Pietro Zollino succeeds Julia Kroeber-Riel as TRATON GROUP’s Head of Communications
- Pietro Zollino will move from MAN Truck & Bus to TRATON effective November 1, 2021
- Julia-Kroeber-Riel is leaving the Company at her own request effective September 30, 2021
Pietro Zollino (54) will become the TRATON GROUP’s Head of Group Communications, Governmental Relations & Sustainability effective November 1, 2021, taking over from Julia Kroeber-Riel, who intends to explore a new direction in her career. As former Head of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs at MAN Truck & Bus, a brand of TRATON, Zollino is already familiar with the commercial vehicle industry.
Zollino began his professional career as an automotive journalist and Head of the Test and Service department at Motor Presse Stuttgart. In 2002, he moved to Mercedes-Benz Cars, taking over as Manager Global Communications. Zollino, who has a degree in physics and trained as a journalist, joined Volkswagen AG in 2012. In 2016, Zollino moved to Herndon, Virginia, to work as the Chief Communications Officer North American Region (US, Canada, and Mexico) for the Volkswagen brand. From 2017 onward, he was also responsible for the entirety of Volkswagen communications in the US in his role as the Executive Vice President Communications for Volkswagen Group of America. Zollino became Head of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs at MAN Truck & Bus in September 2020.
Matthias Gründler, CEO of the TRATON GROUP: “The TRATON GROUP has developed rapidly over the past few years, and Julia Kroeber-Riel has been very successful in supporting the journey from start-up to grown-up within the Communications function from the day our Company was founded. Her wish to start a new chapter is testament to her willingness to embrace change, the same willingness she has shown in the last six years as she played an active role in shaping TRATON as part of its management team. I would like to thank Julia for her hard work and her exceptional commitment, and wish her every success for this new stage in her life! With Pietro Zollino as her successor, our Company is gaining a communicator with international experience and the best contacts in the industry. We wish him all the best for his new role and look forward to working together.”