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Brand Management.

Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. mult. Martin Winterkorn
Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG
Member of the Board of Management with responsibility for “Group Research and Development”
Chairman of the Board of Management for the Volkswagen brand from January  1st 2007 to June 30th 2015

On January 1, 2007, Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Martin Winterkorn became Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG. On the same date, he became Chairman of the Supervisory Board of AUDI AG. With effect from February 1, 2007, the Supervisory Board of Volkswagen AG appointed Martin Winterkorn Member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG responsible for the area ‘Group Research and Development'. At the same time, he additionally took over the chairmanship of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen brand until June 30, 2015. Winterkorn joined the Board of Management of Porsche Automobil Holding SE, Stuttgart, on November 25, 2009, assuming responsibility as Chairman of the Board of Management of this company in addition to his other functions.

Winterkorn was born on May 24, 1947, in Leonberg (Germany). He studied Metallurgy and Metal Physics at the University of Stuttgart from 1966 to 1973. From 1973 to 1977 Winterkorn was a PhD student at the Max-Planck-Institute for Metal Research, where he received his doctorate in 1977.

Winterkorn's professional career began in 1977 as a specialist assistant in the research division "Process Engineering" at Robert Bosch GmbH. From 1978 to 1981 he headed the refrigerant compressor development group "Substances and Processes" at
Robert Bosch GmbH and Bosch-Siemens-Hausgeräte GmbH.

In 1981 Winterkorn joined AUDI AG as assistant to the Member of the Board for Quality Assurance. Two years later, he assumed responsibility for "Measuring Technology/Sampling and Test Laboratory" at Audi. At the beginning of 1988, he was made departmental head of "Central Quality Assurance", and in 1990 Head of Audi Quality Assurance.

In 1993 Winterkorn became Head of "Group Quality Assurance" at Volkswagen AG and was appointed General Representative of Volkswagen AG in March 1994. He was additionally responsible for Volkswagen Group Product Management from June 1995. In January 1996 Winterkorn took over as Member of the Board of Management for "Technical Development" at the Volkswagen brand. From July 2000 he was Member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG responsible for "Research and Development".

Winterkorn became Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG on March 1, 2002. In addition to this, Winterkorn assumed responsibility for Technical Development at AUDI AG on January 1, 2003. In his capacity as Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG, Winterkorn was also a Member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG.

in 2003 Winterkorn was made an honorary professor of Budapest University of Technology and Economics. On August 1, 2004, he was awarded an honorary professorship from the Technical University of Dresden for the subject area "Lightweight Materials in Automotive Engineering". On July 18, 2007, Winterkorn received an honorary professorship from Tongji University, Shanghai, which has enjoyed a close scientific partnership with Volkswagen for many years. On May 6, 2011, Winterkorn received an honorary doctorate ("Dr. Ing. e. h.") from Chemnitz University of Technology, on November 29, 2012, he was awarded the honorary doctorate ("Dr. rer. pol. h.c.") from Technische Universität München.

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. Heinz-Jakob Neußer
Member of the Board of Management for the Volkswagen brand with responsibility for “Development” since 1 July 2013

Dr. Heinz-Jakob Neußer has been a Member of the Board of Management Volkswagen Brand for the Development Division since 1 July 2013. In addition, he has been responsible for Powertrain Development of Volkswagen Group since October 2012.

Heinz-Jakob Neußer was born in Würselen, North Rhine-Westphalia, in 1960. He graduated as a mechanical engineer with a doctoral thesis on multi-valve petrol engines at Aachen University for Applied Sciences. His professional career began in 1986 at FEV Motorentechnik (Aachen), a development service provider for combustion engines and vehicle technology. In this position, Neußer was responsible for the development of petrol engines alongside projects in the United States, China and South Korea.

He joined Porsche AG (Stuttgart) as a project manager in 1996. As head of Engine Construction from 1998 onwards, his impact on the development of the V engine family and the new generation of flat engines was decisive. From 2001 to 2011, Neußer was in charge of drivetrain development of Porsche, devoting himself to the development of new all-wheel drives and dual clutch gearboxes.

In 2011, he switched to Wolfsburg to head the powertrain development of Volkswagen Brand; he took charge of the powertrain development of the Volkswagen Group in 2012 as well.

Heinz-Jakob Neußer is married, a father of two and is an enthusiastic fan of historic automobiles and the World Rally Championship (WRC).

Dr. rer. pol. h. c. Francisco Javier García Sanz
Member of the Board of Management at Volkswagen AG
for “Procurement”
Chairman of the Board of Directors at Seat, S.A.
Member of the Board of Management for the Volkswagen brand with responsibility for “Procurement” since 30 November 1996

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.

Christian Klingler
Member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG responsible for “Sales and Marketing”
Member of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen passenger car brand with responsibility for “Sales and Marketing” since August 2008

Klingler was a Member of the Board of Management of Porsche Holding Österreich from 2004 to 2008. In August 2008, Christian Klingler was named General Representative of Volkswagen AG and appointed to the Board of Management of the Volkswagen brand where he is responsible for Sales, Marketing and After Sales. Klingler has been the Member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG responsible for Sales and Marketing since January 1, 2010.

Christian Klingler was born in Innsbruck, Austria, in 1968.

Having graduated from the University of Innsbruck with a degree in business studies, Christian Klingler became Assistant to the Board of Management at Porsche Inter Auto in Austria from 1992 to 1993, specializing in retail sales. Klingler subsequently held responsibility at Porsche Inter Auto for setting up import and retail networks for the VW and Audi brands in regions such as Slovakia.

As Assistant to the Chairman of the Board of Management of Porsche Holding Österreich, Christian Klingler headed growth projects from 1995 and held responsibility for establishing the activities of Porsche Holding Österreich on the French market. During this period, Klingler was also instrumental in the acquisition of the PGA Group. The PGA Group is headquartered in Paris and is an international sales partner for many different automobile brands in Europe.

Christian Klingler became a member of the Board of Management of the PGA Group in 1998, and was appointed its Chairman in 2002. Under Klingler's leadership, the company became the multi-brand automobile sales group with the highest turnover in Europe. The company with its workforce of 9,000 at 300 locations sells some 210,000 new and used cars a year. Average annual sales run at €4 billion.

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.

Prof. h. c. Dr. rer. pol. Horst Neumann
Member of the Board of Management at Volkswagen AG and for the Volkswagen passenger car brand with responsibility for the “Human Resources and Organization” division since 1 December 2005

Dr. Horst Neumann was born on 26 June, 1949 in Leverkusen (Germany).

Neumann studied Economics and Social Sciences in Hamburg and Berlin from 1967 to 1973. In 1995 he was awarded his doctorate with a thesis on "A comparison of the competitive strength of the German and Japanese car industries" and the title Dr. rer. pol. in Berlin. In 2009 he received an honorary professorship from Tongji University, Shanghai, which has enjoyed a close scientific partnership with Volkswagen for many years.

Neumann embarked on his career in 1973 as assistant to the Berlin Senator for Economic Affairs. From 1978 to 1994 he was employed in the economics department at the board of the IG Metall union in Frankfurt/Main, from 1983 as deputy manager. At the same time he was a Member of the Supervisory Board of Motorenwerke Mannheim AG (1981 - 1986), Adam Opel AG (1985 - 1995) and Rasselstein AG (1986 - 1994).

From 1994 to 2000 Neumann was a Member of the Board of Management and Personnel Director at Rasselstein GmbH and Rasselstein Hoesch GmbH, a subsidiary of the ThyssenKrupp Group in Andernach and Neuwied. In 2001 Neumann was appointed Member of the Board of Management and Labour Director at ThyssenKrupp Elevator AG, Düsseldorf.

In July 2002 Dr. Horst Neumann was appointed Member of the Board of Management of AUDI AG with responsibility for Human Resources.

With effect from 1 December, 2005 the Supervisory Board appointed him Member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG and the Volkswagen brand with responsibility for Human Resources and Labour Director. He has been responsible for Human Resources and Organization since January 2007.

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 Changchung, 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.