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Dr. Sven Kreitmair, CFA
Head of Credit Research
Automotive & Mobility
UniCredit Bank, Munich
Am Eisbach 4 - MRE3CC
80538 Munich
+49 89 378-13246

Sven Kreitmair is Head of the Credit Research team and, since 2001, has covered both High Grade and High Yield credit in Automobiles & Parts (auto and truck manufacturers, auto suppliers, car rental). He previously covered Industrials. Prior to this, he worked as a credit officer in various loan departments in the corporate banking area. Sven holds a doctorate in business economics from Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt and is a CFA charterholder.

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