Former Opel CEO joins mobility start-up

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Dr Karl-Thomas Neumann, who held the role of Vauxhall/Opel CEO until the company’s sale to PSA last year, has joined the board of mobility startup Door2door and will also be investing in the firm.

Dr Karl-Thomas Neumann, board member at Door2door

The company provides global dynamic mobility solutions for public transportation, offering cities and mass transport companies with an on-demand mobility platform that enables micro-transit rideshare shuttle systems to be integrated into existing transport networks.

Door2door has already partnered with Duisburger Verkehrsgesellschaft to launch an on-demand ride-sharing service and has also set up a free on-demand shuttle service, allygator shuttle, in Berlin in cooperation with the Allgemeiner Deutscher Automobil-Club (ADAC).

Dr Neumann brings more than 25 years of experience in the automotive industry to the role, including as CEO of Continental and has previously held a number of executive roles at Volkswagen. The announcement follows months of conjecture that he would join Audi.

In addition, Ariel Luedi, the former CEO of e-commerce firm SAP Hybris, will join Door2door as a board member, building on his 20 years’ experience of the enterprise software sector.

“Door2door is a groundbreaking company aimed at achieving the kind of disruptive innovation that’s driving the mobility industry forward,” said Dr Neumann. “Door2door has a real opportunity to drastically improve the way we get around in cities across the globe, and I’m looking forward to helping their remarkable team unlock new possibilities for a real mobility revolution. Almost every other industry is being disrupted by technology – it’s time for public transportation to get in gear as well.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.