Lampersbach to follow Schmitz as Head of Corporate Communications at MAN

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As of 1 January 2009, Wieland Schmitz (62), Head of Corporate Communications at MAN, will be handing over management of MAN AG's Corporate Communications Department to Andreas Lampersbach (46), currently Head of Media Relations for the Munich-based commercial vehicle and engineering group. From January onwards, Mr. Lampersbach will be taking over worldwide responsibility for the MAN Group's external, internal and brand communication activities and reporting to the Chairman of the Executive Board, Håkan Samuelsson.

"Wieland Schmitz has been very successful in giving MAN's communications operations a new direction, expanding their international scope and establishing a consistent brand image for the Group. He has promoted openness and transparency both internally and externally and made a significant contribution to enhancing the company's good reputation. The Executive Board would like to thank Wieland Schmitz for his excellent work. An experienced and successful communications expert from within the Group, Andreas Lampersbach, will be taking over responsibility for our Corporate Communications," said Håkan Samuelsson, Executive Board Chairman of MAN AG, commenting on the forthcoming changeover.

After ten years as head of MAN's communications activities, Mr. Schmitz has decided to retire. As an economist and business journalist, he assumed responsibility for the Group's worldwide communications at the beginning of 1999, having previously worked for twenty-two years as editor and correspondent for the news agencies VWD and Reuters, for the business magazine "Wirtschaftswoche" and the "Handelsblatt" newspaper.

Andreas Lampersbach, at present Head of Media Relations in the Corporate Communications Department, is to become Deputy Manager of this department with immediate effect. He joined the MAN Group in 2001 as Head of Corporate Communications for the MAN Diesel division. In 2006, he moved to the communications section at MAN's corporate centre. He previously headed communications operations for the World Exhibition EXPO 2000 and was departmental head at the Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung. After studying law at Hanover University and completing an editorial traineeship with a newspaper, Mr. Lampersbach worked as a lawyer and journalist. He is married with two daughters.
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