Prof. Dr. Hans-Joachim Schöpf joins Ricardo plc board

Prof. Dr. Hans-Joachim Schöpf joins Ricardo plc board

Ricardo is pleased to announce that Professor Dr. Hans-Joachim Schöpf, former executive vice president of DaimlerChrysler AG and former head of Mercedes Car Group R&D, has been appointed non-executive director to Ricardo plc

With an automotive career spanning thirty six years and including some of the most senior positions in the German automotive industry, Professor Dr. Hans-Joachim Schöpf is one of the leading influences on modern automotive R&D. Having started at Daimler Benz AG as a trainee in 1969 following completion of his first degree, Professor Schöpf rose to become an executive vice president to DaimlerChrysler AG, head of Mercedes R&D and member of the board of Mercedes Car Group. During this time he was responsible for many of the company’s leading products including the A- and C- class cars, and he was instrumental to the implementation of technologies such as common rail diesel and direct injection gasoline engines, and vehicle electronic stability control.  In 1995 he initiated the build-up of MbTech GmbH, the wholly-owned technology and engineering subsidiary of DaimlerChrysler, which has subsequently grown to be a business in excess of €250 million.

Having retired from DaimlerChrysler in 2004, Professor Schöpf has been appointed to directorships of BEHR, and TK Bilstein in Germany, Valmet Automotive, Finland, and member of the advisory board of Mahle. In addition Professor Schöpf was a director of Ballard Power Systems in Canada until the end of 2007. He has also worked as an independent automotive consultant and is an Honorary Professor of the Technical University of Vienna and Honorary Senator of the Technical College of Esslingen.
Since 19 September 2007 Professor Schöpf has been a non-executive director of Ricardo Deutschland GmbH and an adviser to the company’s technology strategy group. On appointment, he will resign form the board of Ricardo Deutschland GmbH but will remain an adviser to the technology strategy group.

Commenting on the appointment of Professor Schöpf, Dave Shemmans, CEO of Ricardo plc, said:

“I am pleased to welcome Professor Schöpf to the board and I am confident that he will make a very positive contribution in guiding the development of Ricardo’s global strategy. Professor Schöpf is one of the leading figures in the global, and in particular the German, automotive industry. His advisory input in all aspects from technology to market strategy and client approach will be a catalyst for the development of our business, introducing a respected international dimension to the board.”

Marcus Beresford, chairman of Ricardo plc, added:

“This is again a demonstration that Ricardo can attract the very best of international talent. I believe that with his exceptionally strong background in automotive R&D and long history with one of Germany’s leading multi-national automakers, Professor Schöpf will be a very valuable member of the board. The board looks forward to welcoming him and to the guidance that he will bring”

Ricardo plc: With technical centres and offices in the UK, USA, Germany, the Czech Republic, France, Italy, Russia, China, Japan, India and Korea, Ricardo is a leading independent technology provider and strategic consultant to the world’s transportation sector industries. The company’s engineering expertise ranges from vehicle systems integration, controls, electronics and software development, to the latest driveline and transmission systems and gasoline, diesel, hybrid and fuel cell powertrain technologies. Its customers include the world’s major vehicle, engine and transmission manufacturers, tier 1 suppliers and leading motorsport teams. Ricardo is committed to excellence and industry leadership in people, technology and knowledge; approximately 70 per cent of its employees are highly qualified multi-disciplined professional engineers and technicians. A public company, Ricardo plc posted sales of £197.7 million in financial year 2008 and is a constituent of the FTSE techMark 100 index – a group of innovative technology companies listed on the London Stock Exchange. For more information, visit