of ZF Friedrichshafen at the end of the year.

Sturm, 51, will succeed Peter Kraus, who is retiring.

The Bosch executive joins ZF at a time when the German automotive supplier is set to greatly broaden its global footprint through the acquisition of US-based TRW. ZF announced the takeover last month.

Before joining Bosch-Siemens, Sturm helped positions as director, organization, processes and information systems at consumer electronics company Grundig and he was in charge of global supply chain management and logistics at Temic Telefunken, a microelectronics company jointly owned by Daimler and German aerospace group DASA. The company was split in three units in 1998.

Bosch announced in September that it was buying Siemens' 50 percent share in the household appliances joint venture.

Kraus joined ZF in 1990. He managed the IT side of the company's passenger car drive technology unit before taking control of the newly founded ZF Information Technology unit in 1994.