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Mario Brunner Appointed as a New Member of the Management Board of AVL List GmbH

Mario Brunner strengthens the management of AVL List GmbH


Mario Brunner has been appointed as the new Executive Vice President (EVP) of the Graz-based company since October 1, 2021. In his new position, the 41-year-old is responsible for technical and operational management as well as for the technological orientation of the engineering division. Brunner succeeds Robert Fischer, who is leaving the management team for health reasons but will continue to play a key role at AVL List GmbH as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Engineering. The overall management of AVL includes a total of seven executive vice presidents, chaired by Prof. Helmut List.


Graz, Austria, January 2022: The new EVP Engineering and Technology Powertrain Systems, Mario Brunner's full title, has already been successfully working for AVL for more than 18 years. After holding various positions, including Head of Mechanical Simulation, he moved to Transmission Development in 2014 and led the System, Software, Simulation and Testing Teams. In 2016, he took over as Head of Global Transmission Development with a focus on electrification. Most recently, Brunner was responsible for Powertrain Electrification and Systems Engineering as a Senior Chief Engineer. In addition to his work for AVL, Brunner is a guest lecturer at the Graz University of Technology and is on the board of the European All-Wheel Drive Congress and the CTI Symposia in Berlin and China.

With the appointment of Mario Brunner to the Executive Board and the role of Robert Fischer as CTO Engineering, AVL is further broadening the management of its engineering division. At the same time, the company is continuing the growth course driven by Prof. Helmut List, thus taking into account the rapidly changing requirements of the market. Expanding the technological portfolio with new solutions and systems is one of Brunner's declared goals, as is expanding the company's market position as an innovative trailblazer for the entire mobility industry.

Mario Brunner, Executive Vice President AVL: "I see AVL above all as a knowledge company whose strength lies in the innovative power of its employees. I would like to further sharpen this profile in my new position. In addition, I have made it my goal to expand our technological bandwidth in a way that is fit for the future. We are already a reliable partner for our customers in all aspects of the electrified powertrain. I see new areas of focus in the field of driverless assistance systems ADAS/AD and electrification as well as hybridization E/E. We also plan to deliver added value in the area of holistic vehicle development together with completely new approaches. Another important building block for AVL's future is the energy sector, where we have a broad expertise, especially in hydrogen, from fuel cell research to complete plants."

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 in other sectors such as rail, marine, and energy. Based on extensive in-house research activities, AVL delivers concepts, technology solutions, methodologies, and development tools for a greener, safer, and better world of mobility and beyond.

AVL supports international partners and customers in their sustainable and digital transformation. The focus lies on the areas of electrification, software, AI and automation. In addition, AVL supports companies in energy-intensive sectors on their way to a greener and more efficient energy generation and supply.

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

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