President & Secretary General

CLEPA President

Thorsten Muschal has been Faurecia’s Executive Vice President of Sales and Program Management since 2017.

Thorsten Muschal, 53, was elected President in 2020, and then re-elected in 2021. Before that, he was CLEPA vice president for 4 years and is well versed into the EU policy dossiers impacting the automotive industry.

Thorsten has been Faurecia’s Executive Vice President of Sales and Program Management since 2017. He has held leadership positions at Faurecia in Germany, North America, and France. Thorsten Muschal first joined Faurecia in 1992 as the Assistant to the General Manager of RHW. He was then made Head of Controlling at the Stadthagen plant. In 1997 he worked as the Director of Metal Structures for Volkswagen, and in 1998 became the Director of Sales to the Volkswagen Group. In 2003 his responsibilities were enlarged responsible  to Ford and GM. In 2004 he was the Vice President of the BMW/DAIMLER Customer, and was also made the Managing Director of Faurecia Autositze GmbH.

In 2005 he became the Vice President of the Ford/ GM/ Volkswagen Division. From  2006 to 2011 he worked as Vice President for the North European Seating Division, and the Managing Director of Faurecia Automotive GmbH. From 2011 to 2014 Thorsten Muschal was the President of Faurecia Automotive Seating in North America, and then in 2014 became Faurecia’s Vice President of Group Customer Strategy, in charge of Sales. In 2016 he was promoted to Executive Vice President of Faurecia Exteriors.

CLEPA Secretary General

Sigrid de Vries has held various positions in public affairs, industry and media over the past 25 years.

Sigrid de Vries has been Secretary General of CLEPA since 2017. Working in close concert with the association’s team and its members, much of her daily work focusses on the transformation towards safe, smart and sustainable mobility, translating the sector’s technology solutions and industrial realities into tangible policy recommendations.

A Dutch national, Sigrid studied journalism in the Netherlands and joined the country’s financial daily in Amsterdam in 1994. From 1998, she covered EU politics, the internal market and enlargement as EU correspondent in Brussels.

Sigrid moved to Berlin, Germany, in 2002 to report on the country’s politics, international relations, economy and business. In 2006, she became director communications & public relations at the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) in Brussels. From 2012, she led the external relations and communications department at CNH Industrial in Turin, Italy, as VP and member of the EMEA region’s management committee.

Before joining CLEPA, Sigrid was Secretary General of the Association of the European Construction Equipment Industry (CECE) in Brussels.