The Board of Management and Supervisory Board of Volkswagen Group have resolved to extensively revise the Group’s management structure.
In order to sustainably implement the new structure, the OEM has said, it has made a number of changes on the Board of Management. Matthias Müller steps down as Chairman of the Board of Management by mutual agreement, effective immediately. At its meeting on Thursday, April 12, the Supervisory Board appointed Dr. Herbert Diess (pictured) as his successor.
New brand groups
The introduction of the brand groups Volume, Premium and Super Premium, along with the planned preparation for capital market readiness of Truck & Bus, create the basis for a more subsidiary leadership of the Group. The Chairmen of the Board of Management responsible for the brand groups will be taking on additional Group management roles.
Following this reorganisation, Herbert Diess will be responsible for Group Development and Research, Rupert Stadler for Group Sales, and Oliver Blume for Group Production.
Additional Group functions will be allocated according to the same principle. Due to the special significance of vehicle connectivity, Vehicle IT will be led by Herbert Diess himself; Company IT will be headed by Frank Witter. Procurement and Components are to be combined into one unit going forward.
At its meeting the Supervisory Board also decided on two new appointments to the Group Board of Management. Dr. Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Board of Management at Porsche, will belong to the Group’s top governing body going forward.
In addition, Gunnar Kilian, who until now has served as Secretary-General of the Volkswagen Group Works Council, has been appointed the new member of the Group Board of Management for Human Resources. He takes over the post from Dr. Karlheinz Blessing, who served in the role from the beginning of 2016. Dr. Blessing will be leaving the Board of Management by mutual agreement, but remains available to the company in a consultative capacity for the remaining duration of his employment contract.
Purchasing chief Garcia Sanz leaves the company
Dr. Francisco Javier Garcia Sanz, head of Procurement, leaves the company at his own request. “During the past two decades, Dr. Garcia Sanz has built up a cutting-edge Procurement department. His leadership of the diesel task force was instrumental in overcoming the diesel crisis. As Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the SEAT brand, he also made a significant contribution to reinforcing the brand,” said Chairman of the Supervisory Board Hans Dieter Pötsch.
Ralf Brandstätter, Board of Management member responsible for Procurement for the VW brand, will take on this additional role provisionally.