Former Opel CEO joins mobility start-up
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.
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.”