Corporate Governance

Corporate Governance

Management

Laurin Hahn

Chief Executive Officer

Laurin Hahn

Laurin Hahn is co-founder, Chief Executive Officer of Sono Motors and Managing Director of Sono Group N.V.. Driven by the ambition of realizing system change, he decided to stop his studies in Electrical Engineering and to fully dedicate to the development of an efficient, affordable electric vehicle, suitable for everyday use and whose battery can be additionally charged by the sun – the Sion.

Based on this project and the vision of a sustainable mobility concept independent of fossil fuels, Sono Motors GmbH was founded in 2016 by Laurin Hahn, Jona Christians, and Navina Pernsteiner.

Next to his role at Sono, Laurin Hahn is also a member of the Entrepreneurs for Future. In 2019 Laurin was recognized as one of the ‘Top 40 under 40 German entrepreneurs’ by the magazine Capital. In 2020, Sono Motors and its founders were awarded as the number 1 of ‘Most innovative startups in mobility’ by Forbes.

In the same year, Laurin was a nominee for the ‘Entrepreneur of the year Germany 2020’ by Ernst & Young.

Jona Christians

Chief Executive Officer

Jona Christians

Jona Christians co-founder, Chief Executive Officer of Sono Motors and Managing Director of Sono Group N.V.. After graduating in 2012 he started to develop and realize the vision of a sustainable mobility concept independent of fossil fuels. As the joint project grew and consolidated, he decided against his studies in computer science and experimental physics and devoted himself fully to the development of the Sion and the management of Sono Motors.

In 2016, he co-founded the company together with his two friends and partners Laurin Hahn and Navina Pernsteiner. Together with Laurin, he manually laid the very foundation for the company’s first vehicle, and has been successfully running Sono Motors since then. At the age of 27, Jona was nominated for ‘Entrepreneur of the Year 2020 Germany’ by renowned management consultancy Ernst & Young. With Sono Motors he is amongst the finalists of the ‘German Sustainability Award Design’. In 2020, Sono Motors and its founders were awarded as the number 1 of ‘Most innovative startups in mobility’ by Forbes.

Next to his role at Sono, Jona currently serves as a member of the entrepreneurial community Leaders for Climate Action.

Torsten Kiedel

Chief Financial Officer

Torsten Kiedel

Torsten Kiedel is Chief Financial Officer at Sono Motors. Since the beginning of 2020, he has been responsible for the Finance & Controlling departments. The company particularly benefits from Torsten‘s proven track record in management positions with established corporations such as BMW and successful start-ups such as myTaxi and FlixMobility. Torsten began his career in 2004 with the BMW Group, where he worked for seven years in various financial positions. He gained valuable international experience during his three years as Controller at the corporate’s own financial service BMW Bank of North America. He then became CFO at the mobility provider myTaxi, now called Free Now, and VP Finance at FlixMobility.

At the end of 2019, Torsten followed the company‘s open financing campaign with great interest. In 2020, he made the decision to support the founders in fulfilling their vision and to drive Sono Motors’ growth forward.

Thomas Hausch

Chief Operations Officer

Thomas Hausch

Thomas Hausch is Chief Operating Officer at Sono Motors. Thomas joined the company in 2018, bringing over 25 years of experience in the automotive industry with him, and has overseen operations ever since. He is also responsible for launching series production of the Sion. Thomas is invaluable to the company, especially in view of his instinct and knowledge for trendsetting technologies and new markets. From his time at Daimler, Chrysler, CODA and Nissan, he brings along experience and expertise in various areas, such as development, manufacturing, sales and marketing. In his last position, he served as Chief Executive Officer Center Europe for the Japanese automotive group Nissan.

In 2017, Thomas was taken by the unique Sono spirit and has since been helping to imple- ment the Sion and its mobility concept in his position as COO.

Markus Volmer

Chief Technology Officer

Markus Volmer

Markus Volmer is Chief Technology Officer at Sono Motors. Markus was appointed to be in charge of overall vehicle development, in February 2021. In this role he is primarily respon- sible for project management and validation of the Sion. The company benefits greatly from his international experience as a goal-oriented manager, well-versed in both vehicle development as well as testing, by way of his strong technical focus. Prior to becoming a member of the team, Markus worked in various positions at Daimler AG and the Foton Motor Group as a development and test engineer, responsible for testing and validating components, systems and complete vehicles. He directed projects across two management levels in both Germany and China.

The decisive factor for switching to Sono Motors was the company‘s vision of putting a climate-friendly and energy-efficient vehicle on the road. For Markus, this is an exciting new challenge. One that he has enthusiastically accepted.

Board of Directors

Wilko Stark

Chair

Wilko Stark
Mr. Stark has extensive board experience, having been a member of the Divisional Board of Management Mercedes-Benz Cars, Purchasing and Supplier Quality from October 2018 to April 2019. Prior to this he headed the Daimler Corporate Strategy and the Strategy and Product Planning of Mercedes-Benz Cars from 2013 and was additionally responsible for the CASE Division within Mercedes-Benz Cars from May 2017. At this time he was also responsible for the implementation of activities related to connectivity, autonomous driving, shared & services and e-mobility activities at Mercedes-Benz Cars. Today, Mr. Stark is a supervisory and advisory board member to several companies. He started his professional career at the Boston Consulting Group in 1998 and moved to Volkswagen AG in 2007 where he worked as Head of Product Strategy VW Group and VW Passenger Cars, as well as Head of Products of Seat S.A. In 2012, Mr. Stark joined Daimler AG and was responsible for products & modules, Daimler Trucks. Mr. Stark studied mechanical engineering (Diplom-Ingenieur) at the University of Stuttgart.

Robert A. Jeffe

Audit Chair and SEC Financial Expert

Robert A. Jeffe
Mr. Jeffe has over 34 years of extensive investment banking, corporate finance and corporate industrial experience and has served in leadership roles and held board positions at several large financial institutions and energy/industrial companies, including Morgan Stanley, General Electric and Hawkwood Energy. Since 2011, Mr. Jeffe has served as a director at Associated Banc-Corp. Here, he also currently serves as Chair of the Audit Committee. In 2017, Mr. Jeffe joined BlackWatch Advisors LLC, a financial and strategic consulting and advisory services firm, focused on the technology and entertainment industries, where he currently works as a senior operating partner. From 2017 to 2021, he served as chairman of OAG Analytics, Inc. Mr. Jeffe holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Stanford University and an undergraduate degree in economics from Dartmouth College.

Martina Buchhauser

Vice Chair

Martina Buchhauser
Ms. Buchhauser is a global leader with a deep understanding of the automotive industry and its transformation to new technologies and a responsible and CO2-reduced business. She has held various executive positions at General Motors, MAN, BMW and until recently was the Chief Procurement Officer (CPO) at Volvo Cars as well as a member of the management board. During her time at Volvo, she also served as director of the advisory board of Geely Volvo Automobile Technology (Ningbo) Co. Ltd. Prior to this, Ms. Buchhauser was senior vice president of purchasing and supplier network, interior and electric/electronics at BMW Group from 2012 to 2017. Today, she is a non-executive director of various advisory boards and a senior advisor of boutique consulting firm H&Z, specializing in strategy, procurement, and sustainability. Ms. Buchhauser holds a Master of Science in management (M.Sc.) from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Science in business management (B.Sc.) from Lawrence Technological University.

Sebastian Böttger

Community Representative

Sebastian Böttger
Mr. Böttger has a proven track record as a successful entrepreneur, having founded his first company ("Imperia AG") during his first semester at university, serving hundreds of media companies and governmental organisations across Europe to date. He is Chief Executive Officer at NeLeSo GmbH, a software and consulting company that develops innovative solutions in the areas of electric mobility, energy management and digital vehicle inspection, which he founded in 2010. Mr. Böttger studied electrical engineering at RWTH Aachen and Fernuniversität Hagen and holds an engineering degree (Dipl.Ing. Elektrotechnik).

Johannes Trischler

Employee Representative

Johannes Trischler
Besides various political engagements, Mr. Trischler began his legal career in 2017 as head of the legal department in Freising (Große Kreisstadt Freising) town district, where he, until 2018, was a mayoral staff-member and advised on legal and policy issues. In the same year he joined Sono Motors GmbH as senior legal counsel and head of the legal department. Trischler has held the title of General Counsel since March 2021. He holds a law degree from Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich. He graduated with his first state examination in law in 2013 and completed his legal clerkship at the Higher Regional Court of Munich in 2015. In the same year he graduated with his second state examination.

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