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Brand Management.

Dr. Herbert Diess
Member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG
Chairman of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand
 

Herbert Diess was born in Munich on October 24, 1958.

He studied vehicle technology at Munich University of Applied Sciences from 1977 and then mechanical engineering at Munich Technical University from 1978 to 1983.

After obtaining his degree in engineering, Diess was a scientific assistant at the Institute for Tool Machines and Plant Management of Munich Technical University, where he obtained a doctorate in the field of assembly automation in 1987. From 1988, he headed the Assembly Automation Department of the Institute for Tool Machines and Plant Management.
In 1989, he continued his career with Robert Bosch GmbH in Stuttgart. In 1990, he was appointed Technical Director, Planning and Maintenance, of the Robert Bosch plant at Treto in Spain, where he was General Manager from 1993.

In 1996, Diess joined BMW AG in Munich as Director, Long-Term and Structural Planning. From 1997, he headed the Process Consulting Department, first in the Production Division and later in the Engineering and Technology Division. He was then assigned to the UK, where he was Director of BMW’s Birmingham plant from 1999; one year later, he became Director of the BMW plant in Oxford. In 2003, he was appointed Director of BMW Motorcycles.

In 2007, he became Member of the Board of Management, Purchasing and Supplier Network, and, in 2012, Member of the Board of Management, Development, of BMW AG.

Effective July 1, 2015, the Supervisory Board of Volkswagen AG appointed Dr. Herbert Diess Member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG and Chairman of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand.
 

Dr. rer. pol. Dipl.-Ing. Wirt.-Ing. Arno Antlitz
Member of the Volkswagen Brand Board of Management for Controlling and Accounting since January 1, 2010
 

Dr. Arno Antlitz was born March 30, 1970 in Premich, Lower Franconia, Germany. He studied industrial engineering at the Technical University Darmstadt, specializing in mechanical engineering, and earned his doctorate in political science (Dr. rer. pol.) at the Otto Beisheim School of Management (WHU).

In 1999, he started at the business consulting firm McKinsey & Company, where he was last employed as an Associate Principal. His areas of emphasis included strategy, organization optimization and cost optimization in the automotive and supplier industries.
Dr. Antlitz joined Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft in 2004. Early in 2005, he was given responsibility for global product controlling at Volkswagen brand.

Dr. Karlheinz Blessing

Member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG,
with responsibility for ‘Human Resources and Organization’

The Supervisory Board of Volkswagen AG appointed Dr. Karlheinz Blessing as Member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG with responsibility for ‘Human Resources and Organization’ effective January 1, 2016.

Blessing was born May 12, 1957 in Eislingen/Fils (Baden-Württemberg). After his Abitur he studied business administration and economics until 1981 at the University of Konstanz and earned a degree in economics (Diplom-Volkswirt). Following subsequent postgraduate studies in management sciences, he completed his doctoral work in 1984 for a Doctor of Social and Economic Sciences (Dr. rer. soc.) degree.

In 1984 Dr. Blessing began his career in the IG Metall Board of Management administration office, where from October 1986 he was Director of the Organization department in the Board of Management of IG Metall and held responsibility for coordinating the Board’s duties. From May 1991 to August 1993, he was General Secretary of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD).

From 1994 Dr. Blessing was a member of the Board of Management and Labor Director of AG der Dillinger Hüttenwerke as well as a member of the Board of Management of Holding DHS – Dillinger Hütte Saarstahl AG. From 2007 he also carried out this function at Saarstahl AG.

In 2011 Blessing was appointed Chairman and member of the Board of Management of Dillinger Hütte as well as of DHS – Dillinger Hütte Saarstahl AG. Until June 2012 he was additionally the member of the Board of Management responsible for sales and distribution. His reappointment for a further five-year-term was in May 2015.

In February 2012 Dr. Karlheinz Blessing was appointed as new Chairman of the Board of Management of Saarstahl AG for a five-year term. Furthermore he was Chairman of the Board of Saarschmiede (SSF) and among the executives of SHS – Stahl-Holding-Saar.

Ralf Brandstätter
Member of the Board of Management for the Volkswagen brand with responsibility for “Procurement” since 10 December 2015
 

Ralf Brandstätter was born in Brunswick on September 8, 1968. He holds a degree in industrial engineering and joined the Volkswagen Group in 1993. Following positions in international project steering in the procurement division, as an assistant to the Board of Management in the General Secretariat and as head of procurement, inter alia for Group powertrain components and as project manager for new vehicle projects, he was appointed head of procurement at SEAT in 2005. He became the member of the SEAT Executive Committee responsible for Purchasing in 2008. Brandstätter was named Head of Group Procurement Exterieur in 2010. He has been Head of Purchasing New Product Launches since 2012 and a General Representative of Volkswagen AG since October 2015.

Jürgen Stackmann
Jürgen Stackmann
Member of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand with responsibility for "Sales, Marketing and After Sales" since 1 November 2015
 

Jürgen Stackmann (born 1961) has been the member of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand with responsibility for ‘Sales, Marketing and After Sales’ since November 1, 2015.  

Jürgen Stackmann qualified as a bank clerk and is a business administration graduate. He began his career with Ford in 1989, where he held various posts in Germany and the UK, including Marketing Director for Ford in Germany, Vice-President Marketing at Ford Europe in London and finally General Manager Sales and Marketing, Ford Germany.

Stackmann joined the Volkswagen Group in 2010, initially as Member of the brand Board of Management of ŠKODA AUTO a.s. with responsibility for Sales and Marketing. Effective from September 2012, Stackmann was appointed Head of Marketing at the Volkswagen Group and the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand, a post he held until he became Chairman of the Executive Committee of SEAT S.A. on May 1, 2013. Stackmann has been the member of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand with responsibility for ‘Sales, Marketing and After Sales’ since November 1, 2015.

Thomas Schmall
Member of the Board of Management for the Volkswagen brand with responsibility for “Components” since 1 January 2015
 

Thomas Schmall was appointed member of the Volkswagen Brand Board of Management responsible for ‘Components' effective January 1, 2015.

Thomas Schmall was born in Frankfurt on January 9, 1964. After graduating from school he studied business management and work and organizational psychology at the University of Gießen.

The business studies graduate joined the Volkswagen Group in 1991. Following posts in industrial engineering in Wolfsburg, Mexico and South Africa, Schmall moved to Volkswagen do Brasil in 1999, becoming manager of the Curitiba plant one year later.

Schmall joined Volkswagen Slovakia as Board member for Engineering in 2003, becoming Chairman of Volkswagen Slovakia based at the Bratislava plant two years later.

Thomas Schmall was appointed President and CEO of Volkswagen do Brasil in 2007. In 2009, Schmall was elected Vice President of the São Paulo Brazil-Germany Chamber of Commerce, and has since held responsibility for its Communication Committee. He was elected President of the Chamber in March 2013. He continued to hold this function in addition to his responsibilities as Brand Board of Management member for ‘Components' until the end of March 2015.

Dipl.-Ing. Thomas Ulbrich
Member of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars Brand with responsibility for “Production and Logistics ” since April 1, 2014
 

With effect from April 1, 2014, Thomas Ulbrich was appointed Member of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars Brand responsible for Production and Logistics.

Thomas Ulbrich was born on April 12, 1966. He is married and has two sons. After school and qualification as an automotive mechanic in 1986, he studied automotive engineering at Hamburg University of Applied Sciences.

In 1992, the engineering graduate started his career in plant logistics at Wolfsburg, where he assumed a management role in 1995. In 1996, he became head of logistics at FAW-Volkswagen in Changchun, China. Two years later he assumed responsibility for assembly segment II at the Wolfsburg plant before becoming head of plant logistics at Emden in 1999.

The next stage of his career took him to AUTO 5000 GmbH in Wolfsburg , where he was technical managing director and speaker of the management board from 2001 to 2008. He became Board of Management member for Production at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles in Hanover in 2008.

After two years in Hanover, Ulbrich moved to Shanghai-Volkswagen Automotive Co., China, as Technical Executive Vice President in 2010, taking charge of production and logistics at a total of five locations.

Dr. Frank Welsch
Member of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand with responsibility for "Development" since 1 November 2015

Dr. Frank Welsch was born in Cologne on July 8, 1964. He holds a PhD in mechanical engineering and began his career in 1994 as project manager for vehicle concepts at Volkswagen Group Research. He held various management posts between 1998 and 2009: he led the bodywork development team, then headed body structure development, subsequently assuming overall responsibility for body development at the Volkswagen
Passenger Cars brand. Welsch moved to Shanghai Volkswagen in 2009 as
director of product development. In 2011 he took charge of bodywork,
equipment and safety development at the Volkswagen Passenger Cars
brand. He has been the Member of the Board of Management for Technical
Development and Design at ŠKODA Auto since 2012.