Dirk Wollschlaeger has led IBM's global business in the automotive industry since 2012. In 2016, his management responsibility was expanded to include the areas of Aerospace & Defense.
After graduating with a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Hanover in 1989, he joined Hitachi in the Yokohama Research Laboratory in the Production Engineering department. Following that, at the end of 1990 he became an assistant to the executive board with Duerkopp Adler AG / FAG Group. In 1992 he started at Pricewaterhouse Consultancy as a project manager and managed various restructuring projects at companies in the metals industry. In 1993 he joined a customer organization in the role of a plant manager. In 1994 he was appointed to the executive board of the company and took on responsibility for a global division and the expansion of a plant in Budapest, Hungary. In 2000 Dirk Wollschlaeger joined PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting, where he was appointed partner in 2001 and was responsible for numerous projects in the automotive and supplier industry. After IBM’s acquisition of PwC Consulting, he led the Strategy & Change team for the Industrial Sector in Europe, before becoming the Global Relationship Partner for IBM's global consulting and systems integration business with DaimlerChrysler in 2005. In 2007, he was appointed Managing Director and received overall responsibility for IBM's global business with Daimler AG.
With the appointment as IBM General Manager for the global automotive business at the beginning of 2012, Mr. Wollschläger moved to Shanghai / China with his family and returned to Germany in mid 2014.