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Matthias Dank Returns to AVL and Joins the Executive Board

AVL List GmbH has appointed Matthias Dank as new board member and Executive Vice President (EVP). The top manager with international experience was previously at McLaren Applied, where he was Director of Motorsport.

Matthias Dank

AVL List GmbH has appointed Matthias Dank as new board member and Executive Vice President (EVP). The top manager with international experience was previously at McLaren Applied, where he was Director of Motorsport. As of January 1, 2023, the 45- year-old is responsible for the business development, sales and international operations of AVL in the instrumentation and test systems sector.

Graz, Austria, January 23, 2023: Matthias Dank, previous motorsport executive, is joining AVL List GmbH. The engineer and mathematician has more than 20 years of professional experience in product and technology development, engineering management, and business transformation. Between 2010 and 2020, he was responsible for the Motorsport business in AVL's Instrumentation and Test Systems Division. In 2020 he was appointed Director of Motorsports at McLaren Applied, a world-renowned company in electronics, communications, electrification, software, and analytics.

Returning to AVL, Dank is taking on the role of EVP Global Business Development, Sales, and International Operations in the Instrumentation and Test Systems Division. In addition to his many years of experience in the general automotive industry besides global motorsport, he also brings extensive expertise in business development and global sales relating to complex systems, software, analytics, and digitalization. His many recent technology projects include the successful launch of a new generation of motorsport and rapid prototyping control units and securing major long-term supply contracts involving electronics and analytics software until 2030 and beyond.

With the appointment to the executive board, AVL is adding an expert in important strategic decisions to their ranks. In doing so, the company continues to advance the technological policy adopted and meet the rapidly changing requirements of the market.

"After two decades in various engineering, management, and executive roles in the automotive and motorsport industries, I am excited to be back at AVL and enthusiastic to contribute to the transformation of complex test systems, tools, and software solutions for sustainable mobility," stated Dank, "I have a deep appreciation for the philosophy of AVL being a technology pioneer and for Helmut List's vision."

Helmut List, Chairman of the Board, added: “We are delighted about the return of Matthias Dank to AVL. With his appointment as Executive Vice President, AVL gains an experienced automotive and motorsport expert who knows both AVL and the needs of the market very well. With his experience and leadership skills, we will further strengthen our Instrumentation and Test Systems Division."

With more than 12,200 employees, AVL is one of the world’s leading mobility technology companies for development, simulation and testing in the automotive industry, and beyond. Drawing on its pioneering spirit, the company provides concepts, solutions and methodologies for a greener, safer and better world of mobility.

From ideation phase to serial production, the company covers vehicle architectures and platform solutions including the impact of new propulsion systems and energy carriers. As a global technology provider, AVL’s offerings range from simulation, virtualization and test automation for product development to ADAS/AD and vehicle software. The company combines state-of-the-art and highly scalable IT, software and technology solutions with its application know-how, thereby offering customers extensive tools in areas such as Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, Cybersecurity or Embedded Systems.

AVL's passion is innovation. Together with an international network of experts at more than 90 locations and with 45 Tech and Engineering Centers worldwide, AVL is supporting customers in their mobility ambitions. In 2023, the company generated a turnover of 2.05 billion Euros, of which 10 % are invested in R&D activities to ensure continuous innovation.

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