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Skoda CEO confident lockdown will be beneficial, says every crisis presents an opportunity

Bernhard Maier says people can adapt very quickly to new forms of work.

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Last Updated: Apr 10, 2020, 08.04 AM IST
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Bernhard Maier ​feels people will appreciate seeing each other face-to-face more once things get back to normal.​
Bernhard Maier feels people will appreciate seeing each other face-to-face more once things get back to normal.
Skoda Auto CEO Bernhard Maier, like many bosses across the world, is also using his home office for work. Board meetings are now virtual via online mediums, email and telephone calls.

Seeing people face-to-face is something irreplaceable, and what Maier feels people will appreciate more once things get back to normal.

"When it comes to communication and digitalisation, I’ve noticed that we’re already much further along than we might have thought before the coronavirus crisis. We can adapt very quickly to new forms of work. We’ll continue to take full advantage of this efficiency in digital communication when this is over," he said.

The Czech automobile company is making respirators for hospitals back home. They are also providing their cars to support health workers to move around there. The Skoda boss shared that in India, at their Pune plant, face shields are being produced which will be donated to doctors.

"We should never take anything for granted, especially the simple and most basic things in our daily lives. This time gives us a new sense of appreciation for them. After the crisis, we may find paradoxically that the virus – although now physically creating more distance between us – brings us all closer together. And that’s why, despite all the current uncertainty, I can say one thing is certain: every crisis – even this one – presents an opportunity for us all," Maier said of his learning from the pandemic thus far.


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