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Dietmar von Polenz is an independent consultant and interim manager for the international manufacturing industries worldwide with leadership experience through the entire value chain. He offers with his firm INTERIM[4]AUTOMOTIVE consulting, interim management services to create, optimize or restructure complete business systems as plants, facilities or new product development on individual worldwide base. Clients benefit from his more than 25 years leadership experience at an OEM vehicle manufacturer on four continents.


EXECUTIVE with proven success to generate new business in automotive industry on 4 continents:

Project ManagementProgram ManagementBusiness DevelopmentBusiness Planning

Turn key plants Corporate Strategy Mergers & Acquisitions Vehicle Technology

CREATOR - invents, structures and realizes complete new business systems (plants, new products)

·managed new green field turn-key plant projects up to US$ 0,5 billion capital investment

·        installed joint manufacturing, global sourcing and supply chains over several continents

·launched new all wheel drive generation as program manager power train & chassis to market in target costs, time and budget

STRATEGIST-restructures and directs manufacturing and product technology to new potentials

·restructured complete worldwide OEM transmission business of US$ 5 billion turnover

·        integrated axle differential business of 3 OEM brands on 2 continents

·transformed an OEM powertrain plant to a system supplier with industrialization overseas

·transferred technology on worldwide scale to gain synergies and scale effects

LEADER-directs complex organizations over continents and corporations to success

·led project organizations of up to 800 people to realize complete greenfield plants overseas

·integrated corporations, suppliers, service providers and consultantsto worldwide achievements

·        achieved ambitious cost-, time-, budget-, volume- and quality-targets in automotive projects

Work experience

Jan 2009Present



INTERIM[4]AUTOMOTIVE supports manufacturing industries worldwide on the entire value chain by individual services:

  • consulting (strategy concepts and expertise for new or restructured business systems and processes)
  • interim management (responsible leadership of complex management units in projects and executive functions for defined time)
  • monitoring, board representation and evaluations (status quo analysis, evaluation, optimization and control of projects and processes)
  • moderation and contract contents (creation of ideas, conflict resolution and alignment of interests to win-win solutions - no legal consulting and court representation)
Jan 2016Apr 2016

Task Force Manager Test Field High Pressure Fuel Pumps

Robert Bosch GmbH, Schwieberdingen, Germany

Leadership of root cause analysis and management of improvements of test field yield for high pressure fuel injection pumps

Sep 2015Sep 2015

Task Force Manager Launch Plastic Parts

Supplier of interior plastic parts in Bavaria

After line stop of OEM during launch of a new SUV, assignment of OEM for detailed root cause analysis of output and quality in manufacturing of high-gloss painting and assembly of plastic parts for instrument panel and door claddings. Elaboration of 40 items action plan for tier1 for implementation with resident engineers of OEM.

Jul 2014Jun 2015

General Manager & Plant Manager

Reich LLC, Arden-Asheville NC, USA

Management of fast-growing overseas plant and company of Reich GmbH, Germany for high precision transmission parts and steering shafts for OEM customers "Detroit Big Three" and transmission plants of ZF and Chrysler.

Jun 2014Jul 2014

Program Manager Launch Management Engine Gears

Koepfer Gears & Transmission Technology  GmbH, Furtwangen

Leadership and structuring of the launch program for a major order of gear-packages for Lanchester drive and valve-timing of a new passenger car Diesel engine with SoP 2015/2016

Dec 2013Apr 2014

Manager improvement development of Dual Clutch Transmission

GETRAG International GmbH

Leader of interdisciplinary project group with design engineers, procurement, quality managers, manufacturing planners and controllers to improve features and quality of 7DCT750 for high performance sports cars

Apr 2013May 2013

Senior Consutant Manufacturing Line Launch Acceleration

Robert Bosch GmbH, division automotive Electronics

Shorten the supply and the build-up of a semiconductor device line for transmission control units in USA

Jun 2012Sep 2012

Task Force Manager transmission spline

Robert Bosch GmbH

External interim manager "task force leader transmission spline" at BOSCH hybrid house. Responsible for

  • root cause analysis completion after rotorshaft spline wear outs in overloads testing
  • definition of new technology solutions and their application
  • management of rapid sample parts manufacturing and testing
  • management and leadership of project team and suppliers
  • release process for volume production launch
  • achievement of SOP of target vehicle FIAT500EV (full electric vehicle)
Jun 2011May 2012

Senior Consultant

  • 6 month external project manager for oil module of new commercial vehicles engines at tier 1 supplier; leader of a 5 persons consulting team to define and implement new product development engineering processes (PEP) at tear 1 automotive supplier
  • 5 month senior consultant to develop project masterplan, project structure plan (PSP) and joint venture contract annexes for full electric vehicle, developed in Europe to be industrialized in China
Dec 2006Dec 2008

Senior Manager Engineering & Project

  • Member of cross-corporate project lead and strategy development group (3 managers)
  • Leader of 3 engineering teams in Germany and USA of Daimler AG and Chrysler LLC to develop new axle generation for Mercedes-Benz and Chrysler brands
Jan 2003Nov 2006

Senior Manager Powertrain

DaimlerChrysler AG
  • Leader powertrain for launch of new allwheel drive passenger car generation
  • Leader powertrain industrialization for new vehicle generations in South Africa and Brazil
  • Leader systems supply powertrain, suspension & chassis for a new SUV
Jan 2001Dec 2002

Senior Manager Industrialization

DaimlerChrysler AG

·Co-developer of new worldwide corporate transmission strategy in post-merger integration

·Leader of all Mercedes-Benz activities (plant extension, technology transfer, supply chain,…) to industrialize first 5-speed automatic transmission in a US greenfield plant

Nov 1995Dec 2000

Manager Industrialization Overseas

Daimler-Benz AG
  • Single responsible project manager for greenfield car assembly plant EGA in Egypt
  • Leader product and production planning for licensees in Iran and Egypt
  • Business Plan for new joint venture MBIndia with passenger car greenfield plant
Mar 1980Oct 1995

Various Management Positions

Daimler-Benz AG
  • Mergers & Acquistions, Affiliates - Manager Reporting & Information Systems
  • Sales & Marketing Organization & Controlling - Manager new IT systems & data centers
  • Corporate Public Relations - Assistant to the Executive Vice President Communication
  • Corporate Auditing - Team head IT systems & data center audits
  • Finance & Controlling - Expert of methods

Curriculum Vitae

Performance Footprints

Leistungsbeispiele Deutsch



Oct 1973Jul 1979


  • Masters degree in Economics with honors
  • Diploma thesis on materials management published as a book


Intercultural management
Managed complex cross-border projects on four continents as greenfield plants, product development, technology transfers and supply chains
Operative and project leadership of complex organisation up to 800 people, somestimes also cross borders, with budget and cost responsibility on directors and senior management levels
Program management
Leadership of complex new product development and manufacturing projects as leadership power train & chassis as system supplier for new cars or the new four wheel drive generation Mercedes-Benz 4 matic in the launch years 2006 in S-class (see visualCV portfolio "performance footprints" in english, "Leistungsbeispiele" in german or "exemples professionelles" in french
Project management
Responsible leader of complex projects on four continents. Comprehensive information see "performance footprints" (english), Leistungsbeispiele (deutsch) or "exemples professionelles" (francais) on visual CV portfolio.
Spanish (Espagnol)
Francais (french language)
Deutsch (german language)
Mother language, experienced speaker and writer
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