From the automotive workshop to innovation management.
From the digital experience in the vehicle to high-tech infrastructure for e-mobility and self-driving cars: Benjamin Brügel looks five to ten years into the future. As Head of Innovation Management Marketing & Sales at Mercedes-Benz, he identifies technologies and business models that will tremendously change the mobility of tomorrow. Benjamin Brügel began his career at the Mercedes-Benz Group plant in Rastatt - as an automotive electrics apprentice. In his interview, Benjamin Brügel tells us why he decided to do an apprenticeship at Mercedes-Benz, how he experienced his first day at work and how his career path led him to innovation management.
On the first day, we were so excited that we couldn't find the training workshop at first. When we finally arrived, I immediately felt that I belonged.
Benjamin Brügel (35) inherited his enthusiasm for technology from his father. As a trained motor vehicle technician, he taught his son the correct use of tools at an early age. There was never any doubt that Benjamin, who was born in Neuweier near Baden-Baden in Germany, would want to do something practical after his time at school. After completing his apprenticeship at Daimler, the newly qualified automotive electrician initially worked in production, where he made sure that the suspension, body and engine found their way together. After completing his engineering studies at the University of Applied Sciences in Esslingen, Benjamin Brügel joined Daimler's After-Sales department and then completed his Master's degree in General Management at the University of Applied Sciences for Economics & Management (FOM) in Stuttgart. Today, Benjamin Brügel commits his time not only to identify technologies for the mobility of the future at Mercedes-Benz, but also when it comes to his family. He and his wife have discovered hiking as a new passion – being out in nature with their small daughter is sheer relaxation for the family man.