With effect from July 1, 2001, the Supervisory Board of Volkswagen AG appointed Francisco Javier Garcia Sanz member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG with responsibility for ‘Procurement'. He performs these duties in addition to his tasks as member of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars Brand responsible for ‘Procurement', a function assigned to Garcia Sanz on November 30, 1996.
Francisco Javier Garcia Sanz was named Chairman of the Board of Directors of SEAT, S.A. (Barcelona) in June 2007. Francisco Javier Garcia Sanz was appointed Chairman of the Supervisory Board of VfL Wolfsburg-Fußball GmbH on June 1, 2009.
Francisco Javier Garcia Sanz, born on May 6, 1957 in Madrid (Spain), left school with a general certificate of education in 1974 and trained as a wholesale and export clerk at Rewe Handelsgesellschaft mbH in Mainz-Hechtsheim, completing this training in 1976. He then studied Business Management at the Business School in Wiesbaden.
Francisco Javier Garcia Sanz started his professional career as a purchasing clerk at Adam Opel AG in Rüsselsheim in 1979. In 1980, he was appointed purchasing coordinator at GM España in Zaragoza (Spain), and three years later Group Leader ‘Purchasing M + E' at Adam Opel AG in Rüsselsheim.
From 1986 to 1988 he was chemicals purchasing agent at Opel in Rüsselsheim, subsequently holding the position of Director Supply and Export at GM Turkey in Izmir (Turkey) for two years.
In 1990, Francisco Javier Garcia Sanz was appointed Purchasing Executive GM Europe (Electric) at GM Europe. From 1992 to March 1993 he was Executive Director World Wide Purchasing at GM Corporation in Detroit (USA).
Francisco Javier Garcia Sanz was responsible for Group ‘Procurement Electrics/Electronics' from December 1993 to the end of 1996. In addition to these duties, he was a Member of the Managing Board of SEAT, S.A. in Spain from September 8, 1995 to December 31, 1996.
On November 19, 2008 Francisco Javier Garcia Sanz was named an honorary doctorate of the Institute of Business Administration at the University of Stuttgart.