Dr. Michael Hajesch

ATF Panel Member, CEO IONITY GmbH

After graduating from high school Michael studied Mechanical Engineering at the University Gesamthochschule Kassel and received a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering. This was followed by studies at Cranfield University, UK, where he received his Ph.D. The Thesis did focus on „Cooperations in the area of New product development“. During that time Michael was a doctorate candidate sponsored by BMW AG.
In 2004, he started working with BMW AG. He worked in several positions within the Research & Development Ressort e. g. he was responsible for the program management of the BMW 1 series. Subsequently, he joined the formerly corporate strategy project „project i“, where he was responsible for the MINI E field trials worldwide. Michael’s next assignment was in Corporate Planning and Product Strategy Department where he worked as senior expert focusing on CO2 strategy followed by responsibilities in the field of E-Mobility framework strategy, charging infrastructure and new business models/ opportunities coming with this.
Michael left BMW AG in October 2017 to take over the Managing Director/CEO role at IONITY GmbH in Munich a Joint Venture formed by BMW Group, Daimler AG, Ford Motor Company and Volkswagen Group with Audi and Porsche.
Michael was honored to receive a 2019 Eurostar Award from Automotive News Europe for the results achieved in his actual role as CEO of IONITY, a company that was founded in late 2017.